Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural Publication.Date May 8th 2012 Pages: 400 Published By: Harper Collins | Website Kathleen Peacock |
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Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.
Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.
Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.
Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.
Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love. (Goodreads)
"I stared into Jason's eyes, and for a split second I had that feeling you get when an elevator drops too quickly. You know there's a floor underneath your feet, but it feels like you're falling."
"Other girls had moms who made them peanut butter sandwiches and dads who read bedtime stories and checked under the bed for monsters. I had a mother who skipped out on me sometime before my first birthday and a father who was wanted for everything from gunrunning to selling peyote out of the trunk of his car."
E: Welcome to Bookish Kathleen! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to join us here today! Your upcoming YA novel, Hemlock, is a stunning and wildly compelling debut – a perfect blend of murder mystery, supernatural and romance! Would you mind telling us who or what inspired you to write it?
K: *blush* Thanks so much for having me!
It was actually inspired by the song “It’s Been Awhile” by Staind. I was listening to it while walking to work and had an idea for a scene that would become the basis of the book.
E: How would you describe it in 5 words?
K: Werewolves! Murder most foul! Kissing !
E: Hemlock features a cast of vibrant characters that are very well-drawn and easy to connect with. Were any of them inspired by people in your own life? Which of your characters do you feel is the most like you?
K: Thank you! I’m so glad people are connecting with the characters!
Sadly, I didn’t have a Kyle or Jason in high school, and none of the characters are based on people I know in real life.
Of the characters, I definitely think Mac is the most like me. I’m not brave or resourceful like she is, but I have a hard time telling people how I feel. It can take me a long time to open up, and I sometimes come off as a bit guarded or aloof.
E: What was the most difficult part of the novel for you to write?
K: I love romantic movies and books, but I find romantic scenes really hard to write. I have one poor friend who has probably seen multiple drafts of every kissing scene I’ve ever written.
E: Have you always wanted to become a writer? At what point in your life did you decide that this was the right career path for you?
K: For most of my childhood and teens, I wanted to be a writer. I put that dream on hold for a number of years after high school (largely, I think, out of fear) and then rediscovered it when I started blogging.
E: How do you approach writing a new novel? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
K: I’m a pantser turned plotter. I find it easier to work with mystery plotlines if I have an idea of what clues are getting dropped when.
E: Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
K: I think everyone experiences writer’s block. Sometimes, I need to get away from the computer for a few hours. Other days, I have to keep my butt in the chair and plow through a few pages. Sadly, it can be hard to figure out which option will work.
E: What advice would you give to aspiring authors interested in writing YA novels?
K: Have faith in yourself and love what you do.
Read often and read widely.
Read YA but also read outside of YA.
E: What’s next in line for you? Are you working on a new project now? When can we expect the next book in the Hemlock Series?
K: I’m currently working on the second Hemlock book (which I think will be released next year). There will be one more Hemlock book after that.
E: Which of your favorite books would you recommend everybody to read?
K: The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Most people have seen the movie, but a lot of people don’t realize it’s based on a terrific book.
I loved Hemlock so much and am looking forward to reading the next instalment in the series!
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