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ABOUT THE BOOK
“Mine is a tale of pain, hate, lies, murder, injustice, vengeance, and love unreturned. It began much like yours; a hopeful innocent born to a world of endless possibilities. But my journey has rarely been paved with opportunities of light. Confronted by those who sought to eclipse what light I had found, the darkness came for me. Wrapped in its intoxicating embrace, I have risen
from the dead to reclaim my dignity and the life that was taken from me. I have begun my journey into the mind of revenge. Revenge for me. Revenge for those like me. Those who are shamed.”
In the Mind of Revenge , book one of T he Shamed Series , takes a deep look at how monsters are born. Set in a society that glorifies “normal” and demonizes different, this dark tale takes its readers on an emotionally wild ride of vengeance, murder, pain and desperation. Though the reader is warned by its main character, Shame, not to develop an attachment, the first person
narrative combined with Shame’s uninhibited vulnerability makes it nearly impossible not to do so. Raw, vivid, honest, fastpaced and beautifully vulgar, In the Mind of Revenge is sure to have you emotionally twisted from beginning to end.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’ve always enjoyed it! I became acutely aware of it when I was in 5th grade; we had a prompt to write a story where repetition was used effectively. I had been playing a lot of Frogger at the time, so I wrote a tale of a very resilient frog, determined to cross the street no matter how many times he got squished. We had to read the stories out loud, and by the time I was halfway through, I had to whole class repeating, “Hop, hop, hop!” with me. Anyway, my teacher pulled me aside after class and said, “One day you’re going to write a novel, and I can’t wait to read it.” Boom, an author was born.
How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?
It’s been a dream of mine to write a book since that day. The seed was already planted! After I had written about eighty pages of “In the Mind of Revenge” (titled The Shamed at the time), I thought, “Eighty pages is too far to call this a short story hobby. Let’s go for gold!” Or something like that; my brain isn’t necessarily that peppy.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Obviously, I want them to have an enjoyable reading experience, whatever that means to them. For me, it’s usually being so engrossed in a story I lose time and feel transported into the world the author has created. I also think there are some important social messages on gender and how we treat people who are different. Shame also presents some interesting internal debate for readers that I’ve enjoyed getting feedback on.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
There isn’t anything I don’t find rewarding. If I had to pick, I’d say going back and reading something I wrote and totally not remembering I wrote it. It’s a cool, out of body experience that reminds me I’m capable of more than I think.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Not having enough time to do it! I’m not a full-time author yet, so balancing a full-time job and finding time to write can be challenging.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Begin the begin! I think a lot of people wait until they have everything just right, or they have the right equipment, or their less busy. There will always be a reason not to start, something else you could be doing, and someone who will think it’s a bad idea. You can’t finish if you don’t start.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I travel abroad once or twice every year; most recently I went on a cycling trip around Lake Konstanz, which is on the border of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It was a beautiful trip, and I’ll definitely be doing another one!
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
You can find me almost everywhere!
Personal site: http://livhadden.com (check out my author advice blog, From Liv’s Desk!)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Debut novelist Liv Hadden has been writing ever since she was a little girl. But, it wasn’t until 5th grade when her teacher said she’d one day write a book that she started taking it seriously.
Her Shamed series began in college, when Hadden employed her writing as an outlet for her feelings during a serious bout of depression. After a brief,
yet impactful first night of writing, she dreamt of a shadowy figure, tormented and demonized by their own mind and realized this was the shadow of pain
that hurting people everywhere felt.
She woke from her dream feeling more energized that she had in months, picked up her computer and began to write. “I felt if ever there was a story
inside me and a character worth taking the leap, it was Shame and this story,” says Hadden. “This one in particular is personal in nature, and perhaps the
very reason it’s so close to my heart.”
Hadden has her roots in Burlington, Vermont and has lived in upstate New York and Oklahoma, where she went to college at the University of Oklahoma, and earned her degree in Environmental Sustainability Planning & Management. She now resides in Austin, TX with her husband and two dogs, Madison and Samuel and is an active member of the Writer’s League of Texas.
Incredibly inspired by artistic expression, Hadden immerses herself in creative
endeavors on a daily basis. She finds great joy in getting lost in writing and seeing others fully express themselves through their greatest artistic passions, like music, body art, dance and photography. “I get chills when I have the great privilege of seeing someone express their authentic selves,” says Hadden. “I believe it gives us a true glimpse into the souls of others.