Saturday, 7 March 2015

Blog Tour: Dead to Me by Mary McCoy | Interview

Dead to Me
Behind 304 Pages
Released: 3 March 2015
Genre: Mystery, Historical, Thriller
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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At the Other End:
LA Confidential for the YA audience. This alluring noir YA mystery with a Golden Age Hollywood backdrop will keep you guessing until the last page.

"Don't believe anything they say."

Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her--and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away.

When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly. The search for those who beat Annie and left her for dead leads Alice into a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets--and onto the trail of a young runaway who is the sole witness to an unspeakable crime. What this girl knows could shut down a criminal syndicate and put Annie's attacker behind bars--if Alice can find her first. And she isn't the only one looking

Evoking classic film noir, debut novelist Mary McCoy brings the dangerous glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age to life, where the most decadent parties can be the deadliest, and no drive into the sunset can erase the crimes of past.

Mary McCoy is a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has also been a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles's notorious past. She grew up in western Pennsylvania and studied at Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin. Mary now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Her debut novel, Dead To Me, is a YA mystery set in the glamorous, treacherous world of 1940s Hollywood.

Find Mary:
1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
DEAD TO ME is my debut novel, but before that, I wrote for 1947project and On Bunker Hill, which were both historical true crime blogs about Los Angeles. I was also a book blogger for a few years at This Book Is For You and consider that to be my DIY MFA program. All that reading, writing, and thinking about stories and what worked and what didn't from a reader's perspective made it possible for me to eventually make the leap to writing a novel.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
I’m a librarian, so seeing my book in the library catalog for the first time was really special.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?
When I moved to Los Angeles, I got really into the city's history, including movie history. Around the same time, I was also inspired by the television show Veronica Mars and the movie Brick. I loved the idea of having something in the crime noir genre set in high school.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
I wish I hadn't gotten/seen that! And then I go think about something else.

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
It was start and stop at first, but once I got serious about it, I wrote the first draft in six months. Then I spent six months revising before I started querying agents.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
I was in love with it immediately. I love the vintage postcard effect, the font, the palm trees, but my favorite part is the blood stain. The blood stain doubled in size between the cover mock-up and the final version, which pleased me greatly.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
Yes, I have a couple of projects in the works. DEAD TO ME is a standalone, so these are set in different worlds. One of them is set in Los Angeles, though. I couldn't resist.

8. Top 5 books

  •  Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  •  Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan 
  • Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed 
  • I, Claudius by Robert Graves 

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
All the ones I listed above, plus Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.

10. Why read your novel?

If you like old Hollywood glamour, scandals, buried secrets, black coffee, and books with complex female characters, I think you'll like DEAD TO ME!

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