Author Chat with Francesca Zappia (Now Entering Addamsville), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Francesca Zappia, author of
Now Entering Addamsville.
Read on for more about Francesca and her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Francesca Zappia!
Francesca Zappia lives in central Indiana and is the author of Made You Up and the acclaimed Eliza and Her Monsters. When Francesca is not writing, she’s drawing her characters, reading, or playing video games. She also blogs about writing at www.francescazappia.com [francescazappia.com].
Meet Now Entering Addamsville!
When Zora Novak is framed for a crime she didn’t commit, she must track down the true culprit and clear her name before it’s too late. But in a small town obsessed with ghosts, getting people to believe the truth might prove to be impossible.
Stranger Things meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this eerie murder mystery. “A darkly humorous, rapid-fire read in which the living are sometimes scarier than the dead.”—Kirkus
When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer.
There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.
Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.
Acclaimed author Francesca Zappia has a perfectly pitched teen voice that shines in this inventive novel. Now Entering Addamvsille is perfect for fans of Brittany Cavallaro, Victoria Schwab, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Part was ghost hunting TV shows, part was my love of horror and the paranormal, and part was Indiana itself. I’ve lived in Indiana my whole life, and to me it was never defined by basketball or racing. Indiana is creepy cornfields and humid summer afternoons when everything goes still in the advent of a thunderstorm. Indiana to me was always one giant ghost story.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Zora, bar none. Zora is everything I love in a main character: she’s trying to do the right thing, struggling against her hurts and fears, is unapologetic about who she is, deeply loves her family and friends despite the shields she puts up to hide her emotions, and above all is absolutely vicious when she needs to be.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel! Originally, the titles were more focused on Zora’s role in the story, but eventually I realized this book was about all of Addamsville and the people who live there.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The very last scene of the book. Obviously I can’t say what happens, but it was the one thing that I knew I wanted to have in the book, and I’m very happy I got to keep it. (Also: Sorry, readers.)
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Another writer may have a similar idea, but they’ll never have my voice.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Do I have to pick just one thing?? It’s probably the color. I love that it looks like the house is on fire, but there’s yellow and pink and purple and blue and green and red and black—it’s evil Lisa Frank.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
It’s a 2019 book, but it’s actually already out—Mindy McGinnis’s HEROINE. (And it was amazing.)
YABC: What’s up next for you?
SO MANY THINGS. I honestly have so many things I want to write I don’t know where to start. I love science fantasy and I have so many stories in that genre that I’d love to get out there, but I also have a few contemporary ideas, some Lovecraftian horror—SO MANY THINGS.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
When I’m drafting I say revising, when I’m revising I say drafting. There are pros and cons to both. Drafting is so much fun because I finally get to write my ideas out, and there are a lot of surprises that come out and lots of character traits or plot beats that come about in the literal middle of sentences. But revising is great too because you get to refine all those raw ideas, and come out with something polished and beautiful!
Now Entering Addamsville
By: Francesca Zappia
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Publisher: Greenwillow Books/Harpercollins
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