Friday, June 21, 2013

Yolanda Sfetsos Talks About Inspiration

On Pins and Needles
by Yolanda Sfetsos
Sierra Fox, Book 3

All it takes is one freak to turn everything into a demonic ritual.

Sierra Fox’s relationship with sexy werewolf Jason Papan is going great, but it doesn’t take a psychic to tell her someone’s out to get her. As usual, though, there’s too much else going on to worry about just another assassination attempt.

In addition to the demon-possessed freaks that still want her, a whole new bucket of trouble has been dumped in her path. The half-sister Sierra never knew she had isn’t a typical teenager. Willow comes with supernatural baggage that grows heavier every time someone close to her dies. And the load gets bigger every time the police find the body of another young girl.

Now Sierra’s not only dealing with the target on her own back, but the one that a power-hungry woman has painted on her poltergeist-magnet sister. As she finds herself drawn into the thick of a murder investigation, Sierra must face her deepest fears and embrace the darkest of her powers to overcome the looming threat. Or the prediction of her death might just come true.

Warning: Spook catching: never gets any easier, neither does trying to avoid being killed by a shadowy organization. Always expect the unexpected—dangerous vampires, poltergeists and demon-obsessed freaks. At least the werewolf is pleasurably safe.

ON PINS AND NEEDLES is now available from Samhain Publishing.


Hello, it's nice to be here today. Firstly, I'd like to thank The Book Nympho for having me over.

The third book in my urban fantasy series was released a few days ago from Samhain Publishing. On Pins and Needles is part of the ongoing story of Sierra Fox—a spook catcher from Sydney, Australia. Her life keeps getting more complicated and dangerous with each installment.

I remember when this character was nothing but a small idea with big potential. Years ago, hubby and I watched a movie called Thirteen Ghosts. It wasn’t a great movie, but the ghost hunter angle totally captivated me. Afterwards, I remember the whispers of a character and the beginnings of a world where ghosts lived alongside humans starting to take shape. It wasn’t much to go on, but it was a spark that I carried around for a while. Until I couldn’t ignore it anymore.

That was how Sierra and her world were born. It took me several years to actually write it, and the first book went through some pretty severe changes. I think I rewrote it twice, until everything started to flow together and led into a much bigger story.

Inspiration strikes when I least expect it, but when it does I know it’s best to jot everything down as soon as it hits. Something really small can spark it—like a not-so-great horror movie, lol—but my subconscious can turn it into a whole story pretty quickly. There are also particular times when I get inspired—going for a walk usually floods my mind with ideas, snippets, and even answers to problems I might have been pondering beforehand.

I find research really inspiring too. Sometimes while researching, I might be reading over an article and something clicks into place. While I was brainstorming On Pins and Needles I was especially inspired by a picture I found online of a mythological creature. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly who the villain would be!

Like I said, inspiration can strike just about anywhere and anytime. I just have to make sure I have a pen and paper handy, or my Galaxy Note. ;)

What inspires you?

Thanks for reading, Yolanda

Wife. Mother. Writer. Bibliophile. Dreamer. Animal lover. Intrigued by the supernatural. Horror freak. Zombie enthusiast. Movie & music fan. Slave to her muse. Yolanda lives in Sydney, Australia with her awesome husband, lovely daughter, and cheeky cat.



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