Author: Amanda Troyer
Published: August 27th by Ivory Deer Books
Sixteen-year-old Brenna doesn’t believe her vivid imagination can hurt her, until she wakes up in a church, covered in blood. Blood that isn’t hers.
She thinks her life can't get much worse, but when she finally finds a way to escape her abusive home, her imagination turns to nightmarish hallucinations.
Niven likes staying inside the abandoned church, hiding from his violent father. The two bond through art and misery, but Brenna knows good things in her life don’t last long.
Her delusions take a horrific turn when she thinks she sees two men gruesomely murdered by a monster in the church basement, but in the end, she’s the one with blood on her hands.
Who are you?
I am a mother of three, a wife, a person who likes coffee and sweets together, someone who reads books on her phone while she carries on conversations (I’m sorry friends! :-p). I love the Avatar series and wish I could earth bend (I’ve finally decided I’d be an earth bender). I’m a photographer. I photographed and designed the cover of my first book. I make checklists, but don’t make them often enough to be effective. I prefer sleeping to eating. J
If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be…
Excitable, bizarre, scattered.
What inspired Harrow?
I’ve spent a lot of time in church balconies. Oh, I should probably explain that: I’m second photographer for my sister-in-law, and we photograph a lot of weddings. I sit up in the balcony, usually alone, while the ceremony goes on, and I wait for the kiss or the candle lighting to catch from above and far away. Since I spend so much time up there, I tend to daydream, and I imagined someone in the corner of the room, and one thing lead to another, until I had a whole story in my head!
What’s your favorite line from the book?
When Brenna’s friend says they should go inside the haunted church she replies, “Yeah, and then when we get in there we can split up to look for clues.”
Do you have any pop culture references in Harrow?
I do have a couple. One is a Veronica Mars reference that I couldn’t help. Another is a little more obscure, I wonder if anyone can pick it out?
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
It’s usually something I see or feel, and then think too long about. A person who was looking for a basement apartment on house hunters spawned an idea, so did a being a photographer, and being on the swim team… memories, moments, things. Anything.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Some of the books I really like to think back on, or reopen and quote to friends are: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (I didn’t think I could laugh so hard while reading), The Great Gatsby (something I didn’t read soon enough at all), Harry Potter (because who doesn’t love the Harry Potter series).
What are your current projects?
I’m 1/5 of the way through a first draft of a New Adult Romance. It’s about a young photographer who is having a mid-life crisis at twenty-one, when everything seems to come apart all at once. There will be a lot of super sweet moments, and a tattooed rock star. : )
What are you reading right now?
I have about a dozen book half finished, but I’m trying really hard to find time to finish Throne of Glass and Lirael.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Tweet me your reviews! I don’t want to miss reading any of them because I’m so darn excited that you read it!