After finishing The Survivors, you’re definitely left with a ton of questions (at least I was). Luckily, a vast majority of these are answered in Point of Origin, yet of course more questions are introduced as well. Point of Origin definitely continued the story nicely with the introduction of new characters, more secrets and more suspense.
I had a harder time understanding Sadie’s actions this time around though. I also didn’t understand why she continued to stay with Everett (maybe because I totally think she should be with Cole :D) but they didn’t have a happy relationship it seemed. Sadie came across as a fairly strong and independent character in book 1 and it’s almost as if she morphed into a completely different character once they got together. I’d like the strong independent Sadie back for book 3 please.
My favorite aspect of Point of Origin was the detail given regarding the Salem Witch trials (which I remember thinking when reading The Survivors that I wish more information was given regarding that) and all of the additional paranormal information obtained through Sadie’s research within the story. The suspense and twists and turns throughout the story were incredibly well done and kept me guessing.
It’ll be very interesting to see how everything plays out in the next book (especially with that ending from book 2!)
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1. When did you first start writing?
I probably started writing about first grade. Somewhere in my house there’s a story on those old school pages with space to illustrate on top half and lines on the bottom half. It was a story about three witches who were sisters. Interesting to have come full circle.
2. What was your inspiration for this series?
Everything I’ve seen, touched, read, heard, or felt in the last three years has greatly inspired this series. Survivors is a very multifaceted world, so I can be touched by anything from an academic text on the politics of Puritanical colonies to a Proenza Schouler runway show. I’ve been lucky to pour it all in in one way or another. I’ve been lucky to find the inspiration so easily.
3. Besides being a writer, you’re also a musician and songwriter. Do you enjoy doing one more than the other?
My gut response is to say the author part is my favorite, but I love music in a very real way. It’s a part of me. In the end, it’s the storytelling I’m addicted to, whether that’s in song form or book form.
4. Is there a special message that you want your readers to grasp?
It doesn’t really work that way for me. I’m sure there are things that I think readers will get — or could, if they’d like to — but I don’t write with an agenda or anything. I put my characters on journeys that will take them down paths that you could learn something from or have them act in a way that might get you thinking. And that’s great. I hope you think. I hope you start wondering about the way they act, why they do what they do, and what happens to them based on all that. But there is no specific message I’m trying to throw out there. Actually, I take that back. There’s one:
At the end of the day, you’re responsible for your own actions.
Get back to me at the end of the series and see if you think that fit.
5. What books/authors have influenced your writing most?
I honestly think that every book I’ve ever read has been a major influence on my writing and the way I build stories. At the end of the day, I think I’ll pick some favorites (J.K. Rowling, Curtis Sittenfeld, Janet Fitch, and so on), but realistically every time I read a new great book, I think really hard about what positives I could take from that story and apply to my own. So in that way, they all do.
6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m sure there will always be things I’ll think of, but right now I’m very happy with it.
7. What’s one fun fact about you that you’d like people to know?
I’m sort of obsessed with style. I think people often take that to mean that I just like clothes or buying stuff, but in reality, it’s so much more than that. I like fashion, sure, but style is a way of life. It’s a way to carry yourself, to communicate to the world around you, to take control of your life. You can style yourself into the person you want to be, and then become that person. It’s incredibly empowering. Getting into style has changed my whole outlook on my life, and it’s given me the ability to put forward the persona I’d like to at any given moment. It doesn’t matter where the clothes come from, how much they cost, or who made them. It matters that they portray what you want to portray to the world.
Does that mean my love of all things couture, runway looks, or expensive shoes is any less? Of course not. But it does mean that you shouldn’t sell personal style short by thinking it’s about being shallow or caring about what designer people are wearing. It’s about inspiration and independence. It’s about asserting control of the life you want to live. Believe me.
8. What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m really into fashion, so I love to shop or keep up with style blogs and all that jazz. I love music, so I spend a lot of time searching for new music, and I recently (finally) got into vinyl. I also love to cook (I’m into sourcing my food locally and organically! What what.), I love to do Pilates. I dig travel and wish I did it more for pleasure instead of work. And I love to daydream.
9. What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee. I’ve been on a literary adult lit kick lately, though I’m about to finally start Graceling (long overdue, I know). I read a very wide assortment of things.
About the Author
Amanda Havard has been telling stories since before she could write. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, where her first book was published in her elementary school library at age 7. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Vanderbilt University. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her baby grand piano and more story ideas than she could tell in one lifetime.