Joining Curiosity Quills for another edition of our Author Spotlight: Question & Answer Coloumn, is Adriana Arrington, author of newly released paranormal mystery novel, BLEED THROUGH, which hits Amazon on March 14, 2017!
In the comments, please join us in asking Adriana Arrington anything you’d like to know about writing, her new book, and life in Northern Virginia. Or you know, just throw something completely random at her to keep her on her toes!
Who are you and where do you call home right now?
I’m Adriana Arrington, and I’m one of the thousands of people who thought I’d live in Northern Virginia for “just a few years” and have instead set down permanent roots
Tell us about your latest book: one of your inspirations for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
I owe the inspiration for my debut novel, Bleed Through, to my grandmother. A vibrant woman who loved life, her positive energy charged the atmosphere of every room she entered. She was also a woman of secrets, treasuring them and storing them away where only she knew they existed. The last of her generation in our family, I couldn’t fathom her secrets simply vanishing when she died. Her passing really made me contemplate the essence of memories, and whether, somehow, they can exist outside of our own minds.
The most difficult challenge in writing Bleed Through was keeping the plot consistent and clear while also urging the reader to question what’s “real.”
I love the flirtatious relationship between my main character, Liam, and his newfound friend, Mai. I also found the scenes featuring the two of them the easiest to write.
What are a few of your hobbies?
I like to work out my frustrations by exercising. Also, Netflix and I have a special, intimate relationship that I feed as frequently as possible.
If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
Definitely tacos. Always tacos.
What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
I’d like to be able to write and edit faster. Sometimes I can fixate on just one sentence for…much too long.
What TV series are you into right now and why?
I started watching The Santa Clarita Diet & I’m loving it so far. They spin a couple of zombie tropes on their head, and the show is so much more enjoyable as a result. It’s also hilarious and full of great actors.
What movie do you quote the most?
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - “I don’t know what to say, except it’s Christmas, and we’re all in misery”
What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
I mean, other than books? When I was a kid, I collected patches from every state/country I visited (which, as an Air Force brat, was a sizable number). One of my best friends recently made me a quilt and sewed all the patches on it. I love it - it’s a visual, nostalgic blast to my childhood. I don’t really have a favorite patch, but maybe the most original is my “Youth Sports Izmir Turkey - Soccer” patch from when my dad was stationed in Turkey.
What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
Mystery of any kind, but particularly psychological thrillers.
What do you like to do on vacation?
I love to spend time relaxing with my husband and three children, preferably right on the beach. Any good vacation also involves lots of good local eats and libations.
Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
Young Adult - which I did for my next novel!
What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
Whatever random thing one of my kids has stuck in my purse. One time, that was a hot dog. By the time I found it, the hot dog had shriveled up into the biggest piece of beef jerky you’ve ever seen. It was just as gross as you’d think it’d be.
If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
Nellis (named after the base where the USAF Thunderbirds are stationed), Tagline: Burn some dust. Eat my rubber. (See question above about movie quoted most often)
Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
While writing Bleed Through, I had both FKA Twigs and Santigold on repeat. I love their music, and it totally fits the vibe of my novel.
About Bleed Through
With his schizophrenia under control, life is looking up for twenty-five-year-old Liam Murphy. Independence looms on his horizon, and he’s under the care of a psychologist who understands him. Then he witnesses a murder at the yacht club. He worries it’s a hallucination and sign of regression, but soon becomes convinced that his meds have given him the paranormal ability to see past events and that the murder actually happened.
Attempting to make sense of his new talent, Liam finds an unlikely confidant in Mai Nguyen, a fellow college student and eternal optimist. Though she helps him navigate the unsettling memories threatening to engulf him, the emotional toll of learning terrible secrets he can’t prove pushes Liam to the brink of lucidity.
Desperate to wrest back control of his life, Liam tosses his pills. He spirals into a relapse and captures the killer’s attention as he bumbles through investigating the crime. Hunted by a possibly imaginary murderer, and haunted by self-doubt, Liam must distinguish between hallucinations and reality. If he doesn’t, he risks losing either his hard-won sanity or his life.
The next installment awaits...Author Spotlight Question and Answer: Bob Defendi