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Interview: Dawn Kurtagich, author of The Dead House

Aug 12, 2015

Aside from being a bit more tired (or a bit more glammed up, depending on the evening), you’re probably the same person in the day as you are in the night. You have the same personality, the same eye color, the same body, the same wants and values. But what if, as soon as it got dark, you turned into someone different? An alter-ego who did whatever he or she wanted, and your day self could do nothing to stop it?

That’s the backstory of the protagonist in Dawn Kurtagich’s debut novel THE DEAD HOUSE --- when the sun dips below the horizon, Carly Johnson transforms into Kaitlyn. And Kaitlyn is the main suspect for the Elmbridge High fire, which killed three students and caused Carly’s disappearance. Now, 20 years later, Kaitlyn’s diary has been found, and THE DEAD HOUSE shows us all of its gritty details, along with video footage, psychiatric reports and witness testimonials.

Below, check out our interview with Dawn, where she talks about the writing process behind such an untraditional novel, her favorite books growing up and what the inside of her mind looks like (pretty awesome, if you ask us!).