T.D. RIZOR (pronounced RISE-er) once worked as personal assistant to children’s horror author R.L. Stine, but had to quit because it was too scary. Since then, he’s been writing his own stories. He lives and writes near the beach in North Carolina with his wife Aimee, and their son, Jeremiah.
What is Freaky Deaky High?
A thrilling, horrifying, mysterious, romantic YA book series (emphasis on the Y). The stories are supernatural, paranormal, and freaky deaky.
How many books are there?
When it’s complete, there’ll be a total of twenty-six. I think. Unless I die or aliens erase my memory, there’ll be lots more Freaky Deaky High.
Are the same characters in every book?
No. Each book is a stand-alone story about a different student at Franklin Delano High. Every tale happens in the same school, FDH, or Freaky Deaky High as the students call it. And here’s a hint. The first book is about Adam. The second book is about Bryce. The third, Chelsea. Then Danielle. Notice the pattern? Adam. Bryce. Chelsea. Danielle… A, B, C, D… You’ll be able to know which book in the series you’re on simply by the first letter of the character’s name. I know it’s weird, but it’s how my mind works.
So there’s going to be a TV series? Very cool!
It is cool, isn’t it? In March I got a phone call from Hollywood. Filmmaker Charlie Matthau was interested in developing Killer Ride for the screen. He bought the rights, and I sweet-talked him into letting me write the screenplay adaptation. We worked on it together for several months until we got something we were happy with.
We made major changes to the story. The main character in the book is a sixteen-year-old boy named Adam who finds a classic Corvette in the woods on his birthday. In the screen version, we changed the main character to Avery, a girl. And the car is now a hi-tech Tesla with advanced artificial intelligence, and it develops a crush on her. Don’t tell, but I like our script even better than the book!
When can we watch it?
Well, a lot of things have yet to be worked out. But the plan is for Killer Ride to be the pilot episode of a TV series or a stand-alone feature film.
2020 is going to be a freaky-busy year. Three new Freaky Deaky High books are coming, so stay tuned for those.
Where’d you get the idea?
I was daydreaming. Seriously, I was staring off into space and the idea popped into my head. So next time you see somebody with that vacant, zoned out expression on their face, don’t judge them. They could be hatching an awesome idea.