Author Chat with Gabriella Lepore (This Is Why We Lie), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)



Today we are chatting with Gabriella Lepore, author of

This Is Why We Lie!

Read on for more about Gabriella, her book, and giveaway!






Meet Gabriella Lepore!

Gabriella Lepore is a YA author from South Wales in the United Kingdom, where she lives with her husband and daughter. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found exploring the coastline or perusing a bookstore. She enjoys autumn days and cups of tea and is always searching for the next mystery. Visit her at or follow her on Instagram @GabriellaLepore_Books.


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Meet This Is Why We Lie!

Riverdale meets One of Us Is Lying in This Is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore, a standalone thriller following two teens who discover a body off the coast of their seaside town. As they search for the killer, they will learn the students of both the local prep school and the nearby reform school will do anything to protect their secrets.

Everyone in Gardiners Bay has a secret.

When Jenna Dallas and Adam Cole find Colleen O’Dell’s body floating off the shore of their coastal town, the community of Gardiners Bay is shaken. But even more shocking is the fact that her drowning was no accident.

Once Jenna’s best friend becomes a key suspect, Jenna starts to look for answers on her own. As she uncovers scandals inside Preston Prep School leading back to Rookwood reform school, she knows she needs Adam on her side.

As a student at Rookwood, Adam is used to getting judgmental looks, but now his friends are being investigated by the police. Adam will do whatever he can to keep them safe, even if that means trusting Jenna.

As lies unravel, the truth starts to blur. Only one thing is certain: somebody must take the fall.



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~ Author Chat ~


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

The novel was first! The manuscript was originally titled The Rooks. However, we weren’t sure if that conveyed the YA mystery genre clearly enough. After brainstorming a few titles, This Is Why We Lie felt like the perfect fit!



YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I’m a huge mystery fan, in books, movies, TV shows, anything true crime! The inspiration for This Is Why We Lie came from the idea of two very different boarding schools in the same town: the boys’ reform school, and the more privileged girls’ prep school. Setting the story in a coastal town was very much drawn from the rocky coastline where I grew up and have recently moved back to. There’s something so eerie and haunting about a deserted beach!



YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the book?

I’d have to say Adam. I really enjoying writing his character and understanding his complexities & relationships.



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

I think the cover artist, Agata Wierzbicka, did a fantastic job portraying the characters as half-finished sketches. I also love how the Inkyard Press art team added the effects of tears in the paper to really accentuate the mystery.



YABC:  What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2021?

Aside from This Is Why We Lie, I’m really looking forward to Karen M. McManus’s new release, You’ll Be the Death of Me.



YABC:  What was your favorite book in 2020?

I read a lot of books in 2020 during various lockdowns and time spent at home. One standout has got to be Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson, a contemporary YA that totally captured my heart. I really enjoyed Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder too.



YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

I feel like I’ve learned a lot over the past decade. Anything from making every scene count, to showing rather than telling. Most importantly, never give up on your dreams! Keep going and believe in yourself!



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

Definitely revising! I often find the first draft difficult to write. It takes me a while to get to know the characters and find their voices. But by the second or third revision, I feel like I’m in the flow.



YABC:  What’s up next for you?

My next YA mystery/thriller, The Last One to Fall, is set to be released October 4th 2022 with Inkyard Press. A little hint: Six walked in, but only five came out alive . . .

Thanks so much, and I’d love to hear your thoughts if you decide to check out This Is Why We Lie! IG: @GabriellaLepore_Books.




  This Is Why We Lie

Author: Gabriella Lepore

Publisher: Inkyard Press

 Publish Date: September 21st, 2021






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