On Sunday, I promised y'all a midweek treat, and here it is: an interview with Cheryl Kaye Tardif, author of SUBMERGED. We're swapping blogs today, in honor of the publication of GRAVID. Be sure to head to Cheryl's blog and say hi over there when you're done here. Thanks!
As part of her official Blog Tour, Cheryl is celebrating her new release with a 60-prize giveaway and stops at over 30 blogs. I asked Cheryl about the supernatural aspect of her new thriller…
Cheryl, how is SUBMERGED different from other thrillers?
SUBMERGED isn't just a fast-paced, hold-your-breath type of thriller where every second counts; it also has a subtle paranormal element with the appearance of ghosts. For some readers, these apparitions may seem to be only in the character's imagination. Many of us will be able to identify with the need to "see" someone who has passed. For other readers, the ghosts may seem very real and believable. It really is up to the reader to determine this.
What percentage would you say represents the supernatural aspect?
Maybe 5%. It is there for a reason, but it's not the key theme in the novel. Most of the story revolves around the ticking clock theme—that time is running out and that death is imminent if something or someone doesn't stop it from happening. The supernatural aspect evolves very naturally.
Why are supernatural elements (visions, psychic gifts, ghosts) so prevalent in your works?
I have always been drawn to the unknown, to ghosts, psychics, etc. It is a mystery that I yearn to solve, but yet terrifies me at the same time. There is much we do not know. Much we cannot explain. Sometimes there are 51 shades of grey, and not everything is black or white. We are made of energy, so what really happens when we die? Where does that energy really go?
Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one?
Yes, and yes. I have had a few paranormal experiences in my life. I still remember going to bed one night when I was about 4 and being touched on the shoulder by a ghost. His shadow crossed over me, scaring me. Only my parents were home and when I asked them the next day, they said neither of them came into my room. Later, my aunt saw the ghost of a man in the same house; I didn't learn this until I was an adult. I have also been visited by loved ones as they have passed away. That's what I believe. To me, there's just no other explanation.
Do you think the ghost element in SUBMERGED is believable and will readers embrace it?
I think readers will find the ghostly appearances natural within the story. While some readers may not believe in the existence of ghosts, I think it'll be believable to them in this context. If not, they'll put it down to Marcus's imagination. And that's okay too. Readers thoroughly embraced CHILDREN OF THE FOG, my last thriller, and it also has a ghost theme. So there's no doubt in my mind that SUBMERGED will be equally as accepted and enjoyed.
From Cheryl Kaye Tardif, the international bestselling author that brought you CHILDREN OF THE FOG, comes a terrifying new thriller that will leave you breathless…
"Submerged reads like an approaching storm, full of darkness, dread and electricity. Prepare for your skin to crawl."
—Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds
Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…
After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn't the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.
Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger's calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right.
*SUBMERGED has a unique tie-in to Tardif`s international bestseller, CHILDREN OF THE FOG.
"From the first page, you know you are in the hands of a seasoned and expert storyteller who is going to keep you up at night turning the pages. Tardif knows her stuff. There's a reason she sells like wildfire—her words burn up the pages. A wonderful, scary, heart-pumping writer." —M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of Seduction
"Tardif once again delivers a suspenseful supernatural masterpiece." —Scott Nicholson, international bestselling author of The Home
"From the first page, Cheryl Kaye Tardif takes you hostage with Submerged—a compelling tale of anguish and redemption." —Rick Mofina, bestselling author of Into the Dark
"Cheryl Kaye Tardif's latest novel SUBMERGED will leave you as haunted as its characters." —Joshua Corin, bestselling author of Before Cain Strikes
"Submerged will leave you breathless—an edge of your seat, supernatural thrill ride." —Jeff Bennington, bestselling author of Twisted Vengeance
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