Title: Hunger Moon
Author: Alexandra Sokoloff
Series: The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #5
Genre: Adult Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Revenge has no limits.
Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He’s returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, “Lady Death,” mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke’s team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming—desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.
Hiding from the law, avenging angel Cara Lindstrom is on her own ruthless quest. She plans to stay as far away from Roarke as possible—until an old enemy comes after both her and the FBI, forcing her back into Roarke’s orbit. This time, the huntress has become the hunted…
Wow, huge question! My dad was a horror/mystery/sci-fi fantasy fanatic, so I grew up with hundreds (probably more like thousands) of those classic books and films around me. I loved being scared and challenged. But pretty early on I honed in on female suspense/supernatural authors like Shirley Jackson, Daphne du Maurier, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who wrote about specifically feminine horrors like the madness of societal oppression. I worked in the Los Angeles County prison system and was deeply outraged by crimes against children and women, and the crime genre with a touch of the supernatural seemed to be me the best way to explore those evils.
When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process (outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
I love research and outlining. The WORST part is that horrific, grueling first draft. But then I love rewriting. I come from a theater and film background so rewriting is a joy, like directing onto the page.
When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I love the crime genre, because it really is the genre that can actually change people’s minds, and society, and laws. And also I just love the feeling and experience of suspense.
If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
Hmm. I don’t think about co-authoring at all! I’m a screenwriter as well as an author, and there are any number of directors and screenwriters I’d like to collaborate with on a film or series. I love developing theater collectively, too. But authoring is something you do alone, that’s the whole point!
Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I was always writing, always! But I started in theater: as an actor when I was a child, then as a director when I was a teenager, and then writing and directing and acting when I was in college. Then I broke into screenwriting after college, and started writing novels ten years after that. So I really have been a professional writer basically all of my adult life.
"Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre." - The New York Times
ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF is the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling Huntress/FBI series (HUNTRESS MOON, BLOOD MOON, COLD MOON, BITTER MOON, HUNGER MOON - now in active development as a TV series), and the supernatural HAUNTED thrillers (THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, BOOK OF SHADOWS, THE SHIFTERS, THE SPACE BETWEEN). The New York Times Book Review called her a "daughter of Mary Shelley," and her books "Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre."
As a screenwriter she has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has also written three non-fiction workbooks: SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS, STEALING HOLLYWOOD, and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog, and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA West and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America.
Alex is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theater and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. In her spare time (!) she performs with The Slice Girls and Heather Graham's all-author Slush Pile Players, and dances like a fiend. She is also very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. But not an addict. Seriously, it's under control.
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