My engineering background makes me question everything I do. There must be an acceptable and reasonable motive behind my story; not a story for the sake of a story. The main motivation behind Heart Eater was my own heartbreak, and the poem, Heart Eater, was written within hours of the event that would plague me for years to come. It was only after a few months and another occurrence that I began writing the book. When I started the book, it had nothing to do with the poem, but I discovered the poem months later and realized it was applicable to the book.
The story of Red Riding Hood as told by the brothers Grimm was a moral retelling of girls reaching puberty and the wolves that would follow. I drew from that moral to write the book.
At its core, Heart Eater is about the coming of age for a girl and the confusion and horror that comes with it and the sacrifices we make to achieve our goals.
Ira’s heart is broken, and soon an implacable darkness unfurls within her.
She battles to understand its meaning and source while those around her fear the
unknown in their midst. Their fears lead to harsh action and the arrival of a mysterious
outsider is not a moment too late. Ira sets out on a journey to find answers before the
next full moon and hopefully prevent another death.