Book Trailer Premiere: What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie

Happy Wednesday! Please join me in welcoming Lindsay Currie to Watch. Connect. Read. (Hello, Lindsay!! I'm waving from 25 miles west of you in Naperville!) She dropped by to share the awesome book trailer for What Lives in the Woods and to discuss Matt Saunders, school librarians, and more. I wrote the words in purple, and Lindsay wrote the words in black. Thank you, Lindsay! 

The book trailer for What Lives in the Woods
is deliciously eerie and atmospheric, just like the book! I’m so grateful to the talented Tom Saunders for creating this gem, and to his brother, Matt, for illustrating the eye-catching cover. The trailer does a fantastic job of giving future readers a glimpse into the ultra-creepy Woodmoor manor and the mysterious legends that have plagued it for decades!

Matt Saunders' cover illustration for What Lives in the Woods is incredible. Matt has been on my radar ever since he illustrated the cover for one of my favorite MG spooky reads, Small Spaces, by Katherine Arden. When I found out he was working on What Lives in the Woods, I might have squealed. The colors in this cover are so bold, and the positioning of Ginny looking out that massive window is brilliant. I love the darkness and eyes in the woods, and even more, love the hint that the danger might not be entirely outside of the house (look at the curtains closely!)

Ginny Anderson is so much braver than I would be! She’s a fan of Agatha Christie books and loves the idea of writing mystery novels someday, but she’s also not expecting to be thrust into the middle of a real-life mystery and honestly, given the terrifying things that happen to her at Woodmoor, I think she handles it really well! Ginny is fierce and despite having her summer (and coveted writing workshop) taken away from her, she really does her best to stay positive. I admire this about her because I know how hard it would be.

Scritch Scratch was such a fun book to research/write and I’m beyond grateful at the way it has resonated with readers since releasing. I love history and especially like to use my stories as a way to highlight “forgotten history” from my city, Chicago. With this in mind, while Scritch Scratch is fictional, there is a lot of Chicago history weaved into it and it’s so fun to get emails from readers telling me they did their own research after reading because they’d never heard of many of the events I reference. I also love writing about ghosts, not only because they’re scary, but because they’re a wonderful vehicle for exploring other themes like family, friendship, bravery and empathy without being too pushy with those messages.

School librarians are AMAZING. I fully attribute my love of reading and writing to my elementary school librarian and the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) days we used to have at school. Growing up in a small town, I didn’t have the opportunity to travel or experience life outside of our community often. Books gave me the chance to do that. I learned about other cultures, walked in others shoes, and experienced life through others eyes thanks to books and the kind librarians that put them in my hands. I’m so grateful for all that our librarians do because without them, I truly don’t think I’d be able to do this job I love so much.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me what I’m reading and what I’m looking forward to! Currently, I’m reading A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus. I’m generally drawn to mysteries and recently have been jumping outside of my comfort zone to read more historical fiction. I’m loving this book. The characters and setting are so vivid, and it features a kind librarian! Win-win. In terms of what I’m looking forward to, my colleague and critique partner, Jenni Walsh, has a new historical fiction novel set to release November 2nd and I can’t wait for it to be on shelves because it’s also incredible. By the Light of Fireflies tells the story of war hero Sybil Ludington and it’s got it all – action, adventure, family and spy stuff! Can. Not. Wait.

LINDSAY CURRIE lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and three kids. She loves coffee, Halloween, Disney World and things that go bump in the night! She is the author of The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street and Scritch Scratch.

Look for What Lives in the Woods on Septembrer 14, 2021. 

From the author of Scritch Scratch comes a chilling ghost story about a girl living in a decrepit and creepy mansion who discovers the something in the woods might be after her.

All Ginny Anderson wants is to relax and enjoy her summer. But when Ginny's father surprises the family with a month-long trip to Michigan, her plans change for the worse. Especially because they aren't staying in a normal hotel, they'll be living and restoring the century old Woodmoor Manor.

When they arrive, Ginny is immediately spooked by the creepy house and the rumors of what lives in the surrounding woods. Legend says the forest is inhabited by prowling creatures that prey on campers, who are never seen again.

And Ginny can't shake the feeling that there's something wrong with the house as well. Shadowy figures, a strange ticking sound in the walls, and a mannequin that has a mind of its own all converge to make a terrifying stay. And as Ginny investigates, she learns that there's more than one legend roaming around, and it definitely isn't after campers...It's after her.


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