Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm 454g
Publication date: 8 March 2015
ISBN 10: 073874204X
ISBN 13: 9780738742045
Harlow must stop her evil counterpart in this thrilling sequel to The Violet Hour.
Harlow Wintergreen has just been named the new Matriarch of VisionCrest, the powerful religious organization previously led by her father. But there's one big problem. The real Harlow is trapped inside a Cambodian temple, and her double, the evil Isiris, has escaped confinement and is masquerading as her.
Now initiated as their leader, Isiris intends to unleash a killer super virus aimed at cleansing the planet of VisionCrest. In order to stop her, Harlow must find a way out of the temple and locate the Resistance...or the world will be destroyed.
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Whitney A. Miller lives in San Francisco with her husband and a struggling houseplant.
She’s summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, ridden the Trans-Siberian rails, bicycled through Vietnam, done the splits on the Great Wall of China, and evaded the boat police in Venice. However, her best international adventures take place on the page.Whitney is represented by Jennifer Laughran at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Guest post with Author Whitney A Miller
Keeping the sequel fresh and new
I gave this so much thought before I started writing The Crimson Gate. Not just because I worried about keeping it fresh and new for readers, but also because I wanted to keep it fresh and new for me as the author! Plus, when you’re writing the follow-up to a quirky sci-fi / horror / thriller / adventure you have big shoes to fill.
It’s no secret that approaching your second novel, and especially a sequel, can be daunting. The Crimson Gate was NO EXCEPTION. Looking back on 2014, I’m not even sure how I did it—possibly it was during some sort of writer blackout fugue state. I wrote THE VIOLET HOUR over multiple years and around 20 drafts. Ah, the beauty of toiling in anonymity! By comparison, THE CRIMSON GATE was written in around 9 months and 3 drafts. Ah, the efficiency of having deadlines and a book contract!
In order to write a book that is (hopefully!) really good in a short amount of time, you have to have enthusiasm for what you’re writing (not to mention laser focus, lol). I knew before I started that I didn’t want to write a purely linear narrative like I had in TVH. Randomly, I got inspiration from an adult book that I read and loved in 2013—GONE GIRL. For those who have read it, you’ll remember that it has an unusual narrative structure—there’s a past narrative and a present narrative, and they crash into each other at the midpoint of the book and then resolve together. Super cool.
Without giving TOO much away, I had written myself into a corner at the end of TVH (a fabulous corner, but a corner nonetheless). I needed something unconventional to help me escape that corner and tell the story I wanted to tell in TCG. So I borrowed inspiration from GONE GIRL and created my own narrative device. It definitely kept the sequel interesting (and challenging!) to write, and hopefully also interesting (and not challenging!) to read. I hope you get a chance to check it out!
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