Book blogger Fair Guest: Maren Dille

Posted: 7.24.2013 by Cole Knightly Labels: ,

Halloween Re-romanticized 

I love the supernatural. Halloween, spooky stories . . . what writer/creator doesn't? There are basically no rules, and the built-in intrigue of the unknown leaves a whole unwritten world for an author to dabble in. "A Tale of Two Cemeteries" was my first publication, and my only piece of work that falls in the horror category. I wrote the story for a contest, with the only rule being that it had to be Halloween themed.

Despite it being in the horror genre, the thought of writing something gory, scary, or sad, never even crossed my mind. I wanted to write a comedy, something quirky that would stand out and be memorable. My mission: to re-romanticize Halloween. Thus, "A Tale of Two Cemeteries" was born, which reeks of spookiness and suspense, humor and action, without ever crossing over into the gory side of the supernatural. Do I really believe in the concept of Deadworld and ghosts working on the "other side" to haunt humans? Nope. But the point is, what if?

Author Bio:

Maren is a stay-at-home mom, part-time piano teacher, cosmetologist, and writer. Amidst the business of being a housewife, she loves reading, writing and playing music, vacationing, going on dates with her hubby and friends, throwing dinner parties, and sewing.
Maren's published work includes a short comedy titled "A Tale of Two Cemeteries," a middle-grade reader titled The Treehouse, and The Faith and Fate of David Ghent, a Young Adult novel. Recently her novelette, The Pastiche, won an award and was featured in the YA anthology, Wonderstruck released by Clean Teen Publishing. Find out more about Maren at

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A Tale of Two Cemeteries
It's 2012 in Deadworld, and the ghosts are hungry for a good human haunting. All Charlie Quinn wants to do is keep his cemetery in business and live a normal, honest ghost life. But Julian McNabb, the ruthless owner of the cemetery across the street, always seems to steal his business. 

All of that changes when a teenage pop sensation dies and joins Charlie's cemetery, and Charlie discovers that Julian's success has come by some costly means. It's up to Charlie's haunting company and their new employee to keep their business afloat, and stop Julian from taking any more lives.

The Faith and Fate of David Ghent
In the Lucen city dwell the descendants of Righteous and Fallen angels. Kept hidden from the rest of Earth and governed directly by Heaven, each descendant is given a chance to prove themself loyal to Heaven, and obtain salvation. For most, the task is encouraging and fair, but for David, it’s devastating.

David Ghent has waited twenty-one years to fulfill a prophecy foretelling the destruction of Lucifer’s power on Earth and Heaven, saving himself and the entire world from Hell’s power. His training is complete, the city prepared. As the battle commences, the city’s most beloved daughter, Layla, suddenly appears at the Hellgate. David is then faced with an impossible choice: fulfill the prophecy, or save her life. The consequences David faces after choosing Layla force him to question his entire life, and his loyalty to Heaven. As the aftermath of failure unfolds, David discovers that the real battle against Lucifer has just begun.

The Treehouse
Ten-year-old Artie and his friends love two things: Molly Martin, and baseball. They are terrified of exactly two things: Molly Martin, and Old Lady Farnsworth, Artie’s crochety elderly neighbor.
When their baseball is stolen by Old Lady Farnsworth, Artie and his friends embark on a secret mission to steal it back. But they can’t do that without the help of Molly Martin, and she’s got her own set of likes and dislikes. Join Artie and his friends on the greatest summer adventure of their ten-year-old lives. 

Wonderstruck: The Pastiche
A punishment far worse than death awaits Alim Hamal. Sylin Incorporated has a special punishment for their rogue assassins: uncovering the darkest moments in their subconscious, then watching as they relive them through virtual simulation. Only one assassin has ever escaped. Alim plans to be the second. The simulation demands the truth, something Alim has kept from his employers at all costs. But as his final moments emerge, Sylin will discover that the truth is Alim’s most dangerous weapon.