Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Interview & Giveaway with Julia Madeleine, author of No One To Hear You Scream

In upstate New York, Brett and Pamela Jameson find the house of their dreams on twenty acres of land. Bucolic and serene, it is the answer to all of their prayers. But their dream soon turns into a nightmare when violent ex-gang member Rory Madden, the property’s former owner returns, and will stop at nothing to reclaim the home he lost to foreclosure. Rory unearths the secrets hidden within the Jameson family, and begins to leverage his knowledge to slowly drive wedges between them. When their seventeen year-old daughter Justine falls prey to Rory’s advances, she becomes a co-conspirator, setting about a series of increasingly treacherous events that could forever tear the Jameson family apart. A terrifying odyssey into the dark side of the American dream, No One to Hear You Scream captures the fear of the modern middle-class, the alienation of those left out, and the heart-stopping terror at the realization that it can all be taken away in an instant.

1. Can you tell us your inspiration for No One To Hear You Scream?
In 2008 my family and I bought a country house in foreclosure on a 30 acre, wooded property out in the middle of nowhere. Shortly after moving in we found ourselves on the receiving end of the former owner’s wraith, still angry over losing his house. We were targeted with vandalism and when it began to escalate we called the police to report it. The police were the ones who told us they believed it was the former owner. Apparently he was well know to them. That night I had a dream—a nightmare—where a guy was standing at the end of my driveway with a shotgun and he wanted me out of the house. From this image my character, Rory Madden, was born. And I constructed the story around him.

A year later we sold the house and moved back to the city where I can honestly say I feel a lot safer, being within screaming distance of my neighbours.

2. What do you think makes your story different or unique to others in the market?
I think what makes it unique is that the main character, Justine Jameson, is a seventeen-year-old girl, and new mother, suffering from a rare mental condition brought on by child birth, known as post partum psychosis. Things take a bad turn when she becomes involved with, Rory Madden, an ex-gang member with his own agenda, who feeds into that psychosis by offering to help her murder her parents.

3. What does a typical writing day include for you?
I’m a night owl so that’s when I do my best writing. I like to drink wine when I write. Red because it’s suppose to be good for you. But not a lot, two glasses at the most. On a good day, when nothing else is holding me hostage, I typically write from about eight o’clock at night until one or two in the morning.

4. Does some of the stuff you write about, actually scare you?
Most definitely. I’m currently working on a new manuscript that’s scaring the hell out of me. I got the idea from another nightmare I had that woke me out of a sound sleep (not that I have a lot of them). Naturally my first thought was, what a great story that would make. Then my second thought was, no I could never write that, it’s way too scary, like Silence Of The Lambs scary. But when I told my husband about it he insisted I needed to write it. So with a little push from him, that’s exactly what I’m doing and it’s going extremely well. I’m glad I listened to him. But it is freaking me out a bit. The other day at work I saw a truck parked outside exactly like the bad guy in my story drives around in and I actually stopped when I saw it and gasped. My husband laughs at me, so that helps to keep things in perspective.

5. Is there anything you find particularly challenging when you’re writing?
Really that would be finding enough time to write. Although I write everyday, it’s challenging not neglecting other things in my life that are important to me. I could sit all day at my computer and be quite content, fully immersed in my story but there’s always other things vying for my time and attention, like cooking dinner, going to the gym, going to work (I run a tattoo shop with my husband), making time for my family. I’ve also given up hobbies that I love like sewing, and painting, and while I still do gardening it’s on a much smaller scale, simply because my writing is just all-consuming. I would love to start making jewellery too but I’d need to be more than one person for that.

6. What’s next on the table for Julia Madeleine?
That would be the current manuscript I’m working on that’s scaring the hell out of me. I hope to have the first draft finished in the next couple of weeks.

7. What are you reading now?
I’m always reading several books at the same time. I review books as well. Currently I’m reading Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by John McFetridge, Mountains Of Smoke by Frank Duffy, and I’m looking forward to starting Cold Light by Jen Ashworth. I’m also reviewing Prophecy by S.J. Parris.

8. Describe yourself in three words.
Ah, you ask the tough questions Sheree! I really had to give this some thought. It’s not every day I’m asked this. I would say I’m passionate, creative, and crazy.

9. If you could be dropped into any book as a character who would you be and why?
Oh, that would be Alice In Wonderland! She has the most fantastic adventures.

10. Tell us about the song on your book trailer.
The song on my book trailer is called Forsaken and it’s one of my husband Fabien’s original songs that he wrote. That’s him singing. And while I might be a bit bias, he’s got an amazing voice. I wanted to use one of his songs and that one just felt like it could have been written for my book. It works perfectly for the mood of the story.

Visit Julia Madeleine's website to find out more about this author and her work.

Thanks so much to Julia for answering my questions today, I'm always fascinated when an author's inspiration comes from a nightmare or their own traumatic experience.  As a fan of suspense/thriller & horror stories I love a good "poop your pants" scary read and I've often thought that some of my nightmares would make a good story (although they usually consist of mutant cockroaches, spiders and mice ... so maybe not) 
PS. Julia, how cool your hubby's song is used for the book trailer and you're right, his voice is pretty awesome!

I'm thrilled to be able to offer 2 copies of No One To Hear You Scream to readers of my blog.

1 hard copy US/Canada
1 eBook copy International

Leave a comment with a question for Julia or tell us about a nightmare that could be inspiration for a story. Don't forget to include an email address.

+1 for followers of my blog (mention in your comment)
+2 post about this give-away on twitter or your blog & leave a link.
+2 leave a comment on any book review.

Competition ends 28th June and the winner will be announced on my blog.


  1. I dont have a question for Julia but it is certainly good you moved. I may not have even thought of buying a house in those circumstances as you do know the earlier people will be very sad (not murderous!).

    I follow you on GFC.

    International entry


  2. -not an entry-

    Wow, to write something that is actually caring you when you write. Awesome

  3. awesome postand trailor ur hubbys voice is awesome!

    my quetsion is did u deisgn ur book cover or just a design team it it out f the park its awesome

    im in the US

    GFC follower SiNn


  4. Not entering although I am a follower, but thanks for the interesting interview.

  5. Thanks for your comments. SINn, I did design the cover myself with help from my husband :)

  6. I live in Canada and would love to win a paper copy of this book.
    Sounds like a page turner.
    I would like to know who is Julia's favourite mystery author.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  7. I have had a bunch of bad dreams about spiders. But I think that has already been done.

    I follow on GFC

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  8. What a scary thing to happen and what great fodder for a creepy book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Great interview! I would be scared too living in the middle of nowhere. Using your nightmares as fodder is a great idea. The summary alone creeped me out. Love it!

    Good luck and I'll be sure to check your book out.

    No need to enter me.

  10. I've had way too many nightmares... I think the worst one is the one where I'm falling, falling, and there's nothing to tell when I'm going to hit the ground--if there even is one.

    Love the interview! I'm a night writer too (on weekends, I write till around 3-4am), though I tend to drink sake more than red wine.

    I'm a follower - Hikablack
    Tweeted - http://twitter.com/#!/hikablack/status/81303990901551104
    I'm Int'l!


  11. Great interview, but sounds a little too frightening for me LOL.

  12. Wow I don't think I'm brave enough to read this one! It sounds really scary! And your right, it's just like a nightmare

  13. This sounds awesome and I'd love to win.
    stacybooks at yahoo
    I've had nightmares that have scenes in a graveyard and they are always just the jumping off point forthe rest of the dream.

  14. I think I've only had two nightmares in my entire life, at least nightmares I remember. I think it's becuase I've had both of them fairly regular throughout my life.

    The first ones starts of with blobs of colored clays; red, yellow, green, blue. They are moving around and seem to be talking too eachother, though I never hear anything. Eventually they start growing long necklike protusions and for little balls at the top, almost like a head. For whatever reason, the feel of the dream changes and the "heads" start flying at eachother. I'm not sure why, the that dream scares me everytime I have it and once I wake up I'm never able to go back to sleep.

    The other ones involves a chainsaw wielding killer chasing me out of a house and down a gravel road, at night, in the country. I don't know why I'm being chased but when I reach a waisthigh gate that's locked I don't do the smart thing and jump over, I try to get the lock off. Naturally the dream doesn't end well.

    I'm a follower through GFC.

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!



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