THE UNREMEMBERED GIRL
Genre: Psychological Suspense / Mystery
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: November 1, 2017
Number of Pages: 332
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In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.
Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family—something she’s known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can’t resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry’s mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn’t know how wrong he is.
Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny—and that of Henry’s family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.
Praise for The Grave Tender, Maxwell’s previous book:
“An emotional powerhouse of a story that will leave readers reeling from the beginning to the end.” —Christena Stephens, Forgotten Winds
“Beautiful and intoxicating.” —Chelsea Humphrey, The Suspense is Thrilling Me
“Haunting. Lyrical. Beautiful. Dark. At times, sickening.” —Julia Byers, Books in the Garden
“This is dark psychological suspense that skillfully inspires a slow-dawning dread. . .It will shred you.” — Michelle Newby, Lone Star Literary Life
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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ELIZA MAXWELL
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I don’t know that I did choose. It sort of chose me. As a reader, I cut a wide swath across genres, enjoying a historical romance as much as the latest dystopian young adult. I love sci-fi/fantasy and literary fiction equally and without a smidge of apology. But as a writer, the stories come from somewhere deep at the base of who I am. It’s not always pretty. Sometimes it’s a hard, unforgiving place. There are definitely days when I wish these things showed up with more humor, a lighter touch, and a more optimistic take on humanity, but what can you do?
How does your book relate to your faith?
Most of my books have a thread of unanswered questions when it comes to faith. I think this may be a byproduct of my own ongoing struggle for understanding. I grew up surrounded by those who were confident in their spiritual path, for better or worse. The confidence has always confounded me, and I’ve often wondered if they were born knowing something I don’t. Despite a decidedly “undecided” vote, I find faith fascinating, both the positive and the negative aspects, and the way it shapes the lives of believers. That fascination tends to bleed into my stories as well.
What advice do you have for balancing life and work?
Sigh. If someone finds a good answer for that one, I’m all ears. If there is an opposite of ADHD, I’m that. I tend to fall into focus on one single project, to the detriment of anything else. Dinner, showers, sleep. It all gets shoved aside, and it’s a struggle every time to surface from the hole I’ve fallen into. But I do try to make that transition when the kids get home from school. Sometimes even successfully. While I’m up and out, I cram as much real life into that time as possible because I know I’ll be under again soon.
What are some day jobs that you have held? Have any of them impacted your writing?
Bar waitress. Cook at a late night pizza joint. Overnight desk clerk at a motel. Paintball referee. And the ultimate for any booklover, a bookseller at the ill-fated Waldenbooks. I loved that job. Just walking through the doors felt like coming home. Maybe that’s why I write now, to try and recapture a little of that magic.
Who would you cast to play your characters in a movie version of your book?
I love this question. I always pictured Harry Dean Stanton (the man who set the bar for character acting) as Livingston, may he rest in peace. And Eve… Oh, Eve. I would fangirl all over the place to see Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black as Eve, just because she’s freaking amazing.
Do you have any strange writing habits or writing rituals you’d like to share with your readers?
When I’m feeling stuck and overwhelmed with the mountain of technology and communication coming at us, day in and day out, sometimes I’ll take a break and grab a notebook and my favorite pen. I head out to the local cemetery and pick a shady bench. I try to bring flowers and leave on the nearest grave, just to say thanks for sharing the quiet with me.
Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with her ever patient husband and two kids. She’s an artist and writer, an introvert and a British cop drama addict. She loves nothing more than to hear from readers. You can find her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Grand Prize ($90 value): Autographed copy of The Unremembered Girl, 1.75 mL bottle of Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, Jusalpha white porcelain decorative cake stand, recipe for “Caroline’s Coconut Cake” (featured in the book), $20 Amazon Gift Card.
2nd Prize: Autographed copy of The Unremembered Girl, $10 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Prize: Autographed copy of The Unremembered Girl
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