It’s Live!! Cover Reveal: Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett + Interview + Giveaway (US/Canada)

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Today we're excited to celebrate the cover reveal for 

THOSE WHO PREY by Jennifer Moffett,

releasing 11/10/2020 from Atheneum, Simon & Schuster!

Before we get to the cover, here's a note from the author:

Hi, YABC! Welcome to the exclusive cover reveal for THOSE WHO PREY.

I'm so excited to share the cover for my debut YA thriller with you! The designer, Debra Sfetsios-Conover came up with the perfect cover concept for THOSE WHO PREY, which is about a shy college freshman who is swept away by a campus cult. I was beyond excited when I found out the cover artist is the amazing Adams Carvalho, who illustrated some of my absolute favorite YA covers of all time. The day I finally clicked the emailed cover attachment, I gasped. I was completely transfixed. I couldn’t look away. And this is exactly how I hope readers will feel about Emily’s unsettling journey throughout the book—from being recruited into a cult to attempting her escape before it’s too late. I hope you love the cover as much as I do! Be sure to check out more about the book below.

Jennifer Moffett (THOSE WHO PREY, Atheneum/S&S)

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THOSE WHO PREY

Jennifer Moffett

Release date: 11/10/2020

About the Book

College life isn’t what Emily expected.

        She expected to spend freshman year strolling through the ivy-covered campus with new friends, finally feeling like she belonged. Instead, she walks the campus alone, still not having found her place or her people so far away from home. 

        But then the Kingdom finds her. 

        The Kingdom, an exclusive on-campus group, offers everything Emily expected of college and more: acceptance, friends, a potential boyfriend, and a chance to spend the summer in Italy on a mission trip. But the trip is not what she thought it would be. Emily and the others are stripped of their passports and money. They’re cut off from their families back home. The Kingdom’s practices become increasingly manipulative and dangerous. 

        And someone ends up dead.

        At times unsettling and always riveting, Those Who Prey looks at the allure of cult life, while questioning just how far we’re willing to go to find where we belong.

 

About the Author

Photo credit: Jenn Devereaux
Jennifer Moffett is an author, community college instructor, and all-around beachgoer. She spent her childhood in Arkansas playing in creeks and climbing trees until a college study abroad program in Italy sparked a lifelong passion for travel. After working in children’s television in New York, she received an MA in Creative Writing. Her short stories and poems have appeared in various literary journals, including New Orleans Review and descant, where she is an Associate Editor. She lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where she enjoys gardening and kayaking in the bayou, even with the occasional alligator.
 
Interview with Jennifer Moffett

What gave you the inspiration to write this book?


I’ve always been fascinated by campus cults, high-pressure groups that target college students far away from home. When I researched the real-life accounts of campus cult survivors struggling with anxiety and anger (and even shame) from their experiences, I was so moved by their heartbreaking stories. THOSE WHO PREY is a thriller, but I also wanted to show step-by-step how this could happen to anyone.

What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love how the crowd could be at a college event, or concert, or … cult gathering. The fact that it’s impossible to tell the difference makes the cover absolutely perfect. Debra Sfetsios-Conover (designer) and Adams Carvalho (illustrator) did an amazing job.

Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

The scenes where Emily (the main character) is completely isolated and afraid were very emotional for me to write. As writers, our characters become so real to us. We sometimes even feel protective of them! But many things go wrong due to Emily’s harrowing circumstances, so I had to cringe my way through those scenes and let the chips fall where they may. (Sorry, Em!)

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

I’m proud of how the recruiting scenes show how someone can be seduced into a group that doesn’t seem anything like a cult on the surface. I mean, no one ever says, “Hey! Come join our cult!” It’s more like, “Wow! We have so much in common! Come hang out with me and my cool, attractive friends while we do fun things that are familiar to you!” But then subtle prerequisites pop up, and more drastic steps are required as brainwashing kicks in. By then, you’re more isolated and vulnerable to mind control. Indoctrination is just as real as it is dangerous, and showing that process in a realistic way was very important to me.

Who is your favorite character in the book?

Just one? Ugh. (Okay, but for the record, I have more than one favorite.) I have to admit I secretly feel attached to the “unlikeable” Heather, a college girl who lures students into the cult. Heather is charismatic and intense but also quite earnest. She’s good at “selling” the Kingdom’s allure to lonely students because she actually believes in it herself. Let me put it this way: Heather drank the Kool-Aid, and she loves offering palatable shots of it to potential recruits.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Revising! Working with my editor, Alex Borbolla, at Atheneum has been a dream come true. From our first conversation, I knew her ideas would make the manuscript so much stronger. There’s no better feeling than totally clicking with an editor and then seeing each draft grow sharper as a result of that collaboration.

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

Persistence + professionalism is the key to getting published. It’s just like running a business with solid deadlines and specific goals. Schedule non-negotiable writing time. Never take rejections personally—publishing is SO subjective. Make genuine connections along the way. And, most importantly, don’t give up!

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

In discussing the book’s subject matter with others, I’ve been surprised to learn how many people actually know someone personally affected by a cult. I’ve also learned that googling random “cult information” websites can lead to landmines of disinformation. The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a solid starting point for those struggling with cult trauma, or simply wanting to learn more about cult recovery from a reliable resource run by professionals. www.icsahome.com

 

Giveaway Details

2 winners will each receive an ARC of THOSE WHO PREY (when available), a signed bookplate, a tote bag with the cover image, and a bookmark. Open US/Canada.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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Lynn Pallaske on Thursday, 09 January 2020 13:18

Had already read the synopsis and was super intrigued, but that cover is perfect! The color and the look of the group she is among sells the concept.

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Had already read the synopsis and was super intrigued, but that cover is perfect! The color and the look of the group she is among sells the concept.
Katie Rogers on Thursday, 09 January 2020 16:22

I've been waiting so impatiently for this cover reveal and it's BEAUTIFUL!!! So worth the wait! I can't wait to read this one!

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I've been waiting so impatiently for this cover reveal and it's BEAUTIFUL!!! So worth the wait! I can't wait to read this one!
Shannon Mizikoski on Thursday, 09 January 2020 21:52

This sounds SO amazing and has been on my TBR since I first heard about its pending publication (I am a huge sucker for a cult story and this one sounds fabulous), and the cover is PERFECT! I am so excited for this book, thanks so much for the chance!

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This sounds SO amazing and has been on my TBR since I first heard about its pending publication (I am a huge sucker for a cult story and this one sounds fabulous), and the cover is PERFECT! I am so excited for this book, thanks so much for the chance!
Heather MacNeill on Friday, 10 January 2020 12:03

Love the colors of this cover!! The book sounds just as intriguing as the cover looks!

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Love the colors of this cover!! The book sounds just as intriguing as the cover looks!
Lila on Friday, 10 January 2020 12:37

I absolutely love the cover! Beautiful design that really draws you in.
As soon as I read the synopsis the first time I added it to my 2020 tbr. I can’t wait!

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I absolutely love the cover! Beautiful design that really draws you in. As soon as I read the synopsis the first time I added it to my 2020 tbr. I can’t wait!
Madeline Tebo on Sunday, 19 January 2020 18:44

The cover is really cool and I love the synopsis! Can't wait to read!

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The cover is really cool and I love the synopsis! Can't wait to read!

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