Today I am hosting Harlow Drake, author of Life in Death.
When a girl that social worker Kari Marchant places in foster care is brutally murdered, she’s compelled to learn why. Her quest for the truth pits her against friends and coworkers. As Kari works to solve the horrific plot, more people die. How far should she go to learn the truth—even if it threatens her life?
Tell us about the genre you write in and how you came to write in that genre.
I write murder mysteries. I may be dating myself, but I grew up watching Murder She Wrote, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, and Matlock and fell in love with the genre. I loved solving the whodunit.
I would write a book about my father and his brothers. They were a unique group of men with interesting, compelling stories. In my book, my protagonist, Kari Marchant, recounts some stories about her father. Those stories are taken from my real life experiences with my father.
Tell us two things about your book—what two things do you think set your book apart from others?
My book is fast-paced with fully developed characters. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more!
What was the last darned-good book you read besides your own, and what did you love about it. You know, a story you wished you’d written.
It’s been a while, but True Believer by Nicholas Sparks. The story was set in North Carolina, where I live, and had a mystery element to it. I enjoyed his characters, writing style, and his storytelling.
What are your strongest strengths as a writer?
I’m very good at dialogue. This wasn’t always the case, though. I don’t know exactly how I got better–if it was through reading, or writing classes, or both–I just did.
Author Harlow Drake was born in Kansas City, MO, but grew up in Denver, CO. She relocated to North Carolina five years ago with her husband, two dogs, and 16-year old twins.
She shares a birthday with the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. In keeping with his legacy, she is currently working on taking over the world. Harlow’s positive attitude and fresh take on life are her tools and conquest is certain. She spends her free time writing, dancing, traveling and defending mailboxes from her 16-year-old twins’ driving.
Her debut novel, LIFE IN DEATH, is a murder mystery which pulls from real-life situations from her own family history. She felt compelled to share her story with the world while offering a thrilling, entertaining, and amusing escape for readers.
In keeping with her commitment to improving the lives of children, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her book will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club in her home state of North Carolina.