I am today kicking of a truly exciting week here at the Bookworms, Each day we have some special and amazing content for you, and we are starting this week with a fantastic interview, where I talked with S.E. Green about her Young Adult thriller that truly intriguing!
I chatted a little with Shannon about dark instincts and serial killers which was quite interesting!
Interview with S.E. Green about Serial Killers and The Dark Side…
Hi Shannon, Thank you so much for stopping by at the Bookworms today to chat with me about Killer Within and a little about Serial Killers.
The first book, Killer Instinct was a phenomenal thrilling and sometimes even disturbing thriller, that pushed the boundaries of YA quite a bit, how did you decided how far to go with some of the murderous scenes and where did you have to make a cut?
This was the first book where I wrote exactly how and what I wanted to, and I didn’t worry about pushing any lines. My editor is the one who decided which sections were too much for the YA reader. For example, there was originally a castration scene in the beginning of the book that my editor decided to cut.
What was the hardest scene to write?
For me as a reader, I found her watching the video (you know THE video of the kill.. *shivers*) as the hardest to read.
Oh, that’s interesting that was your hardest read. For me and the writing, probably the ending because that’s the moment Lane realizes one of the most important things in her life is no longer there. I wanted to step into the pages and give her a big hug.
Lane is quite a unique character, with her being so emotionally detached and sometimes even quite cold. How did you go about creating and developing her character. What kind of research went into Lane?
I had an absolute blast writing Lane. Like I said above, I wrote how and what I wanted, and I didn’t hold back. Writing Lane was like therapy almost. This side of me came out that I was amazed with. Like the tag line says, “Everyone has a dark side”, and mine truly came out in this book.
Will we see maybe also a litter softer side of Lane in Killer Within? I always loved seeing her being a little more approachable, especially with her younger brother ( loved their interaction ) as well as with her stepdad?
Yes, Lane goes through many more emotions in book two. She is (understandably) incredibly mixed up (as if she wasn’t already) after what happened in the end of book one. You’ll see a lot more of Lane trying to be “normal” and reaching out to people she otherwise would never have befriended before.
Can you tease us a little bit about what is to come for Lane in Killer Within?
Let’s just say there is still more in the past that has yet to surface…
Anything you’d like to add?
Corn Chip (her trusty companion) is based on my own little guy, Guapo. There’s your trivia for the day 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by today and for chatting with me!
Thank you so much for having me! You can find me at www.segreen.net or socially everywhere @segreenauthor
Killer Instinctby S.E. Green (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: Killer Instinct #1
Published by Simon Pulse on 2014-05-06
Genres: Action and Suspense, Coming of Age, Death & Dying, Mystery and Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
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She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.
Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.
Because she might be one herself.
Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts.
When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim...
And… with the release of the second book around the cover, the first one is available as paperback!
In the heart-pounding sequel, teen vigilante Lane must face the secrets and unexpected consequences that arise in the wake of her first kill.
It’s been three months since the sadistic Decapitator’s demise, and Lane feels both closer to and more alienated than ever from her united, grieving family. Haunted by conflicting memories, she resumes the role of Masked Savior vigilante—but her heart just isn’t in it. For Lane now knows the rush of deeper thrills. Darker thrills. And a growing part of her wants to revisit its seductive power.
To Lane’s chagrin, the Masked Savior inspires its own fan site, where groupies gather online to praise, document, and debate each delivered act of justice. But then one of Lane’s secret admirers becomes a cunning copycat, assaulting the defenseless with escalating violence. And Lane suspects someone is spying on her, edging closer to making contact-someone who knows her secrets.
Will Lane be able to stop the copycat and keep her identity protected? Or will she give in to the thrills that tempt her? Because as her life continues to unravel, the revelations shake Lane to her core.
So what do you say – Intrigued? I was and I read both books and I really liked them, in a disturbingly dark way!