Published by Penguin Teen
Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.
She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.
Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.
Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Canada. She spent many years in Oakland, California and New York, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for a punk magazine, and owned a gangster rap/indie rock record label. Her novel Ashes, Ashes, a YA post-apocalyptic adventure published by Scholastic Press, was a multiple award nominee and bestseller. Her acclaimed novella Love You Like Suicide, appeared in the Fierce Ink Press anthology Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL and as a limited edition of the long-running zine Cometbus. Her most recent YA is Blood Will Out, a psych-thriller, published by Penguin Teen (2018). She has a second yet-to-be-named thriller coming from Penguin in the summer of 2019.
- What is on your nightstand?
A stack of books to be read. And a leopard print sleep mask.
- What author would you totally fan?
I love A.S. King’s books. Also V.E. Schwab, Melina Marchetta and so many more! I admire most writers.
- What makes you cringe?
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I usually have some plot points I’m working towards. I know the beginning, something in the middle and sometimes the end. It might change though once the story takes over. Every book is different. Sometimes the action tells me where to go, sometimes it’s the characters. I definitely ‘listen’ while I am writing, weaving in details that feel right.
- Is there a word you love to use?
Ha ha! Someone pointed out that I used ‘hummock’ a lot in one book. I think I’m aware of my ‘darlings’ at this point. I would say I favor words that begin with ‘CR’- crisp, crackle, crunch, crepuscular.
– 2 winners will receive a Copy of BLOOD WILL OUT By Jo Treggiari.