Praise for In the Mind of Revenge
“…a protagonist both absorbing and sublimely complicated.”
“…a superb psychological thriller that is sure to captivate...”
indieB.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree, 5/5 Stars
"…brilliant debut novel full of intricate characterizations."
Foreword Clarion Reviews, 5/5 Stars
“…an intriguing storyline that touches upon several socially relevant issues…”
Self-Publishing Review, 4/5 Stars
“…more than just a rather exciting read."
Reader’s Favorite, 4/5 Stars
“…an absorbing crime story…”
Blue Ink Reviews
“…a chilling and intriguing introduction…”
IndieReader, 3.5/5 Stars
BOOK TRAILER || SYNOPSIS
In the Mind of Revenge, book one of The Shamed Series, is a thriller that takes a deep look at how monsters are born. Set in a society that glorifies “normal” and demonizes different, this dark tale takes its readers on an emotionally wild ride of vengeance, murder, pain and desperation. Though the reader is warned by its main character, Shame, not to develop an attachment, the first person narrative combined with Shame’s uninhibited vulnerability makes it nearly impossible not to do so. Raw, vivid, honest, fast-paced and beautifully vulgar, In the Mind of Revenge is sure to have you emotionally twisted from beginning to end.
“The portrayal of the gender-nonconforming antihero is executed effortlessly and truly places the reader ‘in the mind of revenge’.” –Read Diverse Books, 4/5 Stars
“The cliffhanger ending is nothing short of electric.”
“The first draft of anything is shit.”
I’m a twenty-something Sci-Fi/Thriller Author living in Austin with a very handsome SO, 2 adorable life-affirming dogs & a burning desire to share my stories with the world. If you’re here, chances are, you’re either a total insomniac who got lost in the abyss of the internet, or you read some of my work and wanted to complain about it. Either way, I’m STOKED you’re here! I’m honored you’ve chosen to be a part of my journey. Find me on social media so we can be friends!
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Here are some things I get asked often.
Where did you get the idea for In the Mind of Revenge?
The tale of this story in particular is personal in nature, and perhaps the very reason it’s so close to my heart. When I was a senior in college, I experienced my first serious bout of depression; I can’t tell you how many times that year I looked myself in the mirror and didn’t recognize me, at all. Not one inch.
One night I decided I would write how I was feeling. It started with, “I am ugly.” I wrote about a paragraph, then went to sleep. That night I dreamt of a dark shadowy figure, one tormented and demonized by their own mind. This figure began to take shape, and at first I thought it was a shadow version of myself. Then, I understood it wasn’t just me. It was everyone. (Read my scary short story based on the dream here!)
This shadow was all the pain of everyone who was hurting. It was lonely, scared and ashamed. The next morning, I woke up feeling way more energized than I had in months, so I picked up my computer and started writing. I wrote anytime I was feeling lost, crappy, bored, horny…didn’t matter the feeling, if I felt compelled to write, I would.
I felt if ever there was a story inside me and a character worth taking the leap, it was Shame and this story. After years of idle writing, I really sat down and applied the story to paper. Three months of hard work later, I had a complete manuscript, and here we are now. It’s surreal and exciting!
What do you think readers will find the most surprising?
I think the blunt nature of the writing will be jarring and/or refreshing, depending on who the reader is. I’d like to think the most surprising thing will be the lack of certainty concerning the gender of the main character, ultimately leading to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter. Because it doesn’t!
Does any of the book come from personal experience?
There are definitely bits & pieces of the story that are inspired by things I have experienced. I find that true of all my writing. However, I was never bullied the way Shame was, nor have I ever been on a bloody, self-destructive vengeance rampage. Four of the primary female characters (Cassie, Anna, Margaret & Sawyer) are named after my cousins, though their likenesses were not used.
Here are some things I never get asked, but wish I did.
What's your favorite fiction trope?
Old man wizards with long beards, pointy hats, wooden staffs, and tobacco pipes.
How much do you love beer?
Too much. Just ask my muffin top.
Is it possible to read/watch Harry Potter too many times?
Psssssh, next question.
Do you want to come to my family's annual Christmas party?
HELL YES! Thanks for asking!