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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Guest Post with Edward Willett


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Edward Willett is an award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy and non-fiction for both children and adults.

Born in Silver City, New Mexico, Willett lived in Bayard, New Mexico and Lubbock and Tulia, Texas, before moving to Weyburn, Saskatchewan with his family when he was eight years old.

He studied journalism at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, then returned to Weyburn as a reporter/photographer for the weekly Weyburn Review, eventually becoming news editor. In 1988 he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, as communications officer for the Saskatchewan Science Centre, and in 1993 he became a fulltime freelance writer. He still resides in Regina.

Willett is now the author or co-author of more than 40 books, ranging from computer books and children's non-fiction books to science fiction and fantasy for both adults and young adults.

His science fiction novel Marseguro (DAW Books) won the 2009 Aurora Award for best English-language science fiction or fantasy book by a Canadian author. He has also won a Saskatchewan Book Award for his YA fantasy Spirit Singer. He has been nominated for the Aurora Award and Saskatchewan Book Awards multiple times.

His most recent novels include the Masks of Aygrima trilogy, YA/adult crossover novels published by DAW books and written as E.C. Blake, and the five-book YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, published by Coteau Books. He's also the author of the Peregrine Rising duology for Bundoran Press (Right to Know and Falcon's Egg).

Other novels include SF novel Lost in Translation (DAW Books), Terra Insegura (sequel to Marseguro, DAW Books), Magebane (DAW Books, written as Lee Arthur Chane), YA SF novels Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star, Andy Nebula: Double Trouble, and The Chosen; and YA ghost story The Haunted Horn. 2016 will see a new YA fantasy, Flames of Nevyana, from Rebelight Books.

His non-fiction titles run the gamut from science books for children on topics as diverse as Ebola Virus and the Milky Way to local history books like Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw for Red Deer Press, awarded a Municipal Heritage Award by the City of Regina in the education category and A Safe and Prosperous Future: 100 years of engineering and geoscience achievements in Saskatchewan, published by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS). He's also written biographies for children of Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Andy Warhol, Orson Scott Card, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Ayatollah Khomeini.

        
  


WHAT WAS THE DEFINING MOMENT DURING YOUR YOUTH WHEN YOU REALIZED YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER?

I don’t remember the first time I tried to write a story—it was probably in elementary school, as an assignment. I have no idea whether it was good or not, although I can be pretty confident, since I got the only “D” of my school career in handwriting, that it was hard to read.

I certainly wasn’t thinking about being a writer in elementary school, of that I’m sure. I wanted to be a chemist, because they got to play with cool glassware filled with bubbling multi-colored liquids. My impression from TV was that the job of a chemist was mixing these different liquids together in the hope of creating either a) flubber or b) a superexplosive or c) a potion that would turn them into a superhero (instead, it usually turned them into a monster, but even that seemed cool to me).

But then came a day when I was eleven years old, it was raining outside, the Internet hadn’t been invented yet, and we only got two channels on our TV, one of which was fuzzy and neither of which was showing anything interesting. I and a friend decided on the spur of the moment to fill the time by writing stories. I have no idea what he wrote, or if he finished it, but I ended up writing my first complete short story, entitled “Kastra Glazz: Hypership Test Pilot”, from which title you can see in what genre my mind already lived. (One thing I had deduced from reading the science fiction and fantasy books my older brothers had around the house was that science-fiction characters needed weird names.)

My mother, a secretary, had an IBM Selectric typewriter at home, and typed up my story in proper manuscript format. I then took it to my Grade 7 teacher at the Weyburn Junior High School in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, Tony Tunbridge. He didn’t just pat me on the head and congratulate me on stringing a bunch of words together—he took the time to critique the story properly and thoughtfully, even though it wasn’t a school assignment. He wondered why both my main character and my aliens acted the way they did, and asked other questions that made me realize I could make that story better.

As it happens, I didn’t make that story better—I never revised it—but Mr. Tunbridge’s interest and support made me want to write more and better stories, and I’ve been trying to do so ever since.

It took me a while, but I finally thanked him for it: my science fiction novel The Cityborn, published in 2017 by DAW Books, is dedicated to Tony Tunbridge. I was even able to track him down via Facebook and send him a copy.

Maybe I would have decided to be a writer anyway, but who knows? In some way, he lit a spark, and that spark became the flame that keeps me writing today.

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES FROM MASTER OF THE WORLD.
  • Buffeted by swirling winds, I clung to the rope ladder lifting me from the mysterious—and rapidly disintegrating—island in the ocean below toward the giant flying ship in the sky above and reflected on what a lousy week I was having.
  • I went to the shelves and ran my fingers along the spines of the nearest books. They were familiar...but not quite right. Evenhoe, by Sir Wallace Scott. Moby-Buck by Hermione Melville, which, a quick perusal showed, was about an obsessed huntsman trekking the wilderness in pursuit of a great white stag. Dr. Acula, by Bram Striker, a horror story about a physician whose experiments with blood transfusions produced shambling, undead monsters with a thirst for even more blood...actually, that one sounded pretty good.
  • Although, to be fair, I suppose I couldn’t really say I knew everything about the First World, because it could have changed drastically since I left it ten years ago. It could now be very different from my version of it. Did it have HiPhones and StreamPix? In it, had the long-delayed Star Trek musical finally made it to Broadway? (In my world, it was still in development hell, although one song from it, Scotty’s big second-act number, ‘The Laws of Physics Break Dance,’ had made it to number sixty-seven on the Hot 100 chart.) Who was the president? Did she still live in the Emerald Palace?
  • I sighed. The worst thing about talking to people from different worlds was that no one got my Star Trek jokes.
  • I spent most of my first few hours aboard the Terror in the tiny wardroom by the galley, chatting with Athelia, who, since her cover had been managing a traveling theatrical troupe, was fascinated by what I could tell her of theater in my own world. She was familiar with opera, but musical theater was new to her (even operetta had never developed in this Shaped world). She flatly refused to believe that anything such as Cats could possibly exist, never mind the more recent (in my world, at least; perhaps in the First World they’d never attempted to make a musical starring a giant puppet-monster) Godzilla.
  • That’s probably enough to give a flavor of my sense of humor in this series... :)
TEN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT MASTER OF THE WORLD.
  • 1. The main character’s name, Shawna Keys, comes from the Scottish Gaelic word for storyteller, shanachie.
  • 2. Shawna Keys’s sense of humor is, basically, mine. So sorry.
  • 3. The cover artist for Worldshaper and, now, Master of the World, is Juliana Kolesova (julianakolesova.crevado.com), a Toronto-based artist and illustrator. Worldshaper was her first book cover for DAW Books.
  • 4. The description of the Albatross in Master of the World was modified slightly to better match the drawing of it on the cover, and I specifically made reference to Shawna wearing a leather jacket and helmet and goggles to match the cover art, as well.
  • 5. Master of the World is my tenth novel for DAW Books, but only my sixth as Edward Willett. (I also wrote one, Magebane, as Lee Arthur Chane, and the Masks of Aygrima fantasy trilogy as E.C. Blake.)
  • 6. At a fundraising event for my daughter’s high school, Luther College High School in Regina, Saskatchewan, I provided, as a silent-auction item, the opportunity to “have a character in Master of the World named after you.” Daniel Sullivan, captain of the Terror, is named after the winner.
  • 7. Almost all other characters draw their names from characters in Jules Verne’s books, although almost none of them are in the roles they played in his novels.
  • 8. As you could see in the quotes, I had lots of fun with twisting the names of existing stories and books. Also making an appearance are various works by Ellen Elgar Poe, “The Rise of the House of Asher,” “The White Dog,” “The Overdue Burial,” “The Musk of the Black Death,” and “The Husk of an Armadillo.” Mark Tierce, author of Gooseberry Flynn and The Reprobates Abroad, shows up, as well...
  • 9. The word I use for the secret understanding of the making of each Shaped world, hokhmah, is Hebrew for “wisdom.”
  • 10. Master of the World is dedicated to my daughter, Alice, “who is launching into university at the same time this book launches into the world.” She’s just begun her studies at the University of Toronto.

From an Aurora Award-winning author comes the second book in a gripping portal fantasy series in which one woman's powers open the way to a labyrinth of new dimensions.

Shawna Keys has fled the world she only recently discovered she Shaped, narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Adversary who seized control of it...and losing her only guide, Karl Yatsar, in the process.

Now she finds herself alone in some other Shaper's world, where, in her first two hours, she's rescued from a disintegrating island by an improbable flying machine she recognizes from Jules Verne's Robur the Conqueror, then seized from it by raiders flying tiny personal helicopters, and finally taken to a submarine that bears a strong resemblance to Captain Nemo's Nautilus. Oh, and accused of being both a spy and a witch.

Shawna expects--hopes!--Karl Yatsar will eventually follow her into this new steampunky realm, but exactly where and when he'll show up, she hasn't a clue.

In the meantime, she has to navigate a world where two factions fanatically devoted to their respective leaders are locked in perpetual combat, figure out who the Shaper of the world is, find him or her, and obtain the secret knowledge of this world's Shaping. Then she has to somehow reconnect with Karl Yatsar, and escape to the next Shaped world in the Labyrinth...through a Portal she has no idea how to open.

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Thank you EDWARD WILLETT for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of Master of the World (Worldshapers #2) by Edward Willett.

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The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco




ISBN: 9780062821799
ISBN 10: 0062821792
Imprint: HarperTeen On Sale: 10/15/2019
BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches
BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Siblings
BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General


Praise for THE NEVER TILTING WORLD

“The Never Tilting World is what happens when Garth Nix meets Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s a dark, lovely, and even timely look at a world that’s fallen apart, with just the right blend of epic action and twisted magic.” ―Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper

“Visually vivid, magical, and exhilarating.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Dark and richly drawn, The Never Tilting World is a lavish fantasy about sisterhood, sacrifice, and finding strength in a treacherous world. Chupeco’s writing is lushly descriptive, transporting me to the brink of the abyss; while reading it, I could swear the world stood still.” ―Heidi Heilig, author of For a Muse of Fire

“Multiple plot twists and a breathlessly cinematic tone will attract fantasy and romance fans alike.” ―Booklist

“Complex, brutal, romantic, and terrifying. With a phenomenal cast of characters who stick to your bones and vivid worldbuilding that shows up in your dreams, this is a book that demands to be experienced.” ―Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights and editor of His Hideous Heart

“This rich fantasy spotlights power’s corruptive influence, love’s redemptive nature, and the urgent concerns of climate change. The tale’s scope and creativity astound.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A great choice for fantasy shelves.” ―School Library Journal


Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.

While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.

But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

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Photo Content Rin Chupeco

Rin Chupeco has written obscure manuals for complicated computer programs, talked people out of their money at event shows, and done many other terrible things. She now writes about ghosts and fantastic worlds but is still sometimes mistaken for a revenant. She is the author of The Girl from the Well, its sequel, The Suffering, and the Bone Witch trilogy.
        

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{Nerd Blast} The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman



Series: Shadow Grove (Book 1)
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (October 15, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1645480062
ISBN-13: 978-1645480068


Praise for THE NIGHT WEAVER

"With its boogeyman-like creature based in lesser-known folklore, the novel is unique, as well as creepy and unsettling. It also functions on a metaphorical level, growing stronger by feeding on the negative emotions of the townspeople … The Night Weaver introduces a world of myth, intrigue, and darkness with considerable technique." Foreword Reviews

“Simultaneously refreshing and deeply unsettling, The Night Weaver weaves together small-town horror with an intricate otherworldly fairytale to deliver a blend of horror and fantasy that captures the essence of young adult terror seasoned with the stuff of grown-up nightmares.” The Nerd Daily

“… a very easy to read page-turner … As the mystery develops it moves deeper into dark fantasy ... brimming with ideas.” Ginger Nuts of Horror

"I have been searching high and low to find a writer that could intrigue me with writing as witty and crafty as Cassandra Clare, and lo and behold I found one. HOLY HELL what a read." Nadine Maritz, MY HEAD "IN A NUTSHELL“

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Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards® are presented annually for superior achievement in writing in eleven categories. Previous winners include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Joyce Carol Oates, and Neil Gaiman. The HWA formed in 1985 with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe R. Lansdale. The HWA is home to the prestigious Bram Stoker Award® and the annual StokerCon convention.

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
•Ireland, Justina – Dread Nation (Balzer + Bray)
•Legrand, Claire – Sawkill Girls (Katherine Tegen Books)
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•White, Kiersten – The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Delacorte Press)

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Shadow Grove isn’t a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don’t grieve, missing posters don’t line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn’t exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, and unmistakeable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring and the night feels darker than ever.

Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves. It’s up to Rachel to find a way to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.

Original cover art by Marcela Bolivar 
And title treatment by Michael J. Canales

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Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.

Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.

        

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

HollyShorts: Pappy Hour - Nell Teare Interview


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The former Texan, director and creative tour de force of the project is Nell Teare, hailing from the theater scene at NYU performing in the Tony-award winning musical Memphis, moved to Los Angeles in 2010 where she has since worked on numerous shorts, directed over twenty book trailers for FILM 14 as well as an original musical, Rock and Roll’s Greatest Lovers, a one woman show entitled StandUpera. Recently she has produced the webseries Broke A$$ Rich Kid and directed Guber, You. Me. Us?, The Huntas as well as shadowed her first network show, NCIS, with directors James Whitmore, Jr and later with Bethany Rooney.

        



Pappy Hour is a dark comedy about the Mulligan family and how one daughter, Jean Mulligan, wants to fulfill her father's last wish at a funeral. She unlike her family, believes in her father, while other members have their own agendas or otherwise see him as a deadbeat.

THE FUNERAL PARTY

  • Jean Mulligan - Daughter of Robert Mulligan, a successful, pragmatic engineer who wants to do right by her father's last wish
  • Richard Mulligan - Son of Robert Mulligan and brother to Jean, a snarky local cop in his small town who resents his father
  • Gloria Mulligan - Second wife to Robert Mulligan, a career woman who puts business first even at the expense of her deceased husband
  • Diane Mulligan - "Crazy Aunt Diane" a woman who has a particularly sinister plan to steal Robert's ashes for her own bidding

Pappy Hour is based off a true story the writer, Andrea Millard was told about her grandfather regarding his last wish. She always admired that her family honored her grandfather's last wish to have his ashes dumped in the Susquehanna River after his funeral. She ran with that idea when developing the script for Pappy Hour, but created the story using fictional characters. She also added her very own awkward, dark comedic twist.

Runtime:10:40 Language: English
Country: United States of America Premiere: World

Director:Nell Teare, Screenwriter: Andrea Millard
Producer:Nell Teare, Executive Producer: Andrea Millard
Co-Producer: Andrea Millard
Cast: Samantha Sloyan, Christopher Amitrano, April Lang, Jan Haley-Soule, Myles Cranford
Editor: Andrea Botiggliero
Production Design:Leslie Bicknell Composer:George Stanford


Nell Teare on the Red Carpet during HollyShorts.
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THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH NELL TEARE
JOURNALIST: BROOKE ELIZABETH
LOCATION: 
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FILM FESTIVAL DATE: HOLLYSHORTS AUGUST 8TH - 17TH
INTERVIEW: AUGUST 8, 2019



Video:/Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

ABOUT HOLLYSHORTS
The annual Academy Awards® Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival will celebrate its 15th year in August 2019. HollyShorts (HSFF) brings together top creators, industry leaders, and companies and has launched many filmmakers into the next stages of their careers. HollyShorts, a regular on the MovieMaker Magazine Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, also engages its community and spotlights short films year-round through monthly screenings, panels, and networking events. HollyShorts Film Festival will take place between August 8-17, 2019 at TCL Chinese Theatres 6 located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028.

CO-FOUNDED BY THEO DUMONT AND DANIEL SOL
HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lisa Unger Author Interview


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Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels, including THE STRANGER INSIDE. With millions of readers worldwide and books published in twenty-six languages, Lisa Unger is widely regarded as a master of suspense. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Ruth Rendell and Agatha Christie. The Edgar-nominated UNDER MY SKIN is also a finalist for the prestigious Hammett Prize, and the Macavity Award for Best Novel. And the original short story THE SLEEP TIGHT MOTEL is a #1 bestselling single.

Unger's critically acclaimed books have been voted "Best of the Year" or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.


        
  


When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
I have been writing since childhood. Most writers are readers first. That’s where we fall in love with story. And that was certainly true for me. And then many writers, I imagine, have a moment where they think: If I can be so moved by someone else’s story and characters, can I also move people with my stories? I don’t remember a time in my life before I defined myself as a writer. And I never wanted to do anything else. So I feel very grateful that I have been able to fulfill that dream.

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book?
The creative process is an organic one, and so naturally there is an ebb and a flow. Some days you can’t stop the pages from coming; books seem to write themselves. And other days, you struggle to get a few good sentences down. We all love the flow; but we have to be comfortable in the ebb, as well. Of course, I am also a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend; there’s a life and a home to manage. There’s always a gauntlet to run to find my way into the creative zone. But, as I always tell aspiring writers, there’s no other way to write a book than to sit down and write it – good days and bad. Schedule the time and honor the schedule. This is just as true for the working professional writer – maybe more so.

Has reading a book ever changed your life? Which one and why, if yes?
I feel like there isn’t one answer to that question. As a lifelong reader, I could cite a number of important books that shifted my worldview.

But the book that first comes to mind is IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote -- which I read at a wildly inappropriate age. I was already in love with Truman Capote’s voice and imagery from his collections of short stories Other Voices, Other Rooms, and Music for Chameleons. But I also had a dark imagination and deep curiosity about the human psyche and what caused people to do bad things. IN COLD BLOOD gave me permission to be who I think I always was as a writer. It gave me permission to shine a light into the darkest places and do it with compassion and a love of language.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
By far my most rewarding experience is hearing from readers who have been moved by and connected on a deep level with my stories and characters. There’s nothing more important to a writer than knowing someone else has visited a world she created and found something that stayed with them or changed them.

Can you tell us when you started THE STRANGER INSIDE, how that came about?
In my research for another novel, I found a book entitled THE INNER WORLD OF TRAUMA: The Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit, by Donald Kalsched. This work was deeply affecting and some of what I learned has stayed with me, coming up again and again in my imagination.

This was where I was first introduced to the Jungian concept of the psyche splitting, an occurrence in cases of extreme trauma where a stronger “self” emerges to protect the weaker aspects of the personality. He talked about it as a survival strategy. I have toyed with this idea in other novels, but in THE STRANGER INSIDE, I really dig in deep. I’m most fascinated by the question of what happens to this stronger self when you don’t need him anymore. That’s the heart of THE STRANGER INSIDE.

What part of Rain did you enjoy writing the most?
A long time ago, I stopped thinking of characters as people that I create and started thinking of them as people that I meet. The joy of every novel, and every character, is uncovering the layers, getting to know each person as the narrative unfolds. I related deeply to Rain’s conflict between the two big parts of herself – her life as Lily’s mother and her drive in her career. I was fascinated by how she compartmentalized her dark past, locked it away deep inside. And even though her relationship to Hank is twisted and unhealthy, I was deeply curious about their connection.

Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest and why?
I wouldn’t say the writers on this list are new but these are some of my favorite recent reads: The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman; The Swallows by Lisa Lutz; The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan; Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself that leaves you wondering where that came from?
I actually think it works the other way around. The world is so scary that I have to write to make sense of it all.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?
That there’s a device used in taxidermy called a “flesher.” Look it up. Or, rather, don’t.

What is the last movie that you saw at the cinema?
Funny you should ask. Just last weekend, my husband and I had our first grown-up-movie- theater-night in 13 years (I have a 13-year-old. Coincidence? I don’t think so. And, of course, we’ve seen EVERY kid movie in the theater.) We saw “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” It was an absolutely wild, brilliantly wrought, thrill ride. Loved it. And how does Brad Pitt just get hotter and hotter?

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
A random act of kindness. For no reason, and for a complete stranger, just do something helpful, sweet, or thoughtful. It doesn’t have to be much. You’ll be amazed at how the smallest act can make a difference.

What are you most passionate about today?
There are so many things on my mind these days. I am passionate about conserving the environment. I am an advocate for gun control, and an end to the unchecked violence that seems to be a national disease. Mainly, I wish that every human being in the world could shed hatred and find love in his or her heart for others and the planet on which we reside together. I think this would take care of most of our problems.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
Oh, there are lots of answers to that question. But probably motherhood has changed most the way I see the world, what I want from life, what scares, me worries, brings me joy. Motherhood introduced me to all new layers of myself. I am a better person because of my daughter. I am more compassionate and patient. I am a better writer because of what I now know about myself, and about children.

TEN REASONS TO READ THE STRANGER INSIDE
1. You believe that sleep is overrated: I want THE STRANGER INSIDE to keep you up all night!

2. You are fascinated by characters’ pasts: Rain, the protagonist in THE STRANGER INSIDE, has a complicated and shocking past, one that is now coming back to haunt her.

3. You believe that a person can have more than one self: THE STRANGER INSIDE explores the Jungian concept of the psyche splitting, an occurrence in cases of extreme trauma where a stronger “self” emerges to protect the weaker aspe

4. You love stories that stay with you: I hope THE STRANGER INSIDE is a story you will keep thinking about long after you turn the last page.

5. You know that justice is not always simple: cts of the personality. He talked about it as a survival strategy.

What is the difference between justice and revenge? THE STRANGER INSIDE dives deep into this question. When bad men get away with murder and good people are driven to do evil things – who is the hero and who is the villain?

6. Sometimes you root for the bad guy: Hank, THE STRANGER INSIDE’s villain, is frightening, but he’s understandable. I hope you will come away from the story being glad to have met him.

7. You’re obsessed with stories of obsession: The exploration of obsession, the drive to possess the very essence of another person, is one of the themes of THE STRANGER INSIDE.

8. You know people can recover from trauma, but it leaves lasting wounds: Some experiences affect us so deeply that we are forever altered. This is an integral part of the story of THE STRANGER INSIDE.

9. You are happy to take reading advice from other fantastic authors, like Riley Sager, who said:
"A darkly thrilling tale of survival and obsession. Lisa Unger never disappoints."

10. You want to test how quickly you can turn pages: With THE STRANGER INSIDE, I hope you won’t be able to turn them fast enough!


"A darkly thrilling tale of survival and obsession. Lisa Unger never disappoints." 
Riley Sager, bestselling author of Lock Every Door

Even good people are drawn to do evil things...

Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend's house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice--and killed him in cold blood.

Now Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom, having put aside her career as a hard-hitting journalist to care for her infant daughter. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case. Eerie similarities to the murder of her friends' abductor force Rain to revisit memories she's worked hard to leave behind. Is there a vigilante at work? Who is the next target? Why can't Rain just let it go?

Introducing one of the most compelling and original killers in crime fiction today, Lisa Unger takes readers deep inside the minds of both perpetrator and victim, blurring the lines between right and wrong, crime and justice, and showing that sometimes people deserve what comes to them.

Praise for THE STRANGER INSIDE

“Unger writes smart, chilling thrillers, and [The Stranger Inside] bodes to be one of her best.” Boston Globe

"Loved it!! Frightening, utterly compelling but also sharply insightful, compassionate and with a dark, atmospheric heart. Highly recommended." —Gilly Macmillan, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Nanny

"Tense, atmospheric and addictive, The Stranger Inside is an utterly unforgettable tale of justice, revenge and good vs. evil. And with one of the most compelling antagonists I’ve read in a very long time, this book hits my top five books this summer. The Stranger Inside was, quite simply, phenomenal." —Cristina McDonald, author of The Night Olivia Fell

"Surviving a crime is the beginning of the story, not the end, in this astute, engrossing thriller." —Kirkus, starred review

"Unger's latest thriller relentlessly uncovers a multitude of secrets, leading readers down a delicious path of fear, lies, and long-awaited justice, with an ending that will leave jaws dropping." —Booklist

"Cleverly plotted...Unger’s well-honed craft shows in her unmasking the avenger early on and using the reveal to ratchet up suspense. She also squirrels away several startling trump cards for later.” —Publishers Weekly

"A darkly thrilling tale of survival and obsession. Lisa Unger never disappoints." —Riley Sager, bestselling author of Lock Every Door

“It’s not often that I’m stunned by the ending to a novel. But The Stranger Inside is rich with surprise from the very first page. It’s a smart, taut thriller.” —Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and Midwives

"Unger is a sure bet for those seeking a nail-biting thriller with enough twists and turns to have you gasping for air by the time you finally reach the ending." —The Real Book Spy

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