Barking Madness is a coming of age, psychological thriller about a teenage girl coming to terms with the death of a boy at school and the terrifying events that follow. The characters are complex and believable with dark, sharp-witted humor. The voices throughout the book are accurate and give an inside peek at the mind of teens in the complicated and awkward high school years.
Rosetta, a senior in HS, and her family have just moved into the small New England farm town of Ashwood. Shortly after her arrival, Rose gets the attention of the high school quarterback. After leaving a party early, the pair comes face to face with a massive wolf. They are attacked leaving Rose severely injured and Tommy dead. This attack results in Rose believing she is afflicted with something monstrous. Rose soon finds herself living in a world of ghosts and monsters.
Hearing screams from the road, Michael runs through the woods to find the source. What he finds will forever change his life. Rosetta Harper, the beautiful new girl who he has admired from afar, is on the ground before him fighting for her life. Her rescue will be the start of a slow-building, back and forth friendship that develops into a loving relationship. At first, Rose wants nothing to do with Michael. He isn’t popular, isn’t a jock, and is completely out of her social circle. As the story develops, however, so does their trust, and Michael will become the hero Rose has been waiting for.
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My name is Ryan Hill, and I am a fiction writer. My Debut novel, Barking Madness, is a dark and witty YA Psychological Thriller with lots of Paranormal twists and turns. It is also a coming of age story that provides an inside peek at the mind of teens, in the complicated and awkward high school years. The book features two protagonists with alternating POV’s and a psychotic killer. I really enjoyed creating the different layers of characters and relationships in the story and felt I was successful in building believable and distinctive personalities. The supporting characters have strong voices, as well, and will grab the reader’s attention. I first started writing down ideas for my story in middle school and in July 2013 before my senior year, I decided to take the plunge and start writing my novel. After a lifetime of playing soccer, I quit the high school team and unbeknownst to anyone, began writing. I was completely dedicated and had a complete manuscript in 8 months. Barking Madness was published by Pulse Publishing in August 2015.
I was born in Greenwich, Connecticut but now live in West Newbury, Massachusetts with my family. Currently, I am a sophomore at UMass Amherst and pursuing a degree in English. When I’m not doing homework or writing, I can be found on my Xbox, at the gym, or watching a movie, as I am a huge fan of film. With survival horror being my favorite genre, some of my favorite movies are Evil Dead 2, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Alien, The Shining, The Thing, Grindhouse, and Scream. But my all time favorite horror movie is An American Werewolf in London. I have a soft spot for werewolves, which is the main reason I included one in my novel Barking Madness. I don’t know what it is about them, but I just find them interesting.