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In the Midwestern suburb of LaGrange, something is amiss. Over a twenty-four-hour period, all the children under the age of thirteen along with many adults have disappeared without explanation. It doesn’t take long for those left behind to learn that this tragedy is part of a global event. As people panic, civilization begins to crumble. Luckily, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Daniel Grimshaw, has a plan to restore order. But first, every remaining person must be accounted for and tagged with a mark on their right hand.
Unaware of his responsibilities, seventeen-year-old Micah has been preparing for this day. His mother trained him and provided him with the proper tools, but she neglected to tell Micah about the family legacy, his legacy. Now that his mother is among the missing, will Micah ever discover who he is, or what he needs to do to save what’s left of humanity from the hellfire of perdition?
Vestige is the first book in a two book series.
About The Author:
1.If you could be any character from your favorite books, who would you be and why?
I would like to be Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. She is smart and together and in the end, she gets the guy.
2.What was the hardest part about writing this book?
The hardest part of writing Vestige was getting the timeline correct. It took several drafts before all the characters found out what they needed to know at the right time.
3.Is it scarier having three teenagers, or writing your first book?
Definitely writing a book. The teen years in the Hanrahan house have been pretty smooth so far, but I still have a long way to go.
4.Which character was the hardest to write for and why?
I had a hard time with Grimshaw. The antichrist has been portrayed many times in movies and books, but he isn’t described with too much detail in the Bible. So I could do whatever I wanted with him. I tried out several different versions before I settled on his character.
5.If you were a character in the book, what would you do in the situation?
I’m a suspicious person by nature, so I don’t think I would get a tag right away, especially since I wouldn’t have to worry about feeding kids or dogs. While writing this book, my husband and I joked about having a bunker built on our property…just in case. So I think I’d try going it alone.
6.If this book was made into a movie, who would you want to be the characters?
My daughters helped me with this one.
Micah would be played by Brett Davern from Awkward.
Clarke would be played by Jillian Rose Reed also from Awkward.
And Daniel Craig would play Father Thomas.
7.Other than writing and being a mom/wife, what other hobbies do you have?
My life is kind of a cliché. I have two dogs. I like to garden. I’m on the PTO. I’m in a book club. I love talking with my friends over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
8Do you have any specific ritual you have to go through in order to write?
I can’t write new material with anyone home. A distraction is the death of my creative flow. So I usually only write during the week, during the school year. Before I sit down at the computer, I have to take the dogs for a walk, or they will bug me the whole time. My little Boston Terrier, Daphne, will sit at my feet and scratch my leg for attention. They are spoiled brats.
9.Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with us here at wonderlandreviews, do you have any last words you would like to leave with our readers/followers?
Thank you so much for your interest in Vestige. I’m grateful for your time.
If you are like me and you find the inner voice that read along with you as your eyes followed the words of the synopsis, then you read it with that annoying emergency broadcast voice without even meaning to, even know you are thinking back to see if I am right.
Anyway, this book starts off right in the beginning, there is no monumental build up that let you get to know the characters, instead it starts off from the beginning with animal's going missing, and then family members. Personally I would be distraught if I woke up and was placed in some of the character's shoes, worried for my family and not knowing where they were.
I have heard that there was some confusion, some believing this was to be a dystopian book and it turns out to be an Apocalyptic book, and for me it didn't matter. I couldn't really remember the synopsis when I got around to reading it, so it was all fresh with no preconceived notions.
I love that the character's where flawed, it made it so much easier to relate to them as if they were a part of my every day life. So much of the struggles where actually thing's I found myself believing could come to pass in real life, it was somewhat odd, and I won't lie gave me disturbing end of the world dreams since I read it before bed.
I also noted the references to biblical references that kept it just simple enough to not sound preachy and deter other's from the book.
I think the only problem I had with the book was the length, it just felt short, and at the end a little rushed. I loved the story and the cliff hanger left me wanting to tear my hair out.
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