Fright Exclusive Interview With 12-year Old PARANORMAL SCREAMS author, Madelyn Schaer!!

paranormalThere’s a level of youthful imagination that tends to fade away with time, especially in the sometimes jaded fields of writing, filmmaking or just following your dreams in general. It’s easy for young people to get told that they can’t or won’t be able to follow their dreams, and to be honest, that’s the worst thing someone could do: ruin someone’s dreams. Enter Madelyn Schaer, a 12-year old girl who refuses to play by those jaded rules. Having always wanted to write a novel, Madelyn decided that there wasn’t going to be anything that could stop her, and the result of that determination is the now available Paranormal Screams, the first novel in a planned trilogy.

We were all inspired by Madelyn’s accomplishment (which also saw a recent book signing at Burbank’s Dark Delicacies), and decided to reach out to her, to ask her a few questions regarding Paranormal Screams and what inspired her decision to take the project on. Read on!


First off, we think it’s awesome that you’ve written your book, it really shows that talent really runs through all ages. I’m curious, what inspired you to take this all on?

Honestly, I got inspired by the actual genre of horror. I had it as a life goal to write a book. I decided to write this book when I was sitting in a park, looking at the sky because I often enjoy the concept of the sky, stars, and universe. I guess you could say I like philosophizing. So I though to myself…”I’m going to write a book” and I personally have a list of life goals, this being one of them. And so I wrote this book with no intent of anything great, but just as a goal and something that I can have pride in.

Were there any particular influences that inspired the book’s story at all?

I love movies and this book, in my mind, was a interesting combination of 3 horror movies and then the special twist of my imagination. Music was another influence. I have often incorporated my life with the characters and music, which would bring my personal emotions out more, to the point where my emotions were the characters’ emotions. All I needed was music, a pen, and paper. Then this “world” that I created would naturally flow, like there was a hole in my head, and my emotions and thoughts were spilling out onto the page, like a cascading waterfall.

As writers, we all have books, films and various other things that help push us into wanting to do what we do. For me, I discovered Stephen King and Clive Barker as a 4th grader. I’m curious, what are some of the writers that really made you want to be a writer yourself?

I was just self-inspired. At that time, I hadn’t read any books in a long time, but I pushed myself to finish Paranormal Screams. In the beginning, it was never meant to have a sequel, it was just an accomplishment and a story that I wanted to share with other people.

You recently had your first book signing at Burbank’s Dark Delicacies, which is really awesome, and a great place in general. How was the experience of that, and how has the reception for the book been in general?image1

My first book signing was AMAZING! I really owe it to Del and Sue (owners of Dark Delicacies), who invited me to do the book signing and I also owe it to Guillermo Machado for his help, Zak Shaffer, my dad’s friend, who was the one that mentioned Dark Delicacies to my dad. My dad called and talked to Del and Sue. Del and Sue did a lot of work to set up the signing, so a big shout out to them! Going back to the subject of the signing, it was a truly amazing experience and I was nervous, but in the end, it was anything but scary. On the subject of reception, it’s been pretty good. I have gotten some comments on Amazon and I’m definitely taking the fans’ comments seriously. With or without sales, I’m just glad to have this book published, and I hope people’s reaction to it will only grow stronger.

Are you working on your next book already, or are you wanting to let Paranormal Screams to have its own life for a while before jumping into creating your next story?

I’m letting Paranormal Screams sink in while I’m working on the final draft of the second book. That will indeed be longer, but definitely interesting, now that Agent X has been brought up. She is a very strong and complicated character, so I think it will be interesting to see people’s reaction to her. I am also planning a third and final book in the series.

You’re a great example for imagination-filled kids, teens and even adults everywhere. Is there anything you could possible say to other young writers hoping to write their own stories?

Stay strong. It’s really easy to start writing a book and then stop. Think about it once in a while; imagine it sitting in the dust: “Will someone please wipe the dust off me and use me like the little annoying note book I am because this story has no ending and it keeps bothering me like the world is going to come crashing down before my very bookshelf and seal our fate for good leaving us torn up and unfinished?” Because I have had that experience before, and it really helps to think about the story once in a while, try different ways of getting ideas, like watching movies or listening to music. Another word of advice that is going to sound completely strange, since I just said “don’t leave a story unfinished,” is take breaks from writing. NOT LONG ONES, but take breaks to let your mind refill with new ideas, so that when you write again, those ideas will have grown stronger and deeper over time. So, in a more simple way of saying it, “Think about what you’re going to write before you write it.”

Thank you so much to chatting with us, we’re all so excited for you!

Thank you so much for this interview! This book means so much to me and having this opportunity makes me smile like the Cheshire Cat!

For more info and Madelyn and her book, Paranormal Screams, check out the official Facebook and Twitter pages for the novel, as well as the book’s Amazon page, where you can purchase a copy.

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