Q&A and #Giveaway: Secrets of Hallstead House by Amy M. Reade

Secrets of Hallstead House

By: Amy M. Reade


Q&A with Amy M. Reade

What was the spark or initial idea that started your book?

I was attending a three-night writing workshop at a local library and the assignment for the second night was to come up with an idea for a story. I decided first that I wanted to write a story about a nurse (I don’t know what made me pick a nurse!). She had to have a mystery to solve and a love interest along the way. In my head, all the action took place in the Thousand Islands of New York State, so there was never any question about the setting. And that’s how Secrets of Hallstead House was born.

What was your favorite part of writing this book?

My favorite part of Secrets, as well as the book I’ve written since then and the one I’m working on now, is trying to weave a story with believable characters, a setting that makes people want to visit the place I’m writing about, and suspenseful twists that keep readers turning the pages. I guess you could say it’s the story construction that’s my favorite part.

What is your favorite line from your book?

“The place where he hid later came to be known as Devil’s Oven.”

What movie or television show would you say is most like your book in tone, topic, and/or characters?

I would say Secrets of Hallstead House is most like the movie “Laura.” It’s a film from 1944 about a New York City homicide detective searching for the murderer of Laura Hunt, a wealthy and successful advertising executive. There are several suspects, and the investigation takes some surprising turns, so the detective has a daunting task ahead of him.

If your book was made into a movie and you got to design the movie poster, what would the tagline say?

Secrets run deep.


Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a
job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Summerplace is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions.

Alex seems happy to have Macy’s help, but others on the island, including Alex’s sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats…slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House…

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Author Info

Amy M. Reade is a debut author of romantic suspense. A native of upstate New York, she grew up in the Thousand Islands region and was inspired by the natural beauty of that area to write her first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House. She now lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children, a Bouvier des Flandres named Orly, and two rescued cats who refuse to answer to their names of Porthos and Athos.

Upon graduation from Cornell University and Indiana University School of Law, Amy practiced law in New York City, but soon discovered that her dream job was writing. In addition to volunteering with school, church, and community groups, Amy is currently working on her second novel, set in the area around Charleston, South Carolina.

Though Amy lives within sight of the Atlantic Ocean, she is partial to the blue waters of the Pacific and spends as much time as possible on the Big Island of Hawaii, which is the setting of her as-yet-unwritten third novel.

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