Monday, January 9, 2017

{Blog Tour} LOST GIRLS by Merrie Destefano—Author Interview + Giveaway

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Lost Girls
by Merrie Destefano

Fight Club meets Black Swan—Rachel wakes up in a ditch to find she doesn’t remember the last year of her life, and that everything—including herself—is vastly different than she remembers.

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life. She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular.

She wears nothing but black. Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
 Publisher: Entangled Teen
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • Kobo • IndieBound

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with Merrie Destefano


LM: What inspired you to write Lost Girls?

Merrie: I actually started the book by writing a hook first, a short one-sentence idea of what would happen. I kept changing and experimenting with ideas until Lost Girls finally became what it is now. There were a few major changes along the way—like when I thought I was writing a story about superheroes. (True!) That’s why it’s important to reevaluate your story along the way. It’s much easier to fix 100 pages than 300!

LM: Describe your main character—Rachel—in just three words!

Merrie: Brave, talented, determined.

LM: What was the most challenging thing about writing Lost Girls?

Merrie: The most challenging thing about writing this book was the fact that I got really discouraged when I was about halfway done with the manuscript. I got so discouraged, in fact, that I almost quit writing. It had been a really long time since I’d sold a manuscript and it’s impossible to know if ‘this is the one’—meaning, if this is the one that will sell. But my best friend and fellow writer, Rachel Marks (author of Darkness Brutal), wouldn’t let me give up. She loved this book and these characters, and she didn’t want me to stop writing. She kept encouraging me, over and over, so much so that I started believing her when said, “This IS the one! You have to write it!” For me, the bottom line is, it’s very important to have friends who will be there for you when the going gets rough. I honestly don’t think we’d have the wonderful art or scientific achievements we have today if it weren’t for those people behind the scenes who said, “You can do it.”

LM: Can you share with us one of your favorite quotes/scenes from the book?

Merrie: I love the quote below from chapter 18, because it’s where you begin to see how special the relationship is between Rachel and her younger brother, Kyle.

                          ‘I gave him a weak smile, looking at those eyes that sometimes reminded me of Mom and sometimes of Dad, but most of the time they just reminded me of all the years we had been together, him laughing and joking and playing pranks because that’s what little brothers were supposed to do.’—from Lost Girls

LM: If Lost Girls had a theme song, what would it be?

Merrie: “I Bet My Life” by Imagine Dragons.

LM: Tell us what you enjoy doing when you aren’t writing!

Merrie: Hanging out with other writers, reading great books, watching science fiction/fantasy movies, walking my German shepherds, having lunch with friends and, of course, planning my next book!

LM: Thank you so much for answering my questions today! Is there anything you’d like to add; anything you’d like to say to your readers?

Merrie: I’d just like to add a little bit to my answer from question 5. My father has always been one of favorite people. Unfortunately, he died when I was sixteen. So, in many of my books, the main character will have a strong relationship with his or her father. I don’t set out to write it that way, it just happens. In Rachel’s instance, she would be the one singing “I Bet My Life” to her father. Like Rachel, I went through some very rough times as a teenager—I skipped school, I took drugs, I ran away from home, I got put in Juvie more than once. I was pretty good at hiding the things I was doing from my parents, but when they found out, my father was the one who sat down and talked to me about it and tried to help me. Knowing I had disappointed him was one of the hardest parts of being a teenager, and it’s one reason why I worked so hard to change my bad behavior.

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Currently a full-time novelist and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano’s next novel, LOST GIRLS, releases on January 3, 2017. Her other novels include AFTERLIFE and FEAST, both published by HarperCollins, and FATHOM, which was self-published. The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, she has also been the editor of American Farmhouse Style, Vintage Gardens, and Zombies magazine, and was the founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine.

With 20 years experience in publishing, she worked for a variety of publishing/broadcasting companies that include Focus on the Family, The Word For Today, and PJS Publications (now Primedia). Besides editing and writing, her background includes print buying, writing/producing radio promos, directing photo shoots, developing new products, writing jacket copy for books, creating sales media packets and organizing direct mail campaigns.

Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

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Big thanks to Merrie Destefano for answering my questions today!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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