Lisa Stormes Hawker
New Thriller Features Badass Modern-day Rapunzel with a Bra Knife
They said she was armed. They said she was dangerous. They were right.
Debut HarperCollins Witness Impulse author LS Hawker spins a suspenseful tale of a young woman on the run for her future and from the nightmares of her past
LITTLETON, Colorado — Petty Moshen spent most of her life as a prisoner in her own home, training with military precision for everything, ready for anything. She can disarm, dismember, and kill—and now, for the first time ever, she is free. Her paranoid father is dead, his extreme dominance and rules a thing of the past, but his influence remains as strong as ever. When his final will reveals a future more terrible than her captive past, Petty knows she must escape—by whatever means necessary. But when Petty learns the truth behind her father’s madness—and her own family—the reality is worse than anything she could have imagined. On the road and in over her head, Petty’s fight for her life has just begun.
Debut author LS Hawker’s THE DROWNING GAME (HarperCollins Witness Impulse, 2015, ISBN: 9780062435170, http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062435170/the-drowning-game) will be released on September 22, 2015. “HarperCollins offered me a three-book deal with an option for a fourth based on this manuscript,” Hawker says. “One of my favorite things about THE DROWNING GAME is that (main character) Petty is unconcerned about her appearance or social expectations. She just is who she is and is unapologetic about it. She never learned how to be a people pleaser.”
Petty is an expert in self-defense and wears a Buck knife clipped to her bra at all times. “When I got my book contract,” Hawker says, “I gave identical knives to the members of my critique group as a thank-you gift for getting me here. I also sent one to my agent Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency, who told me she never thought a knife would make her cry, but this one did!”
One question Hawker gets asked a lot is how she was able to write Petty, a character who’s been untouched by the outside world, so convincingly. “I started writing THE DROWNING GAME immediately after my youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism,” Hawker says. “I didn’t realize how much this had influenced the character until one of my critique partners said, without knowing about my daughter’s diagnosis, that Petty seemed almost autistic. Her inability to read social cues or understand metaphor and sarcasm mirror my daughter’s.”
Hawker has written many novels and won several awards, including the Zebulon for THE DROWNING GAME, was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest, a finalist in the Colorado Gold Contest, won first place the Paul Gillette Memorial Contest, and finaled in the Write Stuff Contest and the Delacorte First Young Adult Contest.
Hawker grew up in suburban Denver, indulging her worrisome obsession with true-crime books, and writing stories about anthropomorphic fruit and juvenile delinquents. She wrote her first novel at 14. Armed with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, she had a radio show called “People Are So Stupid,” edited a trade magazine, and worked as a traveling Kmart portrait photographer, but never lost her passion for fiction writing. She’s got a hilarious, supportive husband, two brilliant daughters, and a massive music collection. She lives in Colorado but considers Kansas her spiritual homeland.
Visit LSHawker.com to view THE DROWNING GAME trailer and read her blog about her adventures as a cocktail waitress, traveling Kmart portrait photographer, and witness to basement exorcisms.
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About the Book:
|THE DROWNING GAME
HarperCollins Witness Impulse, 2015
To order: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062435170/the-drowning-game
For an interview with LS Hawker, please email her at LSHawker@gmail.com.