Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Kara Taylor Interview and Giveaway!

In this breathtaking debut that reads like Gossip Girl crossed with Twin Peaks, a Queen Bee at a blue-blooded New England prep school stumbles into a murder mystery.

Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determined to make it back to New York, Anne could care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school.

When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it. With the help of Isabella’s twin brother Anthony, and a cute classmate named Brent, Anne discovers that Isabella wasn’t quite the innocent nerdy girl she pretended to be. But someone will do anything to stop Anne’s snooping in this fast-paced, unputdownable read—even if it means framing her for Isabella’s murder.

Expected Publication: July 30th 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Purchase: Amazon

Interview with Kara Taylor!
Who do you feel is your most unique character?
Anne definitely has a unique perspective on things (which often gets her into trouble), but I feel as if she gets a lot of her traits from her father. In fact, Anne's dad is my editor's favorite character! He tells it like it is, even if he's not the most warm and fuzzy dad at times. The relationship between Anne and Mr. Dowling is one of my favorites to write.

What would you like for readers to take away from your novel/novels?
First, I want readers to have fun, but I'd like them to see themselves in Anne. Often, the things we don't like about ourselves can be our best assets. Anne screws up a lot and makes a lot of mistakes, but instead of feeling sorry for herself, she chooses to spin her mistakes into something positive. So in short: I want readers to know they're capable of anything, even their parents, friends, etc try to get them down.

What’s your favorite way to procrastinate?
Oh gosh, definitely Netflix. Lately I've been obsessed with Nikita. The other day I watched 7 (!) episodes in a row.

Tell us something about your book that we wouldn’t know just by reading the blurb.
There's a creepy stalker, a possible Russian spy posing as a teacher, and a ruthless senator's daughter who you DON'T want to mess with.

Is there one book that has had an impact on not only your writing, but on you personally?
SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers is a brutally honest depiction of bullying and toxic friendships. It made me re-evaluate how I treat others, for sure! I think every high schooler should have to read it.
Thank you so much for stopping by! |
Kara has a BA in English/Secondary Education from Stony Brook University. She loves New Girl, sushi, and puppets that say rude things. It’s her dream to own a bakery someday. 

Kara was inspired to start writing in part by her grandmother giving her Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and in part by her father’s bizarre antics, such as blow-drying his car. Her father looked like Borat in the 80′s. 

Kara lives on Long Island with a Chihuahua named Izzy and a kitten named Felix. Her favorite authors are Gillian Flynn, Maureen Johnson, and Nelson Demille. She writes full-time, both on the PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL series and on an untitled television pilot for Warner Brothers Studios.
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  1. Wonderful interview. Thanks for participating :)

    1. Thank you for including me! I loved Kara's answers and am adding Some Girls Are to my wish list along with Prep School Confidential! <3

  2. Thanks for the great interview!! Some Girls Are is sitting on my shelf, I really need to read it! I LOVE Courtney Summers' THIS IS NOT A TEST - just absolutely, positively LOVE IT. I've been wanting to read PSC since I first heard about it, thanks for the giveaway!

  3. A splendid interview... and Kara's book sounds good.