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Interview with Steve Diamond, author of Residue - April 21, 2015


Please welcome Steve Diamond to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Residue was published on April 20th by Ragnarok Publications.



Interview with Steve Diamond, author of Residue - April 21, 2015




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Steve:  Thanks for having me! I've been writing for a long time now, but I didn't start taking it seriously until 2007 or so. It wasn't until 2011, though, that I began taking a hard look at my writing. I caught a break with a short story for a small press, and I realized I really wanted to get better so people could enjoy my work. So I wrote lots of short fiction to start, and a ton of practice fiction based on tabletop RPGs I was playing. That was when I really started to improve, and authors I knew began telling me I really needed to get more fiction out there.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Steve:  I started out pure panster. But as time went on, I found I needed a bit more structure to my writing. I found I needed to know--with a pretty good measure of concreteness--what my ending was, and a few stops along the way. That said, I'm still not a complete plotter. I've tried that method too, and I hate it. The lack of discovery takes all the fun out of the writing for me. I'm in the middle of panster and plotter, but I shade closer to panster.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Steve:  For me, the first difficulty is figuring out my ending. Starting has never been hard for me. But that ending? Coming up with a finale that doesn't feel cheap, cliché or forced? Yikes. After that, it's finding time to sit down and actually write the thing. I'm the Finance Manager for a Department of Defense contractor. It's rather demanding. When I get home, I like to spend time with my wife and kids. So it isn't until they are all asleep that I can generally do any writing. And by then, I'm generally pretty exhausted. But that's hardly a unique situation. I try and write, even if it's only for 30 minutes. And I think about what I'm going to write all day, so when the time comes I can get it all down on paper fairly quick.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Steve:  Influences? The main influences on my writing are Steven Erikson, Joe Abercrombie, Jonathan Maberry, Brian Lumley, Joe Lansdale, and Robert McCammon. They are, unsurprisingly, also my favorite authors. Now this isn't to say that no other authors are inspiring to me, nor that I don't have other favorites. I'm a fan of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Westerns, Thrillers, Comedy and any mix of those genres. I learn different things from different authors in different genres. That's why I try and read so widely. I didn't learn the same things from Sarah Pinborough as I did from Jasper Kent or from Daniel Abraham. But those three are amazing storytellers from different genres that have taught me tons.



TQ:  Describe Residue in 140 characters or less.

SteveResidue is a YA/Adult Horror novel about a kid named Jack Bishop who can see psychic residue left behind by monsters and murder victims.



TQ:  Tell us something about Residue that is not in the book description.

SteveResidue is really a mish-mash of a few genres. Of course the main genre being Horror. But it's also got some Science Fiction in it. It's also got a lot of action in it, and hopefully some humor. As people, we are rarely just one thing, and I feel like books should follow suit. Likewise, the book description doesn't highlight the general attitude of my characters. For some reason, a lot of YA and Adult Horror these days (and I suppose YA in general) has a lot of whiny protagonists, or protagonists that play the victim the whole novel. Call me crazy, but I've know a lot of people--teens and adults--that don't fall into that classification. So my characters are strong--not necessarily in a physical nature, but strong in some aspect--and they are proactive rather than reactive.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Residue? What appealed to you about writing fantasy?

SteveResidue was inspired by watching the TV show Chuck, while also doing a re-watch of the X-Files, while re-reading Brian Lumley's Necroscope. I know, some wildly different types of shows and books. Now my novel takes place in present-day, small-town America, so it isn't quite what I'd call "fantasy". Perhaps a bit Urban Fantasy. Urban Horror. Whatever. Anywho, what appealed to me writing this type of story was the idea of monsters in a small town combated by kids. After that, the idea of having kids be real, strong protagonists that try their hardest to get through a situation that could kill them. Lastly, when I first came up with the idea for this novel, a prom scene came to mind. It's...intense. I simply couldn't wait to write a story that led to that scene.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Residue?

Steve:  I did some research on ESP, and I clarified some of my knowledge in Norther California. I also did research on my own and though subject matter experts on firearms. Additionally, I went shooting quite a bit to get a newbie's understanding on guns, and the human body's reaction to them when using them for the first time. It was all super enlightening and a serious blast (no pun intended).



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Steve:  Jack was the easiest character to write because his reaction all felt natural. How would I react to finding out I can see psychic residue? Pretty easy stuff. Plus I'm a guy, so guys are easier to write for me. Alexandra Courtney--Alex--is the main female point of view character in the novel, and she was hard to write. She can read minds, and writing that in a way I felt was unique turned out to be pretty difficult.



TQ:  Which question about your novel do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Steve:

Q: How do you handle mind-reading in your novel?

A: Why is mind reading always shown like it's such a drag on the character? Such a burden? I never understood that. I think of people I know who have had disabilities for most of their lives, and to them, it isn't always a burden. People adapt. So why wouldn't a person who has been able to read minds adapt? Why would that person just see it as a normal part of their life...like breathing. When you look at it that way, you get to start having fun.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Residue.

Steve:

"Some girls do cheerleading," Alex said. "I shoot stuff."

A week ago I was a normal kid with normal friends at a normal school. I had a normal and boring job. Now I had freaking ESP, was going on some cloak-and-dagger mission for a guy I had never met, and was apparently becoming a weapon that people were fighting for.



TQ:  What's next?

Steve:  I recently published a Horror anthology I edited - Shared Nightmares. I also have a short story in an anthology about giant robots coming soon. Now that those are off my plate, I'm working on the sequel to Residue, currently titled Parasite. Book three, Catalyst, will follow shortly thereafter. Somewhere in there I have a short story for a charity anthology, and I'm pitching around another Horror anthology. We'll see if Privateer Press wants more from me this year. I'm also on the lookout for any other anthologies I can participate in. I've really come to love writing short fiction, so if you want me, you got me.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Steve:  Thank you so much for taking the time to set this up. It's been terrific. I hope you and your readers enjoy Residue!





Residue
Project Sentinel 1
Ragnarok Publications, April 20, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 226 pages

Interview with Steve Diamond, author of Residue - April 21, 2015
RESIDUE follows 17-year-old Jack Bishop after his father is abducted and a monster is let loose in his small town. As he looks for his father, he begins to notice that he can see the psychic residue left behind by monsters and murder victims. Along with the mind-reading Alexandra (Alex) Courtney, Jack uses his growing ESP abilities to stop the deaths in the town, and find out why his father was taken.

About the Author: Steve is your typical reader of books who loves to tell you what is good and, more importantly, what he hates. He grew up reading Lloyd Alexander, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Terry Brooks. Then he got a job at a Waldenbooks. In addition to improving his literary tastes, he was soon doing a lot of the managing duties there, and helped that particular store become the Numero Uno ranked store in the country. It was during this time that he decided his taste in books was better than everyone else’s (duh), and his customers/friends/family agreed.





About Steve

Interview with Steve Diamond, author of Residue - April 21, 2015
Steve Diamond founded and runs the review site, Elitist Book Reviews (www.elitistbookreviews.com), which was nominated for the Hugo Award in 2013, 2014 & 2015. He writes for Baen, Privateer Press, and numerous small publications. RESIDUE is his first full-length published work. His is also the editor of the Horror anthology, SHARED NIGHTMARES.


Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @sddiamond80


The View From Monday - April 20, 2015


Happy Monday!

There are 4 Debuts out this week:

Residue (Project Sentinel 1) by Steve Diamond;

Desert Rising (Desert Rising 1) by Kelley Grant;

The Vagrant by Peter Newman;

and

The Miracle Girl by Andrew Roe.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn;

The Machine Awakes (Spider War 2) by Adam Christopher;

Pirate's Alley (Sentinels of New Orleans 4) by Suzanne Johnson;

and

Angles of Attack (Frontlines 3) by Marko Kloos.


The View From Monday - April 20, 2015


April 20, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Residue (D)(e) Steve Diamond DF - Project Sentinel 1



April 21, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Within These Walls Ania Ahlborn H
Letters from the Dead (e)(ri) Campbell Armstrong H/Sus
The Wanting (e)(ri) Campbell Armstrong H/Sus
The Silver Witch Paula Brackston Hist/F
The Machine Awakes Adam Christopher SF - Spider War 2
Dark Skye (h2mm) Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 15
Sealed in Sin Juliette Cross PNR - Vessel Trilogy 2
Temporary Human (e) Craig Shaw Gardner UF - Temporary Magic 3
When We Were Animals Joshua Gaylord F/CoA
Desert Rising (D)(e) Kelley Grant F - Desert Rising 1
Pirate's Alley Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 4
Damocles Phil Kelly
Guy Haley
Ben Counter
Josh Reynolds
SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Angles of Attack Marko Kloos SF - Frontlines 3
After Midnight (Ke) Allan Leverone H
War of Shadows Gail Z. Martin F - The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga 3
The Night Mayor (ri) Kim Newman SF
The Miracle Girl (D) Andrew Roe F/Psy
Dark Bride Jonathan Ryan H -  3 Gates of the Dead 2
Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas Kazuki Sakuraba F
The Blondes Emily Schultz Satire/Ap
The Edge of Reason Melinda Snodgrass CF - Edge 1
Emergence (e) William Vitka H - The Hroza Connection 2
Positive David Wellington H
Poisonwell Jeff Wheeler F - Whispers from Mirrowen 3
The Affinities Robert Charles Wilson SF
The Architect of Aeons John C. Wright SF - Count to a Trillion 3



April 22, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn: A Tor.Com Original (e) Usman T. Malik F



April 23, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Quarrel (e) Duncan Lay F
Melancholy: Episode 2 (e) Charlotte McConaghy PNR - Melancholy
The Vagrant (D) Peter Newman F



April 24, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Scripture From the Past C. J. Gleave F - Alkoryn Chronicles 1
The Bones Would Do Lee Morgan Su - Christopher Penrose 2
After: Dying Light (Ke) Scott Nicholson PA/Th - After 6



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook only
ri - reissue or reprint


Ap - Apocalyptic
CF  - Contemporary Fiction
CoA - Coming of Age
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR -Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thirller
UF- Urban Fantasy


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2015 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on April 24, 2015.


Vote for your favorite April 2015 Debut Cover!
 
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts


There are 12 debuts for April. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The April debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite April cover for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on April 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery  @  gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2015 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for March. The list is correct as of the day posted.



B. Catling

The Vorrh
Vintage, April 28, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
(US Debut)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Prepare to lose yourself in the heady, mythical expanse of The Vorrh, a daring debut that Alan Moore has called “a phosphorescent masterpiece” and “the current century's first landmark work of fantasy.”

Next to the colonial town of Essenwald sits the Vorrh, a vast—perhaps endless—forest. It is a place of demons and angels, of warriors and priests. Sentient and magical, the Vorrh bends time and wipes  memory. Legend has it that the Garden of Eden still exists at its heart. Now, a renegade English soldier aims to be the first human to traverse its expanse. Armed with only a strange bow, he begins his journey, but some fear the consequences of his mission, and a native marksman has been chosen to stop him. Around them swirl a remarkable cast of characters, including a Cyclops raised by robots and a young girl with tragic curiosity, as well as historical figures, such as writer Raymond Roussel and photographer and Edward Muybridge.  While fact and fictional blend, and the hunter will become the hunted, and everyone’s fate hangs in the balance, under the will of the Vorrh.




Steve Diamond

Residue
Project Sentinel 1
Ragnarok Publications, April 20, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
RESIDUE follows 17-year-old Jack Bishop after his father is abducted and a monster is let loose in his small town. As he looks for his father, he begins to notice that he can see the psychic residue left behind by monsters and murder victims. Along with the mind-reading Alexandra (Alex) Courtney, Jack uses his growing ESP abilities to stop the deaths in the town, and find out why his father was taken.

About the Author: Steve is your typical reader of books who loves to tell you what is good and, more importantly, what he hates. He grew up reading Lloyd Alexander, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Terry Brooks. Then he got a job at a Waldenbooks. In addition to improving his literary tastes, he was soon doing a lot of the managing duties there, and helped that particular store become the Numero Uno ranked store in the country. It was during this time that he decided his taste in books was better than everyone else’s (duh), and his customers/friends/family agreed.




Lindsey Drager

The Sorry Proper
Dzanc Books, April 14, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 184 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
The Sorrow Proper is a novel-length investigation of the anxiety that accompanies change. A group of aging librarians must decide whether to fight or flee from the end of print and the rise of electronic publications, while the parents of the young girl who died in front of the library struggle with their role in her loss. Anchored by the transposed stories of a photographer and his deaf mathematician lover each mourning the other's death, The Sorrow Proper attempts to illustrate how humans of all relations — lovers, parents, colleagues — cope with and challenge social "progress," a mechanism that requires we ignore, and ultimately forget, the residual in order to make room for the new, to tell a story that resists "The End."

This debut novel explores the hypothetical end of the public library system and a young theory in the hard sciences called Many Worlds, a branch of quantum mechanics that strives to prove mathematically that our lives do not follow a singular, linear path.




Brendan Duffy

House of Echoes
Ballantine Books, April 14, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
In this enthralling and atmospheric thriller, one young family’s dream of a better life is about to become a nightmare.

Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel, Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old Charlie is being bullied at his Manhattan school.

When Ben inherits land in the village of Swannhaven, in a remote corner of upstate New York, the Tierneys believe it’s just the break they need, and they leave behind all they know to restore a sprawling estate. But as Ben uncovers Swannhaven’s chilling secrets and Charlie ventures deeper into the surrounding forest, strange things begin to happen. The Tierneys realize that their new home isn’t the fresh start they needed . . . and that the village’s haunting saga is far from over.

House of Echoes is a novel that shows how sometimes the ties that bind us are the only things that can keep us whole.




Hermoine Eyre

Viper Wine
Hogarth, April 14, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
(US Debut)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
“Using an alchemy all of her own, Eyre’s postmodern take on the 17th century renders it dazzlingly fresh and contemporary.” —Guardian (UK)

Venetia Stanley was the great beauty of her day, so dazzling she inspired Ben Jonson to poetry and Van Dyck to painting. But now she is married, the adoration to which she has become accustomed has curdled to scrutiny, and she fears her powers are waning. Her devoted husband, Sir Kenelm Digby—explorer, diplomat, philosopher, alchemist— refuses to prepare a beauty tonic for her, insisting on her continued perfection.

Venetia, growing desperate, secretly engages an apothecary to sell her “viper wine”—a strange potion said to bolster the blood and invigorate the skin.  The results are instant, glorious, and addictive, and soon the ladies of the court of Charles I are looking unnaturally youthful. But there is a terrible price to be paid, as science clashes with magic, puritans rebel against the decadent monarchy, and England slides into civil war.

Based on real events and written with anachronistic verve, Viper Wine is an intoxicating brew of love, longing and vanity, where the 17th and 21st centuries mix and mingle in the most enchanting and mind-bending ways.




Joel Fishbane

The Thunder of Giants
St. Martin's Press, April 14 , 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
The year is 1937 and Andorra Kelsey - 7'11 and just over 320 pounds - is on her way to Hollywood to become a star. Hoping to escape both poverty and the ghost of her dead husband, she accepts an offer from the wily Rutherford Simone to star in a movie about the life of Anna Swan, the Nova Scotia giantess who toured the world in the 19th century.

Told in parallel, Anna Swan's story unfurls. While Andorra is seen as a disgrace by an embarrassed family, Anna Swan is quickly celebrated for her unique size. Drawn to New York, Anna becomes a famed attraction at P.T. Barnum's American Museum even as she falls in love with Gavin Clarke, a veteran of the Civil War. Quickly disenchanted with a life of fame, Anna struggles to prove to Gavin - and the world - that she is more than the sum of her measurements.

Both meticulously researched and resounding with the force of myth, Joel Fishbane's The Thunder of Giants blends fact and fiction in a sweeping narrative that spans nearly a hundred years. Against the backdrop of epic events, two extraordinary women become reluctant celebrities in the hopes of surviving a world too small to contain them.




Kelley Grant

Desert Rising
Desert Rising 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 21, 2015
eBook, 288 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
"It frightens me, knowing the One has called up two such strong individuals. It means that there are troubled times in our future, and you must prepare yourselves."

The Temple at Illian is the crown jewel of life in the Northern Territory. There, pledges are paired with feli, the giant sacred cats of the One god, and are instructed to serve the One's four capricious deities. Yet Sulis, a young woman from the Southern Desert, has a different perspective - one that just might be considered heresy...

Sulis's twin Kadar, meanwhile, is part of a different revolution. When Kadar falls in love with a woman from a Forsaken caste, he finds he's willing to risk anything to get her people to freedom. But with Sulis drawing a dangerous level of attention from the deities, and war about to break out on two fronts, change may not come as easily as either twin had hoped.

An astonishing debut, Kelley Grant brings to life a powerful new epic fantasy tale of determination and self-discovery.




Charlie Human

Apocalypse Now Now
Titan Books, April 14, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
US Debut

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Baxter Zevcenko’s life is pretty sweet. He’s making a name for himself as the kingpin of his smut-peddling high-school syndicate, the other gangs are staying out of his business,
and he’s dating the girl of his dreams, Esme.

But when Esme gets kidnapped, things start to get seriously weird, and the only man drunk enough to help is a bearded, booze-soaked, supernatural bounty hunter that goes by the name of Jackson ‘Jackie’ Ronin.

Plunged into the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town’s supernatural underworld, Baxter and Ronin team up to save Esme. On a journey that takes them through the realms of impossibility, they must face every conceivable nightmare to get her back, including the odd brush with the Apocalypse.




Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings
The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Saga Press, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 640 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.




Peter Newman

The Vagrant
Harper Voyager, April 23, 2015
Hardcover (UK) and eBook (UK/US), 400 pages
Cover Art: Jamie Jones

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
The Vagrant is his name. He has no other.

Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach.

Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape.

As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde.

His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.

What little hope remains is dying. Abandoned by its leader, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling into dust.

But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.




Andrew Roe

The Miracle Girl
Algonquin Books, April 21, 2015
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
“An uplifting miracle of a book.”  —Will Allison, author of Long Drive Home

“A winning debut . . . Lively, pitch-perfect and assured . . . Roe’s story feels just right for our desperate and despairing time, when a miracle--any miracle--will do.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review


 The crowds keep coming. More and more every day, drawn by rumor and whisper and desperate wish. They come to Shaker Street to see eight-year-old Anabelle Vincent, who lies in a coma-like state--unable to move or speak. They come because a visitor experienced what seemed like a miracle and believed it happened because of Anabelle. Word spreads. There are more visitors, more supposed miracles, more stories on TV and the Internet. But is this the divine at work or something else?

Set against the backdrop of the approaching millennium--with all its buzz about reckoning and doom--this impressive debut novel is told through the eyes of Anabelle’s devoted mother, who cares for her child while trying to make sense of the media frenzy surrounding her; Anabelle’s estranged father, who is dealing with the guilt of his actions; the Miracle Girl herself; and the visitors who seek her help, her guidance, and her healing.

Yet The Miracle Girl tells a larger story about the human yearning for something to believe in, and how finding the miraculous in the everyday can define us, exhilarate us, challenge us, and sustain us.




Gwendolyn Womack

The Memory Painter
Picador, April 28, 2015
Hardcover and eBook,

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Two lovers who have traveled across time. A team of scientists at the cutting edge of memory research. A miracle drug that unlocks an ancient mystery.

Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to his success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. When Bryan awakes, he possesses extraordinary new skills...like the ability to speak obscure languages and an inexplicable genius for chess. All his life, he has wondered if his dreams are recollections, if he is re-experiencing other people's lives.

Linz Jacobs is a brilliant neurogeneticist, absorbed in decoding the genes that help the brain make memories, until she is confronted with an exact rendering of a recurring nightmare at one of Bryan's shows. She tracks down the elusive artist, and their meeting triggers Bryan's most powerful dream yet: visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer's, died in a lab explosion decades ago.

As Bryan becomes obsessed with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the scientists' deaths, his dreams begin to reveal what happened at the lab, as well as a deeper mystery that may lead all the way to ancient Egypt. Together, Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried.

A taut thriller and a timeless love story spanning six continents and 10,000 years of history, The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack is a riveting debut novel unlike any you've ever read.

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