Tag Archive | Halloween

Writing Prompt: Using Elements of “The Conjuring” To Write a Really Scary Story

ImageLast night I watched the movie The Conjuring with my family.  If you are looking for a grown-up, creepy Halloween dvd to watch, this is a good one.  I have to admit that I shut my eyes so many times I actually started getting sleepy at one point.  Some of the story elements in “The Conjuring” would work in writing a good horror or mystery story.  Without giving away too much of the plot, here are some things that would give your readers the creeps.

1.  Cute kids who innocently make friends with evil entities

2.  Husbands who leave to go work ridiculously long hours

3.  Paranormal experts who get scared

4.  Lots of unexpected events like grisly looking folks popping out in “don’t-go-in-there” basement

5.  The haunted house setting with a past nobody tells about until people are being jerked around the room by unseen forces

6.  Creepy music box, doll, or piano that plays by itself

Put all this together and you have yourself a horror story.  Now before you go all Stephen King on me, just remember that many of these elements were also in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.  See how well it works?

Do you have a favorite haunted house movie or book?  Leave a comment.

Thanks Misterio Press for a fun time at your Facebook Halloween party!

Just in time for Halloween-Book Discussion Questions for A Dash of Murder

Discussion Questions for A Dash of MurderA Dash of Murder is my Halloween cozy mystery, so I’ve included a set of discussion questions whether you are in a book club or just want to answer them on your own.  If you do use them in your book club please let me know so I can acknowledge you on my Facebook page and Twitter (@ttrent_cozymys) account.  I also have a short ten question quiz at Goodreads with additional questions.

Click Here to Download Discussion Questions for A Dash of Murder

Click Here to Take the Goodreads Quiz.

Click Here for Links to Purchase A Dash of Murder



I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but most of my readers know that’s a good sign–I’m busily finishing up my manuscript for my fifth mystery in the Pecan Bayou series.  I think I finally have a title, but I’m not ready to reveal that yet.

It’s Down Syndrome Awareness month so I’m sending my love to all my friends with Down Syndrome and their families .

 You are my inspiration in all you do every day.