Thank you to Book Nerd Tours for letting me be a part of Whitney A. Miller’s THE VIOLET HOUR tour! I’m hosting a guest post from Whitney and of course, there’s a giveaway. So let’s get to the good stuff!
Title: The Violet Hour
Author: Whitney A. Miller
Date of Publication: March 8, 2014
The voice inside me is breaking free. I can’t stop it.Some call VisionCrest the pinnacle of religious enlightenment. Others call it a powerful cult. For seventeen years, Harlow Wintergreen has called it her life.As the daughter of VisionCrest’s patriarch, Harlow is expected to be perfect at all times. She must be considered a paragon of integrity by the other Ministry teens and a future leader in the eyes of the world.Despite the constant scrutiny Harlow is keeping a dark and dangerous secret, even from her best friend and the boy she loves. She hears a voice in her head that seems to have a mind of its own, plaguing her with violent and bloody visions. It commands her to kill. And the urge to obey is getting harder and harder to control….
I asked Whitney how her travel experiences shaped The Violet Hour and her writing and here’s what she has to say!
Travel was hugely influential in the creation of The Violet Hour! The inspiration for the book struck when I was sitting in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo on a work trip about 4 years ago – the opening scene where Harlow Wintergreen hallucinates murdering a Harajuku girl was conceived while sitting on that park bench while cherry blossoms fluttered all around me. It’s one of the scenes in the book that’s remained pretty much fully intact since the beginning, through something like 17 rounds of revision (gulp). I was already enamored of China, having traveled to Beijing and Shanghai a few years before. The Great Wall and The Forbidden City are unforgettable, and I absolutely had to include them in the book. Most importantly though, it was a bicycling trip my husband and I took to Vietnam and Cambodia that had the greatest impact on what eventually became The Violet Hour. Seeing the temples of Angkor Wat at the hour just before dawn is seared into my heart and soul. The handful of minutes between darkness and the sunrise, when the sky was purple and rippled with clouds, were the most mystical and enchanting of my life so far. Here is a picture that my husband took, perfectly capturing the moment. This trip really provided the foundation for the mythology of The Violet Hour. Who knew a vacation was going to yield such creative treasures? If you enjoy the international setting of The Violet Hour, you’ll definitely want to check out the sequel in 2015. The Crimson Gate is set all over the world – Russia, Europe, and of course Cambodia!
About Whitney A. Miller
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, but her best international adventures take place on the page!
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