Author Chat with Amanda Searcy (The Truth Beneath The Lies), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Amanda Searcy,

author of The Truth Beneath The Lies. 

Read on for more about Amanda and her book, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

Meet Amanda Searcy!

Amanda Searcy earned a BA from New Mexico State University and an MA in human rights from the Univeristy of Essex in England. She works in collection development for a public library system and loves chocolate, cats, and curling up with a good book. She lives in New Mexico. Visit her online at amandasearcybooks.com and follow her on Twitter @aesearcy.

 

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Meet The Truth Beneath The Lies!

Fight or Flight. 

All Kayla Asher wants to do is run. Run from the government housing complex she calls home. Run from her unstable mother. Run from a desperate job at No Limit Foods. Run to a better, cleaner, safer life. Every day is one day closer to leaving. 

All Betsy Hopewell wants to do is survive. Survive the burner phone hidden under her bed. Survive her new rules. Survive a new school with new classmates. Survive being watched. Every minute grants her another moment of life. 

But when fate brings Kayla and Betsy together, only one girl will live.

 

 

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YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the book?

My very favorite character is Happy. She’s had a rough life. She’s sixteen and pregnant. Her grandmother kicked her out and her stepmother wants nothing to do with her. Still, she keeps on going. She’s kind and she becomes the friend that Betsy really needs. I think that if anyone can make it and create a good life for herself and her baby it will be Happy.

I also am oddly attached to Finn. He’s Kayla’s mom’s ex-boyfriend who lives down the hall and is a drug addict. He can be creepy, but underneath he’s just a boy who made a wrong turn in his life and is in so deep he can’t see the light anymore.

 

 

YABC:  Which came first, the title or the novel?

Definitely the novel. I had a hard time coming up with a title for this one. Originally it was called “Truth Is” which was Kayla’s catch phrase in the book, but most of the times she said it were deleted in the editing process, so it didn’t make as much sense. Then it was briefly called “I’ll Find You” before we decided on The Truth Beneath the Lies (which I think is absolutely perfect).

 

 

YABC:  What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

I don’t want to give any spoilers, but there’s a scene where the police think they know who is attacking girls in Kayla’s town, and with Kayla’s help they set up an undercover operation to catch him. This is one of my favorite scenes in the whole book. I never want to be part of an undercover operation, but it was really fun to set one up!

I am also VERY proud of the ending.

 

 

YABC:  What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love this cover! If you look carefully, you will see that both girls are on the cover. The designer did such an amazing job reflecting their personalities. Kayla is “solid” and confident. She knows who she is and where she wants to go in life. Betsy feels more like the outline of a person; she’s unsure about everything. The overlap is the final perfect touch. Each girl has her own story, but fate brings them together.

 

 

YABC:  What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?

2018 is going to be a great year for YA! I’m looking forward to reading so many, so I’m going to cheat and pick one that I’ve already had the privilege of reading: FAT GIRL ON A PLANE by Kelly deVos. This is a book about accepting yourself (and others) as they are. It is also a really great story with romance, fashion, and a super plucky main character. I think that everyone will find something they can relate to in this book.

YABC:  What’s up next for you?

I have another standalone thriller coming out from Delacorte Press in late 2018-ish. This one is about a girl named Jenny who moves to New Mexico to live with her father in the rundown motel that his company is renovating. The reason Jenny had to move is that she has a little problem: she sets fires. She soon discovers that the woods around the motel are the perfect place for her secret activities, but then she realizes someone is following her and watching her every move.

 

 

YABC:  Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

Adrian. In the beginning, I felt like I had to wrestle him to the ground in every scene he was in. He’s proud and stubborn and absolutely refused to do what I wanted. I finally had to let go and allow him do what he wanted—even when it wasn’t what I had originally intended for him.

 

YABC:  Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

I like the initial brainstorm of drafting when the ideas are flying and the possibilities endless, but after that I enjoy (directed) revising better. When you are working with an editor or a CP and they find a problem, you often have to go back to the initial brainstorm process. I love the problem-solving. It gets my creative juices going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth Beneath The Lies

Author: Amanda Searcy

Publishing Date: December 12th, 2017

Publisher: Delacorte Press

 

 

 

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Comments 11

Julie on Friday, 05 January 2018 05:19

I like the cover pretty well, and the synopsis sounds really exciting!

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I like the cover pretty well, and the synopsis sounds really exciting!
Precious J Hernandez on Saturday, 06 January 2018 05:39

I love a good thriller. Pretty excited.

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I love a good thriller. Pretty excited.
Kara S on Sunday, 07 January 2018 15:49

Cover is the best of the season, IMHO, and I have been looking forward to this as a must-read for this year since fall! Thanks for the chance to win! IT LOOKS SO FANTASTIC! Cheers, Kara S

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Cover is the best of the season, IMHO, and I have been looking forward to this as a must-read for this year since fall! Thanks for the chance to win! IT LOOKS SO FANTASTIC! Cheers, Kara S
Kelly G on Friday, 19 January 2018 16:28

I really love the cover for this, and the synopsis sounds really suspenseful.

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I really love the cover for this, and the synopsis sounds really suspenseful.
Amy Sheets on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:15

I love the cover and as Amanda said, it seems like it really fits the characters as well. It definitely caught my eye! I enjoyed the synopsis too! I just added this book of my list of books to read. It sounds exciting and I can't wait to meet the characters and follow their adventures.

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I love the cover and as Amanda said, it seems like it really fits the characters as well. It definitely caught my eye! I enjoyed the synopsis too! I just added this book of my list of books to read. It sounds exciting and I can't wait to meet the characters and follow their adventures.
wendy rinebold on Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:07

The cover is cool. It sounds very exciting and creepy.

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The cover is cool. It sounds very exciting and creepy.
Nancy Hernandez on Friday, 26 January 2018 01:26

I like a good thriller book and this cover is amazing.

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I like a good thriller book and this cover is amazing.
Penny Olson on Friday, 26 January 2018 12:18

The cover is very cool. The synopsis has me really interested. Sounds like a good thriller.

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The cover is very cool. The synopsis has me really interested. Sounds like a good thriller.
Marisa Fort on Friday, 26 January 2018 17:00

Wow, the cover is interesting and grabs your attention; the synopsis sounds intriguing and makes me want to learn more.

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Wow, the cover is interesting and grabs your attention; the synopsis sounds intriguing and makes me want to learn more.
Erin on Monday, 29 January 2018 16:59

This cover caught my eye right from the start!!! I am intrigued by the black hair drawn over the long blonde hair!! I cant wait to read this book!!! ❤?

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This cover caught my eye right from the start!!! I am intrigued by the black hair drawn over the long blonde hair!! I cant wait to read this book!!! ❤?
Danielle Hammelef on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:16

This cover is creepy and perfect for the book. This book already has me hooked just from the synopsis.

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This cover is creepy and perfect for the book. This book already has me hooked just from the synopsis.

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