Hi Everyone! Today I’m featuring the 10th anniversary edition of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I was given this book by my #TBTBSanta last year and loved it. It’s so moving and really makes you open your eyes. I’m so glad she gave it to me to read. I hope you you give this book a shot if you haven’t read it yet. If you have read it, go get this new and wonderful edition! Below is a little synopsis, the extra content in the 10th anniversary edition, and a giveaway!
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
New Content Info:
- An introduction from its award-winning author, Jay Asher;
- The until-now-secret alternate ending for Hannah and Clay that almost was;
- Early notes and ideas of how the story came to be;
- Deleted scenes;
- And more!
Enter for a chance to win one of five (5) hardcover copies of the 10th Anniversary Edition of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (ARV: $18.99).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on December 27, 2016 and 12:00 AM on December 28, 2016. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about January 2, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Oh hey blog! Bet you thought I forgot about you. Nope, just that time of year where I have no spare time. In light of today’s horribleness (election woes), I’m going to try to do something positive about next year. I’m going to join two reading challenges hosted by some lovely ladies.
First up, Rock My TBR, hosted by the amazing Sarah over at The YA Book Traveler. For this challenge, the goal is to read 1 book a month that is already on your TBR. No ARCs allowed. My TBR is a mile long, so I don’t think this will be a problem. I’m really excited about this challenge and hope to have fun with it. Now I’ve seen a lot of people post the books they plan to read, I’m not going to do that. Mostly because I have over 150 books I’d like to read and narrowing it down now is just too hard. If you’d like to join here’s the link!
The second challenge I plan on participating in is, Flights of Fantasy, hosted by the wonderful Alexa & Rachel. I never thought I was a big fantasy reader, but after looking at my shelves I discovered I actually have a lot of books that would classify as fantasy! So I’m going to pledge to read 10 fantasy books this year. Being as I only read about 50 books a year I think 20% is a big chunk to carve out for fantasy. The only bonus about this challenge is that those 10 books will count to Rock My TBR! You too can join Flights of Fantasy here!
Well, here’s to 2017 being a better year than this sh*tshow of a year and to reading more books already on my shelf!
Trouble Makes a Comeback is being released today!!! I haven’t had the chance to read my ARC of the book yet, but I did read book one in the series and really enjoyed it. Below I tell you why! (spoiler free)
I recently read Trouble is a Friend of Mine which is the first book in Stephanie Tromly’s Trouble series. I was told it had hints of Veronica Mars, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, & Sherlock Holmes. It certainly didn’t disappoint in those aspects. I loved the overarching mystery of who kidnapped Digby’s sister & the main mystery of who kidnapped a local teen. Digby reminded me of Sherlock in how he processes information and interacts with others. Zoe is the new girl in town who just wants to leave. Digby is the only person who will talk to her, so she quickly gets wrapped up in his antics. I enjoyed most of the secondary characters as well, Henry was my favorite of them all. He’s Digby’s childhood friend and current high school football star. I loved the dynamic between all the characters, but mostly Digby, Zoe, and Henry. Overall I thought Trouble is a Friend of Mine was a great book and it really made me look forward to book 2, Trouble Makes a Comeback! I can’t wait to dive back into the mystery of Digby’s sister & meet up with Zoe, Digby, & all the other characters.
Below is the synopsis:
A whip-smart, screwball noir mystery—with snappy prose, wry humor, and breakneck dialogue—this sequel to Trouble Is a Friend of Mine is perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, Sherlock, John Hughes, and Carl Hiassen.
After a fall semester of fiascos: getting arrested, then kidnapped, then blown up in an explosion (all thanks to the weird but brilliant Philip Digby), Zoe Webster is looking forward to a quiet spring. Now that Digby has left town, she’s finally built a regular high school life for herself. She’s dating Miles, the alternate QB; she knows girls she considers friends; she’s learning to enjoy being normal and semi-popular. Which of course is when Digby comes back: He’s got a new lead on his missing sister and he needs Zoe’s help.
Suddenly Zoe is tussling with a billionaire arch-villain, locking horns with armed goons, and digging into what makes the Digby family tick, even as she tries to navigate the confusing and emotionally fraught world of high school politics and locker-room drama. After all, it’s hard to explain Digby to a boy like Miles, especially when Zoe isn’t sure how she feels about Digby herself—or how he feels about her.
Now that Digby’s back, get ready for another hilarious whodunit filled with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and the most charismatic, dynamic duo you’ve ever met. And just try to stay out of trouble.
We dare you.
GIVEAWAY for a set of both books!!!
Enter for a chance to win one of three (3) sets that include a paperback of Trouble is a Friend of Mine and a hardcover copy of Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly (ARV Per Set = $28.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 9:00 AM Eastern Time on November 22, 2016 and 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 28, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about December 1, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Thank you Penguin Random House for the review copy of Trouble is a Friend of Mine & Trouble Makes a Comeback!
I have to say, this project sounds so amazing. I really look forward to participating and sharing my stories. I hope everyone that does participate finds solace and sees that they are not alone. A more detailed description of the project is below.
I HOPE YOU FORGIVE ME, is the newest project by the author of Hello, Liza Wiemer. IHYFM is a website that asks teens and adults to anonymously share moments from their teen years they wish they could ask forgiveness for but have never had the courage to, until now.
Synopsis: Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, over a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and intense dreams of a man she has never met.
When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back to 1923—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war in. There she meets the fascinating stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and an agenda. Ripped from her own time, Nora now has the chance to save the ones she loves… and to alter the entire future of Ireland.
1: You’ve written books in a range of genres; which is your favorite and why?
I wish I knew – then maybe I could stick to one! I do have to say I’m in love with historical fiction at the moment. I adore doing research and finding out about lives lived long ago. Sometimes I wish I could just research for a living.
2: I love that Bury the Living is set in Ireland, how much research did you have to do for it?
So. Much. Research. I read every book I could get my hands on, obviously. (Thank goodness for inter-library loans). I also watched documentaries and movies and listened to Irish history podcasts. I interviewed Irish Catholic women who had grown up in Belfast during the Troubles to get a better understanding of what it must have been like for Nora. I talked to humanitarian aid workers who had worked in Sudan (Nora grows up to become a relief worker in Darfur), and poured over UNHCR manuals about how to properly set up a refugee camp. I asked experts in the Irish Civil War to read my early drafts and correct my errors. And, best of all, I spent two weeks in Ireland doing on-the-ground research, including an amazing tour of Kilmainham Goal
3: What made you want to write a historical fiction/time travel book?
My first series, The Thin Veil, is based on Irish mythology. While researching those books I couldn’t help but learn more about Irish history, and I was completely drawn in. The more I read, the more I wanted to write about it, but I couldn’t nail down a particular time period. And so I decided to write a time travel series so that I wouldn’t be limited to just one era. At first I planned to start the series with the Easter Rising of 1916, but then I saw the heartbreaking film The Wind that Shakes the Barley and was so moved that I decided to focus on the Irish Civil War instead. The more I dug into it, the deeper I wanted to go. I wanted to tell the stories of these people and make them come alive. Besides, the Civil War is a perfect launching pad for a time travel series because it has its roots in the centuries-old conquest of Ireland by England, but also reaches into the future as the instigation behind the modern-day Troubles in Northern Ireland.
4: What is your writing process and how long did it take for your first draft of Bury the Living to be completed?
I start with the germ of an idea, and then hit the research. This usually helps me nail down what exactly I want to write about and come up with plot and character ideas. After I have a pretty good understanding of the time period or situation, I start outlining. Every scene goes on a Post-It note and up on my office wall until I have the book roughed out, then I use the software Scrivener to start writing! Because I outline pretty thoroughly, my first drafts don’t take very long. I think I wrote Bury the Living in under three months. But then there are a few months of edits!
5: Where do you like to read and write?
I have an office in my home that I work in every day. In the mornings I work at my standing desk, then in the afternoons I move to my sitting desk if my legs are tired. As for reading, I love curling up in the corner of my sectional sofa, a cup of tea balanced precariously beside me.
Quick Fire Questions:
Favorite color? Green.
Favorite band or artist? U2.
What book are you currently reading? Daring Greatly by Brené Brown.
Ice cream or cake? Ice cream.
Favorite fall drink (or drink in general)? Hot rum Canadienne. Mmm.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Already an accomplished writer, Jodi McIsaac is the author of several novels, including A Cure for Madness and the Thin Veil Series. She grew up in New Brunswick, and after abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, earned a graduate degree in global studies, spent a few years as a fundraising and marketing executive with non-profit organizations in Toronto and Vancouver, which then morphed into her own copywriting business.
Giveaway: 3 Finished copies of BURY THE LIVING (US Only)
BURY THE LIVING excerpt:
©2016, Reprinted with permission from 47North
On Monday morning Nora walked to school with a couple of friends. She tried to nod and laugh in all the right places as they nattered on, but her mind was fixated on the bags of cocaine stuffed deep into her rucksack. She’d decided there was no point in dumping it, not when she could still make a fair sale of it. Then her family wouldn’t have to wait to leave town. She’d sent a message to Ernie Farrell, saying she’d sell him the lot at half price. He’d been Robbie Grady’s only competition in this part of town. There was no way he would say no. Then it would be out of her hands.
At the lunch break she waited in the stacks at the library, just as she’d promised to do in her message. The Irish-history section, which was always empty. She read the titles with interest while she waited. Her school, like many others, preferred to focus on European and world history. Irish history was too controversial, to close to home. But Eamon’s love for it had rubbed off. He was always throwing obscure bits of history into their conversations or telling her about great battles and chieftains who’d lived hundreds of years ago. She’d soaked it all in—a sparkling vision of Ireland that was a sharp contrast to her own bleak reality.
Nora waited the entire lunch hour, but Ernie never came. Had he even been to school that day? She hadn’t seen him. Maybe he was sick. Maybe he’d chickened out after hearing about Robbie.
She left the library and headed back to class. She was late enough that the hallways were empty. Then she heard heavy footsteps behind her. She glanced back and stopped dead in her tracks. Paddy Sullivan was standing in the hallway, grinning at her.
“Hiya, Nora,” he said.
“What the hell are you doing here?”
“Ach, don’t be like that, Nora. We’ve some more questions for you.” He jerked his head toward the front door.
“I’ve answered your questions,” she said, clutching her rucksack close to her stomach. “Youse said you’d leave me alone.”
“Things change. C’mon. Let’s go.”
“I’ve got to get to class. I’m late.”
“We’re on the way to see your brother. Don’t you want to come?”
Nausea swept through her. He was bluffing, sure he was. But what if he means it? “I told youse to leave Eamon out of this! What do youse want him for?”
“Ernie never showed up to your little meeting, did he?”
Nora felt faint. “I just…wanted to talk to him.”
“Uh-huh. Seems you didn’t take our warnings seriously. Now come on. We don’t want to make a scene here in the school, do we?”
Nora felt as though her legs were embedded in the ground. All she could do was stare at Paddy, unable to move, while the world spun around her. She had to ditch the bag, somewhere, somehow.
“I…I just have to…I have to use the bogs first,” she stammered.
“I’m sure you can hold it,” he said. His hand clamped on to her arm, and he marched her out of the side door, where a car was waiting. She shifted her rucksack to one hand and prepared to drop it in the bushes, but he grabbed it.
“For a petty criminal, you’re pretty daft, Nora.”
“Wait, please, you don’t understand— ”
“You’ve got balls, I’ll give you that. Thought you’d just pick up where Robbie left off?”
“No! I was just trying to get rid of it, I swear.” Nora tried to wrestle herself from Paddy’s grip, panic building in her like a smoking volcano. “Don’t take me to Mick. You can have the coke—it’s worth a lot of money.”
“Mick’s interested in something far more useful to him than coke,” Paddy answered as he stuffed her into the back of the car. He got in the front seat, then turned around. “I think he’ll be wanting to make a deal.”
Nora drew back against the upholstered seat, horror spreading across her face. “He’ll not…be wanting…”
Paddy grinned again. “To pimp you out? Is that what you’re afraid of? You’re an attractive girl, Nora, but Mick’s not like that. He’s a decent lad.”
“You’ll find out.”
ABOUT PUSHING PERFECT:
A girl’s quest for perfection results in dangerous consequences in this layered, suspenseful YA novel by the author of Playlist for the Dead.
How far would you go to be perfect?
Kara has the perfect life. She gets perfect grades. She never messes up. Until now. Because perfection is an illusion, and Kara has been struggling to maintain it for as long as she can remember. With so much pressure to succeed, it’s hard not to do whatever it takes.
But when Kara takes a new underground drug to help her ace the SATs, she doesn’t expect to get a text from a blocked sender, telling her to follow a set of mysterious instructions—or risk her dark secret getting out. Soon she finds herself part of a group of teens with secrets of their own, who are all under the thumb of the same anonymous texter. And if they don’t find a way to stop the blackmailer, their perfect futures will go up in flames.
This dark, emotionally resonant contemporary YA novel is perfect for fans of We Were Liars and The Secret History.
I really enjoyed this book. I identified with Kara to a certain extent. I was always a good student and never did anything bad. I too had issues taking standardize tests, but unlike Kara, I never turned to drugs. The mystery behind who is blackmailing her and the others was exciting. I love trying to solve mysteries while reading, and this one was no exception.
ABOUT MICHELLE FALKOFF:
Michelle Falkoff’s fiction and reviews have been published in ZYZZYVA, DoubleTake and the Harvard Review, among other places. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently serves as Director of Communication and Legal Reasoning at Northwestern University School of Law.
Giveaway: 3 Finished Copies of PUSHING PERFECT (US Only)
Hi everyone! I’m here today to talk about Glitter by Aprilynne Pike. I was lucky enough to ask her a few questions and they’re below along with a giveaway!!!
Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
1) How did you decide (come up with the idea) to combine 18th century France with the modern day?
Oh boy, that was a long process, actually. Originally this book was … wait for it … set in space with a culture that mimicked 16th century England. I had an agent suggest I bring it back down to earth, and I looked around at how much literature there was set in England during that time, and I decided to do something a bit different.
2) Which character did you have the most fun writing?
Oh, Danica’s fiance, Justin Wyndham, is so much fun to write! He is so unabashedly bad!
3) Did you draw inspiration for any of your characters from family, friends, or acquaintances?
I actually avoid doing this ever because I’m awful with names and start using them interchangeably both in real life and in the book! It makes my copy-editors hate me!
4) Do you plan on going on a book tour for Glitter, and if so can you tell us where?
Yes! I will be launching in Phoenix at Changing Hands, and I have an event in Provo, UT, Idaho Falls, ID, and Tucson, AZ. I am also going to the inaugural NOLAStoryCon just before the book comes out, and I’ll be attending YALLFest just after.
5) If you could live in any time period, but have modern day technology, when would it be?
Oh, I would SO live exactly like they do in GLITTER if I could! 1600s and 1700s in France, with all of the glorious excesses of the Baroque era!!
6) Where would be your #1 place to visit if you could go anywhere in the world?
I actually haven’t been to France and so very badly want to go!!! I also want to visit Japan, which is a goal with my family in the next few years.
7) What would you like least about living in 18th century France?
No running water!!! Modern plumbing!!!:D
8) Have you ever been to France and if so, what was your favorite part of it?
I have been to the airport! (And it’s a cool airport!) I would really love to visit the catacombs, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and of course the Palace of Versailles! And ZOMG french food! My next favorite part!
About the Author: Critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine.
LOVE YOU DEAD
By Peter James
An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life – to be beautiful and to be rich. She’s achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she’s working hard on the second. Her philosophy about money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it’s getting rid of the husband afterwards that’s harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect . . .
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city.
One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.
About the Author
Peter James is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace thriller series. Before writing full time, James lived in the U.S. for a number of years, producing films including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with James overseeing all aspects, including scriptwriting.
James’s novella ‘The Perfect Murder’, started its world stage premiere in 2014, and his first Roy Grace novel Dead Simple has now been adapted for stage, and will tour the UK in 2015. In 1994, in addition to conventional print publishing, James’s novel Host was published on two floppy discs and is now in the Science Museum as the world’s first electronic novel.
Famed for his in-depth research, in 2009 James was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community, and in 2013 he was awarded an Outstanding Public Service Award by Sussex Police with whom he rides along regularly. He has also been out many times with the NYPD and the LAPD in the US and with many other police forces around the world, as well as doing extensive research with offenders in prisons and psychiatric institutions. He has served as two-times Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and is a board member of the US International Thriller Writers.
He has won numerous literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize for Perfect People in 2012. James’s novels have been translated into thirty-six languages and three have been turned into films.
All of his novels reflect a deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in–depth research and has unprecedented access, as well as science, medicine and the paranormal. A speed junkie, who in his teens was selected to train for the British Olympic Ski Team, he holds an international motor racing license and switches off from work by racing his classic 1965 BMW. James divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill in London and near Brighton in Sussex.
Visit Peter James’s Website: http://www.peterjames.com
Visit Peter James on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peterjames.roygrace
Visit Peter James on Twitter: https://twitter.com/peterjamesuk
Other novels in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series
DEAD SIMPLE * LOOKING GOOD DEAD * NOT DEAD ENOUGH * DEAD MAN’S FOOTSTEPS * DEAD TOMORROW * DEAD LIKE YOU * DEAD MAN’S GRIP * NOT DEAD YET * DEAD MAN’S TIME * WANT YOU DEAD * YOU ARE DEAD
The giveaway is for all 12 of Peter James’ books!
I was so excited when Ava from Bookishness and Tea informed me that I was going to be part of the Knights of Whitechapel Street Team for Stalking Jack the Ripper!!! Below are my thought about the book and an interview with the amazing and kind Kerri Maniscalco, but first a little more about the book.
About the book: Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget
My Thoughts and the Interview!
You guys this book is so me it’s crazy! There’s forensics, mystery, snark, romance, Victorian London, and Jack the Ripper!!! When I first heard about this book I knew I HAD to have it. I entered every contest for an ARC and asked people going to BEA for a copy, to no avail. But then Kerri tweeted the most glorious thing! SJTR was going to be at BFest and it was going to be at the B&N near me!!! In case you didn’t know I live in DE and nothing is ever at my B&N. So needless to say, when BFest came around I was first in line to get SJTR. I tried waiting til August to read it so that I’d be closer to the release date, but I failed at that and read it in July. I loved everything about it and I am so happy that this is going to be part of a trilogy because I love the characters, especially Audrey Rose and Thomas.
Ok, so on with the interview that the wonderful Kerri Maniscalco was gracious enough to do. I emailed her these questions in July, before she got super busy. She was an all-star and got them back to me within a week!
- Why did you choose to write about Jack the Ripper of all the unsolved cases?
When I first brainstormed ideas, I knew I wanted to write a book that was like a CSI for young adults. It was the book I would have gobbled up as a teen—and even now as an adult—and felt so passionate about it. Taking my love of forensics, I thought about what would immediately add tension and up the stakes. That’s when I knew my teen girl MC was going to be restricted by society. I couldn’t imagine what it would have been like, being told that forensics were off the table simply because I’m a girl. Jack the Ripper was one of the first times forensics were used in an investigation, and it all fell into place from there. Plus, there was so much going on with the shift towards women’s rights in Britain then. The suffragettes had been rallying since the 1860s and it wasn’t hard to imagine Audrey being inspired by this notion of living authentically even when others don’t get you. Also, I say it all the time, but my grandma loved whodunits and this takes one of the biggest whodunits in history and gives it a new twist.
***Y’all it’s like Kerri and I are one, except she writes books and I sit in a lab. lol. I too LOVE forensics and hope to eventually work in that field.***
- Which character was the easiest or most fun to write?
Gosh. It took a while to really understand each layer of every character. Figuring out how they ticked, how they reacted, how they hid true feelings. I’d have to say my favorite character to write was Thomas. He’s brash and honest and his process was always an adventure—he definitely surprised me with some of the things he’d blurt out. I also really enjoyed Liza and can say we will be hearing from her again in book two.
- You’ve mentioned that this book is part of a trilogy. Do you know where the story is going or do you just plan it one book at a time?
The really fun thing about this series is there are new mysteries and infamous killers in each book. I’ve always had an idea of where I’d like to take the characters and have had working proposals in mind for all three books from the beginning. Book two basically starts from the point we leave you in Stalking Jack the Ripper and continues into the next gothic adventure. So yeah. I’ve definitely always envisioned where to go next and am so excited I get to continue their story and see their character growth and meet new characters along the way.
*** If y’all have been following Kerri on twitter you might have seen some sneak peaks for book two!***
- What do you hope people take away after reading your book?
At the end of the day I just hope readers enjoy themselves and get lost in a story about a girl who loves science. My favorite books are the ones that live and breathe atmosphere and drop me into a new (or old, historically speaking) world where I can smell the coal burning in the air, and feel the hairs rising on the back of my neck as something stalks the night. I hope this satisfies that craving for a good, creepy mystery.
- Are any of the characters based off anyone you know?
Oh, no. I try really hard to avoid writing about anyone in my personal life. I think it would be too weird to write about friends or family and have them read characterizations of themselves, and then be like wait…you think what of me? Though I do joke often enough that mean people will end up as victims in my next book… I definitely can relate to Audrey, though—I was really into forensics growing up and wanted to study it in college—and I think we’d be great friends.
- Do you plan on writing more historical/gothic books or do you hope to branch out to other genres?
I typically go where my muse takes me and write whatever story is begging to be told. I’ve got a YA historical fantasy that I haven’t had time to finish but plan on revisiting one day soon. I also have a contemporary science fiction thriller that I’d love to revise and add historical elements to. But I definitely love the gritty atmosphere of gothic novels, and could easily see myself doing another in the SJTR series.
***I want to read all these books!***
- Are you going on a book tour or going to any Cons for SJTR?
Oh, yes! Both blog tour and my fall tour are being finalized as we speak. I think I should have dates and cons confirmed and posted on my site in the next week. I can’t believe publication date is almost here! It feels like I received news of the deal only minutes ago.
*** UPDATE: I’m so excited that I’m going to her NYC stop!!! Will you be able to attend any of her stops?***
- So from talking with you, I know you’ve never been to London but are planning on going. What are the top five places you want to go to while there? (I highly recommend the Tower of London!)
That’s definitely on my list! I can’t wait to do a Jack the Ripper tour, first of all. I’d also love to visit the London Dungeon, The Globe Theater, Harrods, and the ride the London Eye. And then Hyde Park and a bunch of places that are in SJTR.
***I highly approve of all these places. The London Eye is spectacular (I actually have 2 pictures I took of it hanging in my living room) and Harrods is a dream world. Also I’ve done two different Jack the Ripper tours and they are amazing. Each one is different and so fun. I can’t wait to see all your pictures Kerri!***
- When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Writing was always something I did for fun, but it took me a while to figure out that I could actually do it professionally. I started creating plays with my toys when I was little, and I’d make my dad video them so I could watch them and work on “my art.” But it wasn’t until 2009/2010 that I decided to really give it a shot and I’ve never looked back. It’s been hard. It’s taken a lot of work and rejection and tears and doubts, but I can’t ever imagine waking up and not having that need to write and create something new.
- What is your favorite book overall and a new release that you love?
I absolutely love WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS by Shel Silverstein—his poems were so visually appealing to me and I love re-reading it. And one of my favorite new releases is definitely CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber. The mystery and magic are exactly what I love to be swept away by when reading a good book.
*** I LOVE Where the Sidewalk Ends so much. I have two copies of it and the fact that Kerri loves this book too made me so giddy.***
What is your favorite color? Dark blue.
Would you rather be reading or writing? Both! (My agent always says “Read 2,000, write 2,000.”)
What is your favorite food? I’m obsessed with curry and pizza, but am a giant foodie and can’t choose.
What book are you currently reading? GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow
What is your favorite thing to drink while writing? Reading? Depends on the season! Winter/Fall I drink green chai tea for writing, and a vanilla-spiced tea for reading.
Spring/Summer I like making fresh limeade with agave for writing and a glass of chilled sangria (or an Old Fashioned) while reading. I’m also really into yerba mate, and drink that ALL the time.
Thank you so much Kerri! I hope y’all enjoyed the interview. Now go get SJTR on 9/20/16! 🙂
About the author: Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, her debut YA gothic horror, is coming September 20, 2016 from JIMMY Patterson/Little, Brown. It’s the first in a new series and incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.
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