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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by E.M. Fitch - Guest Post & Giveaway



About E.M. Fitch

E.M. Fitch is an author who loves scary stories, chocolate, and tall trees. When not dreaming up new ways to torture characters she is usually corralling her four children, or thinking of ways to tire them out so she can get an hour of peace at night. She lives in Connecticut, surrounded by chaos, which she manages (somewhat successfully) with her husband, Marc. 

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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by E.M. Fitch

Let’s skip the obvious—running from zombies, getting chased through the woods, finding a creeper lurking underneath my bed (I check, don’t you??)—and get to the good stuff.

My Apple Watch tells me I have a pretty steady heart rate, and a nice low resting rate, which makes me happy. But there are a few things that really make me jump! I have four children, and when one of the little monsters makes their way into my bedroom at night, standing over me while I drowsily rouse myself. Eep! That makes me jump, for sure. There’s a reason Children of the Corn was terrifying…let me tell you.

The ripping of a chainsaw, a sudden car backfiring, one of my little monsters hiding in a closet and screaming BOO! (See what my children do to me?!) all of these things get the ticker really moving. But it’s not just the jump scares…sometimes it’s just me checking to make sure the basement door is locked at night, especially after I’ve watched a scary movie. Yeah, I’ll admit it, I take those stairs back up two at a time. Because what if? What if?!

So far, nothing’s grabbed at my ankles. But you never know, do you?

And when it comes to horror in fiction, as the rule goes, it’s that same mix that terrifies me. Those fast-paced, tight moments of sheer insanity really get my heart pounding. However, slow and steady builds can do that too. Reading along as Georgie ventures into his basement, smelling IT for the first time, knowing inherently what that is…knowing IT’s down there…yep, my heart pounded hard during that scene! And nothing even happened!

I try to bring this all into my own writing style, sprinting alongside Cassie as the dark creatures of the forest chase her through the woods. Or sitting in the local graveyard, watching the faery lights that hover in the trees—knowing something dark and sinister is watching you too… It’s that combination of panic-inducing terror and quiet, unsettling tension that tricks my cardiac system into tap dancing along my rib cage. And I hope it does that for my readers, too.

Thanks for reading! And stay scary, folks.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a $10 Amazon gift card from E.M. Fitch.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

27 comments:

  1. I love the spooky stuff too! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  2. I'm not keen on spooky stuff really but if it's not bloodthirsty then it is often entertaining. You just never know until you've read the book.

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  3. Awesome guest post, thank you for sharing!

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  4. Getting into the halloween mood with this

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  5. My youngest sisters favorite reads, the scary ones that keep you on your toes. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway as well.

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  6. Great guest post. I'm a big fan of horror in fiction.

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  7. I love scary stories, chocolate and tall trees too :) You have awesome taste!

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  8. I love this, especially around Halloween!

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  9. I used to read horror books when I was younger, not much time for reading these days unfortunately. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. This is right up my daughter's alley!
    jan

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  11. Looking forward to reading your books. Thank you

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  12. wonderful post, thanks, would love to read your books! xx

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  13. Very nice post and soooo relatable

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  14. Just like the author, I too love scary stories, chocolate. Tall trees are a bit specific but I guess I like them too.

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  15. I am such a scardy cat I have to avoid anything other than maybe Casper the friendly ghost

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  16. Your books sound very interesting . I'm adding them to my tbr list right away .

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  17. Quiet, unsettling tension....Yep, sounds like enough to scare the pants off me!

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  18. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  19. OOH I love horror, and live in a haunted house too. The latest one to appear was a little girl who doesn't look like anyone in our family past or present.

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  20. I love reading and I'm transmitting this passion to my daughter

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