by Gaby Triana
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Entangled Teen
Itching to know more about Gaby Triana’s Wake the Hollow? Check out my interview with the main character, Mica Burgos, and see Sleepy Hollow and the town she hates to love through her eyes!
You can read my review of Wake the Hollow here!
Interview with Mica Burgos
- Your history is rooted in Sleepy Hollow. You’re mom loved the town almost more than anything. Do you have the same love for the town, or what’s the reason that you returned?
The thing is, I have a love-hate relationship with Sleepy Hollow. I grew up here, so there’s definitely plenty of nice memories, but the past six years involve too much pain. I tried running from it by living in Miami, but when my mom sent me that note asking me to come home, I could tell something was up. I only returned because she called me here, because I could tell something was amiss. So when the police called telling me what happened to her, I knew I couldn’t avoid it anymore. I had to go home.
- What’s it like living in a town with so much history attached?
I grew up at an historic home (Sunnyside, home of author, Washington Irving), so it has surrounded me most of my life. People get attached to their history. Families gloat over who knows their historical facts best, who has more ties to the town’s famous descendants, whose blood runs in whose veins. It’s all very competitive, but there’s nice things too, like our annual literary festivals, Halloween parties, and fall tours.
- Your mother’s dolls were and are everywhere. What was it like to have them around all the time?
Ugh, the dolls. They’re horrific with their staring eyes and their grim mouths, and for so long, I wondered why my mom was obsessed with making them. I’d get so jealous that she’d spend more time with them than she’d spend with me. Of course, now I realize there was more to it, but when you’re just a kid, you don’t know anything.
- Trust is key in getting to the bottom of the mysterious path that your mom set you on. What was it like to have to question everyone?
It was the most lonely I’ve ever felt in my life. But it was also liberating. For years, I depended on my parents for everything, then just my dad and his assistant, Nina, but it wasn’t until I came back to Sleepy Hollow that I had to learn to fend for myself. I had to grow up. I had to question. I had to open my eyes to the truth. It was a really painful process but necessary, and I’m a better, smarter person now because of it. I’m not that naïve little girl who stepped off the train anymore.
- After everything that’s happened, do you think you’ll be able to go back to your life in Miami? What’s your next step?
I’m on my way to Connecticut without a compass for what’s going to happen, so for the first time in my life, my options are open. Life in the past few months has made me grow up pretty quickly. You could say I went from innocent, sheltered private school girl to a full-fledged cynical adult. Maybe I’ll finish school, go to college, and after that, I have no idea, but what I do know is that for the first time ever, I feel in control of my own future.
Forget the ghosts, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.
Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.
This town will suck you in and not let go.
Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With the help of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.
Find the answers.
Unless, of course, the answers find you first.