If you've read the blog this year, then you know that many of the reviewers read and enjoyed The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd. (You can read Rachel's review, here.) This book is creepy, unique, suspenseful, scary, sweet, horrifying, romantic--pretty much all the things you could hope for in a book! We had very few complaints. Now, the title and cover have been revealed for the sequel, Her Dark Curiosity, which was inspired by the themes in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Read our interview with Ms. Shepherd to learn more about it!
What can we expect to be different and what can we expect to be the same in Her Dark Curiosity in comparison to The Madman's Daughter?
I think they’re similar books in terms of mood and tone, and many of the main characters are the same, though HER DARK CURIOSITY introduces some new faces. Though THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER largely took place on a tropical island, HER DARK CURIOSITY finds Juliet back in London in wintertime, but I think she finds that in some ways the city can be just as savage and dangerous as the jungle.
What are you most excited for in Her Dark Curiosity? Did you enjoy writing it as much as The Madman's Daughter?
Writing HER DARK CURIOSITY was much harder, largely because of the internal struggle in many of the characters. In the first book Juliet defeats her father physically, and yet she still has to deal with his dark legacy, and how much she is becoming like him. It was a challenge to weave in themes, plots, and characters from THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (which serves as inspiration for the second book), but it was a challenge I loved doing.
Describe Her Dark Curiosity in three words.
SPLIT-NATURED, COLD, MISTAKES
I absolutely loved the characters in The Madman's Daughter. Monsters and humans alike! But as far as the three main characters go...
Describe Montgomery and Juliet's relationship in 3 words.
CHILDHOOD FRIENDS, SHARED HISTORY, BETRAYED
Describe Edward and Juliet's relationship in 3 words.
PRIMAL, MYSTERIOUS, DANGEROUS
What inspired you most while writing Her Dark Curiosity?
My husband and I took a trip to London to research the book. Late one night, we took a Jack the Ripper tour through twisting Whitechapel lanes and saw the actual places where the grisly murders were committed. The buildings and streets hadn’t changed all that much since the Victorian era. It was so disturbing and frightening that one lady on the tour fainted. Needless to say, many of those twisting streets serve as a creepy setting in the book.
Anything you can tell us about Book #3?
Book Three continues to explore the themes of scientific arrogance and dark experimentation introduced in the first two books, but this time it takes place on a remote and ancient manor in northern Scotland. If the theme of the first book is man versus animal, and the theme of the second book is man versus self, then the theme of the third book is man (or woman!) versus death. So that fits nicely with the Frankenstein theme, though it isn’t a straight retelling of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN.
Thanks so much, Ms. Shepherd! A remote tropical island, London, Scotland...We can't wait for Her Dark Curiosity and Book Three to hit shelves!!!
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