This week's guest is Daisy Whitney, whose debut novel, The Mockingbirds, came out yesterday. There's been a ton of buzz about this book online, and it sounds fabulous!
About the Book
Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.
Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.
In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.
Praise for MOCKINGBIRDS
"First-time author Whitney boldly addresses date rape, vigilantism, and academic politics in an intense and timely novel... Besides showing skill in executing suspense and drama, Whitney masterfully evokes the complexity of her protagonist's emotions, particularly her intense longing to feel 'normal' again." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A masterpiece...every high school girl should read." --Romantic Times
And now, my interview with Daisy!
Q. If you could inhabit the life of any of your characters, enter their world and deal with it as that person, which one would you choose?
I would like to be Maia, one of the close friends of my main character because Maia is British, brilliant and kick ass. She also has sleek black hair.
Q. On the flip side, which of your characters would you most like to bring to life in our world (as a friend or a little bit more ;-) ?
Oh, I’d definitely want to renimate all my teen boy love interests! But then I’d have to make them 18 or I’d be a dirty old woman. I guess I’d still be a dirty old woman even if they were 18!
Q. What's the weirdest tidbit of research you've ever incorporated into a book?
I went to the New York Yankees locker room after a game with the Mariners in ‘99 when I was writing a screenplay about a cool chick sportscaster! That was fun!
Q. Do you have any phobias?
I have a fear of my husband making grilled radicchio again. Shudders!
Q. Which author, living or dead, would you most love to collaborate with?
I’d love to collaborate with Emily Giffin. I think she is the bomb.
Daisy can be found at www.DaisyWhitneyBooks.com and on Facebook.
Loved your answers, Daisy. On #2, I think all YA authors sort of feel that way about their teen boy characters--if we didn't, they probably wouldn't be very appealing! We can just tell ourselves, well, if I were my heroine's age, it would be great if he were real. Yeah, that's it.
Congrats to Daisy on her big debut!