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There Is No Perfect Way To Exist Or Heal

Author Interview H. Noah

Bluebird At My Window follows two lawyers as they work through the traumatic facts surrounding the case while dealing with their own. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

It’s funny, the start of Bluebird actually started in a creative writing class back in college around 2011. A writing prompt had us draw a color and an animal, then create a story from that pairing. I drew blue and bird and started writing the letter from Ann (the letter that shows up during the trial in the book). From there the idea for Arthur sprung up and for a while the story was just his. But overtime I added more perspectives until I had four of the five (Arthur, Richard, Marie, and Maddie).

It wasn’t until I read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath that the real focus of the book came to me (mental health and processing trauma) as well as the importance of Diane’s story. As soon as I finished reading The Bell Jar I wrote the majority of Diane’s perspective and revisioned the story to better reflect the new direction of the book. I had already been building to the main focus of the story without realizing it but still needed to fine tune certain aspects.

This book is chilling and emotional. What drew you to the genre of dark contemporary and psychological fiction?

I think it drew itself to me to be honest. I’ve always been fascinated by the human mind, why people decide to do the best and worst things and what drives those decisions. For me the human experience is rarely black and white or just good or bad, so it was important to me to show the greys within my characters. To bring understanding to each without glorifying their more hurtful actions or decisions. When the focus of Bluebird became clear I let myself drift into the worst and best within each of them and when I finished writing I realized these two genres was where I ended up.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

It was important to me to highlight the individuality in responses to both mental health and trauma as well as unique lived experiences For each character. I gave my full attention to each with research, even if it covered topics that I had some background in. I also had several sensitivity readings done on the overall content with more focus on characters with lived experiences I did not have personal insight into in order to make the characters as realistic as possible.

In the end I was hoping readers would be able to find a character they connected with or have a part of the story speak to them. Something that could make them feel less alone and see that there is no perfect way to exist or heal.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The main project I’m working on is a Queer Historical Fiction which focuses on found family, finding comfort in your own skin, and the idea that soulmates aren’t always the people you fall in love with but the people who help you fall in love with yourself. Unfortunately the research for the project is proving to be more intensive than I first thought and will likely take more time to complete.

I am working on a second project in the meantime which I believe I can get out sooner. It is an Urban Fantasy with Horror elements. In short it will be Sapphic and about defying destiny, though as I have just started working on the first draft exact details are hard to pin down since they may still change. I’m hoping to publish it sometime in the fall of next year.

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When faced with trauma, how would you react?

Would you survive, succumb, or lose yourself to your own meaning of justice?

Ann was only seventeen when she died. She tried to be a dutiful daughter, to pray, to repent. But it wasn’t enough. Her mother, Diane, didn’t mean to kill her but when she found Ann consorting with devils, she had no choice. She believed the angels—that in the end, the water would save them both.

But every choice holds weight.

One death, and Arthur is thrown back into the work he wanted to leave. One death, and Richard must face the reality of his choices. One death, and Maddie and Marie are confronted with the hardest parts of love.

If only good intentions were enough to keep them from the carnage of their own decisions . . .

A dark contemporary fiction drenched in blood, this debut novel from H. Noah has an intricate true crime feeling with psychological depth.


Content WarningThe following book centers around processing trauma. Please be aware that it will touch upon such topics as violence, sexual assault (not overly descriptive), racism, microaggressions, misogyny, incest, and homophobia. This book also focuses on mental health and will cover depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, hearing voices, religious fixations, delusions, self-harm, and drug abuse.
This book is dark due to the topics covered. This is not a horror or thriller meant to scare you. Please be kind to yourself and put the book back if you are not in a good place to read any of the things mentioned above.

Bluebird At My Window

Bluebird At My Window by H. Noah is not the story of a single person, but multiple characters who found their voice in this book. All of those characters played a relevant part in the story and readers are able to understand their pains and purposes clearly.

It begins with a criminal case, the case of Ann, and the events turn more violent as time passes. Arthur and Marie are two lawyers involved in this case, and readers see the psychological impact this case has upon Arthur. Marie faces physical and sexual assault, and Arthur is also hurt while trying to help her. The trauma that follows is told in shocking detail as the author takes readers into the minds of the victims as they experience their emotions.

This complex book is a mixture of genres. It is filled with Biblical references, mystical elements, and mysteries. The author points out the racism faced by the characters, the crime, and the trauma they face, and readers will experience it firsthand. The case of Ann explores one part of the horrific event, whereas a parallel plot runs by in Arthur’s mind who wants to leave this world a better place but is unable to help much. The psychological peek into the mind of the characters provide a compelling study of human nature.

Marie and Maddie provide some instances of mental relief from the dark themes through their wholesome relationship. When Marie gets assaulted, and the trauma plagues her, it was realistic to read about the mental struggles she endured as well as the struggles of the people who love her. The acceptance of the events and the acceptance struggles surrounding entering therapy by the characters has been masterfully portrayed by the author.

Bluebird At My Window is a dark contemporary novel filled with vivid imagery and situations. Readers that enjoy psychological fiction, diving into the dark emotions of the characters, will find this a worthwhile read. Due to the graphic nature of content in this book, including emotional and physical trauma, I think this novel is intended for a mature audience.

Pages: 298 | ASIN : B09LD387NL

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The Demon In Disguise

The Demon in Disguise: Murder, Kidnapping, and the Banty Rooster by [Ashley Elliott]

The Demon In Disguise, by Ashley Elliot, is the captivating true story of Ashley’s lengthy journey to obtain justice for the murder of her father. On May 18th, 2002, Carter Elliot and Timmy Wayne were the first double-homicide in the history of Conway, Arkansas. With no evidence, DNA, witnesses, or fingerprints this case goes on for years. Not only is Ashley fighting for justice for her father during this time, she’s then dealt another blow when her mother is kidnapped.

Author Ashley Elliott does an excellent job recounting her turbulent journey. Detailed and cerebral, the author’s way of writing makes the reader feel like they are living the story with her. By being written in first person, we feel the emotions Ashley feels throughout this book. The manner in which it is written is clear and direct which helps make the chapters containing legal matters and criminal investigation easier for the average person to understand, and more engaging because we can connect on a human level rather than being taken through dry legal procedures.

This is an eye-opening murder mystery that is heart wrenching at times and intriguing when you’re able to overcome the emotional obstacles inherent in this harrowing story. While I was reading, I felt angry, mainly by how her family treated her, and the reality of how criminal law works.

The Demon In Disguise is a riveting true crime story that is emotionally turbulent and persistently intriguing. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy emotional and gripping crime stories. The insight into criminal law alone is enough of a reason to read this book. The Demon In Disguise was such a mysterious case and the story does a great job of slowly unraveling that mystery to readers. This is a crime thriller that I got lost in and had to keep reminding myself that the narrator really had this happen to them; so chilling.

Pages: 225 | ASIN: B09B4DK8V9

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Literary Titan Book Awards November 2021

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Gold Award Winners

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

Silver Award Winners

Entre Duendes y Ratones by Patricia Bossano

 

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information.

 

These Horrific Crimes

Jo Ellis
Jo Ellis Author Interview

Danger, Darkness and Destitution in Nineteenth Century Britain examines the life of a notorious serial killer and baby farmer, Amelia Dyer. What inspired you to write this book?

The inspiration I got from writing my book was from my history degree. I was looking for ideas for my dissertation and during my search I came across Amelia Dyer, I was so intrigued I had to research more. I went to the national archives in Kew, London and ordered to view original letters from Amelia to and from her unsuspecting victims mothers, the original newspaper adds and the original documents of Dyers time on the sentencing and after she was hung. I needed to find out as much as I could about the life of herself.

What was one thing about this time in history that surprises you the most?

The one thing that stood out for me was the lack of awareness and consequences of these actions. there was no children’s services at this time and no official way to adopt, so this made the likes of Dyers actions so easy for her to carry out. then this links to the zero support to mothers that feel like they had no other options with no regulations, and support. Dyer was not a one off there was many that chose this life and got away with it for many years.

What were some ideas that were important for you to explore in this book?

I felt what was important to explore was to highlight that in spite of these horrific crimes, this crime and conviction alone was the beginning of the NSPCC (child protection). it opened many eyes in a positive way and the realisation that child laws and regulations needed to be set in place.

I appreciated the detailed explanations in the book. What kind of research did you undertake to complete this book?

I researched thoroughly all primary sources I could find and see in person, to get the feel of it, how real it was. It was liking watching the story unfold I knew the ending but nothing I could do. then I read 2 books that included Dyers crimes and followed their reached areas that were stated in the bibliography, to then branch off my continuing research as one story always links to another.

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Victorian England was swamped in numerous of horrific headlines of baby farming and murder. Not all were dark shadowy figures stalking behind cobbled streets, many were trusted faces with inviting adverts in the local gazettes, while at the end of the 19th century, most people were shaken by the crimes of Jack the Ripper, often just as gory murders were happening. Amelia Dyer, the infamous baby killer known as the ‘angel maker’, spent three decades on a secret dark world and murdered 200 infants, possibly more. Many more killers were whose lives had taken a turn for the worst, known as unfortunates, had taken to crime to survive one of the most difficult times in the city’s history. These few stories alone show how dangerous London was in the Victorian era.

A Very Heartbreaking Case

Marta Nater
Marta Nater Author Interview

I Am Beast sheds light on the important topic of stalking and specifically on the case of Jennifer Kesse. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I wanted to write a book of this sort because truthfully I been there, I know what’s it like to stalk someone and become obsessed with them. And let me personally say that the inner feeling, thinking and dark thoughts that go through once mind is not pretty at all. My goal in writing this book was not just to bring into light the ugly reality face of stalking and how far it can or will go, but also to reach out to those who take these matters lightly instead of seriously. Being from and residing in Orlando Florida, Jennifer Kesse abduction story really hit home. Something about her abduction case is mysterious, and how it appears to have taken place is just off. And after so much extended researching, I strongly felt that Jennifer Kesse abductor was obsessed with her in some way possible. I truthfully believe without any sort of doubts that she was being carefully watched, and that her abduction was premeditated. I mean let’s be honest here, the abduction itself was just too perfect. Something evil was surely lurking around her that perhaps she herself may have felt uneasy about but at the same time she was oblivious of it within her own surroundings. Her complete disappearance for fifteen years up to date is proof enough that her abductor no doubt figured out ahead of time that she was not to ever be found by anyone. It is indeed a very heartbreaking case, while a mystery that by the looks of it, may never be solved nor discovered.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about stalkers?

Unfortunately people don’t take stalking nor obsessions serious and they make the mistake of seeing it as something that will eventually subside on its own. The majority of stalking victims are usually stalked by someone they already know. And what’s worse is that many fail to see that stalking is not romantic nor sexy, it is actually the complete opposite of it.

We should never be encouraged to interpret someone’s repeated attentions as romantic or desirable. Repeated unwanted attentions are not flattering or positive. Attitudes like these are reinforced by popular culture, which often portrays unhealthy behaviors as romantic and/or sexy. While we have become somewhat more sensitive to portrayals of domestic abuse and rape, stalking still seems to lack critical attention as far as the entertainment industry is concerned which is unfortunate. People should never underestimate a stalker. We need to see stalking for what it really is which is a serious crime that happens to too many people, too much of the time, yet is too often minimized by our present culture at large. We know that it takes a community to say no to abuse and violence. It is time that we as a community also raise our voices and say no to stalking, too.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is being stalked?

Stalking is frequently a precursor to much more serious, sometimes leading to lethal acts. So my best advice is to never accept any gifts from your stalker, that would actually be the worse thing you can do. Never accept or answer any calls from that person, avoid things such as unsolicited or unwanted letters, even emails. Always look back, front, side to side to make sure your not being followed. Stay within a public place visible to others in view. Always inform close family members, close friends as work colleagues, even neighbors of what is taking place and above all, report the person stalking you to the legal proper authorities. Keep a record of everything, even the simplest of details. Never confront your stalker head on, avoid at all cost as your life could be in serious danger.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

Hopefully gain some knowledge and recognition on the topic of both stalking and obsession. All stories written in book are factual, each one took place. It is of the upmost importance that anyone suspected of being stalked should get updated with their current states laws on stalking. Don’t let someone’s pretty face, or charm ways fool you. Take it from someone whose been there, stalkers are no game, no joke, their thinking is without any reach, any reasoning. Their main goal is you and only you, as you have become someone they believe they can’t live without. Never take stalking nor obsession lightly, behind their face and smile lives a beast waiting to explode. Don’t ever put your life at risk over ignorance on issues like these. Stalkers are real, they exist.

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“I Am Beast” isn’t a book about a literal beast, the beast referred to in this book is more of a symbolical one aimed at stalkers who take innocent life’s as if it were their very own. Once a stalker falls into obsession, their reasoning becomes obscured. This book contains (5) Stalking/Obsession Stories, the last one being that of Jennifer Kesse. I solely believe without a shadow of doubt that she was being watched by a silent beast to which she was oblivious about.

I Am Beast

I Am Beast by [Marta Nater]

Marta Nater wrote I Am Beast to educate readers on the heinous act of stalking, which causes a victim to suffer extreme fear. The book consists of five chapters, the first four of which, in the form of factual stories, analyze stalker behavior types, motivations of the perpetrator, and the impact of the crime on the victim. In the last chapters the author covers the book’s sole objective. The author reminds the reader of the case of Jennifer Kesse, unaccounted for since January 23, 2006, from Orlando, Florida. In asserting that Jesse’s abduction was the work of a stalker and analyzing possible abduction scenarios based on extensive research into Jennifer Kesse’s case and the psychology of abductors, the author explains what she believes occurred with Jennifer Kesse.

I Am Beast begins with a poem from the perspective of a beast which is symbolic of a stalker or the abductor of Jennifer Kesse. Though the beast seems to have been struck by conscience, confessing the negative consequences of his conduct on the victim, his confession takes a turn to his fear, which later on becomes a challenge for people to find him, the only way to find the many Jennifer Kesses in the world.

While researching extensively to identify what happened with Jennifer Kesse on the unfortunate day of January 2006 and noting the suspects she feels were let go, the author’s persistence in investigating a case 15 years old is admirable and brave. It’s nice to see that the book offers more than just the intention to kill the beast, the stalkers. Stalkers and victims are both prescribed physiatrists and therapies, with the belief that those who are determined will change.

I Am Beast enlightens the reader on the seriousness of stalking and how it could worsen if the early stages are ignored or taken casually. The book certainly educates readers on a crime that is often ignored, sometimes due to fear of being stigmatized as weak. It is an appeal to help find the abductor of Jennifer Kesse and a guide for potential victims to come out of the initial phase before another beast is born and another Jennifer Kesse is taken away.

Pages: 87 | ASIN: B07P89MKW6

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I Am Beast

“I Am Beast” isn’t a book about a literal beast, the beast referred to in this book is more of a symbolical one aimed at stalkers who take innocent life’s as if it were their very own. Once a stalker falls into obsession, their reasoning becomes obscured. This book contains (5) Stalking/Obsession Stories, the last one being that of Jennifer Kesse. I solely believe without a shadow of doubt that she was being watched by a silent beast to which she was oblivious about. This book has been updated-2020.

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