By: Melanie | October 22, 2014 | (45) Comments

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Interview: Rin Chupeco, author of The Girl from the WellThe Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Series: The Girl from the Well, #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, YA
Pages: 267
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You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.

The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

An Interview with Rin Chupeco

I’m so happy to have Rin Chupeco, author of The Girl from the Well on the blog to answer a few questions 😀 You all should go check the book out, I also reviewed the book here. Welcome Rin!

If your book had a soundtrack, what would be one of the songs on the playlist?

I actually maintain a playlist here but Imagine Dragons songs (“Demons” and “My Fault”) make up a good part of that – it’s something I always envisioned Tark listens to and understands. And “I am Light” by Indie Arie, I feel, is the song that suits Okiku best.

Describe the main character, Okiku, in Twitter style (140 characters or less)

There is a woman on the ceiling, and she is watching you.

The characters in this book go to Japan. Have you been yourself?

I wish I had! I’m a big Japanophile though, and I’ve been fascinated by it even as a kid. I’ve watched every documentary I could get my hands on regarding Japan (Crime Lords of Tokyo and Jiro Dreams of Sushi are my favorites), own a lot of books, and am a big anime fan, which was my introduction to the culture (Ghost in the Shell is one of the best series ever). I spent a lot of months researching what I needed for my book before actually settling down to write it, trying to make everything sound truly authentic. But with Japan relaxing its rules on visas recently, I am (finally!) planning a trip next year to make up for it!

Are there any future upcoming novels that you can talk more about?

I’ve finished the sequel to THE GIRL FROM THE WELL, and it’s currently going through edits. It takes place two years after the events at the end of the first book (and if you know how the first book ends, you know there’s a lot of mental and physical adjusting taking place in the interim), where our protagonists are called back to Japan – this time to find one of their own, trapped inside a village of the dead in a very strange forest at the bottom of Mount Fuji.

In the meantime, I’m working on the first book of a new series, with lots of monsters ad spells and things. The best description I can come up with at this stage for it is “a teen neo-noir version of an urban Princess Mononoke”, set in an alternate Philippines. I’ve always wanted to write a story about the place I grew up in, and a gritty, sometimes lawless Manila is perfect for the kind of plot I had in mind.

THIS BOOK WAS PRETTY DARN CREEPY. Any creepy movies that you recommend for Halloween?

Thank you! My favorite horror movie will always be Ju-On. The Grudge is its American remake, but I suggest also watching the original Japanese movie with subtitles, because while the US version is creepy, it doesn’t quite have the haunting atmosphere that dominates throughout Ju-On. I also make it a point to watch The Labyrinth every Halloween, just because I love that movie, and David Bowie is at his creepiest best here.

This or that

Halloween or Christmas?

Halloween! I love ghost stories and dressing up, and I love candy!

Coffee or tea?

Tea! Milk tea, to be more specific, especially honey assam blends or yam milk tea (this is not as disgusting as it sounds, I promise).

Reading or writing?

That’s a tough one! I’d choose both if that was an option, but I think writing edges out reading for me, if only barely. Few things give me more pleasure than coming up with worlds of your own making.

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Rin, being the awesome lady that she is, is offering some awesome swag to an international reader!

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4. The winner has 48 hours to respond once the email is sent

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About Rin Chupeco

Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.

Her work, The Girl from the Well, is a YA psychological horror novel due out in Fall 2014, pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge". She is represented by Nicole LaBombard and Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency.

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45 Responses to Interview: Rin Chupeco, author of The Girl from the Well

  1. The book sounds really creepy but good. 🙂
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  2. Lily says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about this one and I’ve wanted to give It a shot for sometime but I must admit that these types of books totally give me the creeps *shudders* I don’t know if i’ll manage to get through it lol!
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  3. Candace says:

    I think this book is WAY too scary for me. I don’t do horror and even YA horror tends to get to me. Sometimes I try it and like it (Anna Dressed in Blood, for example) but usually I’m just too afraid!
    I would love to visit Japan!
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  4. Wasn’t the Grudge the one with the girl in the shower and she feels a face in her head? That was creepy. Yikes! A woman on the ceiling watching me. That is spooky. I am curious about this book.
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  5. Amber Elise says:

    HA. I just got this one from the library yesterday, I’m so excited to start it! 🙂 I think I’m like the only person in the world who didn’t like Ghost in the Shell, regardless fab interview! 🙂
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  6. Ok, ok, YOU’VE CONVINCED ME. I obviously need this book in my life! *grabbe hands* I’m off to the library to see if they have it. 🙂
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  7. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT. It’s been one of my most surprised favourites this year, because I thought I’d like it, but not just…gah! I couldn’t put it down. ^-^ Epic brilliance. I didn’t know there was going to be a sequel though so….ohhh, I’m excited! 🙂
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  8. Jasprit says:

    I’ve not heard of this book before, but it sounds great, I like how Rin dedicated so much of her time to research beforehand to make this book sound really authentic. Thanks fir sharing this interview with us!
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  9. Kelly says:

    You had me at ‘There is a woman on the ceiling, and she is watching you.’

    I love creepy horror YA. Just enough to scare you, but not enough to keep you awake at night and this one sounds like it falls between both. I love books set in non traditional locations, and Japan? I’m completely sold. I’ve seen quite a few positive reviews for this one and now even more eager to read it. Thanks for sharing Mel <3
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  10. I love anime, which was one of the reasons I was attracted to Girl in the Well. That and that it’s told by a ghost. “A teen neo-noir version of an urban Princess Mononoke” sounds so cool and very weird. I saw Ringu and it’s way scarier that the Ring, so I was afraid to watch Ju-On. Nice interview! 🙂
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  11. Giselle says:

    “There is a woman on the ceiling, and she is watching you.” OMG! I was so freaked out while reading this book! Also – the Grudge is THE movie that made me quit watching horror movies. It used to be my fav movie genre and now I can’t. Well I still love them, but I regret it after when I’m in bed imagining their faces RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY BED! Nope nope nope..
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  12. Faye says:

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! I didn’t know GIRL FROM THE WELL will have a sequel!! I am seriously dancing in my seat right now with this piece of information. I loved the book so much; I definitely felt the authenticity of the Japanese culture and it felt like I was watching a Japanese horror movie come to life. Haha. I was introduced to Japanese culture through anime and manga too! My online life is pretty much associated with that now due to my scanlating mangas. Awesome interview! I loved it and I got excited because of it! :D:D:D
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    • Melanie says:

      RIGHT!? It’s so exciting. So curious to see what happens in the sequel. Me wants it. Thank you, Faye. So glad i could inform you on such awesome news

  13. I’ve heard so many great things about this, but, honestly, I think I’m too much of a wuss to read it – ha! 😉 But it definitely fits the Halloween theme perfectly, and I love the sound of how Japanese culture is so skillfully woven into the story. Thanks for sharing and fabulous interview! <3
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    • Melanie says:

      Ah don’t fear the book, Zoe! I am a wimp when it comes to horror, and it wasn’t all that bad for me, so I’m sure you’ll be ok too. Thanks, girl <33

  14. Bennari H. says:

    i’ve never heard of this one before, but i love the sound of it already! thanks for the giveaway, too! i want this book so bad.

  15. OMG I love milk tea too! It’s just SOOO good and additive. I started drinking it as an alternative for coffee. I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve seen it around a few times now so I am convinced that I need to get myself a copy. Awesome to hear that there’s a sequel too! Great interview, Mel and Rin 🙂

  16. Amelia K says:

    I love reading interviews! I’m keen on watching The Labyrinth and Ju-On now–they both sound awesome and I love horror films–though there aren’t too many great ones out that (well out of the ones I’ve watched, at least :P) I went to Japan a few years back, it was amazing!

  17. It’s not a surprise that the author’s favourite movie is The Grudge, this book is definitely reminiscent of it. I just love how it’s a Japanese horror book though, Japanese culture is so fascinating! Great interview Mel!
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  18. Yun-a says:

    The Girl from the Well looks so spooky. And I’m a bit afraid of black birds.

  19. karin says:

    this book looks spooky , I am definitely intrigued

  20. Sara says:

    OOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Perfect read! A picture is worth a thousand words and what I am picturing in my mind I really like!:)

  21. Stephanie says:

    This book sounds devilishly creepy! Too good to resist!

  22. Stephanie says:

    Seriously that character description is the best I’ve heard since Daughter of Smoke and Bone’s Karou – so good man.

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  24. Ashfa says:

    Eeep! I just read this- “There is a woman on the ceiling, and she is watching you”- and freaked out!! Love the sound of this book and though I’m a huge chicken, I’m dying to read this book! Glad to know it not a standalone too.

  25. Hi Anita!Thank you SO much for your lovely comments. I can’t tell you how much they mean to me. Writing every day keeps me sane (well, as sane as you can be, lol).I agree we should highlight discrimination in work more. I’m trying to make as many people aware that it still happens as possible.I’d better go before my head gets too big!X

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