Abigale looked down at her hands, which both shook. But from what? Jitters? Shock? Fright? Pain? She wasn’t able to decide.
She refocused on the door that both detectives had disappeared behind. What did that cop have to tell Collins that she couldn’t be in the room for? Could it be something about her mom? Maybe her dad? Her stomach churned at the thought.
The analog clock that hung on one of the bland walls was beginning to drive her insane. The constant ticking noise that counted every second she was in the room rattled around her brain. Abigale fought the urge to rip it from the nail it was suspended from and smash it on the floor. She pictured the glass face shattering on the tile, the small gears and parts sliding across the floor in a desperate attempt to flee her anger. Abigale would have already done it if she knew Collins wouldn’t make her pay for a new one.
After enduring a few minutes of excruciating silence with only her tortured thoughts and the ticking noise of the analog clock, Collins re-entered, his face ashen.
“What’s wrong?” Abigale asked, her heart climbing into her throat. The tears that had been streaming down her cheeks were long dried.
The detective shook his head, taking a seat at the table. “It’s nothing. I’ll tell you when I have more information. No sense in worrying you yet.”
“Yet?” Abigale said. She reached for his arm, her fingers wrapping around his wrist. “No, I want to know now.”
He raised an eyebrow.
Collins sighed, glancing down where she squeezed his arm. He removed her pale, shaky hand from his wrist and placed it back on her side of the table. “I’ll make you a deal. You tell me what I want to know, and I’ll inform you of what’s going on.”
Abigale’s hands curled into fists as the memories flooded back again. “No, I can’t,” she said in a small voice. “Please don’t make me do this.”
Amy Crandall is an avid reader and novelist born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. She began writing in elementary school, publishing her first story on Wattpad.com at the age of thirteen. With the support of her loved ones and newfound friends on the site, Amy continued to share her thoughts and interests in the form of storytelling.
Before her Wattpad.com days, she was published in A Celebration of Poets - Summer 2012 (Creative Communication, 2012) for her poem My Garden. That experience only drove her desire to further pursue writing. Her first full-length novel, "Delusions", was a featured story on Wattpad.com, reaching #7 in the mystery/thriller genre, and surpassing 115,000 reads, before its publishing.
When she isn't envisioning a new story plot, Amy can be found camping with loved ones, getting lost in a great read, jamming to her favourite tunes, or giving in to her craving of Timmies' iced lemonades.
Hi everyone! My name is Amy Crandall, and I am super excited to be here! Special thanks to Maia Gomez for hosting this blog tour!
A little bit about me: I am a debut author and avid reader from British Columbia, Canada. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, and I published my first story on Wattpad.com at the age of thirteen. I had a dabble of previous experience in publishing when I was in elementary school—where I had a poem of mine published in A Celebration of Poets – Summer 2012. My favourite genres to write are mystery/thriller and fantasy—though I haven’t fully pursued the fantasy genre yet.
Fans of The Boy Next Door and Bates Motel will love my recently published debut novel “DELUSIONS”!
“DELUSIONS” is your classic whodunnit with many twists and turns along the way! The book focuses on a girl named Abigale Fern and her journey from misunderstood teenager to possible murderer. Your job? Find out if she’s truly guilty of the murders Agent Ross is convinced she committed.
Read an #Excerpt!
The agent reached for the file he’d thrown onto the table earlier. Flipping it open, he jabbed a finger at an enlarged photo of a person lying on the pavement. “How do you explain this, then?”
Abigale closed her eyes, the photo still burning into the remnants of her mind. The night he was attacked was the last time she’d seen him. She still wasn’t sure how he--
“Abigale!” Agent Ross slammed his hand down in front of her, startling Abigale into opening her eyes again. “I would like you to explain to me how a wild night of partying ended in this!” He pointed at the photo again, and Abigale slapped a hand over her mouth when she felt bile rising in her throat.
“I told you,” she said, “I don’t know!”
An evidence bag landed on the table. Abigale’s pulse skyrocketed. Blood stained the familiar canvas.
“How do you explain this, then?” he asked, his voice menacingly calm.
Abigale felt the fingers around her throat again, squeezing the life out of her. The bag…she’d gotten rid of it. It should have been in the landfill by now. How did they have it? “I—what is this?”
“Why don’t you tell me, Abigale? It was picked up from your house. It’s too bad you didn’t conceal it better when the garbage truck came by to pick it up. He reported it to us immediately. A day after the party.” Shit.
“I’ve never seen this before in my life. It’s not even my bag!” Liar.
A vein protruded from his forehead, and Abigale could sense his growing anger. “I know what happened at the party.”
Now for a short Q&A! Be sure to write your questions in the comments and I will be happy to respond!
Q: What genre would you want to try writing and what genre could you never write? A: I would like to try writing fantasy. I do have a layout for a fantasy novel I would love to pursue, but I want to develop my writing a little more before I tackle it . A genre I could never write would be erotic romance. I find it much too awkward and personal to write about; therefore, I’ll be sticking to the YA side of things for a while! Perhaps I will feel differently in the future? Fellow writers: what is a genre you would like to try writing and what genre could you never write?
Q: What’s your writing method? A: This is a hard one. It honestly depends on the novel and how easily the story is coming to me. I will sometimes do brainstorming sessions, in which case I might plan out the whole novel. Other times, I will “pants” my entire way through the story. I personally like having a general guideline to go by for each chapter so I know what the main focus is, but I will definitely let my imagination wander if it likes and adjust the plot accordingly.
Q: Where do you start writing your books? Middle, end, beginning? A: Sadly, I start writing my books at the beginning, which is awful because I find the beginning to be the most difficult to write (the chapter after the exciting prologue). I find it so draining as a writer, and yet, I know if I don’t start at the beginning I will get super confused. How about you guys? Be sure to leave your questions in the comments!
Q: What’s your writing goal? A: My short-term writing goal is to get a second book drafted before I graduate (I have 6 months left and only 10K words down!), but to also get a short story completed (which is coming along nicely). My long-term writing goal is to be a New York Times Bestselling Author (but I know that will never happen XD)
Q: When did you first start writing? A: I first started writing as soon as I knew how to spell. I was infatuated with reading and writing, but I didn’t get serious about it until I was 12 years old. Being the rebel I wish I was, I signed up for a Wattpad account 8 months before I was “allowed” to really be on the site because I wanted to start sharing my craft as soon as possible. I don’t regret it at all, because I was able to self-teach myself the craft of writing through the encouragement I received on the site.
Q: Who is your favourite character in “DELUSIONS” and why? A: This is a hard question to answer! I would say that my favourite character in “DELUSIONS” would have to be Damien Thackston, with our not-so-beloved MC coming in at a close second. Damien was one of those characters I couldn’t get enough of. He has this mysterious edge that can either lure you in or make you want to run away as fast as you possibly can. I had a lot of fun when, in the Wattpad version of the book, I added a chapter from his POV for one of the most crucial scenes of the novel. It was a chapter where you could really see Damien’s dark side from another perspective. I wish I could have kept it up on the site, but, sadly, I was unable to keep the scene because it revealed too much into what happens at the end of the novel.
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