Today we are chatting with Hayley Krischer, author of
The Falling Girls!
Read on for more about Hayley, her book, and a giveaway!
Meet Hayley Krischer!
Hayley Krischer is a journalist and author of young adult fiction. Her debut novel, Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf, was on the shortlist in the New York Times, a Book Expo buzz book pick for 2020 and selected for the 2021 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List from the American Library Association.
She is a regular contributor to the New York Times and has written for the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Marie Claire, The Rumpus, Lenny Letter and many other outlets.
Hayley Krischer lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with her husband, two kids, one dog, and three cats.
Meet The Falling Girls!
In a gritty medieval world where the ruling houses are based on the constellations, betrayal, intrigue, and a king’s murder force the royal sisters of the Bear House on the run! Moody Aster and her spoiled sister Ursula are the daughters of Jasper Lourdes, Major of Bears and lord of all the realm. Rivals, both girls dream of becoming the Bear queen someday, although neither really deserve to, having no particular talent in… well, anything. But when their Uncle Bram murders their father in a bid for the crown, the girls are forced onto the run, along with lowly Dev the Bearkeeper and the Lourdes’s half-grown grizzly Alcor, symbol of their house. As a bitter struggle for the throne consumes the kingdom in civil war, the sisters must rely on Dev, the bear cub, and each other to survive–and find wells of courage, cunning, and skill they never knew they had.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The main inspiration for The Falling Girls is Skylar Neese’s murder. Skylar Neese was 16 years old when two of her best friends killed her. I couldn’t imagine what it would take for them to do such a horrific thing and I wanted to dive into understanding their dynamics as friends. What would make a friend turn on another friend? What is it about the dynamics of teenage girls makes relationships so complicated?
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
My favorite character is Jadis. I love how she’s completely herself. Even if she’s acting terribly, we always know where she stands.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel! The original title was Stick and Poke. I named it after the tattoos that Jadis and Shade give each other in the book. We changed it to The Falling Girls based on a tattoo that Jadis gives Shade. That tattoo sets the tone of the book once it’s inked on Shade.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I love the scene at the Homecoming dance. I’m drawn to writing party scenes even though they’re so hard to do because you’re involving so many characters. But there’s something about the lights and how wrapped up the girls are in the moment that takes me away. I just sort of let myself go as I was writing it. I thought about colors and feelings. I made it very sensory, less concentrating on words than I was on sensations.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned
as a writer from then to now?
That the first draft is going to be messy. To allow that mess to happen and unfold.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2020?
So many good books. It would be a tie between Luster by Raven Leilani and A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The scene between Shade and her mother in the middle of the book when Shade is just tearing her mother apart. Shade is at that place in life where she’s just angry. Her mom is human, and just trying to live her life. It’s not easy being a single parent and I really felt for Shade’s mother as I was writing it.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Drafting, 100 percent. When I’m just writing, getting all of the words down, it can be such a beautiful process. Revising is painful, like eating glass.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
There’s a wonderful soup kitchen and community center in Montclair, NJ where I live called Toni’s Kitchen. My husband volunteers there often and they do so much to help and feed the community.
The Falling Girls
Author: Hayley Krischer
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin Teen
Publish Date: October 5th, 2021
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