Goodreads asked Rachel Howzell Hall:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Rachel Howzell Hall "Land of Shadows" came about through a lifetime of observation -- of women, in particular. Who we are around our parents and those who expect the best of us, and who we are when we don't have folks looking over our shoulders. So-called good girls and so-called bad girls are usually the same girls just on different days. I grew up with nice church girls who would date bad boys -- not so strange, right? Many grew out of that stage, while others didn't. And some of those girls had very tumultuous, sometimes violent relationships. I wanted to deal with that in this book.

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