1. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever heard/read/seen? It can be from a book, movie, or from the campfire at night…
When I was around twelve, we lived in a 100-year-old house. I walked home from school each day and waited alone until my mom returned from work. During those softly-lit afternoon hours I would often glimpse twinkles of light just out of direct sight, or blurry spots near the end of the long hallway. These things never scared me or seemed maleficent until the day my friends and I decided to try out a Ouija board - and the game piece moved on its own! The very next night I stayed up late again, writing on our ancient computer. My hallway desk faced away from the stairs and as I typed I slowly became aware of steps, heavy and slow on the staircase behind me. But every time I turned around, there was nothing to see or hear. We moved soon after that, so I never had much resolution, but the next owners tore the house down to the ground after a few months...
2. Who would you like to bring back as a zombie? Why?
Zombies gross me out, so I wouldn't wish that on many people. But if it were just for a day and not for a beheading, I would adore seeing Chris Farley as a comedic zombie.
3. What is your favorite thing about Halloween?
Dressing up! I don't live near enough to any conventions, so Halloween is like my own little Comic Con. I think it's amazing fun to dress up and enter a character's brain for a night. (Maybe that's why I write!)
4. What was your best Halloween costume?
Last year, I was the wicked witch of the east...the one squashed under Dorothy's house! I joined up with about a dozen teachers from my school, and together we completed the whole Wizard of Oz cast! This year, my husband and I are rocking out He-Man and She-Ra - like the true eighties kids we still are!
5. Is there an author out there that you’re pretty sure is a witch? Tell us who and why you think so!
I'm going to tag Eva Pohler in this one - I think of her as a Hermione sort of witch! She seems to be everywhere at once, so she certainly must have a time turner somewhere. And she gives great career advice!
Thank you, Hilary!!!
How to find Hilary:
Hilary Thompson was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a Libra, a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she has made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.
After trying on hats made for artists, architects, restaurant and retail workers, landscape designers, legal secretaries, and professional students, she retreated back to her first loves of education and writing.
Hilary now teaches high school full time, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She also tries not to spoil her own independent, willful children or neglect her wonderful soul-mate of a husband too much. She tends to ignore laundry baskets and dirty dishes.
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