CHOOSE YOUR OWN DEATH
by Marianna Shek
Goultown. The sort of place where kids could walk down the street in the middle of the night. Or accept sweets from strangers because strangers were just friends you hadn’t met yet. A place where grown-ups got tattoos of smiley faces and if kids graffitied, they were sure to do smiley faces too.
That was before the murders began. After Sally Ellerson drowns at the chocolate factory, you know there’s something weird going on. It’s time to take charge.
Choose Your Own Death is a path-picking adventure where every wrong turn unleashes an eldritch evil. If you don’t solve the mystery soon, the next death could be yours.
‘Wicker witches!’ She rummages through her backpack, pulls out a peg and clamps it over her nose making her sound like she’s blocked up from a cold. ‘I’ve read all about them in Scented Supernatural. They lull you into a sense of dullness and kill you.’
‘Sandalwood and lavender. My favourite.’ Angus seems to have forgotten Tammy lying stiffly at his feet.
The trees are closing in. Shuffling like old people. Dribbling waxy secretions onto the ground with every step. The wax drips and curls into crevices forming eyes, mouths and noses. They look and smell like giant scented figurines from a candle shop.
Jessica pulls out two more pegs and places them on you and Angus. The spell breaks.
‘Wicker witches?’ Angus howls. ‘Let’s get out of here!’ He grabs the torch, scoops up Tammy’s stiffened form and flees.
‘Come on, Drew!’ Jessica takes off. She’s the fastest runner on the track team at school. She used to try and get you to train with her but you always laughed and asked what was so great about being sporty.
You stagger after her but the wax on your jeans has set hard. You hold out your hands to break your fall.
‘Wait for me,’ you cry, but the words come out muffled. The wax has coated your lips shut. You try yelling out some swear words but realise you’re wasting time. You upturn your knapsack looking for a weapon. Rock. Paper. Scissors. What the? You will never let Tammy pack the survival kit again!
AN INTERVIEW WITH MARIANNA
-What inspired you to become a writer?
As a young reader, I always got upset when the story ended. The characters had become my friends. It was as if we’d gone on an adventure together and suddenly they left me. I didn’t know what happened to them afterwards. So I started writing fan fiction, only at the time I didn’t know that’s what it was called. I only knew that I was writing what I imagined was happening to my friends after our adventures had ended. Eventually, I started creating my own story worlds and my own characters.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
Well…as the storyworld in Choose your Own Death is steeped in supernatural, I’d have to set out for an adventure of my own. Maybe team up with a wicker witch and find a dark fairytale to explore.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
Moonbows! They are a real phenomenon!
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks and pizza with?
All my characters are under-aged but I’d think they’d be up for milkshakes so probably Jessica. She’s a real nerd, like me when I was younger.
-If you could go back in time and give your pre-published self one piece of advice, what would it be?
The magic is not in having your book get published. The magic is in the writing.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I aspire to be a flexible writer but I have a rule that I never write what I don’t enjoy reading so that would be horror and romance.
Marianna Shek is a writer, reader and ideal eater. She took a ridiculously arduous route to get there, dabbling in pharmacy before switching to animation and finally settling down as a writer. She has a wonderful day job as a researcher and producer. You can follow some of her crazy art and film projects at theunreliablenarrator.com
She rambles specifically about books and creative writing at rockonkitty.com.
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