As Halloween fast approaches, USA Today's Joyce Lamb asked other authors to discover what book raises the hair on the back of their neck. In the Oct.28 edition, Lamb asks a number of romance authors, including Zoë Archer, about what's scared them:
I'm not a scare-addict, so I tend to avoid scary books and movies, but when I was young, I loved The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs. It was creepy, but it was also comforting in the way that orphaned Lewis would sit under the stars with his Uncle Jonathan (who was a wizard) and their next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman (who was a witch), and munch on chocolate-chip cookies. Any evil can be conquered by munching on chocolate-chip cookies!