Monday, May 25, 2015

Book News: Carla Norton - What Doesn't Kill Her

Carla Norton’s crime fiction series began with The Edge of Normal, which won the FWA Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Unpublished Mystery in 2012, was internationally released in 2013, and was a Thriller Award finalist for Best First Novel in 2014. The sequel, titled What Doesn’t Kill Her, is coming June 30th.
Carla has also written true crime. Most notably, she co-authored Perfect Victim, about a shocking case of kidnapping and captivity. The book was put on the reading list for the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller.
“That case gave me nightmares,” she says.
Now Carla morphs those disturbing facts into fiction. Her critically acclaimed series features a survivor of captivity who is called upon to help others and ends up matching wits with deadly predators.  
The books are earning high praise from critics and crime writers alike. The Daily Mail calls Carla Norton’s writing style “Hitchcock-like.”
Her protagonist, named Reeve LeClaire (aka “Edgy Reggie”), is introduced as a 22-year-old in The Edge of Normal and is a year older in the sequel. Bestselling author J.T. Ellison says she’s “a brilliant heroine who takes recovery to a whole new level.”
Carla moved from San Francisco to Florida's east coast just as she was finishing The Edge of Normal. ­The series begins in California, but the sequel is set mainly in Washington State. “I lived in Seattle while finishing my MFA,” Carla says, “and there was one especially creepy house in the neighborhood with “No Trespassing” signs everywhere that seemed perfect for my villain.

Carla Norton is a novelist, journalist, and true crime writer. Her debut fiction, THE EDGE OF NORMAL, was a Thriller Award finalist and a Royal Palm Literary Award winner. The sequel, titled WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER, is being released in June.  Carla has also written two books of true crime, including PERFECT VICTIM, which was put on the reading list for the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. Carla earned a Master in Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2009. Besides writing books, she writes articles, essays, and really bad poetry. To learn more, visit, or find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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