Author - Megan Shepherd
Genre - Gothic Thriller
Release Date - January 29th 2013
In the darkest places, even love is deadly.
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.
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The Insider's Scoop
Whenever I pick up a finished book from a bookstore or library, it seems so…complete. I have a hard time imagining all the little (and big) hiccups that happen along the way. So I thought I’d let you guys in on a little sneak peak behind the making of The Madman’s Daughter.
1) The cover shoot was done in England on a beautiful sunny day in front of a lake filled with cute ducks. Through the magic of digital editing, the cover now has a creepy, historical, timeless feel.
2) Though The Madman’s Daughter is based on HG Wells’ classic The Island of Doctor Moreau, I was first inspired to write the book from the TV show LOST. I very strongly considered including a polar bear on the island in Madman’s Daughter as homage to LOST, but sadly it didn’t make the final cut.
3) One of the hardest things to research was nautical terms. Part of the book takes place on a ship, so I had to calculate the course they would have taken to sail halfway around the world, which ports they would have stopped at, how long the voyage would have taken, in addition to the nuts & bolts of running a ship. For example, who knew that ships used to have brick chimneys?!
4) I had a 9-to-5 day job while writing The Madman’s Daughter, so most of the book was dashed out in lunch breaks at a coffee shop near my office, and lots and lots of Saturdays.
5) One of the biggest thrills was learning that The Madman’s Daughter was going to be optioned for a film by Fake Empire/Paramount Pictures. I’m a huge movie buff, so getting to talk to producers and screenwriters is so much fun. I’m keeping my fingers crossed it will happen!
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