The Revenge Blog Tour (Author Guest Post + Giveaway) Hannah Jayne @Sourcebooks

About The Author:

Hannah Schwartz lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes cozy mysteries, young adult fiction, chick lit, and grocery lists that she never seems to remember to bring to the grocery store. Hannah shares a house with two neurotic, feet-attacking cats and has Kryptonite-like weakness for donuts. Visit www.hannahjschwartz.com.

 

About The Book:

Title: The Revenge
Author: Hannah Jayne
Pub Date: July 4, 2017
ISBN: 9781492647362

 

From the author of Truly, Madly, Deadly, The Escape, and Twisted, comes another edge of your seat thriller sure to keep you guessing until the last page.

After a bad breakup, Tony’s ex-girlfriend Hope embarrasses him in front of the whole school and spreads vicious rumors. Tony is devastated and in a moment of revenge, he makes the location on her phone public. But a week later, when Hope calls Tony and begs him to stop the prank, he hears a shriek and a car door slamming. Then the call is dropped.

Too late, Tony realizes that he may have put Hope’s life in danger. Can he trace Hope’s movements and save her before times runs out?

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Writing Villains and Staying Sane While Doing It

I wrote my first 13 or 14 books as a single girl living on my own with two enormous cats. Everyone asked how I could write such sinister characters or put lovely women and girls in such terrible situations and still sleep at night. I always said, “I have an extensive background in fight training, a great alarm system, and a blood curdling scream.” And that was (is) all true. Writing twisted and terrible never frightens me because I feel like what I get to do is show that good can win, that there are good guys with white hats and shiny badges and there are tough-as-nails girls who are always going to survive.

            I do a lot of research for every book that I write. I’ve done classes on DNA analysis and super bugs (biological warfare); I’ve been taught to dust for fingerprints and know how to do blood spatter readings. I’ve done ride alongs with cops, arson investigations, and walked the grids in missing persons searches, sat in on autopsies and gang task force meetings, participated in mass shooter trainings and exercises. I’ve been interrogated, tased, kidnapped, handcuffed, duct taped, and tied up and learned to escape or survive in all those situations. I’ve also studied with the creator of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit and spent time with myriad homicide detectives and criminal psychologists in an effort to learn what makes killers tick and what really makes them go boom. That not only helps me add realism and experience to my books—for instance, the “smell of fear” is a very real, very stinky thing—but it also helps keep me sane when I’m creating a terrible, scary villain. Here’s why: for every villain that I create, I get to create a hero. That’s all well and good, but I understand its fiction. The fact that what I write is often pulled from reality could be scary until I do the research. That’s when I get matched up with all these brilliant people—the cops, detectives, medical examiners, psychologists. It reminds me that while there are horrible people out there, there are also hordes of highly educated, dedicated, passionate people who are going to make sure these horrible people are caught or stopped or prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Every time I sit across from one of these experts to pick their brains, I realize I’m dealing with a superhero—someone who runs in when everyone else runs out. That keeps me sane and makes me feel good. It reminds me that while people might love my creepy villains, the real story is about the survivors, the fighters, and the people who save the day.

Things were different when I wrote my most recent book, THE REVENGE. I was newly married, very pregnant, and then (just before the book was due!), I was a new mom to a premature baby girl. Suddenly, all the cops, detectives, and psychologists in the world didn’t seem like a big enough army to defend the tiny child I had in my arms. For the first time, I had a hard time researching criminal behavior and tying to turn the psychological screws. It’s not easy to read PETE THE CAT, kiss an angelic baby on her forehead, then pick up ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY OF THE CRIMINAL MIND and whip up a knife-wielding maniac! I never feared that the creep I had in my head would actually appear—I feared that the thoughts about him would somehow transfer to my little girl. I know that’s totally odd and not at all how babies work, but it was a little hard to shake. Finally, my deadline was looming (it still is), so I had to take stock. I love my girl and though I never want her to be in any of the situations I write about, I want her to know strength. I want her to know resilience. I want her to know confidence. So I had to relearn that for myself. I sloughed off some of the research part of my pre-book prep and jumped into the learn-by-doing part of it. I went back to my BE SAFE class, which is a little more self-defense, a lot more serious offense. I learned how to get out of creepy handshakes and bear holds, worked on heightening my instinct and listening to my “lizard brain.” I owe it to my baby, and all girls, to show heroines who are as strong and sharp as my antagonists are twisted and sick. That gives me sanity. That lets me turn the screws and up the stakes and still come out smiling—and reading PETE THE CAT.

While I do write thrillers and I love pushing the envelope on the creep factor, what I really write are strong women faced with extraordinary circumstances and overcoming them. Yes, they’re teens and in some aspects they brought their bad situations on themselves, but it doesn’t change the fact that confidence, strength, and resilience is a universal theme, and at least in my world—real and fictional—girls kick butt.

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1 winner will receive one paper back copy of The Revenge, CANADA or US Only.

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Happy reading until next time!

Lucy