Q&A with A.C. Haury on Shadows of Morrow


What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always been a writer, since I was a young child so the book was always inside of me, somewhere. I came up with the idea of Shadows of Morrow over nine years ago, but I was working on other projects. This year I decided to get serious and finally pen the novel that was in my head. The book has evolved greatly in the years since I first came up with a character profile for Jack and Tristan Morrow.

How did you come up with the title?

I played with several different working titles, and finally, in last weeks of editing, I chose Shadows of Morrow. Morrow is the family that the novel focuses on, and their shadows are the lies and the pain that have shrouded the family for decades. The Shadows of Morrow are as much a part of the story as the characters themselves.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Absolutely. The most important thing in life is family. Cherish and protect your loved ones, be careful who you trust, and never underestimate the strength of a woman.

Is your story realistic?

I believe this is a very realistic fiction mystery novel. I have been told by many readers that the characters are very lifelike and the story is believable. I take pride knowing that my readers care deeply for the characters I’ve created and feel as if they know them personally. There is no greater compliment, in my opinion.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

No. The events in Shadows of Morrow are complete fiction.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Wow. Where should I start? Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Jennifer McMahon’s Promise Not to Tell, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Edgar Allen Poe’s complete catalogue of works, and more. There are so many to choose from.

What book are you reading now?

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Definitely! Kimberly McCreight’s Reconstructing Amelia is outstanding. I highly recommend her work.

What are your current projects?
I am working on a novella called Harbinger House and the follow up to Shadows of Morrow, The O’Mara Vanishment.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. It is my passion. My love. Writing is what makes me happy. What better career is there than one that makes you feel complete?

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I am pleased with how Shadows of Morrow turned out and I cannot wait for readers to enjoy my work.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My grandmother loved to read, and she cultivated my love of literature at a very young age. Saturday afternoons, when the cartoons were over and before our movie nights began, she would encourage me to write short stories. The imagination can take you so much further than any remote control ever could.

Who designed the covers?

I designed them myself on my computer. I obtained the cover photograph from fotolia/andreiuc88, tweaked the fonts and coloring, ensured the measurements were accurate, and sent it off for production. I am very pleased with how it turned out.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Editing! My joy is writing and editing is my least favorite part of the process. A necessary evil, though.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes. Believe in yourself. Do not dull your words for fear that others will be shocked or misunderstand your meaning. Allow your passion to paint the page with beautiful and meaningful words. Don’t try to fit in. Be yourself and stand out. That is what indie writing is all about. The power of self-expression.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope you enjoy my debut novel Shadows of Morrow! Please feel free to drop me a line on facebook at A.C. Haury


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