Today I am hosting Harlow Drake, author of Life in Death. At the end of the post there is a Giveaway where Harlow is giving away 3 autographed paperbacks and a $15 Amazon Gift Card. Check out this great novella and enter to win!

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?

Read an Excerpt! And read more about Harlow in this guestpost Harlow wrote for Write from the Inside Out!

The Harlow Interview

When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
Believe it or not, in the 6th grade.

What makes you passionate about writing?
The stories I’m compelled to tell, especially when the characters begin speaking to me.

What was the pathway like for you to get Life in Death published?
Because I thought the task of self-publishing would be a bit daunting for me, I put all the work in the very capable hands of Novel Publicity.

Where do your ideas come from? How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
Some ideas for books come to me right before I doze off to sleep. For example, I started with a totally different premise for Life in Death when a new, more compelling premise came to me.

What’s your secret to making the characters in your books come to life?
Dialogue. I enjoy creating the interplay between characters.

Besides writing what other talents or hobbies do you have?
I love Zumba, volleyball, and playing with the dogs.

What words of advice do you have for other writers who desire to have their manuscripts become books in print?
With self-publishing, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get your initial investment back within the first or even second year, so it really has to be about more than just making money.

Any final words you would like to share?
Buy the ticket, take the ride!

Author Bio:
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.

She loves to connect with her readers and can be found on Twitter, her blog, or on Facebook

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