Two years after she survived a savage attack, Theresa is still trying to put her life back together.
One day a strange man comes to see her, and suddenly the chance for revenge seems within her grasp.
What happens next is like nothing else you’ve read in your life.
“ECHO is a riveting, unflinching, brutally honest meditations on vengeance and betrayal. Just when you think you know where the story’s going, it throws you another surprise. This book is dark, disturbing, twisted . . . and impossible to put down.”
— J.D. Rhoades, author of Broken Shield and Good Day in Hell
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Cover 2a - 5in 72dpi - front for screenTHE INTERVIEW
Q: Damn, son. Dark much?

A: Echo is a spiky, wrathful story, no doubt about it. It is a novel born in anger. Right from the opening paragraph, you’d better watch your back.

Q: Why the anger?

A: At the time I was writing it, the newspapers were full of idiot legislators sharing their warped views of women and sexuality. Remember the fool who said it was impossible for a woman to get pregnant through rape? Where I lived at the time, a local business man had just pleaded guilty to criminal sexual contact with two young girls, and I was shocked to hear people using the teenaged Jezebel defense on his behalf. One of the things I wanted to do in Echo was show predatory male entitlement as experienced from a woman’s point of view.

Q: Anything else going on there?
A: I also wanted to take the conventions of revenge stories and turn them inside-out. You watch a movie like Death Wish — the movie, not the novel — and you see a kind of two-step where the audience is titillated by the crime and then absolved of its titillation by watching the criminal get killed in the goriest way possible. I wanted to turn that setup on its ear.

Q: There are some some pretty intense plot twists going on here.
A: As with my first novel, We All Fall Down, I prefer heroes who aren’t all good and villains who aren’t all bad. 

Q: Was the novel hard to write?

A: No, it was a very quick, intense job — almost akin to demonic possession. The emotional highs and lows were breathtaking. Theresa’s voice and presence were clear and distinct right from the beginning. The ending was the only truly hard part.

Q: How so?
A: The first draft ended with Theresa and her sister talking on the beach. The scene is still there, but it would have made for a pensive, watercolor kind of ending. Such an extreme story needed something a lot more cathartic and drastic. It took a few tries to get there.  
Q: What kind of reactions have you gotten so far?
A: When my agent read Echo in manuscript, the first two things she said were “This is great,” and “Where did this come from?” Some people have praised it to the skies. A writer friend called it “amazing,” but he goes in for rough stuff in his own books. One woman, a very good writer herself, read it but refuses to talk about it. So the reactions have been extreme — more so than for anything else I’ve written to date. Any author wants to see how people will respond to a book, but in this case I’m very, very curious.  
Q: Your first novel, We All Fall Down, also has a female viewpoint character. What qualifies you to write from a woman’s perspective?
A: A lifetime of close, attentive study, combined with imagination and empathy. The reader can decide if I did my job properly.    
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