Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Girlfriends Cyber Circuit Interview with Eileen Cook and The Almost Truth!

Welcome back to the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit, where we spotlight hot new books by YA authors. This week's guest is Eileen Cook with her latest release, The Almost Truth. As someone who writes about con artists, I love stories about liars. This one looks like a ton of fun!

(Also, that dress is pretty much my favorite color in the world.)


From the author of Unraveling Isobel and The Education of Hailey Kendrick, a smart, romantic novel about a teenage con artist who might be in over her head.

Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.

But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.

With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn't prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose....


".. enormously appealing and great company throughout this breezy read.....the highest quality—like a gourmet truffle. Cook has whipped up a real treat." - Kirkus Starred Review

"Thrilling and creepy, super sexy, and so very hilarious." - Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake trilogy

"Sassy and sly and sweet all at the same time, this book made me laugh out loud." - Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Airhead


Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.  Her latest release, Unraveling Isobel, came out in Jan 2012.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

And interview with the awesome Eileen!

We're always told to "kill our darlings." Do you have a short excerpt--a couple lines or a paragraph--that you'd care to share with us, something you love but just didn't quite make the cut?

When it comes time to cut I have to delete it for good. Otherwise I start trying to convince myself that I don’t really have to delete it. It’s such a good “darling,” surely it doesn’t deserve to be taken out of the book.  I delete it so it’s gone and there’s no turning back. I have no will power otherwise.

That's incredibly brave--I save everything! Now, turn to page 99 of your current release: which word on that page describes your main character best, and why?

Pirate.  (It’s odd that word would show up- but it really is on page 99!)  Pirate describes Sadie because she’s a bit of a rogue, very independent, loyal to her friends and has a flexible sense of morality at times.

Sadie sounds like my kinda heroine. What’s the scariest book-related thing to happen to you in the last year?

The scariest thing was when I had computer trouble and thought I’d lost an entire manuscript. I think it’s safe to say what I experienced would be considered “a freak out.”  I now have a cloud back up system so that my computer automatically backs everything up every 20 minutes.

Yikes! I would've had a hundred heart attacks. Automatic backups rule! Do you have a quirk or detail in common with your main character (e.g., favorite food, habit, phrase)?

We both tend to ask people questions and then get annoyed when we don’t like the answer. I’m working on it. I can’t vouch for Sadie.

Hmm. I'll be extra careful if you ever interview me, lol. So what’s your favorite place you’ve ever traveled for book research?

Last year I had a chance to go to Charleston NC. I fell in love with that city; the history is amazing.

Speaking of travel, which do you like best: planes, trains, or automobiles?

If I can travel first class then I love to fly, but I find train travel to be very romantic.

Me, too! I highly recommend the sleeper car. In the SHADE trilogy, Aura is the first of a generation that can see ghosts. What do you think defines your generation? If your generation could have a superpower, what would it be?

I’ve never really felt like I grew up, so I’m not sure I identify with any one particular generation.  If my generation could have a superpower I think we’d all choose to stay young. We’re having too much fun to get too old.

If you could bring any person back as a ghost so you could ask them about their lives, who would it be?

I’d love to sit down with Dorothy Parker. She was a writer in the early 1900’s and was known for her sharp wit. She was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, which was a group of writers.


Loved Eileen's answers, and I will definitely be checking out The Almost Truth! You should, too. 

I have something very special planned for you guys this weekend--check back tomorrow night for details!



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