Author Interview and Book Highlight of Hanover House with Brenda Novak. PS: Get a copy of Hanover House
Welcome to Hanover House…. Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them? After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst. But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries. He knows what could happen if one little thing goes wrong...
Brenda stopped by to share a little bit about her book and herself,
1. How did you come up with the storyline for Hanover House?
I had just switched to a new agent, who represents mostly thriller writers (as opposed to romance). He kept encouraging me to write something a bit darker. That encouragement, along with my natural fascination with psychopaths—why they exist and do the terrible things they do (and how they can enjoy it), sort of coalesced into the series. I guess I’m sort of like Evelyn Talbot, the psychiatrist who runs Hanover House in that I’d love to be able to study these people and find these answers.
2. What type of research did you do for your book? Did you travel to Alaska for any parts of the book?
I did a lot of reading about serial killers and psychopaths and what the experts have to say about them. Also visited Alaska, but sort of after the fact—to confirm I’d handled the online research correctly. I think it’s probably the most beautiful state in the union, with the possible exception of Hawaii, and being in such a vast wilderness really appeals to me.
3. Will there be a third book in the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles Series?
Yes! There will actually be five total, including HANOVER HOUSE (maybe more, but that’s how may are currently contracted). HELLO AGAIN will be out next September.
4. Out of both books do you have a favorite?
I guess I’d have to say that HER DARKEST NIGHTMARE is my favorite. I really love the various conflicts that come to bear on Evelyn. I had fun working with those, as well as her relationship with Amarok.
5. What is your writing inspiration?
I just love a good story. I’m inspired by other people’s work—in art, music, film and literature. Every time a good story captures my imagination and carries me away, I get more excited to create the same experience for someone else.
6. What is your favorite things to do?
I love to bike, hike, shop, read and travel. I also love to work. I’ve always been very involved in whatever I’m hoping to accomplish. It gives my life meaning and provides me with a constant challenge—to create something bigger and better than before.
7. Which one cat or dog?
Either. I love them both.
8. Which one coffee or tea?
Neither. Hot chocolate.
9. Which one cake or cookie?
Either, as long as they’re homemade. I love all baked goods.
I want to thank Brenda for stopping by today. Please click the link to get your copy of Hanover House. If you have already read the book please leave your thoughts in the comment section. Happy Reading