Author Of The Week: Chat with Mindy McGinnis (This Darkness Mine), Plus Giveaway!!

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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 Mindy McGinnis, YABC's Author of the Week!!

Mindy McGinnis

Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion, and sees nothing wrong with owning nine cats. Two dogs balance things out nicely. Mindy runs a blog for aspiring writers at Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which features interviews with agents, established authors, and debut authors. Learn how they landed their agents, what the submission process is really like, and how it feels when you see your cover for the first time. Mindy does query critiques every Saturday on the Saturday Slash for those who are brave enough to volunteer.

 

 

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Meet This Darkness Mine!!

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.
But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?
Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.
Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.

 

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

I wrote a short story for an anthology AMONG THE SHADOWS, which was inspired by an article I read about mirror therapy, which is a treatment for phantom limb syndrome. My fellow editors on the anthology, Demitria Lunetta and Kate Karyus Quinn, kept telling me there was a novel in that short story. Looks like they were right.

 

 

YABC:   Who is your favorite character in the book?

I loved writing my main character, Sasha. She is not a nice person. I think this is my first experience writing a truly unlikable character, and honestly it was pretty fun.

 

 

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

The novel, by far. It was originally titled Phantom Heart, which was the title of the short story that it was based on.

 

 

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

There's a scene where Sasha is coming back to consciousness after having surgery. She's extremely drugged, mentally unstable, and has gone through an invasive procedure. There's a lot of factors in the scene necessary to capture the situation - fear, pain, identity loss. I think I did a decent job.

 

 

YABC:  What’s up next for you?

GIVEN TO THE EARTH, the sequel to my fantasy GIVEN TO THE SEA will be releasing in Spring of 2018, and I have another contemporary coming from Harper Collins in the Fall of 2018, about a girl lost in the Appalachian wilderness.

 

 

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

There's a scene when Sasha hurts herself terribly on purpose, consciously choosing to cause herself great pain, while at the same time making it seems like a logical choice. That was hard to execute correctly.

 

 

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

I give money consistently to a shelter near my hometown which rehabs and releases wildlife. We as humans are continuing to take their space and ruin their environment. I feel the least I can do is help patch up some of the damage that we have done.

 

 

 

 

 

This Darkness Mine

By: Mindy McGinnis

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: October 10th, 2017

 

 

 

 

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Kristy Petree on Monday, 09 October 2017 23:09

The cover is perfect, just creepy enough for a thriller. The synopsis sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it. Thanks!

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The cover is perfect, just creepy enough for a thriller. The synopsis sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it. Thanks!
Lily M. on Friday, 13 October 2017 23:24

Looking forward to reading this book ??

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Looking forward to reading this book ??
Tiffany Engler on Monday, 23 October 2017 09:14

I've been dying to get my hands on this book! It sounds so great!!

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I've been dying to get my hands on this book! It sounds so great!!
John on Monday, 23 October 2017 16:11

The cover is slashing, the synopsis incisive!

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The cover is slashing, the synopsis incisive!
Candice Gigous on Monday, 30 October 2017 01:25

The cover is creepy, fitting for a thriller. The synopsis is very intriguing. Can't wait for this one.

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The cover is creepy, fitting for a thriller. The synopsis is very intriguing. Can't wait for this one.
KM on Monday, 30 October 2017 14:51

Excuse me.. I NEED this!

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Excuse me.. I NEED this!
Bekah on Monday, 30 October 2017 22:31

I love Mindy McGinnis and this cover is so stunning!

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I love Mindy McGinnis and this cover is so stunning!
Kelly G on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 16:35

This is easily one of my most favorite covers of 2017, and the story sounds so good.

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This is easily one of my most favorite covers of 2017, and the story sounds so good.
Aireanna Lesch on Sunday, 05 November 2017 13:34

What a great synopsis!! This sounds like a super awesome book and I'm looking forward to reading it sometime!

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What a great synopsis!! This sounds like a super awesome book and I'm looking forward to reading it sometime!
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 05 November 2017 13:37

The cover is creepy, but that's perfect for this exciting thriller.

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The cover is creepy, but that's perfect for this exciting thriller.

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