RECOMMENDED FOR READERS 17 AND UP DUE TO STRONG LANGUAGE, SEXUAL SITUATIONS, DRUG USE, AND MILD VIOLENCE.
"My life is crumbling away before my eyes while I do nothing to prevent it. I have visited too many funerals, for too many friends who haunt my dreams. Everybody dies eventually, right? No, everybody dies young when they befriend me. Was I born to die young? I don't think so. I'm the only one here with the nerve to stay alive. I can't be left alone. Not with that hollow man, the one who hides his face. That's what he wants, me to be alone, because once I'm alone he's going to kill me!"
Seventeen-year-old Rosetta Harper is plagued by nightmares of a masked man. With her fatherÂ’s new career move, her family has just relocated from Florida to the small New England town of Ashwood. A quiet town and close-knit community where you know your neighbors, and trouble is a word unspoken. But soon after her arrival, her world and the worlds of her classmates come crashing down.
Michael hates his family and feels alone and unloved. He only finds comfort when he's with his friends, but even they get on his nerves. Everything about Ashwood and his life bores him, until Rosetta Harper moves into town. With her as a new classmate, Michael finally gets the excitement he was looking for, but it may be at too high a cost.
How long did this book take you to write?
It took me from July 5, 2013 (before my senior year) until late February 2014 of my senior year to finish.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Trying to make it stand out amongst the many other books of the same nature was the hardest part.Â ItÂ’s a young adult story with some adult themes, and it deals with the supernatural.Â It sounds very generic, and I tried my hardest to make it unique.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?Â
I learned what does and doesnÂ’t work when writing a book.Â Looking back at my story, there are some things that I donÂ’t like about it.Â I wouldnÂ’t necessarily change the story, but I will make sure not to incorporate some of these unwanted elements into future stories.Â Also, in reviews there are similarities in what each reader found disagreeable in the book.Â I will make sure these unlikable aspects of the story donÂ’t find their way into future stories of mine.Â Overall, this book was a huge learning experience for me.
What were you like in school?
I was a sociable guy; I didnÂ’t have any enemies only friends.Â High school was tons of fun for me, and IÂ’m sad itÂ’s behind me now.Â I havenÂ’t left any friends behind.
Is any part of the book based on someone you know or events in your own life?
I used pieces of my personal experience with high school, but most of the story and characters came from my imagination.Â I really didnÂ’t want to incorporate too much of my own life into this book because I find writing to be an escape from reality.Â Writing isnÂ’t appealing to me if I have to write about the real world and my experience with it.
Tell us about yourself?
Right now IÂ’m twenty, attending UMASS Amherst, and have another book in the works, but IÂ’m also one of four siblings and have a great group of friends that would stand by me through anything.Â My dog is 9 years old, I love film, and I really, really hope I write a best seller one day.
Tell us about your book.
ItÂ’s a twisted coming of age story that focuses more on the teenage mindset than anything else.Â There are strange paranormal happenings that occur frequently in my book, but I find the heart of the story to lie within the charactersÂ’ deranged life issues.Â The tone is mostly serious, but I throw in humor to keep the story rolling.Â If youÂ’re a fan of teenage angst and the paranormal, then there is plenty for you in my book Barking Madness.
Was this book inspired by something in particular?
It was inspired by my love to create fiction and for horror.Â I wanted to mix both of those together, but in the end I came out with a psychological thriller instead of horror.Â I think itÂ’s better this way, though.
What is your favorite movie?
Alien.Â ItÂ’s been in my life for a long time, and it has been my favorite horror/sci-fi ever since I first saw it.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I read, a lot, but what I really like to do is watch movies and hang out with friends.
Where can we find you online?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Barking-Madness-Ryan-Hill-ebook/dp/B010GDGZ6S/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=