Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Debut Author Bash 2016 Margot Harrison

Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.
Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf—the deserts of New Mexico.
But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she’s had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?
Ten Guidelines for Hunting Down a Serial Killer
(NOTE: Below are the views of the main character of The Killer in Me, Nina Barrows, not of the author. The book is fiction. In the unlikely event that you have reason to believe someone is a serial killer, or any kind of killer, please go straight to the authorities and do NOT attempt to hunt that person down.)

1. Find out where the killer lives.

2. Find out who he loves. (Maybe you assume all serial killers are creepy loners. I used to think that, too. You might be surprised.)

3. Follow him when he goes to the home-goods store to buy things like duct tape and saw blades. Maybe he’s just shopping for his carpentry business. Maybe he’s not.

4. If he notices you, have a good cover story. Keep your cool. Don’t let on what you suspect. You need proof first.

5. Don’t go to the police unless you have hard evidence. They’ll ask how you know Person X is a serial killer. And if you’re like me, they will NOT believe you.

6. Don’t try to make the killer stop killing by playing mind games. Don’t try to make him feel guilty, remorseful, or scared. People like him don’t understand guilt. Only force.

7. Find out where he buried the bodies. Go there and dig. Preferably in the daylight.

8. If you’re alone with him in a desolate place, don’t let him out of your sight. Even for a minute.

9. If you hold a gun on him, hold it steady. He can tell if you’ve got the guts to shoot. He moves fast.

10. Try to get inside his head and anticipate his next move. But don’t ever, ever, EVER let him get inside yours.

I was raised in the wilds of New York by lovely, nonviolent parents who somehow never managed to prevent me from staying up late to read scary books. I now work at an alt-weekly newspaper in Vermont, where my favorite part of the job is, of course, reviewing scary books and movies. The Killer in Me is my first novel.

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