Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Interview with Teresa Lo, Author of Hell's Game

I am thrilled to have Teresa Lo, author of the YA horror Hell's Game, stopping by for an interview today. I have just started to read Hell's Game and will be sharing my review later this month.

Hell's Game by Teresa Lo
 Published: April 2012
Publisher: Stull Printing
Available: Amazon


On Halloween night in Deer Creek, Kansas, Jake Victor, Ashley and Ashton Gemini, and Kristin Grace convince Ronnie Smalls to meet them at the town cemetery, which local folklore has always rumored to be the Gateway to Hell. Their intention was only to scare him, but soon the wicked prank becomes actual horror as the group learns the Gateway is all too real. After demons snatch Ronnie and drag him to Hell, the terrified foursome vow to keep what they had seen a secret.

Two years later, the group receives a mysterious letter, an invite to play a high-stakes game in Hell. If they win, they release Ronnie’s soul as well as their own from eternal damnation. If they lose, they are stuck in Hell forever. Choosing to play, they face nightmare after nightmare as each level escalates in intensity and forces them to face the seven deadly sins.

Inspired by the legends of the Gateway to Hell in Stull, Kansas, Hell’s Game explores the cruelty that teenagers can inflict upon each other as well as the horrors that exist amongst mankind. It is a dark, action-packed young adult novel that will both scare its readers and make them question the true meaning of evil.


Tell us a bit about your novel.

Hell’s Game follows a group of popular teenagers who are forced to play a high-stakes game in Hell after they play a horrific prank on the school nerd. As the group moves from level to level in the game, the settings intensify, and each level is a manifestation of one of the seven deadly sins. The story was inspired by the legend of the Gateway to Hell in Stull, Kansas. 

What do you hope readers will obtain from your book?

I want my readers to enjoy the story. I hope they find it entertaining and thrilling, but that they also take away the message that those who see or know of evil acts and do nothing are just as guilty as those who committed the crime. All of the characters that play Hell’s Game are doing so because they are guilty of harming one of their classmates, and all of the characters must fight actual monsters as well as the demons within themselves if they want to survive. 

What are some of your favorite YA books or authors? Non-YA?

I’m a big reader of YA literature. Growing up, I devoured books by Judy Blume, R.L. Stine, L.J. Smith, and Ellen Raskin, but I also liked non-YA writers such as Stephen King and John L’Heureux. 

Do you have any other works published and how do they compare genre/style wise with your current work?

My first published short story was “Letters,” and it was a serial published in my high school newspaper. It was popular with my peers, and it was about a lonely overweight high school outcast whose best friend snagged the high school “It” boy and subsequently abandoned her. In college, I published “Guilt” in The Comma Splice Literary Journal, and it was much darker than “Letters” but it also focused on a female protagonist. Those two stories are compiled in Realities, my first collection of short stories, which is available on Amazon. 

My second collection of short stories, The Other Side, had fantastical elements and explored loss and death. Hell’s Game extrapolates on some of the themes from those two collections.

Do you have any current writing projects? Can you tell us a bit about them?  

I’ve been working on ideas for my next book, but at the moment, I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do. However, I am interested in adapting Hell’s Game into a screenplay, so hopefully something will happen there!

About the Author
Teresa Lo is a writer living in Los Angeles.   She is currently a cast member on Just Seen It, and she has contributed to,, The Hollywood Reporter, The University Daily Kansan, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts website.  She has published two books of short stories, and she has won various screenwriting awards. Most recently, she released the YA horror e-book, HELL’S GAME. She is a member of the international Horror Writers Association, and she is the Social Media Chair of USC’s Women of Cinematic Arts.

Thank you, Teresa, for stopping by! 

If you are interested in picking up a copy of Hell's Game you can buy the ebook from Amazon for only $0.99!

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