Hello everyone! I’m sorry – this post was supposed to go up yesterday. I scheduled but for some reason…it wasn’t posted. So sorry for that! Yesterday was Harbinger’s release day! Today, I have Faye with me for a short interview.
Can you introduce yourself to us?
Should I do it like they made us in Socialization at Holbrook?
Hi, I’m Faye Robson and I’m from Pittsburgh. I feel…well…honestly? I feel pissed that I’m locked up here.
And I guess I’m not really from Pittsburgh anymore anyway. Turns out I was born here in godforsaken nowhere, Maine. Except I don’t remember any of that.
Can you describe Holbrook Academy to us?
Sure. Dr. Mordoch said it’s supposed to be a refuge, a place I can get “the compassion of other kids who are struggling to adjust.” But that’s just her doublespeak bullshit.
Holbrook’s really just a place for parents and Cooperatives to stick kids they don’t know what to do with. Everything here is like that...the “Welcome Gate” has razorwire on it. The “Meditation Center” is solitary confinement. And as you can guess, the “Free Time Area” is anything but free.
What do you think of Kel?
I don’t know. He’s the only one here that really looks at me, you know what I mean? Not just that eyes-sweeping-over-you, fake-smile sort of thing. But sometimes when I really look into his eyes, I see a flicker of something. Something ‘other.’
What are his qualities that you like most and you hate most?
Kel has a rawness about him that is completely opposite of everything here at Holbrook. And I kinda love that…but then there are these flashes of anger and it hurts to watch. I think his Dad was a real asshole.
So...are you familiar with the novel Beautiful Creatures? What can you say about Harbinger being compared to it?
No, I’ve been pretty cut off from the world. I usually just escape into my sketchbook.
If you could be normal – live a normal life – who would you be, what would you do?
Definitely an artist. I see these things in my mind, these pictures of the way the world could be, and I want to show them to other people.
If you would be given the chance to choose between a normal life and your not-so-normal life, which would you choose? Why?
Well, that’s what Holbrook’s all about, right? Dr. Mordoch keeps telling me I can have a normal life, that I can be like everyone else. And sometimes when I’m so tired from not sleeping, from seeing things that aren’t really there, her offer seems tempting…
Thank you for dropping by, Faye!
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"Girl, Interrupted" meets "Beautiful Creatures" in this fast-paced thriller
When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn't expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she's going crazy. Fast.
But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she's come home. She's even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.
Faye knows she's the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can't trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her - and the rest of the world too.
Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller.
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She used to dream of being a marine biologist but quickly realized that she loves fantasy more than fact. Now she enjoys combining both to create stories that ask “What if?” She writes in sunny California alongside her artist husband and her two dogs.
Her favorite days are spent disappearing into different universes, whether it’s traveling with Dr. Who, popping into a parallel world with Diana Wynne Jones, writing her own stories, or just taking a nap.
Harbinger is her first novel.