Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!
Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!
We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!
Introducing Adriana Mather, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Adriana Mather is the New York Times bestselling author of "How to Hang a Witch," and has family roots that go back to the Salem Witch Trials, the Revolutionary War, and yes, the Titanic. She is also an actor, as well as the co-owner of Zombot Pictures, a production company that makes feature films. Adriana lives in Los Angeles.
Meet Haunting The Deep!
The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.
Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.
This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.
Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The story was inspired by an old letter I found in my grandmother’s desk that recounted the story of how my relatives survived the Titanic. I couldn’t help but write a mystery about it!
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love Alice. She’s straightforward with an acerbic wit. And even though she’s difficult and suspicious, she’s an incredibly loyal friend.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel. The title changed a few times before we landed on Haunting the Deep.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I’m most proud of my Titanic descriptions, mostly because they were HARD. It took so much research to understand the ship, but of course I couldn’t pile all those details into the story without it feeling overwhelming. So it was a tricky process of picking out which visuals and facts to use.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
That if I just keep writing, things work out in the end. Each book/story is a different journey with different obstacles, but that is what makes it so interesting.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace! It’s SO spooky and SO beautiful!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
A brand new series in which a girl named November is shipped off to a secret boarding school that boasts an eye-for-an-eye punishment system. When a student is found murdered, November is the main suspect.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The most difficult scenes to write for me are always the endings. I rewrite them ten times before I even quasi like them.
The most emotional scenes were actually less about my writing and more about research. It broke my heart reading all the accounts of families and crew members that died on the Titanic, most of whom were never even given a chance at a lifeboat.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
The villain! (Cue evil laugh) It’s tricky writing villains in a mystery when the reader can only know what my main character knows. There has to be enough information that the villain makes sense, but not so much that all the secrets are revealed before the end of the book.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Cat whispering and sensing the presence of chocolate
Haunting The Deep
By: Adriana Mather
Publisher: Knopf/Random House
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
One winner will receive a SIGNED copy of Haunting The Deep & How To Hang A Witch (Adriana Mather) ~ (US Only)
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