January 2 saw the release of Unraveling Isobel
, which Kirkus
describes as "blend of paranormal romance, murder mystery and quirky, coming-of-age narrative" and bestselling author Lisa McMann called "Thrilling and creepy, super sexy, and so very hilarious." Sounds like my kinda book!
Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.
But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.
Aww, I don't blame her--I love Vancouver!
And now, my interview with the lucky Eileen:
Which moment(s) during the writing/rewriting/editing of this book made you tear your hair out?
No matter what I do, without fail, around the three quarter point of the novel I fall into despair. Suddenly I realize that the ending I thought would work is terrible. I have no idea where I am going with the book and now that I think about it, maybe the whole book sucks. Why did I think I could write a book? Now I remind myself that I feel this way EVERY TIME and to keep moving forward. As they say, you can’t fix a blank page.
Which book/movie/TV show have you recently discovered that made you want to kick yourself for not reading/watching sooner?
I recently discovered Downton Abbey. I am in LOVE with this show. Considering the fact one of my other favorite shows is The Walking Dead, sort of illustrates how my interests are varied. Zombies and British nobility, makes sense to me.
If your house was on fire, what object (not including living creatures, human or non-human) would you grab on the way out?
When I sold my first book I wanted to use part of the money to buy something special, something that would remind me of reaching this huge goal. Paying off my Visa bill didn’t feel like it would be that kind of special. In the end, I made the decision to buy a painting. I figured supporting another artist would be a great way to spread the good art karma. If the house were on fire I’d rip that sucker off the wall and head for the door.
Is there anything most people are able to do (such as drive a car, swim, ride a bike) that you can't?
I am incapable of doing a cartwheel. I start off good, but then my legs do this sort of spastic jerky thing and I sort of slump over. It’s very unattractive.
Have you ever been starstruck when meeting another writer? If so, by who?
Every time I meet another writer I get a bit star struck. I’m such a book junkie I’m impressed with everyone who completes a book. I’ve been lucky enough to speak at a few conferences and had chances to meet some great people. I am quite sure if I ever met JK Rowling I would lose my mind.
Congrats to Eileen on her new release. Hope it's a year full of great writing!