Young Adult Paranormal Horror Novels

YA Horror Novels

Today’s guest post is by young adult novelist Tawny Stokes.

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Tell us about your book Static.
During the summer before her senior year, 17 year old band groupie, Salem Vale, has been following her favorite punk rockers, Malice, from gig to gig hoping that one night she might get backstage and meet the sinisterly sexy guys. She’s been saving her virginity for the lead singer Thane. One fateful evening she gets her wish. It’s a dream come true.

Except the dream turns to a nightmare when she wakes up in a dumpster, tossed away like yesterday’s trash, with no memory of what happened the night before. She feels strange, different, as if something is trying to get out. Soon she realizes she’s changing…turning into something not quite human.

Now a hunger deep inside claws at her to feed, to siphon energy from those around her. Before she can do just that, Trevor, the band’s roadie shows up and stops her from killing. With his help, she learns to control the hunger inside, because he’s just like her. And in return he wants her help to do one little thing…

Help him kill the members of Malice.

Do you have a favorite character? Someone who was the most fun to write?

Villains are always fun to write because you can literally get away with murder. I loved writing Thane. He is evil, but also has his charming moments. At one point I almost thought of redeeming him….but nah, that wouldn’t have been any fun.

What is your favorite genre to write?
Love writing paranormal YA. So much more freedom to it. It’s what naturally comes out for me.

Is there any story (or genre) you’re dying to write that you haven’t yet?
Would love to write a steampunk. Or a straight up horror. Or maybe I should mix those, and write a steampunk horror YA book.

Are you a pantser, or a planner?
I used to be a planner, but now I’m a pantser. For me the story is stronger when it is written organically. I like to be just as surprised when something happens as the reader is.

Where do you get your inspiration/ideas from?
All around me. From music, movies, TV shows, people I see on the street, things I hear, stuff I dream. The world is my plot idea.

What authors influenced you the most?
Stephen King for sure. I grew up reading his books. More recently though, Kim Harrison, Rachel Caine, Suzanne Collins, Michael Grant, Simon Green.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
If this is what you want to do, then never give up. Write every day. Surround yourself by other writers.

What’s coming up next for you?
I just released another YA book called the Demon Whisperer. It’s about a young exorcist who does exorcisms in Hollywood.

Where can readers find you?
Readers can find me at or procrastinating on twitter, follow me at @TawnyStokes and I’m on facebook at

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I want to thank Tawny for providing such a comprehensive Q & A about her writing and her young adult horror novels. I love the cover of Demon Whisperer so much that I included it above. It is so evocative of classic horror. I love the movie The Exorcist so I think it will be interesting to see a take on it with a teenage exorcist.

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