Today we're excited to chat with Gretchen McNeil, author of #MurderTrending.
Read on for more about Gretchen and her book, an interview, plus a giveaway!
Meet Gretchen McNeil!
Gretchen McNeil is the author of I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl and the Don’t Get Mad duology, as well as the YA horror novels Possess, 3:59, Relic, and Ten which was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and was adapted as the Lifetime original movie Ten: Murder Island in 2017. You can find her online atwww.GretchenMcNeil.com, on Instagram @Gretchen_McNeil, and on Twitter @GretchenMcNeil.
@doctorfusionbebop: Some 17 y. o. chick named Dee Guerrera was just sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for killing her stepsister. So, how long do you think she’ll last?
@morrisdavis72195: I hope she meets justice! She’ll get what’s coming to her! BWAHAHA!
@EltonJohnForevzz: Me? I think Dee’s innocent. And I hope she can survive.
WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.
When seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman's cast of executioners kill them off one by one?
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The 2016 election. Pure and simple. The way social media played such a heavy role, the I-can’t-look-away-from-this-train-wreck fascination, the way our society was obsessed with the crossover between entertainment and politics. Even before the outcome, this book had formed in my mind.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Ethan. In fact, he may be one of the best characters I’ve ever written. Earnest and straightforward, upbeat in the worst of circumstances, even without his penchant for speaking in quotes from 80s action movies, Ethan had already captured my heart.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Impossible to say! I feel like the concept and the title developed simultaneously, side-by-side.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Without spoilers, there’s a serial killer in the book named Cecil B. DeViolent who recreates scenes from famous movies in order to dispose of his victims, and I used the “Schiess dem Fenster” scene from Die Hard (one of my all-time favorite films) in one of the best scenes in this book.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
My brilliant agent Ginger Clark told me early on that publishing is a marathon, not a sprint. I didn’t believe her. Unsurprisingly, she was right. I’ve learned patience, balance, and that I have to keep my eye on the road ahead. Like two years ahead. Welcome to publishing!
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I mean, how can I not say the head? The head. It’s brilliant. The whole freaking thing is brilliant. This cover blows my mind.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?
SEAFIRE by Natalie Parker. Female pirates? It scratches my Grace O’Malley itch! Cannot wait!!!
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2017?
THE HEARTS WE SOLD by Emily Lloyd-Jones. It’s the modern Lovecraftian YA horror of my dreams!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
The sequel to #MURDERTRENDING is out next summer and let me tell you, #MURDERFUNDING is a wild ride. Double the number of whackdoodle serial killers and an in-your-face heroine you (hopefully) can’t help but love. I think it’s a worthy sequel.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
I just want to tell everyone how thrilled I am to have been able to write a book like #MURDERTRENDING. Horror and comedy are the fleur-de-sel caramels of fiction – salty and sweet, the perfect combination. Not every publisher would have let me run rampant with this concept, creating a novel that is as gory as it is hilarious, and I am eternally grateful for Disney/Freeform for giving me the green light!
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
The Trevor Project, the only suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ+ youth. My best friend was a volunteer phone crisis counsellor for them for many years and the stories he tells… They have my heart.
By: Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: August 7th, 2018
Two winners will each receive a copy of #MurderTrending (Gretchen McNeil) ~ (US Only)
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