The awesomeness that is publishing sibling Skylar Dorset, whose book NEVER TRUST A FAERIE is due out June 2014, has just tagged me in the Next Big Thing blog hop tour, created to find upcoming authors and new releases!


1. What is the working title of your next book?

It used to be called The Unnatural States of Dead Girls in Wells, which was the title I came up with exactly .0238429347 seconds before sending it out to agents. While agents and publishers said they loved it, it was probably just a little too long for a standard book cover – hence the new name: The Girl from the Well. Very The Ring-esque, which the book is something of an hommage to.


2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

From two odd things:

1. I used to work in an old building, and did tons of overtime. Sometimes I don’t get to leave until 9 or 10 pm, and by then the whole floor’s dark and the elevator’s clankering and it feels like there’s something eyeballing you from that one corner – you know, fairly normal things.

I am Asian. I am pale, had really long messy hair back then. My eyes are bigger than your standard Chinese’s. I wear dark clothes a lot.

So when other fellow inmates workers at other floors below mine are also waiting for the elevator to arrive – and it slides open to reveal a girl with that description, head bowed so all you see at first glance is hair because she’s fiddling with her mobile phone – you can’t help but scream. Which makes me scream, and then we go on screaming at each other for a few seconds until we realize we’re both human. This has happened more times than you might think. There was this one poor Japanese gentleman who nearly had a heart attack.

The only good thing that came out of this is that I am now friends with a lot of people on different floors of that building.

They still call me Sadako.


2. My friend and I had gone on an Asian horror weekend binge – The Ring, The Grudge, Missed Call, Shutter, Oldboy, The Eye, Audition – no American remakes, so you know we’re serious. “How would you fight a ghost that can’t ever be destroyed by anything?” she asked me, in the midst of all the horrawesome.

“With another ghost,” I responded – and then just sat there struck by the very idea of it, while my friend shrieked her way through one of the final, disturbing scenes of A Tale of Two Sisters.

I wrote chapter one the following day.


3. What is the genre of your book?

YA Psychological Horror. I add “psychological”, because gore is not an integral part of the story. I have been told that the things that scared readers weren’t the dismembered body parts, but that the dismembered body parts were watching you.

Especially the feet. Feet are evil.


4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in the movie rendition?

I have no idea. I tend to cast actors older than my protags’ ages, because they have that je ne se quois thing going on that I didn’t find in more age-appropriate people. This is French for “I can’t explain it, so I’m gonna use a classy French word to pretend I can”.

That said, I think Keiko Kitagawa would be amazing as my undead protagonist. She can act (you might remember her small part in Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift) and the fact that she is so pretty would make her looking quite undead for the role be all the more glaring in contrast.

For fellow MC Tarquin Halloway, who is half-Asian and half-American (but looks Asian, save for his eyes) – Ikuta Toma plays the angry snarky rebel well, and he’s an excellent actor who’s not afraid to take risks. For Callie, Tark’s cousin – Miley Cyrus.






and by that I totally meant AnnaSophia Robb.


5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A dead girl who wreaks vengeance on child murderers realizes that a strange boy with stranger tattoos who moves into the neighborhood has a secret – one that would just kill to get out.


6. Who is publishing your book?

The lovely people over at Sourcebooks.


7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took me only two and a half months for the first draft in total. It was written in between the chapters of another book that was a lot more complicated to write.  I tend to write the first half of first drafts quickly, sometimes as fast as a chapter every couple of days. Then I take a break two-thirds of the way in to do something else for a couple of weeks (or three or four), and then return to finish the rest. It’s to make sure I don’t go through novel fatigue.


8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Most people would think The Ring, right?. Most don’t realize that The Ring started life as a book before it was ever a movie. But the novel was very different from the movie in a lot of ways, more medical thriller (yes. Medical thriller.) than horror. Anna Dressed in Blood is the closest that comes to mind, just because of the psychologically devastating female ghosts. And then of course, there’s the Bancho Sarayashiki, which is probably the oldest book any YA author’s ever compared their work to.


9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I already blabbered on for too long with question #2, so the bulk of my inspiration has been detailed there.


10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Imagine Sadako.

With a conscience.

Because she kills murderers.

And maybe eats their faces. It’s not explicitly mentioned, mind.

But she’s not saying, either.

So you never know.

I like one sentence paragraphs.





Next up for taggage – the wonderful Mary Crockett, whose book Dream Boy will also be published by Sourcebooks in 2014! If you’d like to be tagged as well, let me know and I’ll add you here!