Sassy's X-Mas Bash - Cortney Pearson! Interview, Giveaway & Recipe!

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Title: Phobic
Author: Cortney Pearson
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Release Date: August 28th 2014
Publisher: Self-Published

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Fifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. It’s never needed repairs since it was built in the 1800s, and the lights flicker in response to things she says. As if those things aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder.

To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper opens a forbidden door, which hides a staircase that leads to the ceiling. That’s when the flashbacks of the original residents from 1875 start, including a love affair between two young servants. Each vision pulls Piper deeper into not only their story, but also her house. Piper confides in her best friend, Todd, whom she's gradually falling for, but even he doesn't believe her. At least, not until her house gets axed during a prank, and the act injures Piper instead, cutting a gash the size of Texas into her stomach.

Piper realizes her house isn’t haunted—it’s alive. To sever her link to it, she must unravel the clues in the flashbacks and uncover the truth about her mother’s crime, before she becomes part of her house for good.

Hello Cortney! I’m so excited to have you stop by the blog today! Let’s start, shall we?

Hi, thanks so much for having me! I’m excited to be here!

#1.What gave you the inspiration to write Phobic?

My great-aunt had this fabulous old house with an especially creepy basement. I hated going down there as a kid. The pipes were exposed, there was an old coal chute, along with the original iron stove and it was just freaky! Looking back at this picture now it doesn’t seem that bad. Still, for a kid, creepy!

So, what better background for a story with a haunted house than a psycho living in a creepy basement? :-p

#2. Do you ever get writer's block and if so how do you overcome it?

I have days where I’m completely stumped! Fortunately, this book helps almost every time. It’s from a creative writer’s kit I bought a long time ago, but it has prompts for every single day, and whenever I’m stumped I turn to that day’s prompt. Usually it helps unclog the block and gets words flowing again! 

 (Today’s prompt is… “Write about what’s obvious.”)
Judy’s blog is here—she has some great tips for writers as well.

#3.What is your favorite part of writing and the most difficult part?

My favorite part is getting lost in my own head. Lol. But really, I love zoning out and delving into the world and the lives of the characters I’m trying to create. That can also be the most difficult part as well, especially when writing fantasy, which I currently am!

#4.What is your favorite part about the holidays?

The music! I love love love Christmas music. It started snowing yesterday and I gave in and blasted some Harry Connick, Jr. Christmas jams. 

#5.What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to read! I’m a nerd like that. 

#6. Do you have any upcoming projects you want to let your readers know about? 

I’m finishing edits on a YA Fantasy titled SUCH A SECRET PLACE. It’s about a world where a wizard’s spell has banished emotion so people can’t cry, but a rare jar of enchanted tears chooses sixteen-year-old Ambry to break that spell. When her jar gets stolen, Ambry has to work with the swoony, mysterious Talon Haraway to get them back. Little does Ambry know, Talon wants the tears for his own reasons… 

SUCH A SECRET PLACE is coming Spring 2015!

Once again, thank you Cortney for stopping by the blog today! Have a wonderful holiday!

Thank you! And Happy Holidays to you as well!

Every Christmas my mom makes these Golden Harvest Muffins and they're DELICIOUS and so healthy and we all just gobble them up! It's become a Christmas morning tradition.

1 cup All-purpose flour
1 cup Whole wheat flour
1 cup Sugar
2 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Cloves
2 cups Shredded, peeled apples
1/2 cup Shredded carrots
1/2 cup Coconut
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 cup Chopped walnuts or pecans
3/4 cup Oil
1/4 cup Milk
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Whole eggs, beatean

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper baking cups or grease bottoms and sides.

2. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and cloves. Add apples, carrots coconut, raisins and nuts; mix well. Add oil, milk, vanilla and eggs; stir until just moistened. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.

3. Bake for 20-25 mins or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pans..

Recipe courtesy of Cortney!

Cortney Pearson is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. Cortney lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.

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Happy reading! 


  1. Great interview! Basements are creepy. So glad to see PHOBIC out, Cortney! Thanks for the recipe. Looks yummy!

    1. Hi Emily! I agree, basements are creepy. The house I used to live in, the basement was thank you! Thank you for stopping by! :)


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