Curbing curiosities, or an interview with Chosen author R.S. Broadhead (and a giveaway)



Chosen (The Urban Legends Series)

By: R.S. Broadhead

Publisher: Independent

Publication Date: October 24th, 2017

Black eyes. No emotion. No sympathy. Only emptiness.

Piper McAdams’s life was normal. Career? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Friends? Check. One unsettling run in with a homeless man turns everything from normal to terrifying. She begins seeing…things.

Things she can’t seem to explain or make any sense.

As if things aren’t already getting out of hand, Piper receives news that the only family member she has is dead. She thinks maybe a trip across the country to her hometown will get her away from all the strange events happening.

After a late night accident, Piper isn’t in her hometown burying her loved one. She’s in a town called Hell. All she wants to do is leave, but the people seem to be holding her there for some reason.

A reason she feels threatens her life. Around every corner things become darker and scarier.

Can she escape what is coming for her?

1) If you emptied out your purse, wallet, desk drawer, pockets, backpack, beach bag, saddle bag, or fanny pack, what would we find?

Wallet, keys, tons of receipts, maybe some lipgloss. I have a tiny purse, so not much can fit in there.


2) What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster? Which do you prefer: drafting or revising?

I’m an extreme panster. I usually know the beginning of the story and sometimes the ending. All the middle comes while I write it. I prefer revising. Anything to make the story stronger!


3) What is your number one writing tip?

Write everyday and finish whatever you start. I struggle with writing everyday and have to keep reminding myself of this.


4) Describe you book in 5 words or less.

Unnerving, hair-raising, unexpected, heart-pumping.

5)  A book goes through a lot of different versions and rounds of editing before it’s complete.  What are some “fun facts” or behind the scenes info you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book?

One scene that was cut was when Piper arrives in Alabama. The original car she was supposed to rent was a beat up piece of crap because they gave her rental to someone else. She got pissed and made the worker give her his Whopper. Once outside she gets pissed at something and hurls the burger at a car. I thought the part was pretty freaking funny, but when I went back through it funny wasn’t what I was going for with this story, so it didn’t make the cut.


Another scene that change was how Piper met the milky eyed man. She originally saw him on the streets of the city, and he wouldn’t stop staring at her. She runs into him later that night as she’s going into her apartment.


Piper was a lot more feisty in some original parts. I toned her attitude down a lot in the final.

6) Do you have a special story, a discovery you made while doing research, or an innocuous thought that grew into something bigger that is behind your inspiration for the book?

A special story that I have is it seems the book started to follow me in real life. Crazy, right? Crows are one aspect that I used. We live in a field. Never, before I started writing this thing, were there crows out there. Now? They are everywhere. I’ve even seen them in the parking lot at my work in the middle of town.

7)  Who was your favorite character to write and who gave you the most trouble? My favorite character to write was Piper. Why? Because I got to torture her! The most trouble was probably Nolan because he was such a dick. Piper should have dumped him a long time ago.

8) If you could ask a character of your choice from CHOSEN one question what would it be?

I would ask Piper why the hell didn’t she just take Taylor with her when she went home!

9) What scene from the book are you most proud of (because of how you handled the atmosphere, characters, dialogue, etc)?

I think I’m most proud of the hospital scene. It was pretty creepy.

10) Is there a scene that you had difficulty with and just had to “power through” to finish the book? Or a scene that made you very emotional?

The ending got a little emotional for me. There’s a memory Piper has regarding her grandfather that I thought was pretty heart breaking.


11) How do you write horror?

What did you add to frighten the reader, how did you set up a scene to make it extra scary, and how do you structure the book’s atmosphere to make sure it was especially thrilling? What did you incorporate that frightened you? I thought of things that would frighten me. What situations would cause my heart to pound? I took those thoughts and built that scene. I wanted to put the reader in Piper’s shoes. What she saw, what she smelt, how she felt, etc. Those are the things I tried to convey and bring the reader into the terror.


12) What are the top five things we should know as a reader before starting CHOSEN (about the main character, their love interest, the antagonist, their world/home town, their situation, etc)

  1. If you don’t like being scared I wouldn’t read it.
  2. Piper is a small town girl at heart living in the big city of New York.
  3. She’s had a tough life in the beginning and it’s only going to get worse.
  4. Her boyfriend is a major momma’s boy.
  5. Be prepared to leave the lights on at night and be wary of people knocking on your door in the middle of the night.


13) What is next for you? What are your currently working on?

Right now I’m finishing up a contemporary romance. I have about 4k left to write in it. Hopefully it will have a release date in January.

R. S. Broadhead lives in Jackson, Alabama with her husband of ten years, their two little girls, and a pug named Wednesday Love the Duchess, or Winnie for short. She has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in business administration. She loves to snowboard, travel (Australia is her favorite place so far), and dance (not professionally, just whenever she feels like it). When she was sixteen-years-old, her and her friends would take pictures and make up funny stories about them. Fourteen years later, UNVEILED was born. UNVEILED, her first novel, is the first book in a four book series.


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