The lovely Alexis Bass tagged me in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Go congratulate her on her two-book deal with Harper Teen and find out more about her debut, GIRLS EVOLVED!
What is the working title of your next book?
Right now I’m working on the sequel to Prep School Confidential, or as me and my editors have dubbed it: Boarding School Bedlam. The title for book 2 isn’t set in stone yet, but there are many ideas being thrown around.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Prep School Confidential started as a YA Twin Peaks-meets-Pretty Little Liars type mystery, but for the second book, I was inspired by Mystic River and The Killing, as well as Veronica Mars.
What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult contemporary, but the sub-genre is mystery.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I’m totally guilty of thinking about this a lot! In my last post, I talked about my dream cast for Anne, Brent, and Anthony. I think Kaya Scodelario is so perfect for Anne, but I recently saw Moonrise Kingdom and thought Kara Heyward was brilliant. In a few years, she’d be my dream Anne.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
A Manhattan prep-school expellee is exiled to a boarding school outside of Boston, where her roommate’s murder reveals that nothing– and no one– at the school is what it seems.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took me five months to write the first book in the series, and four to write the second.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday definitely comes to mind– it’s an awesome murder mystery set in a high school, with a killer voice. I was lucky enough to have Gemma read and blurb Prep School.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Anne, the main character, was what convinced me to write this book. She’s the anti-Gossip Girl in a way– she comes from a world of privilege, but it’s not until she sees the darker side of that world that she really decides what kind of person she wants to be.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’m hoping Anne’s voice will win readers over. So I’ll leave you with a tiny excerpt:
The cop said they were lucky enough to stop the blaze from spreading past the auditorium, and also, I should stay away from the firefighters because they don’t take kindly to casual arsonists.
Which I’m not. It’s only arson if you do it on purpose– I Googled it.