DUPLICITY is a cyberthriller I like to think of as BREAKING BAD meets THE MATRIX for teens. The book follows seventeen-year-old Brandon, a computer expert who hacks bank accounts in his free time, through a downward spiral of events after his mirror reflection starts moving on its own. And yes, it’s my debut!
2. Are you a plotter or a free writer?
I think of myself as a “plantser” (plotter + pantser/free writer) because I do a little of both. DUPLICITY was 100% off the cuff – I had a very clear sense of who the characters were before I started, and the plot arc, and I hit the page running. I tried that for my second novel, a YA horror, and it did not work. At all. So after much rewriting (er, two YEARS of rewriting…), I’ve decided that going forward, I’ll be doing much more up-front planning. But I’ll still let the story flex with the characters as needed. The outline isn’t law.
3. Is your book part of a series or a standalone?
DUPLICITY is a standalone, but I do have a sequel planned.
4. Do you require silence when writing or do you listen to music?
I have to write in dead silence. I am far too distractable otherwise, and if, say, a happy song came on while I was writing an intense death scene, suddenly birds would be singing and villains would be hugging heroes and it just would get very awkward. That said, if I’m stuck on a scene or plotting, I find music to be incredibly inspiring, and I do have playlists for my books.
5. Are you writing your next book? Can you share a little about it?
Yes! That tricky YA horror I referenced earlier … I can’t share too much about it at this time, but if I were to choose comparison titles, they’d be SILENT HILL meets THE SCORPIO RACES, with a bit of SHADOW & BONE sprinkled in.
6. How long were you writing before getting a publishing contract?
I’ve been writing little things since the day I could hold a pen, but I got serious about actually finishing a book about 2 1/2 years before I landed a publishing contract for DUPLICITY. In that time I went to a writers’ conference, multiple publishing classes, and devoured a truckload of YA books. (I mean that metaphorically. Of course.)
7. When does your book release?
DUPLICITY released March 17 from Macmillan.
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