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Meet the author:
Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother's bookshelf.
Amy lives with her husband, their two precious squidlings, and an old gentleman cat by the name of Frodo. When she isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms. @amylukavics | Moonbeams and Ink Stains | Pinterest | Website
Meet her debut novel:
Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
Releases: September 29th 2015 by Harlequin Teen
Releases: September 29th 2015 by Harlequin Teen
When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries. When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn't right on the prairie. She's heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.
Amy Lukavics was kind enough to answer some questions as part of #MeetThenNewbs! Thanks so much for stopping by!
-To start things off: describe your book in five words or less.
Dark, unsettling, sad, sisterly, and gruesome.
-What’s your favorite part of being a debut author?
I think a great part about being a debut author is how the little things that will become more regular as time goes on are still super fun and exciting. You're only a debut author once, so I'm just trying to take it all in and learn as much as I can, while also savoring the sweeter bits of the experience.
-What was your favorite subject in school?
Even though I really loved English, I'd be lying if I said that my favorite subject every year wasn't art class, hands down. I think it helped that I always had really awesome art teachers that were passionate about encouraging the creativity of their students. I never dreaded going to art class, in fact, I would get excited and see it as my Fun Time, even more so than recess.
-Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes and no. While I was always obsessed with reading and immensely enjoyed creative writing projects in school, I only ever entertained the idea of being a writer a few times in my childhood: once when I was about ten and wrote a short story for fun, and another time in late middle school when I became very serious about some day working as a journalist for the magazine CosmoGirl.But even throughout all of that, I never felt like I could ever be good enough to be a “real” writer. I never entertained the idea of writing seriously until I was nineteen. It was like a light switch going off—I'd just finished reading a book that I wished had ended differently, and it hit me all at once: hey, I should try to write my own book!
-"Daughters unto Devils” seems like quite a terrifying horror novel. What are your favorite horror films?
This the hardest question ever! One of the best things about horror is how truly expansive it is as a genre, and how the spectrum runs so very wide. But because of that, choosing favorites can be difficult. If I had to list just a few, I'd have to say The Exorcist, Carrie, Frailty, The Babadook, Pet Sematary, The Cabin in the Woods, 28 Days Later, and Alien.
-If you could have dinner with any author, living or dead, who would it be? Why?
Oh, this one's easy. I don't care how cliché it may sound that my answer is, without a doubt, Stephen King. The first of his work that I read in full was Carrie, and from that point on I was addicted. Pet Sematary is my favorite horror novel of all time and I can't imagine chatting books, writing, and life with the author of it. Hail to the King, baby!
-What is your favorite classic novel?
This is a hard tie between The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. The scene in The Bell Jar where Esther receives electroshock therapy will haunt me forever, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle is quietly (but heavily) unsettling in the most delicious of ways. I am also a huge Frankenstein fan—Mary Shelley was so badass!
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