Being Published in “The Box Under The Bed”

Guest blog post by a co-author of The Box Under The Bed, Adele Marie Park



I first came to know Dan Alatorre through his blog. I adore his novel An Angel On Her Shoulder.

He writes from the heart and his passion for the craft is wonderful.

I was lucky to come fourth in one of his Word Weaver Writing Weaver Contests, and to have a critique of my work.

So, when he announced The Box Under The Bed anthology submission call I was excited and determined to write a story to be included.

My usual starting point for any story is the character. Sometimes they emerge fully formed and onto the paper but this one emerged from the shadows.

What better way to come forth when it’s horror?

When a character evolves the story sometimes takes a definite U turn. That happened in this tale. It started out as a horror story to scare – and I hope it still does – but there were other issues that bled in.

The attitudes to mental health in the past and the present are still miles behind what they should be and this was drawn into the story as it progressed.

When writing these scenes I had to stop as my emotions became too much for me to continue.

I pushed onward, helped by my David Bowie playlist and produced a work that I am proud of.

Dan helped so much by showing me where it could be polished or where it needed to be clarified. When it comes to giving edit critique, I always trust him to be spot on.

I am so proud of this anthology that I am a part of.

Each writer’s story is unique and the themes that run through them are terrifying, horrific but also emotional. There are hidden depths to every tale.

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Thank you, Adele, for such kind words. Your writing is consistently amazing, which is why it’s in the anthology.

Gang, it was a blast working with such amazing talents like Adele Marie Park on this scary anthology.

Check out Adele’s other works HERE, and her brilliant story “Traveling Man” HERE,

and check out the Box Under The Bed right now!

Published by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

12 thoughts on “Being Published in “The Box Under The Bed”

  1. Congratulations, Adele and Dan! I commend you, Adele, for working through your feelings and achieving publication ~ not an easy task when the story we’re writing hijacks our emotions. The cover is perfect; it should grab all horror fans out there 🙂 Hugs to both of you ♥♥

  2. Fantastic work, Adele, here and in your anthology story! That your main character “emerged from the shadows” for you says a lot about the creative process and story-building itself.

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