Monday, November 5, 2012

Alibi Blog Tour - Author Interview

Abigail Shelton is dead.

Spring Valley's golden girl is found floating face-down in her boyfriend’s pool, hands bound behind her back, head bleeding, drugs and alcohol in her system. Her friends are the only suspects – and they all have reasons to want her dead. Everyone has an alibi, but no one is innocent.

ALIBI is a 4-part young adult e-book series. Each one-hundred page installment reveals the perspective of a different character: the secret love, the nemesis, the boyfriend, the best friend. As their tales unfold, we learn that Abby is not as perfect as everyone believes, but she’s not the only one with secrets to hide. This page-turning tale of suspense, betrayal, murder, and lust will keep fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars up and reading well past curfew.

How did you come to be one of four authors writing this series? I met
one of the co-creators of Twist through a writing group we were both part
of in San Francisco. I had been impressed with her determination to map out
a bang-out storyline. After I moved to Saint Louis, Twist approached me to
write part of the series. Their excitement about the story and the format of
the book was contagious!

Will you briefly explain your part/experience in writing ALIBI? I wrote
the first installment of the book. My character was Charles, millionaire Aussie
bad boy. The Twist team fed me scenarios and I wrote the scenes. I wasn't
privy to the details of the other writers' scenarios, which definitely upped the
mystery factor—I was exclusively in Charles' head. Writing Charles was fun.
The original Beverly Hills, 90210 show is a guilty pleasure of mine, and Dylan
McKay was part of the inspiration for Charles, for me. But Charles has his
own dirty secrets, too.

What were the challenges? I'm a bit of a prude when it comes to writing
romantic scenes—I hadn't much practice with it before ALIBI! I just kept
trying to think about all those feelings I had as a teenager—you know, the
whole, "I'll just DIE if he doesn't notice me" level of dramatics. But also the
sweet, awful loneliness of being a teen, of knowing your first loves not just as
romantic conquests but as people who understand you, in a way the adults in
your life just don't. Of course, conquest is a big part of Charles' romantic life.
But he has a soft side, too.

What is your favorite scene in the ALIBI series or was your favorite to
write? I loved writing the scenes where Charles, Abby, and Ace are together,
but Ace doesn't realize what's going on between his girlfriend and his cousin.
That whole secretive vibe can be pretty hot.

What is an interesting fact readers may not know about this series,
you, or the character you wrote? When I "auditioned" for a chance to be
involved in this novel, I wrote a scene from Abby's perspective, and I guess I
just filled out her character with a lot of personal attributes. I really got into
the memories I have of being a teenage girl. But when they asked me to write
Charles instead, I was so relieved! Something about making it less personal
allowed me to take more risks and make Charles just an all-out bad boy. That
was a fun thing to do that I'd never done before. 

Giveaways: 20 eBook copies of Alibi, 10 eBook copies of THE DIRTY SECRETS OF MARKHAM SAVOY (Colebrook # 1)
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