To Renovate or not to Renovate? A guest piece by Sara Brooke

To Renovate or not to Renovate?
by Sara Brooke, Author of Renovation

Now that my new book Renovation has been released by Sinister Grin Press, I’m getting a lot of questions about renovating in general. In fact, I’ve even been added to some lists on Twitter entitled, “Renovators”. The truth is, I’m not much good with a hammer or planks of wood but I can share where the motivation for my novel came from.

It actually happened while I was in the process of fixing the roof on a home that I owned with my ex-husband. It was a great house, but had a lot of issues. Mainly, it was built in 1990 and the original owners hadn’t really made any upgrades since. So it was in need of repair. Constantly.

Of all the renovations we did, I found that roof repair was the worst. Workers would come in at the crack of dawn (presumably to avoid the ever-present afternoon Thunderstorms that are a constant affliction in Southeast Florida) and begin banging away on the roof.

I was out walking my dog one afternoon and it occurred to me how incredibly intrusive the work had become. There were nails all over the grass, big patches on the roof, and piles of roof tiles resting atop the house – awaiting their new placement.

It became clear to me at that moment that a home is truly a sanctuary and when it requires maintenance, the work itself can be more traumatic than the issues that started the work in the first place.

And I thought some more, “What if the workers had their own agenda? What if they originated from something dark and evil? What if they knew that by creating chaos in a person’s sanctuary, they could actually cause an entire family to unravel into a writhing mess?”

Hence, Renovation was born. And when I wrote, it was infused with personal experience and fears of what might happen if my own home became a place overridden by evil, chaos and disaster.

But of course, it was also written for your enjoyment. And the relief that these horrible things are happening to someone else, while you read and relax in your safe abodes.

*I’d sincerely like to thank Sara for stopping by and sharing some insight into her latest work of fiction, Renovation. I am excited for an opportunity to tear into this piece as it sounds like a lot of fun and something that is right up my alley. Stay tuned a simple review from a simple reader.


Renovation, Synopsis

• File Size: 403 KB
• Print Length: 113 pages
• Publisher: Sinister Grin (September 1, 2016)
• Publication Date: September 1, 2016

It all started with a leaky roof.

Or did it?

Something bad is happening in the small picturesque town of Oak Shade, Florida.

The Brennier family has just moved into their new home, and they are excited about the prospect of a new life. A new beginning.

But things don’t always go as planned.

Almost immediately, their beautiful home starts to fall into disrepair. And there’s that strange thing happening in the attic…

Their call for help to a local repair company quickly becomes a different cry for help.

And their lives begin to crumble as the situation gets stranger and more disruptive.

It soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems, and a simple renovation could mean the deconstruction of their lives.

Sara Brooke, Biography

Sara Brooke is an international Amazon bestselling author who writes horror and suspense novels. A lifelong avid reader of all things scary, Sara’s childhood dream was to write books that force readers to sleep with their lights on. Her first novel, Still Lake, was released Spring 2012. Among her other novels, she had The Gardens of Babylon published by Sinister Grin Press in December 2015 and The Zyne Project in March 2016. Sara’s influences and favorite authors include Bentley Little and John Saul. She is presently working on her next novel and upcoming documentary film.

You can find Sara online at her website.

Praise for Sara Brooke

“Sara Brooke has written a nice Gothic horror story that has twinges of Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives with a twist of Bentley Little, but on a much darker, sordid level.” – HellNoteson Kransen House

“This novel is taut, well-plotted, and well-characterised…” – Mallory Heart Reviews on Still Lake

“…a body horror reminiscent of Eli Roth’s movie from 2002 – ‘Cabin Fever.’ Unlike Roth’s movie, the characters are actually very likeable, so much so in fact that I felt gutted for them at the end. They are a naïve bunch, young, dumb and full of…!” –Adrian Shotbolt on Gardens of Babylon

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