Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
THE HANGING GIRL
Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, WITH MALICE, will be out in June 2016. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program.
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny atwww.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.
- What is on your nightstand?
A glass of water because I have a habit of waking up thirsty.
A stack of books (shocking!) Currently on the go includes: Are You Sleeping by Barber and Zero Repeat Forever by Predergast.
My phone in case I absolutely must talk to someone first thing. This has never happened as I’m not a morning person, but I guess you never know.
- What author would you totally fan?
Oh, I could come up with a loooooooong list for this question. I’ve had the good luck to meet several writers over the past few years and I am always fascinated to hear their writing process. Since I must narrow this down, I would go with Judy Blume because I grew up reading her. Stephen King because I’ve learned so much about writing from him and love his books. (Have you read his book On Writing? It’s a must read for anyone interested in being a writer.)
And for sheer OMG I LOVE YOU SO MUCH fangirling, it would be JK Rowling. Not only do I think she’s an amazing storyteller, but I also hugely admire her as a person. I love following her on Twitter and secretly hope one of these days she will follow me back, which I will take as proof we are destined to be BFFs.
- What makes you cringe?
There are so many ways to take this question, so I’ll give you a range. Having to eat squid makes me cringe, as does cauliflower. (Yes, I know it’s good for you, but the smell when it’s cooked makes me want to hurl.)
When I see people trying WAY too hard to impress others around them I cringe. I want to pull them aside and tell them: “You’re awesome the way you are, don’t worry about what everyone else thinks.”
Lastly, touching other people’s feet. There’s nothing wrong with your feet, if it makes you feel better, I’m not that crazy about my own either.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Who are you calling obsessive? Just because I have Post It Notes all over the walls, a long outline with scribbled messages on it along with arrows and things underlined in different colors, and I pace back and forth in my office mumbling to myself?
I never used to do much plotting and planning. My first several books I wrote by going with the flow. I evolved into becoming a plotter. Now I spend a couple of months figuring out the story before I start writing. However, what I have realized is that no matter how much I plot and plan, the story will still take a life of its own once I start writing. The characters develop as the story is written and they have a tendency to kidnap my carefully plotted plan and take it in a new direction.
What I am 100% certain of is that there is no right way to write a novel- just what works for you. No matter how you do, you must find a way to get those words on the page.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I love words. There’s something so satisfying when you find just the exact right word for a situation. If I had to pick a favorite it might be kerfuffle, as is “Don’t make a big kerfuffle” out the situation. It’s fun to say, I suspect it’s the “fuffle” portion mixed up with a hard k sound. More importantly, this was a word my grandmother used to say. My grandma was not a big fan of dramatics and kerfuffles.
I also believe the word has Scottish origins and I’m part Scottish so I figure it’s my heritage. It’s also possible that the word is not remotely Scottish and I just made that up in my head, but it makes for a good story so I’m sticking with it.
Also, if you have any pictures of your pet you would like to share, please attach them. My readers love animals!
I have two dogs, Cairo and Gimlet. Behold in all their glory.
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