To semi-quote what Forrest Gump famously said, reading is “like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get”. That’s kind of like picking up a new book to read. You never know how the story turns out and if you’ll instantly fall in love with it or hide it in your desk drawer hoping it’ll magically get interesting on its own. Well, in the case of author Keary Taylor, she falls into the first category. Every.Single.Time. Of all the books I’ve read by Ms. Taylor, I have never been disappointed. Her words are engaging, enigmatic, and you’re instantly thrust into the world of her characters, joining them in their tumultuous ride whether you’re ready or not.
If you’ve ever read any books by Keary Taylor, you know you’ll get transported into the world of her characters. Her words can either be a slow burn or an instant combustion of turmoil and angst. Although I’m more accustomed to Ms. Taylor’s stories of the supernatural and dystopian, Three Heart Echo is a complete step away from her other books. I went into reading Three Heart Echo with a complete open mindset, knowing that by her description of the book it would be a major step away from what she normally writes. Three Heart Echo is not a fantasy book. And it’s not a science fiction book. In fact, Three Heart Echo is a frightening, spine-tingling, can’t-quite-put-this-book-down kind of novel that leaves you breathless at the very end.
The demented thing is that this evolved from the most sickly sweet, heart-wrenching love story you’ve ever heard. I went to Sully because I just couldn’t get over Jack’s murder. I couldn’t deal.
Iona came to me for the same reason most did: because there was no closure. A love cut too short. She begged me to open the gate between the living and the dead.
We should have left it shut.
This. This is not a love story. This is a possession story. A story of lies. A story of two faces. This is a story of death and violent echoes from the other side.
And there will be no happy endings.
As the synopsis tells you, Three Heart Echo begins with a very oddly possessive couple. The heroine is a sweet, mild, and gentle woman who, under suspect circumstances, becomes entangled in a very possessive romance. I won’t give spoilers here, but I guarantee you won’t want to put the book down because each page leads you deeper into the mystery. Oh, and did I mention about the ending being quite a shocker? Yeah, it’s a very huge shocker that makes you wonder about everything you have just read!
Three Heart Echo is reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe’s writing where the words are so mesmerizing that you can’t help but read on until you’re completely satisfied. And then, you still want more. Ms. Taylor has that unique talent where her words draw you in, everything flows along smoothly and you’re aching to know what happens to the characters throughout the story. When I first read Ms. Taylor’s, The Eden Trilogy, I knew I found a new favorite author to follow. When I was offered the opportunity to promote her new book, Three Heart Echo on the author’s blog tour I jumped at the chance. Please continue below with a explicit interview with Ms. Keary Taylor.
Q. What inspired you to write Three Heart Echo?
3HE was actually the blending of two VERY different ideas. The first was that of a grieving widow after her fiancé has died, starting with his death, and going backward through their relationship. And the other was that of someone who went to someone who could speak to the dead to contact a loved one. Somehow the two ideas merged.
Q. How did you come up with the title?
There are three key “hearts” in this book: Iona, Sully, and Jack. This is about the concussion of grief in this world and reaching beyond the gate, echoing through all of their lives.
Q. Do the “hearts” in your title represent the main characters?
Q. As a reader, I read Three Heart Echo as more of a horror story. Is this your first horror/paranormal novel? Or how would you categorize it?
I’ve written lots of paranormal, and some of it certainly toes into creepy territory. But this is much different than my others. It is a little more horror, a lot more suspense. I guess I’d call this a paranormal suspense.
Q. When did you first begin writing? How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since middle school, but I published my first book in 2010. So it’s been seven years, and here we are, 23 books later.
Q. What are some of your favorite authors?
I wouldn’t be a writer without J.K. Rowling. Pierce Brown’s RED RISING had a huge impact on my own writing. I love a good contemporary romance every now and then. I love Kelly Creagh’s NEVERMORE series. April Genevieve Tucholke’s writing is fantastically chilling. Just to name a small few.
Q.If you were any character in your books, who would you be? And why?
Probably either Eve from THE EDEN TRILOGY or Sage from MOMENTS OF JULIAN. They’re both incredibly bold and brave. They do whatever they want and don’t necessarily care what anyone thinks. Those are traits I’m trying to work on in myself.
Q. Most of the heroines in your stories tend to be strong and take on a leadership role. In the case of Iona, what inspired you to write her as more frail and submissive?
Iona was indeed VASTLY different than most of the women I write. But I think she is indeed like a lot of women, and I think a lot of women will be able to relate to her. She kind of conformed to the social expectations on her, and in reality, it’s okay to not be an alpha female. She has her vulnerabilities. And she has her own strengths. Determination. Devotion. The will to try again.
Q. What inspired you to write Sully as a recluse instead of using his gifts to make money?
Oh wow, the thought that Sully using his ability to make money NEVER once crossed my mind! Sully is the result of generations of cursed compression. Everything in his life, everything in his ancestor’s lives has just pressed down on one generation after another.
Q. Do you believe there are people like Jack in this world?
Of course. There are always going to be people who think it is okay to hold control over others, in varying degrees.
Q. Without giving away the ending, what inspired you to end the book that way?
There was no other way it could end in my head. From the moment the two story ideas merged, I knew that the book would end this way.
Q. Do you think there is a second book for Three Heart Echo or is this pretty much a standalone novel?
3HE is very much a standalone.
Q. What are your dreams and aspirations for the future?
I want to keep writing as long as I can. I love creating worlds and characters who inhabit my heart. So I’ll keep writing and hopefully the readers never get tired of them!
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