What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The hardest part is the thought that no one will understand what I've written, or the point that I was trying to make. The fear of not being understood has always troubled me.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Damnatio Memoriae?
Damnatio Memoriae is the story of a young man who feels compelled to help his friend solve a mystery at their boarding school, while also struggling with a tragedy that has devastated his personal life.
What inspired you to write this book?
This book was largely inspired by the feeling of being trapped inside oneself and not knowing where to go. It was important for me to write about the stigma that surrounds mental illness, as well, and hopefully to show that it is something real and it is something valid, even if no one else can see or touch it.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I spend anywhere from half an hour to eight hours a day writing, depending on how much time I have and how many cups of coffee I drink.
Name your top five favourite books.
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist; Lord of the Flies by William Golding; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer; and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on the third book in the series, which should be out in the Spring.
Title: Damnatio Memoriae
Author: Laura Giebfried
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Nothing ever happened at Bickerby. Located on an island off the coast of Maine, its prestige, remoteness, and near-inaccessibility in the winter months were the reasons that Enim Lund’s father sent him there in the first place. With only a year left of school until graduation, Enim’s only focus is to keep his grades high enough to scrape by and keep his unforgiving involvement in his mother’s critical accident secreted away. But when a body washes up on the school’s shore and a teacher vanishes without explanation, the thought of a quiet, uneventful year becomes unlikely – especially given that his best friend has planted himself in the middle of the crime. Worse than the thought of a killer loose on the island with them, though, is that the unfolding events are dredging up horrors in Enim’s past that, if uncovered, will result in his own misdeeds being found out.
As Enim is pulled further and further into crimes that he both has and hasn’t committed, he finds that his mind is slowly unraveling and his grip on reality is faltering, and unwanted comparisons are being drawn between his mother’s withering health and his own. Soon, discovering who the killer is becomes his only concern. Yet before long, it becomes clear that there’s an even more difficult task at hand than who’s responsible for the horrid crimes: getting anyone to believe him.
Laura Giebfried was born in Bangor, Maine in June of 1992. She is the youngest child of Joseph and Rosemary Giebfried, who moved to Maine from New York in order to raise their family. Giebfried currently lives in Bangor and attends the University of Maine where she is earning her degree in psychology.
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