Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the The Women in the Walls tour! If you haven’t read Amy’s first book, Daughters Unto Devils, and you’re a horror fan, GET ON THAT. She is absolute magic at this genre. Find information on her, the book, and a special Q&A below!
ABOUT THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS:
Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.
When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.
ABOUT AMY LUKAVICS:
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.
Q&A with Amy! Thank you so much for stopping by!
- How do you feel about the release of this book compared to the release of your debut, DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS?
I feel way more relaxed this time around, knowing a little more about what to expect and what not to expect. It’s been a nice change!
- Families play an important role in both of your books, particularly the relationship between the women in the family. Has your own family background influenced this, and/or was it something you specifically wanted to explore in your novels?
I’m sure every writer’s background influences their writing in some way! I have personally always loved when family relationships, particularly dysfunctional ones, are explored in stories, whether via books, movie, or television, so writing relationships that way has always felt pretty natural to me.
- What are some books you’ve read recently and loved?
Bird Box by Josh Malerman, The Troop by Nick Cutter, The Fireman by Joe Hill, Conviction by Kelly Gilbert, A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, also by Paul Tremblay, and Dare Me by Megan Abbott.
- If one of your main characters could be befriend anyone else in a different book, who would it be and why? (Example: my character, X, would love Rowling’s Hermione because they both enjoy reading and punching mean boys)
Let’s see….I think Lucy from The Women in the Walls would have made great friends with Stephen King’s Carrie White, and very jealous/awestruck of Carrie’s ability to rise up and show everyone just exactly what she thought of the people who wronged her. That’s not morbid at all! Come to think of it, Amanda from Daughters unto Devils would have liked Carrie as well…they could have bonded over their overly religious upbringings!
- Your horror scenes absolutely blow me away (and make me want to hide under the covers). When writing the horror scenes, do you do anything to prepare yourself for them, like watching something scary or writing them at night?
Aww, thank you so much! I do enjoy writing the scarier scenes at night, especially with a candle lit nearby—it’s so delightfully atmospheric! I also make sure to have some sort of horror movie soundtrack playing in the background to make things feel even more spooky.
- Can you give us any hint at what you’re working on next?
I can!! I’m out-of-my-mind excited for my next book, The Ravenous, which is sort of like The Virgin Suicides meets Pet Sematary. It’s about five sisters who don’t get along very well, with the exception that they all adore the youngest sister, Rose. When Rose dies in a freak accident and is somehow brought back to life, it’s discovered that she needs to consume human flesh in order to stay alive. The others have to sort of come together to do whatever it takes to keep their baby sister alive, and things get out of hand pretty quickly from there. I cannot wait for it to come out in 2017!!
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