“Two years ago, Jayde Holloway discovered that she had the power to erase memories in the worst way possible: by accidentally wiping her best friend Jenny’s at the end of their senior year. Now, shut off from the world, Jayde exists solely for her role as the Sin Eater, an entity who can take away a person’s every bad memory if they so wish… for a price. Jayde hates the lonely life that she’s dealt, especially under her strict boss Jak, who consistently keeps her under his watchful eye through blackmail: a constant reminder of all of her mistakes. When she must travel back to her hometown, Jayde secretly befriends two siblings with a haunted past of their own. As her own painful memories begin to overwhelm, Jayde must make a choice: remain chained to a familiar but hurtful past, or reveal all of her darkest secrets for what could be a better future.”
Sin Eater has one of the most compelling lead characters I’ve read this year. The idea behind the story felt original, with some insightful moments and vivid imagery.
Sin Eater was superbly original, with a well-articulated tone that I relished, and a thick atmosphere that one will only find in top shelf fantasy.”
-Winner of the Literary Titan Silver book Award
-Finalist in the New Adult Fiction Category in the National Indie Excellence Awards
Targeted Age Group:: 18-30
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The idea of this book actually came to me during a really hard time in my life. I had so many memories that I wished I could forget, because I felt that if they were gone, I'd be able to move on and be happy. That made me wonder: if someone had the power to erase your memories, would people actually do it? I like to draw, and I'd been drawing a character for a long time that wore goggles and crazy outfits. When that idea came to mind and I wanted to write a book about it, I knew she should be my main character.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My main character, Jayde, was someone random I drew years ago, and somehow I got stuck on her. I'd draw her all the time, usually with mixed media and newspaper clippings. The cover of Sin Eater is actually one of my first drawings of her. When it came time to write a book, she was the one I wanted to write about. I think she's the most like me. I based her on how I was feeling over the years about the changes in my life, the guilt I've felt before, and overall some identity crises I've had.
As for the others, I think they're a mix of people I've met and been close with. Many friends who have read the book have asked if this or that character is based on certain people in my life. It was almost without thinking, since I didn't realize until it was pointed out to me. It makes sense though, since the town in the book is based on where I live and where I spent most of my teenage years.
"I take what is most precious to people: their memory. It's so simple. Give me your woes, and I can make you forget them. I could make you forget everything, if I really wanted to. I cure wounded people and give them a second chance.
However, their second chance means parts of their lives are completely missing, gone forever. They will never know that self again, nor will they remember those who were lost. They can continue on with their life in ignorant bliss, but I will always know. I will carry it for them within my own memory. Their troubles will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Yes, I will erase, I will cover, I will bury.
But I will always remember. I save and I hurt, all at once."
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Amanda Denham was born in Birmingham, Alabama and still resides there among her family, friends, and her pet rabbits. As a teenager, she loved to read young adult books and comics, which inspired her own creative ideas. Amanda also adores art and usually comes up with her story ideas by drawing her characters. "Sin Eater" is her first novel and is currently working on her second one, tentatively titled "Seven Feathers."