Monday, August 5, 2013

A.C. Haury, author of Shadows of Morrow

Author Bio:
A.C. Haury is a Philadephia-based novelist, freelance writer, SEO specialist, and online marketing strategist, who has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She has been published on many high profile websites such as Yahoo! News, NBC News, SF Gate, Investopedia, The Globe and the Mail, and many others. She is an award-winning freelance writer who was teh recipient of the Yahoo Contributor Network's rising Star Award in 2011, as well as frequently being among the platforms 500 most prolific writers. In 2013, she published a small collection of poetry titled "Scarlet Awakening" as well as her debut novel titled, "Shadows of Marrow." She has a variety of projects upcoming, most notably her next novel titled, "The O'Mara Vanishement" which is slated for release in early 2014.

Haury lives in Philadelphia with her husband and children. She is a fervent support of the arts, especially unsigned authors. She is a classically trained musician who loves listening to a wide variety of music beyond the classical arena, including Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, the Beatles, and more. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading and of course, writing to her heart's content.

Title: Shadows of Marrow
Author: A.C. Haury
ISBN: 978-14841111673
Page count: 476 pages
Genre: Mystery
Price: $17.99 paperback, $2.99 eBook

Tell us about your book:

Some secrets should just stay buried. On the day Tristan Morrow is born her mother goes missing, prompting an investigation that produces no solid leads. Fast forward 15 years, and the Morrow family still doesn't know the truth behind Catherine Morrow's disappearance. When 15 year old Tristan is required to write a biography on her mother for a school assignment, she learns the truth about her mother's fate, and she is hell-bent upon finding out who was responsible for her death. But when Tristan herself goes missing too, everyone is suspect, even her own father. 
Set in rural Fox Hollow, PA, "Shadows of Morrow" unravels a web of lies, deceit, madness, and corruption. Can they crack the case before Tristan meets the same fate as her mother? And who is responsible for the disappearances? There is much uncertainty as the investigation unfolds, but there is one thing that is certain: Tristan Morrow holds the master key to the entire riddle.​
How long did it take to write the book?
Technically, it took me four years. For three years, I was essentially tinkering, but in 2012, I got serious and finished the rest of the novel.

What inspired you to write the book?
I have always been a writer, and the Morrow family has been living in my head for a very long time. The idea of Shadows of Morrow first came to me during a brainstorming session for another project. I immediately wrote down my thoughts, and slowly built the story. 

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I write whenever the thoughts and ideas flow. I carry a notebook with me everywhere, and whenever an idea springs up, I write it down immediately so that I do not lose it.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
The real lesson is this: Don't take anything  or anyone for granted. In this life, you have to be careful who you trust and who you allow into your life. Keep your family and friends close, and love each other with all your hearts. 

Excerpt from the book: 

"The memory of her permeated the wood. Her long shadow still danced upon the walls in her absence. The musky scent of her perfume wafted through the house, polluting the air we breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Consume. Release. Our laboring lungs swallow her down as she evades our call. The ominous tingle of breathing shocked the nape of my neck when I was alone. The oddly shaped shadow of two when I stood solitary in my chamber. The ever-present feeling that I was never truly alone. She had never really left at all. I had my doubts she ever would.

My father guarded her like a dark secret; a secret he refused to share. She was kept locked away and out of sight where no one would find her, especially my brothers and I. He held her secrets; kept them guarded in his mind. Never once did it occur to him that I held the master key to the entire riddle.

They found her on the bank of the lake as the first light of day gleamed over the valley. Snow covering her like a frigid blanket, she laid stark still, her skin an unnatural shade of blue, and her black hair cascading around her face and over her frail shoulders in messy tendrils. The shock was not in finding her. No… The shock belonged solely to her eyes. Once so soft and beautiful in life, so cold and callous in death. Frozen open by the wintry frost, she stared upon the world with deep contempt. She would not lay there forever, though. Her unsettled spirit would roam these grounds until her recompense was achieved.

The person responsible for her end led a double life. A respected pillar of the community in one light, and a sick, obsessed man in the next, brain addled with delusions and ideals that would frighten most adults awake at night; but they were nothing more than commonplace to him. I was so desperate to know what happened to her that it never occurred to me that I would be next on his list. The truth of the matter is, some secrets are better off being buried and forgotten. Unfortunately, I did not learn this lesson until it was too late.

I know every secret my mother ever had. They were whispered in my ear as my mind fell to dreams. Slowly, her secrets became my own to tell. Every secret my father longed to hide came to light in the glow of the pale moon."

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