I’m excited to have two special guests today! Authors and brothers Blake and Jordan Crouch have collaborated on their first book and they’re here to chat about it. Eerie is Blake’s trademark suspense, mixed with the kind of creepy horror that makes you want to leave all the lights on.
Before we go any further, meet the men behind the words:
Blake was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Learn more on his website: www.BlakeCrouch.com
Jordan Crouch is Blake’s younger brother. He attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Creative Writing. Jordan lives in Seattle, Washington. Eerie is his first novel. His website is: www.AuthorJordanCrouch.com
Now for a look at the book:
On a crisp autumn evening in 1980, seven-year-old Grant Moreton and his five-year-old sister Paige were nearly killed in a mysterious accident in the Cascade Mountains that left them orphans.
WITH A FRIGHTENING POWER
It’s been thirty years since that night. Grant is now a detective with the Seattle Police Department and long estranged from his sister. But his investigation into the bloody past of a high-class prostitute has led right to Paige’s door, and what awaits inside is beyond his wildest imagining.
OVER ANYONE WHO ENTERS
His only hope of survival and saving his sister will be to confront the terror that inhabits its walls, but he is completely unprepared to face the truth of what haunts his sister’s brownstone.
Blake and Jordan took time out of their crazy schedules to answer a few of my questions. Let’s find out what these brothers had to say:
A conversation/interview with the two of you is included at the end of Eerie. I was fascinated to learn that you wrote much of the book in real time using Google Docs, and that neither of you had specific parts or character viewpoints to write. Your writing styles blends seamlessly. Was this a difficult achievement? Did one of you have to bend your style or compromise more than the other did?
*Blake*: Our styles are pretty similar to begin with so there wasn’t much adjusting.*
Jordan*: Yeah, we’ve both been inspired by a lot of the same writers, and conveniently enough, one of those writers for me is Blake. I’ve read his stuff for years so I’m sure he’s rubbed off on me in ways I don’t even realize. There was a brief settling period in the beginning while we were learning how to write with each other on the same page, but we fell into a rhythm after the first few scenes.*
Blake*: I inspire myself too.
*Jordan*: I find your humility inspiring.*
Blake*: Thank you. We also edited each other which evened things out a bit. And this kind of story is helped best by terse writing which doesn’t really allow for excessive prose. That was a natural boundary that kept things within a certain range. I never felt like I compromised my style to achieve that consistency. We both brought different things to table, and they ended up augmenting each other.*
Jordan*: No compromises here either. I will say that the element of Blake’s style I adjusted for the most came out of the way he writes character action. When the suspense ramps up he uses quick, punchy sentences separated by line breaks to create a sense of urgency. It works great because your reading momentum speeds up with the action. It’s a signature Blake thing that I definitely didn’t want to lose.
The story revolves around two siblings and, while their situation is unique, it bears all the hallmark battle scars of sibling relationships. Did you learn anything about your own relationship while writing Eerie?
*Jordan*: I recovered some memories about some of the ways he used to torment me when we were kids, but I’m working on repressing them again. In all seriousness, the best thing is that we learned that we can write together. That’s pretty huge. I mentioned it in the interview at the end of EEIRE, but collaborating was like sharing a bedroom again. There’s not always enough space, but finding creative ways around obstacles that naturally arise from having two minds aimed at the same problem is incredibly rewarding.*
Blake*: What he said. Writing is a personal exercise, and you never know if including someone else is going to be worth the cost of entry. It’s great to be able to share that experience someone else. It’s awesome to be able to share it with your brother.
You both have your own novels coming out later this year. For Jordan, it will be his first solo novel (Congratulations!) and for Blake it will be number 1,037 (Okay, I’m exaggerating just a little!). Can you give us a teaser about those novels? And is there any chance you’ll collaborate on another book in the future?
*Jordan*: I’m not ready to talk about it in detail, but it’s a thriller, set at sea, and will completely different than EERIE.*
Blake*: My next one will be out in August. It’s called PINES, and here’s a quick run down:
Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact–he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Intense and gripping, Pines is another masterful thriller from the mind of bestselling novelist Blake Crouch.
*Jordan*: I’ve read it. Get excited. It’s awesome. And we’d love to collaborate again.
*Blake*: Yep. There’s nothing on the horizon, but I don’t think this is the last time two Crouch names appear on the cover of a novel.
I can’t wait to read both books! (Even though you, Jordan, were stingy with details! ) Thank you both for being here.
Eerie is available only at Barnes and Noble for Nook, until June 14. Then it will be released everywhere!
Here’s a look at it on Barnes and Noble:
I hope you’ll explore Blake’s writing world, and pick up a copy of Eerie. Just plan to be up all night!
Thanks for reading.