Author Chat with Maureen Johnson (The Hand On The Wall), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Maureen Johnson author of
The Hand On The Wall.
Read on for more about Maureen and her book, plus an giveaway.
Meet Maureen Johnson!
Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen YA novels, including the Truly Devious series, the Shades of London series, Suite Scarlett, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Her collaborative books include Ghosts of the Shadow Market (with Cassandra Clare), as well as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), now a hit feature film on Netflix. She lives in New York City.
Meet The Hand On The Wall!
She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.
At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.
Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.
In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy.
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years.
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~ Author Chat ~
- What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The story comes out of my love of mystery and out of some classic crime cases. I wanted to take some of the things I love and have loved about many mystery novels—like the remote mansion as both setting and character, the amateur detective, the analogue clues that you can touch and see. I wanted to make a proper game that readers could play along with.
- Who is your favorite character in the book?
It’s part of my job to like them all. I relate quite a lot to Stevie Bell. She is a mystery and true crime obsessive who wants to be a detective. She has anxiety. She is my detective, and I love her. I may also feel quite close to Nate Fisher, the writer who is haunted by the fact that everyone wants him to finish his second book. I’m sure there is no connection here to myself.
- Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. The title came pretty early in the process, I think, as I was developing the backstory. But the story definitely came first.
- What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I really enjoyed working on the 1930s scenes, in particular in The Hand on the Wall. Some fairly intense stuff happens in those.
- Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Confidence. I always was confident in my writing to a point, but I didn’t know how you made that leap into becoming A Writer. At a certain point, you just step out on to the stage, put your work out there, and say LOOK AT THIS.
- What’s up next for you?
I am working on another mystery! I’m not sure if I am allowed to say what it is yet, but I should be able to soon!
- Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
It really depends on the book. Each book gets written in its own way.
- What would you say is your superpower?
I like every dog. It’s a common superpower, but a very good one.
- Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Organizations that help with hunger and food insecurity, particularly ones that rescue and distribute good food that would otherwise be wasted, and ones that rescue animals. My mother works for a local kitchen that has no budget and feeds a large group of people. It’s an amazing place. Feed everyone, save every animal you can.
The Hand On The Wall
By: Maureen Johnson
Release Date: January 20th, 2020
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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