Today we're excited to share Stephanie Morrill's interview about her new novel, The Lost Girl of Astor Street as part of the YABC Scavenger Hunt! Read on for more about Stephanie, her novel, and an extra giveaway! And don't forget to answer the question from this post on the Scavenger Hunt form for a chance to win the Grand Prize!
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YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
STEPHANIE MORRILL: I’ve loved amateur sleuth stories and historicals since I was a kid. When I had the idea for a character similar to Veronica Mars, but set in the 1920s, I couldn't wait to get started!
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
STEPHANIE MORRILL: There are several action scenes in the last quarter of the book, and I had never written anything like that before. I reworked them about a dozen times before landing on the right tone, and I'm really proud of how they turned out.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
STEPHANIE MORRILL: I’ve come to understand--and even enjoy--that there will always be ways I can grow and improve as a writer. I'm a to-do list kind of girl, and I thought when I got published, it would feel like I had "arrived." Like I could cross this whole being-a-writer thing off my list. But now I can embrace the fact that writing is an art, and I will always be learning more.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
STEPHANIE MORRILL: I love how it captures the mood of the story. And also Piper's cloche hat!
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2016?
STEPHANIE MORRILL: I just saw Kerri Maniscalco, who wrote won of my favorite novels of 2016 (Stalking Jack The Ripper), has a book coming out in September. Her writing is gorgeous, and I think my Piper and her Audrey Rose could be best friends.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
STEPHANIE MORRILL: Revising. Unless I am revising, and then I always think I prefer the drafting!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
STEPHANIE MORRILL: As nerdy as it sounds, organizing. I have three young children, so I don't get to be as organized as I want, but I love any project that involves making lists and my label maker.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
STEPHANIE MORRILL: One of my sons has epilepsy, and through our experience with him, my heart has cracked open for parents of kids with special needs. Before his disorder (which, fortunately, we have the hope of him outgrowing) I never understood what a full time job it is to have a kid who can't eat or communicate like others. It can feel very isolating.
Meet Stephanie Morrill!
As Piper discovers that those answers might stem from the corruption strangling 1924 Chicago—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.
Release Date: February 7, 2017
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