A conversation with a stranger changes Amelia Hamilton's life forever. When she learns her grandfather faked his own death, normalcy slips from Amelia's grasp. To make matters worse, he is coming for her in less than seven days. What she hasn't determined is why.
Amelia's grandfather, Marius Benedict, once headed The Physician Coalition, an elite group of doctors who threw the Hippocratic Oath out the window. Years ago, they used a low-risk medical research study as a front for their experiments. Without their consent, innocents were injected with JackRabbit7, a hazardous substance used to alter their DNA. The victims were left with less-than-desirable super-human powers or excruciating death. Years after he disbanded the group, Marius has a new plan and is reforming The Coalition.
Max, a mysterious stranger from the Insurance Agency, offers to help keep Amelia safe. He introduces The Agency as an underground government organization that contains and eliminates those who intend to harm the world. To protect The Agency, the truth of their activities are concealed and replaced with sugar-coated stories in the media.
Over the course of the next week, Amelia has to accept the truth and learn who can be trusted. At midnight on her 23rd birthday, a contract between The Coalition and The Insurance Agency will expire, giving Marius full rein to approach his granddaughter and finish the project he started with her so many years ago.
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like? A typical day starts at 4:45am. I rush around the house getting ready for my day job in medical billing. On my breaks and lunches, I write. When I’m on hold? I plot. After an afternoon and evening of chasing around the 22-month old Nugget, I write until my eyes are too heavy to continue or my words are incoherent. The next day? Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation? I wanted to be a tightrope walker, Zamboni operator, or a writer. As you can imagine, only one of those came into fruition. ;)
Who are your favorite authors? Laurell K Hamilton, J.R. Ward, J.K. Rowling, Robert Rankin, Christie A.C. Gucker, any of my CHBB / HIP / Vamptasy family and Shel Silverstein. There are a TON more, but these are the few that come to mind at the moment.
What are you passionate about? My kiddo, my husband and my imagination.
What would I find in your couch cushions? Whatever the child hid there as a future “surprise”. Odds are the list includes: Graham crackers, tiny toys, Legos, "oh no's", and blocks.
What’s your biggest fear? Heights. Oh, and my imagination running dry.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you? Sleeping...if I'm lucky. I lead an exhilarating life, don’t I?
What quality do you admire most in a writer? It’s a tough call and would go one of two directions. I have to go with either drive/determination or the ability to dupe the reader. I hate predictability when I read fiction. I try to keep it out of my writing.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be? I’m buying myself a drink? How gracious! I’m usually not a drinker so if I’m drinking, it’s with purpose. We’ll go with an Adios, Motherf*cker.
What are you currently reading? Learn to Love Me by Sinead MacDughlas. I have minimal reading time, but I keep wanting to know what happens next! Darn you, Sinead! ;)
How do you deal with rejection? Not every story is for everyone so I try not to take it to heart. It’s like this: Not everyone likes tube tops, not everyone likes tomatoes, and not everyone likes skydiving.
Where did the idea for your novel come from? One day, I wandered a bookstore. I was in search of a story, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to read or where to find it. It was then I realized...I couldn't find it because it hadn't been written yet. An author was born.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers? If it’s something you really want to do you need to have drive and determination. As my wise husband says, “If it were easy, everyone would do it.”
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author? I’m pretty sure Amelia hates me. I make her life a living hell.
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie? Dead or alive? Amelia: Amy Lee from Evanescence, Max: Michael Wincott, Donovan: Brandon Lee, Nick: Adam Levine, Molly: Allison Sweeney, Marius: Christopher Walken. There are PLENTY more, but I don’t want to bore you. ;)
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story? My<Dsmbr (Mickey P. ft. Kelli Ali) by Linkin Park.
If you’d like, provide an excerpt and/or back cover blurb:
“When did you do that?” I nodded toward the window as I scrubbed a fork.
“Do what?” he asked.
“The snowman. What else?”
“What snowman, Amelia?” He stood up.
“The one on the side of the house. It looks just like you.” When I turned off the water and turned around he was gone. “Max?”
I walked over into the living room and was met with a breeze. The door was wide open and footprints led off the porch into the snow.
I put on my boots, not taking extra time to lace them and darted out of the doorway after him. The frosty air tore through the sweater, making me flinch. I mimicked Max’s footprints in the deep snow along the side of the house.
He stood in front of the snowman, which was reminiscent of a chiseled human form. It was crafted in Max’s likeness with locks of snowy strips cascading down the sculpture’s back. Detailed attention was spent to his full lips and narrow face. The oddest feature was the shape of a heart missing through his chest. Intricate details told me someone spent hours on the masterpiece.
“Who did it, Max?” I asked. “Do you have friends who play practical jokes?” When I looked down at the ground, there were no footprints leading to the snowman except for Max’s and mine. Someone had written in the snow, ‘Tick Tock, Max’ and left the stick propped against the snowman’s hand.
Max swallowed hard and looked at me. “Amelia, we need to talk.”
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans? Thank you all for your support. I bleed, breathe and cry with my characters so knowing you’re interested in Amelia’s endeavors means the world to me.
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/pRevealing-Hamilton-JackRabbit-Revealing-ebook/dp/B00ANP46MA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355696095&sr=8-1&keywords=prevealing+hamilton
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe? Anything in the freezer that can be microwaved!
Anything else? Thank you for hosting yourself, Sarah! And thank you to the readers out there who sat through my interview! ;)
Sarah Jayne Carr is a novelist who can be found most evenings with a cup of tea in-hand and her imagination racing from plot to plot. When away from her work, part of her mind is constantly brainstorming her next story and she always has writing paraphernalia within reach.
She wrote stories as a child, but became more serious about her passion during her twenties. In her spare time, she likes to read, splash in mud puddles, smell bookstores and eat Honeycrisp apples. Yearly, she participates in NaNoWriMo and has mentored others through the program. Due to her dedication to National Novel Writing Month, she is part of an amazing writing group.
Born and raised in Washington State, Sarah still resides in the area. Her life is richly filled with her supportive, yet swashbuckling husband and their golden Nugget.