Podcast Interview on The Storytellers Network: Autumn Lindsey with Stories that Bite
REMAINING AILEEN is that perfect blend of heart-pumping suspense, unexpected humor, and bittersweet and beautiful truth. Aileen’s struggle to figure out who—and what—she is as both a vampire and a mother, is poignant, and the love she holds for her family versus the reality of what she’s become will rip apart your heart and then mend it back together a dozen times over. This book shook me—in the best possible way—proving that debut novelist Autumn Lindsey is a force to be reckoned with.
– Amanda Linsmeier, author of OUR WILD MAGIC
What others are saying:
Remaining Aileen addresses the difficult and sometimes heart wrenching situation women find themselves in as we grapple with where we fit into the world, especially after becoming a mother. Constantly switching hats while trying to maintain a clear image of who we are and who we want to be.
Aileen’s a mom like any other. She faces unscalable mountains of laundry and tries not to look too long in the mirror at a body she has trouble recognizing. Unlike other moms, Aileen survives a plane crash to face immortality—with all its side effects. Can she embrace the monster she’s become and still be the mother and wife she once was?
Remaining Aileen blends women’s fiction with a bite of paranormal to produce a metaphorical vintage genre that works. Who knew vampires made the perfect metaphor for moms? Autumn Lindsey sure did! Not only does she bring readers to a deeper level with her fiction, she leaves them wanting more. No spoilers here, but I am already demanding book two.
-Joy Rancatore *****
I really enjoyed Remaining Aileen. As a mom, there is always that difficult balance between loving your children without losing who you once were/ are as a person. Autumn captures this wonderfully through a very unique metaphor! It was much different than I expected— part vampire novel/ part journey to find oneself. All in all, a great blend of genres. I can’t wait to see more from the author!!!
-Melissa Woods *****
You know those perfect sparkly, self-assured, vampires? The ones that you could never in a million years relate to? Aileen isn’t one of those. Aileen is a normal mom who second guesses herself, her body, her relationships, and well… everything you might too. Autumn Lindsey draws the parallels between the transition into mid-life motherhood and transition into vampirism expertly, adding in a touch of humor too. If you’re one of those Twilight fans that couldn’t in good conscious love Edward because it was a bit too teenage for you, but you loved the story anyway, you’ll love Remaining Aileen – without the guilt.
-Tasha Wiginton *****
As a diehard Twi-hard and lover of all things romance and vampires I was anxious to read this one. First of all, I LOVED the cover. I would have picked it up on that alone. I tend to gravitate toward simple covers that don’t give too much away, but give you a hint about the character or setting. I don’t read many books about moms. Or about anyone who’s older than 22. I need to read more! I liked Aileen. I saw myself in her in some ways. I can remember the exact page that I said to myself. Okay, I have to know what happens here. Page 69. That’s when I became a crazy person and carried this book around and read it at carpool, in line at AT&T, and at 1:30 am. I LOVE when that happens! It’s been a while! Page turning for sure.
Lindsey weaves the supernatural so seamlessly with the everyday. Even as a vampire, Aileen holds onto her human problems: coffee addiction, marital openness, and body image. Even as a vampire, she’s a mom. She’s me and you and every one of us flocking to Target to get a sugary caffeine boost and leaving with everything but what we came for.