Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Date Published: 04.11.2017
Mara Goodwin is a professional keeper of secrets, or that is what she intends to be. As a counseling psychology student at Northwestern, Mara’s ambition is unrivaled. She has the grades, the compassion, and the dedication, everything she needs to gain entry into the clinical psychology program.
However, after a traumatic experience leaves Mara in a state of mental distress, she finds herself keeping more secrets than she intended, most of them her own. Finding herself in trouble with the law, her dreams of being a therapist are jeopardized and as a consequence, Mara is ultimately forced into group therapy. While in therapy, Mara holds on to her secrets with a death grip, but when life comes full circle, her past is revealed and with it the potential to destroy her future career, her friendships, and ultimately herself.
Mara is a fighter, even if she doesn’t know it yet, but with each attempt to salvage what she can of her broken life, she is met with a consistent punch to the gut. After being pushed to the edge by meddling roommates, a persistent ex-boyfriend, and a potential new boyfriend, Mara comes to the precipice of her destruction. Yet with her destruction also comes her rebirth, and revelations of love, pain, and growth.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part of writing my books is the editing process. Once the story is in my head it’s not hard writing it up, but when I go back and review the work I realized that what I thought was good writing wasn’t good writing. So most of my time is dedicated to making sure that the writing makes sense and that the novel has the right pacing.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Right now a lot of old school, so Sweet Thang by Rufus, Adore by Prince, Let’s get it on by Marvin Gaye, and anything by Aretha Franklin or Etta James. Occasionally I’ll throw in some Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I do not have critique partners or beta readers for my novels because I don’t believe that I need a whole lot of circulating opinions when I am trying to create and tell a story. Sometimes they can be helpful but in my past experience I prefer to work without them.
What book are you reading now?
The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts
How did you start your writing career?
I have always loved writing but it took a backseat when I was in college. Then after I graduated I realized that writing was a passion that just wouldn’t leave me so I decided to start writing consistently. I started off just with short stories but I felt that I was wasting my time because I wanted to be a novelist. So I started brainstorming, then writing, and then I finally had my first novel,”27 Revelations”.
The next novel, “On Walnut and Kirkwood” (working title), will hopefully be released at the end of 2017 early 2018. It focuses on the relationship of two college sweet hearts that have recently separated after nine years of marriage. When unfortunate circumstances bring them together for a week in the town of their alma mater they have to figure out if they will stay together or go their separate ways. So it will focus on the dramatics of love and marriage and the nostalgia that comes when people think back to their college days.
Harlow Hayes was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has always had a passion for writing and storytelling in its many forms, and when she’s not immersed in her writing, she enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction, watching movies, and listening to music. She currently lives in Chattanooga, TN. 27 Revelations is her first novel.
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