BREAKING GLASS from Spencer Hill Press, July 2013
by Lisa Amowitz
On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.
When she hit her teens, she realized that Long Island was too small for her and she needed to escape. So she went to college in Pittsburgh. Go figure.
On leaving college, Lisa became a graphic designer living in New York City. She eventually married her husband of a zillion years, had two lovely children, and was swept away to a fairy tale life in the Bronx, where, unbelievably there are more trees and wilderness than her hometown. She can see the Hudson River from her kitchen window.
Lisa has been a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art.
My young adult novel BREAKING GLASS is due out July 2013
VISION: May 2014
Visit me on the web at: http://lisa-amowitzya.blogspot.com
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Inspiration for BREAKING GLASS
The Town Behind the Tale
The events of BREAKING GLASS take place in the fictitious semi-rural town of Riverton. The town in the story, with its web of lies, secrets and dark history is a figment of my imagination, but does have some roots in reality.
Riverton is a name I made-up by combining Riverdale, the northernmost section of the Bronx which overlooks the Hudson River where I live, and Croton-on-Hudson, a suburban enclave 45 minutes due north of me. Both locales have their own sort of magic, with a sense of history under your feet and sweeping views of the Hudson River. But Croton, a town I visit frequently, has an eerie and beautiful vibe all its own. It is populated by an array of eclectic and artistic professionals, most of whom commute to Manhattan, but has a sleepy, almost rural feel. Its forested roads wind through rocky passes and weave between the massive New York City reservoir system. There really is a Croton Gorge and Croton River. It’s a beautiful and lyrical place with a cosmopolitan vibe.
Croton is the locale from which Jeremy Glass sprouted into my imagination. I can’t really visit or think of Croton without associating it with Jeremy, though there is no one I know living there who is at all like him or his family.
The scene in the first chapter of the book, where Jeremy follows the runaway Susannah and pulls over to the shoulder of the road, is an actual place just off Route 100 in Croton. It’s a very sparsely populated road with a sparse sprinkling of homes nestled in the woods on one side and the protected land of the reservoir on the other. A metal guardrail hugs the reservoir side, beyond which is a steep and rocky decline to the water’s shore. This type of terrain figures prominently into the imagery of BREAKING GLASS and sets the tone for the entire book.
Here is a view of the actual Croton Gorge:
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