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FIVE QUESTIONS ... with Jason Offutt

Welcome to FIVE QUESTIONS. In this feature on my blog, you'll learn about new and exciting books from the author's themselves. You'll hear about the book, their characters, the inspiration behind the book, and other insider details. All through five simple questions.

Today, Jason Offutt is here to answer five questions about his new horror novel, THE GIRL IN THE CORN.

What is your new book about?

The life of Thomas Cavanaugh, a farm boy tormented by a fairy he once encountered in the corn, and the life of Bobby Garrett, a disturbed young man tormented by something darker than the fairy. When their lives—and the lives of their supernatural companions—intersect, reality becomes explosive.

Of all the characters, which one to do you relate to the most, and why?

Thomas. Like Thomas, I grew up on a farm. And, also like Thomas, I skated aimlessly through life until faced with adversity. I think that made my parents happy. Parents love it when their children finally get their shit together.

What was the inspiration behind the book?

Growing up playing in cornfields despite my parents telling me not to. There are wicked things that lurk in the corn.

What was the hardest scene to write?

Bobby’s fourth murder. I hope my audience tells me it was just as rough to read.

What's the most interesting or unusual thing you learned while researching for this book?

That it’s way WAY too easy to learn how to make ricin, thermite, and C4 in the comfort of your own home.


You can purchase THE GIRL IN THE CORN at the following retailers.


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