Release Date: April 19, 2016
They called it the murder tree.
In 1995, twenty kids went in to the woods. Only three came back.
There are monsters in the woods.
Twenty years later, what happened is still a mystery.
The monsters are back.
Now, the town of Silk faces its greatest threat in over two hundred years. No one is safe.
Not even the monsters.
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About the Author:
L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice. She is the author of the Winged series, the Plaisir Coupable series, Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel.
Where are you from?
--I’m from Florida, north Florida to be exact. We’re often referred to as south Georgia, we’re so close to the state line.
Tell us your latest news?
--I’m about to begin work on the second book in my thriller series, The Andersons. I’m also gearing up for the release of Silk and to attend the Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas in June.
When and why did you begin writing?
--I started professionally writing close to five years ago. As to why, I believed—and still do—that I have stories to tell and people would like to read.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
--Maybe ten years ago, I decided to write a book—not just write it, but finish it. It was the first book I ever actually finished. It was pretty horrible but I did finish. It was the first time I actually thought, “This is something I want to do all the time.”
What inspired you to write your first book?
--Like I mentioned above, it was really the desire to see if I could do it. After that, and after I realized how not good it was, I took some time to really study the craft and mechanics of writing before attempting to write another book. That second book went through numerous drafts but eventually became the book that would be my debut release.
Do you have a specific writing style?
--I would say my style is very dry, very straightforward, and very sarcastic.
How did you come up with the title?
--Honestly, it just popped in my head. The title, along with the first line of the book, just popped in my head and would not stop running around until I started working on the book.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
--Honestly, no. When I started writing Silk, I just wanted to tell the story of “the murder tree”. I would actually be interested in finding out what other people the message to be.
How much of the book is realistic?
--This is a difficult question to answer. Silk is set in the real world—in Georgia, to be precise—so there is a great deal of realism in that sense, although the town itself is fictional. The crimes are also fictional, without any basis in the real world. Other aspects, such as the effects of electroshock therapy and drug use, PTSD, and the difficulties of small town law enforcement, are relatively accurate.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
--For once, no. All the characters and events that occur are fictional.
What books have most influenced your life most?
--I always say that Relic, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, was highly influential. I read it when I was 14 and it was the first book I read which managed to be absolutely terrifying without being supernatural—by which I mean there was a scientific answer for everything which occurred. When I started moving in to darker areas of fiction, Preston and Child and their early work was my reference.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
--In addition to Preston and Child, I would say Gillian Flynn and her work has been very inspiring. She really brought forth the idea of the female antihero and the idea that a female character doesn’t have to be likeable in order for readers to connect and empathize with her.
What book are you reading now?
--I’m actually rereading Relic right now. It’s one of my go-to books for when I don’t know what to read.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
--Paula Hawkins, the author of The Girl on the Train. Amazing writer.
What are your current projects?
--I’m going to start work on the sequel to The Andersons as well as some online things.
What would you like my readers to know?
Silk is my first foray in to horror/mystery/thriller and as such is something I’m especially proud to have written. Hopefully, you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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