Book: The Adventures of Marco and Carla - The Dark Castle by Shamara Daviscategories: Book, Spine-Chiller, Vampires, Zombies, Adventure, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Shamara S. Davisabout this book: This is the story of Marco and Carla, and their friend Sammie. Three young kids in a town (I didn't think of name for their town yet) where weird things seem to happen all around them. Marco always wants to know why something is happening, so he is a total sucker for a mystery and he always have to solve them. Carla and Sammie are always dragged on Marco's mad cap adventures and where they are always running for their lives while saving others.
• What inspired you to write this book?
I really like writing imaginative stories for children and I grew up watching Goosebumps and Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Great Great shows and they influenced my writing of spine-chillers
• Who are the primary readers of your book?
The primary readers of this series would be children between the ages of 9-13 years old. Adults are welcome to read it also, just to make sure it's the right thing for the young reader that are purchasing it for.
• How long did it take to write it?
I've written 3 books in the series so far and it took me over 3 years plus to bring it all together. It's still not done I am constantly fixing, rewording, and making changes to the series, but right now what is out there is set in stone.
• How did you come up with the title?
I came up with the title by thinking of me and my brother. I thought what would be some cool alternative names for me and him. Plus since I fashion the book as a brother/sister adventure (plus their friend Sammie) I thought that their books should be on the cover.
• Why did you choose this cover?
The first book in the series, I chose that cover because it reminds me of a window in a creepy castle. The other two books in the series I just mainly choose my cover based on the adventure they are going to face.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing any book I think is knowing what to write next. Sometimes you get stuck and your at a lost for words and you don't know where to take your characters. So when that happens it like you have to walk away and take a breathe and clear your head and come back with fresh eyes to keep going.
• Did you do research for your book?
I didn't do any research for the book, I just make it up as I go along.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a lot of things about myself as a writer from writing my books. I learned that now and then I get really frustrated and feel as if I need to rewrite the story (which happily I break through that and don't). I also learned that as write I am getting stronger in my writing. The page numbers in my books are steadily going up which I am happy about.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
What I would like to say to all the readers out there is just to go out and find a book you like and take the time to read and enjoy it. Books are a writers soul on paper. They pour their time, thoughts, heart, and everything else they can find into their work just so that you would have the joy of reading it. I believe I've done the same and hope that you all take the time to enjoy my series.
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Other books by Shamara S. Davis
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• Book Review: The Adventures of Marco and Carla Book Two - The Forest of Faces by Shamara S. Davis|
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