I am thrilled to introduce readers to an amazing new talent, Julia Madeleine, author of No One to Hear You Scream. I read this tale of realistic terror a while ago and absolutely loved it. The writing is magnificent and the ending is phenomenal!
Just who is Julia Madeleine? Well, according to her bio, she is:
"the youngest daughter of Irish immigrant parents from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Born in Canada and raised in a small town in southern-western Ontario, Julia honed her dual passions for art and fiction writng from the time she was old enough to hold a crayon. As a teenager she moved to Toronto and graduated in Media Writing from Sheridan College. She wrote for a number of entertainment magazines, while spending all her free time writing fiction, and then in 2000, her passion for art led her, quite by accident, into a career in the tattoo industry. Home is Mississauga, where she lives with her husband and teenaged (future tattoo artist) daughter. For a year she lived in the country on a 30-acre property in the middle of nowhere, which became the inspiration for her second novel, No One To Hear You Scream."
Please tell us a bit about your book and what you hope readers take away from reading it.
No One To Hear You Scream is the story of the Jameson family from Manhattan who purchase a country house in foreclosure only to be terrorized by the former owner, a violent criminal just released from incarceration.
My hope is to send chills up the spines of all my readers and make it impossible for them to stop turning the pages.
Who are your favorite characters in the story?
My favourite characters is Rory Madden, the antagonist. He was such a fun character to write and I really enjoyed getting deep into his psyche. Justine Jameson, the protagonist, is also a favourite. I put a lot of my own teenage self into her character.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?
I think it would have to be in chapter nine when Rory pays a visit to his former lawyer who swindled him. The lawyer was certain Rory would be doing a long prison sentence and wouldn’t catch up with him. There’s something so delightfully indulgent about vengeance. Here’s a short excerpt:
“You know what the second worst day of my life was?”
The man shook his head and pressed his lips together, as if bracing himself for more bad news. He stared at Rory with watery eyes, the overhead lights gleaming on his bald scalp.