Author Chat With Sweeney Boo (Over My Dead Body), Plus Giveaway! ~US ONLY

Today we are chatting with Sweeney Boo, author of Over My Dead Body

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




Meet Sweeney Boo:

Cecilia Dupuy, known professionally as Sweeney Boo is a comic artist and illustrator living in Montreal, Canada. She started working as a comic letterer and colorist for French publishers before making her comics debut in 2016 with a cover and short story for Image Comics’ Rat Queens. In 2017, she worked on the costume designs of America Chavez, Inferno, and Patriot for the show “Marvel Rising.” Sweeney Boo now does work for various publishers including BOOM! Studios, Archie Comics, IDW, Marvel, and Image Comics. She is the current artist on IDW’s collaboration with Marvel Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, written by Sam Maggs, and her debut graphic novel, Eat, & Love Yourself from BOOM! Studios released in April 2020.

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About the Book: Over My Dead Body

Fans of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will love diving into the mysterious and witchy world of award-nominated creator Sweeney Boo. Enchanting full-color illustrations will be sure to charm readers as they explore the halls of Younwity’s Institute of Magic and the forbidden forest that lies beyond.

In the days leading up to Samhain, the veil between the world of the dead and the living is at its thinnest.

One day, everything was exactly as it was supposed to be. And the next, the closest thing Abby ever had to a sister, Noreen, was just… gone.

Distracted by the annual preparations for the Samhain festival, Abby’s classmates are quick to put Noreen’s disappearance aside. The Coven will find her, Abby’s friends say. They have it under control.

But Abby can’t let it go. Soon a search for answers leads her down a rabbit hole that uncovers more secrets than Abby can handle. As mounting evidence steers her toward the off-limits woods that surround the academy, she begins to see that Noreen’s disappearance mysteriously has a lot in common with another girl who went missing all those years ago…

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~Author Chat~


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

I’ve been fascinated with witches ever since I was a kid! And after visiting New England, and Salem I knew I wanted to try and write my own story. They have so much history, in every culture, they’re just bewitching!


YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?

Seymour! He is first of all the exact twin of my own cat haha, but also his hypochondria and constant state of anxiety is something I can really relate to.


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

The character actually! One day I randomly drew Abigail, and I just had to build a story around her.


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

Probably the very honest conversation between Violet and Abigail in their bedroom, when they finally both let their wall down and start trusting each other.


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

That every character has to have a purpose, something to do, even if it is something very small like getting a glass of water.


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

The mystery, and the use of blank space! I think the cover can be interpreted in a lot of ways, it has something inviting but chilling to it.


YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2022?

I’m really looking forward to Zoe Thorogood’s auto-biographic novel “It’s lonely at the center of the earth” and Paulina Ganucheau’s “Lemon Bird” !


YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?

I recently had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Amy Chu and Soo Lee’s upcoming graphic novel “Carmilla: The First Vampire” which comes out January 2023 and I am obsessed with it!


YABC:   What’s up next for you?

Lots of very exciting projects, and more Over My Dead Body?!


YABC:   Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate? 

The final scene, the big reveal. It was a lot of different characters to deal with. I wanted to make sure that the conversation, that moment, felt honest and as emotional as it would be for the characters!


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

Hmmm. Probably the main “villain”, I really wanted to make sure I had their intentions and behavior right without really revealing too much!


YABC:    What is the main message or lesson you would like your reader to remember from this book?

That your chosen family is often more important than your actual family.


YABC:      What would you say is your superpower?

Oh gosh… probably my determination? I don’t know if it counts as a superpower but I guess that is something I am really proud of.


YABC:     Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

 There are definitely more than one, but the two I can think about right now are End The Backlog which is trying to help ending the rape kit testing backlog in the United States. And It Starts With Us, an organization that documents, and spreads awareness by Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two-Spirits.


YABC:   What advice do you have for new writers? 

 To not be scared to fail, because you will. And will learn from it, and do better next time. It’s a never ending circle, but we learn every time and it’s the best feeling!


YABC:   Is there anything that you would like to add?

That I am incredibly grateful to anyone who took the time to pick up and read Over My Dead Body 🖤


Title: Over My Dead Body

Author: Sweeney Boo

Release Date: 8/30/22

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books/Harper Alley

ISBN-10: 0063056305

ISBN-13: 9780063056305

Genre: Graphic novels/Paranormal/Mystery & Horror

Age Range: 14 up





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5 thoughts on “Author Chat With Sweeney Boo (Over My Dead Body), Plus Giveaway! ~US ONLY”

  1. Crista cast says:

    The cover has an eye catching look to it which I love and the story sounds like a mystery to keep you on your toes. Cant wait to read this one.

  2. csj1818 says:

    I love a good witch story!

  3. Cori says:

    I would snatch this spooky book up in a bookstore so fast

  4. a great book for the to be read pile.

  5. The cover is fabulous and this sounds like a page-turner.

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