Author Chat with Becca Fitzpatrick

Author Chat with Becca Fitzpatrick

Contributed by Kayla King 

 

Today I'm sharing my interview with Becca Fitzpatrick, author of Dangerous Lies! But first I'd like to introduce you to this literary duo. 

 

 

Meet Becca. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Becca-Fitzpatrick.jpg

Becca Fitzpatrick is the author of Black Ice, Dangerous Lies, and the Hush, Hush saga, including Hush, Hush; Crescendo; Silence; and Finale—all of which debuted as New York Times bestsellers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes, or watching crime drams on TV. She lives in Colorado with her family. Find out more at BeccaFitzpatrick.com. 

 

 

Meet Becca's new book, Dangerous Lies.

 

A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

 

Stella Gordon’s life is a lie.

She does not belong in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. As the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is now in the Witness Protection Program. The small town locals can never know who she really is. Not even Chet Falconer, the one boy who makes her want to reveal her true self. She knows that telling the truth will only bring violence to this safe haven.

Despite how hard Stella tries to stay under the radar, danger is fast-approaching. Criminals have a way of getting rid of witnesses, and Stella may have made the one mistake that could lead the cold-blooded men hunting for her right to her doorstep.

 

 

With introductions in order, it's time to CHAT!  

 

Kayla King: All of your novels including the HUSH, HUSH series and BLACK ICE, are total thrillers. What draws you to this genre of writing time and time again?     

 

Becca Fitzpatrick: When I was in college, I wanted to be a spy. I was drawn to the idea of excitement and danger. In reality, I would have made the worst spy. I’m much happier living a quiet, normal life. But the idea of danger still appeals to me. I think that’s why I’m drawn to the genre. Writing gives me a chance to explore this fantasy of danger--without putting my life in actual peril. 

 

KK: While Stella's circumstances are different than the average teenager, much of what she feels is so authentic. Was it important to you that despite these difficult circumstances, Stella face questions about her identity, her future, and her relationships?   

 

BF: Stella is not perfect. She is a deeply flawed character. But because of these flaws, she has a lot of room to grow. I think the potential for change is key to character. In the beginning of the story, she doesn’t trust anyone and she doesn’t want to form any permanent attachments. It’s easier to push people away than let them see her true self. Given her background and history, it wouldn't make sense for her to trust easily or invite people into her life with open arms. I think readers will relate to these feelings. We all know what betrayal feels like. We’ve all had to make the hard choice whether to lie to cover for someone we love. We all understand guilt, shame, and regret. And we all understand that deep need for healing. 

 

KK: Which character was the easiest to write, and which character gave you the most difficulties? 

 

BF: Chet’s character felt very natural to write, probably because I based him on my high-school boyfriend! My boyfriend was a really great guy--smart, sensitive, sweet. Of course, in keeping with my theme of writing bad boys, I felt compelled to give Chet a dark past. Have you figured out that I liked troubled characters? Like Stella, Chet has secrets and they are eating away at him. He is searching for redemption and needs to heal as badly as Stella does. Stella was probably hardest to write. She’s in a lot of pain. It was hard to spend so much time with a character who was hurting so badly. I wanted to make everything right for her and take away her suffering. But that isn’t how life works, is it? 

 

KK: What drew you to the isolated, small town setting of Nebraska?  

 

BF: Thunder Basin is based on the town where I spent my childhood. In my mind, Thunder Basin is as much a character as Stella and Chet. It holds a special place in my heart. All my firsts happened there--including my first love and first heartbreak. 

 

KK: What are your favorite books you've read so far this year? 

 

BF: I’m reading THE HOUSE by Christina Lauren and loving it. It’s so creepy and chilling! 

 

 

A big thank you to Becca Fitzpatrick for this enlightening interview! Now read on for the latest giveaway below! 

 

 

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_dangerous-lies.jpg

 

Dangerous Lies
 
  1. By: Becca Fitzpatrick

  2. Release Date: November 10, 2015

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Five winners will receive a copy of Dangerous Lies, US only.

 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Becca has a question for readers. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: Where did Stella live before moving to Thunder Basin ?

 

*Click the Rafflecopter link to enter the giveaway*

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_one-thousand-bio-pic.jpg

Kayla King  is a writer of poetry and fiction. She is the Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer at YABC, which means she loves to read and review books! She is an editor for 1:1000 and as such, reads great stories and contributes a new piece of flash fiction every month, and is a permanent writer for Germ Magazine. Kayla graduated from Buffalo State College with her B.A. in Writing and is currently pursuing her MFA from Southern New Hampshire University. You can find her website and blog here.

 

 

Giveaway: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (US Only)
Author Guest Post with Renee Collins

Related Posts

 

Comments 20

Already Registered? Login Here
Megan Elaine Schuyler (website) on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:10

Philadelphia. I hope win! Loved the "Hush, Hush" series and cannot wait to get my hands on this! Been on my tbr shelf for months on Goodreads!

0
Philadelphia. I hope win! Loved the "Hush, Hush" series and cannot wait to get my hands on this! Been on my tbr shelf for months on Goodreads!
Kara S (website) on Thursday, 12 November 2015 12:53

Philly apparently -- definitely not the sticks where she's hiding out! Thanks for this great opportunity!

0
Philly apparently -- definitely not the sticks where she's hiding out! Thanks for this great opportunity!
Guest - Kalani on Thursday, 12 November 2015 13:06

Philadelphia!

0
Philadelphia! :D
Guest - Tammy VanScoy on Thursday, 12 November 2015 15:45

Philadelphia

0
Philadelphia
Guest - Jordan Ketcham on Thursday, 12 November 2015 22:25

Philadelphia

0
Philadelphia
Sky (website) on Friday, 13 November 2015 00:32

I'm going to guess Philly lol

0
I'm going to guess Philly lol
Callie Wyles (website) on Monday, 16 November 2015 11:27

Philadelphia. I cannot wait to read this. I love Hush, Hush!

0
Philadelphia. I cannot wait to read this. I love Hush, Hush!
Linda Romer (website) on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 14:46

Philadelphia ♡ Thank you

0
Philadelphia ♡ Thank you
Shannon Mizikoski (website) on Friday, 20 November 2015 03:29

She was in Philly (and I must say that I'd definitely rather be in Thunder Basin, personally ) Thanks so much for the chance, the book looks great!

0
She was in Philly (and I must say that I'd definitely rather be in Thunder Basin, personally ;) ) Thanks so much for the chance, the book looks great!
Guest - Bekah M (website) on Saturday, 21 November 2015 03:40

Philadelphia! Thanks so much for the chance.

0
Philadelphia! Thanks so much for the chance. :)

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Take Me Home: Waters of the World
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Bite-sized facts about bodies of water from around the globe,...
This Is My America
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching...
Colors in Nature
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Magnificent, hand-painted illustrations by a rising star of Czech watercolor...
Welcome to Arizona
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Welcome to Arizona! We're glad you're here! Introducing a new...
I Don't Want to Go to School
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
It's Mouse's first day of school. It's Dinosaur's first day...
Counting Down with You
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
In this sparkling and romantic YA debut, a reserved Bangladeshi...
There's No Ham in Hamburgers: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Foods
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
From hot dogs and hamburgers to ice cream and pizza,...
The Light of Days Young Readers’ Edition: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
As their communities were being destroyed, groups of Jewish women...
In Deeper Waters
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to...
Paint by Sticker Kids: Outer Space
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Blast off into outer space with this mess-free sticker craft!...
These Feathered Flames (These Feathered Flames, #1)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are...
The Mother of Monsters
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Mischievous Ntombi is not at all afraid of the fearsome...
Grim, Grunt and Grizzle-Tail: A Story from Chile
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Brave young Pedro faces monsters and greedy guards when he...
What Beauty There Is
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
What Beauty There Is is Cory Anderson's stunning YA...
Baseball Baby
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
This original board book series, which begins with America's favorite...
I Am Not a Penguin
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
This hilarious story of a pangolin with an identity crisis...

Latest Member Reviews

Take Me Home: Waters of the World
 
5.0
"TAKE ME HOME: WATERS OF THE WORLD is an engaging nonfiction picture book that teaches basics and fun facts about..."
This Is My America
 
5.0
"WHAT I LOVED: Tracy's family is an outsider in multiple ways in their Texas town: they're one of the..."
Colors in Nature
 
4.0
"COLORS IN NATURE is a beautifully illustrated book of art that features animals and plants. The book walks through each..."
Welcome to Arizona
 
4.0
"WELCOME TO ARIZONA is a simple, fun travel guide picture book for children about the state. The book covers fun..."
I Don't Want to Go to School
 
3.5
"I DON'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL features Dinosaur and Mouse, who are both scared of their first day of..."
Counting Down with You
 
5.0
"COUNTING DOWN WITH YOU is a heart-wrenching and visceral YA contemporary read. Karina (Myra is her familial name) is a..."
The Light of Days Young Readers’ Edition: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos
 
5.0
"What worked: This is one gut-wrenching, powerful collection of stories of young Jewish women Resistance fighters in Hitler's Ghettos. The..."
There's No Ham in Hamburgers: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Foods
 
5.0
"While I was familiar with most of the information in the book, due to apparently all too frequent deep..."
Fate Calling
 
5.0
"Fate Calling by Lindsay Grace is a beautifully written fae fantasy about a young human girl named Aislinn and a..."
Reign of Secrets
 
3.8
"What worked: The magical aspect of this book had me turning pages quickly. It was easy to read and..."
In Deeper Waters
 
4.3
"IN DEEPER WATERS is an intriguing and fast-paced YA fantasy. Tal is the fourth of five royal children in a..."
Paint by Sticker Kids: Outer Space
 
4.5
"PAINT BY STICKER KIDS: OUTER SPACE is another fun collection of paint-by-sticker images with an outer space theme. The book..."
These Feathered Flames (These Feathered Flames, #1)
 
5.0
"THESE FEATHERED FLAMES is an enchanting YA fantasy about sisterhood, power, and destiny. When twins are born in the royal..."
The Mother of Monsters
 
4.5
"‘The Mother of Monsters’ by Fran Parnell, illustrated by Sophie Fatus, tells the story of Ntombi, the chief's daughter. She..."
Grim, Grunt and Grizzle-Tail: A Story from Chile
 
4.5
"‘Grim, Grunt and Grizzle-Tail’ by Fran Parnell, illustrated by Sophie Fatus, is great for younger elementary readers and anyone who..."
Baseball Baby
 
5.0
"BASEBALL BABY is a delightful board book about baseball. The book begins with heading to the park to play baseball..."
I Am Not a Penguin
 
4.0
"I AM NOT A PENGUIN is a silly picture book that manages to teach young readers about pangolins. A pangolin..."
Sam Can't Sleep
 
4.5
"SAM CAN'T SLEEP is a fun picture book read that introduces the concept of nocturnal animals. It's nighttime, and all..."
Welcome to California
 
4.0
"WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA is a fun picture book of facts about the state. It covers topics from the state capitol..."
The Other Side of Perfect
 
4.3
"THE OTHER SIDE OF PERFECT is an engrossing YA contemporary about loss, grief, moving on, friendship, and sisterhood. Alina has..."