March 8, 2019

Blog Tour: End of the Lie by Diana Rodriguez Wallach – Interview

Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for

End of the Lie (Anastasia Phoenix 3)
by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

presented by Entangled Teen!

We have Diana on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

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With her harrowing tale of espionage and near death experiences finally out in the open, Anastasia Phoenix thought things would be better. That she and her friends had outsmarted Department D, the criminal empire her parents helped create.

She thought wrong.

Former friends have turned to enemies, causing more innocent lives to get swept up into the dangerous world her parents created. Now it’s up to Anastasia to stop the damage before anyone else gets hurt—or worse. She embarks on a treacherous trail from Poland to Prague, and old rivals emerge at every turn. But when the final confrontation occurs, will she be too late to protect the ones she loves… or even herself?

End of the Lie (Anastasia Phoenix #3) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Publication Date: March 4, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

END OF THE LIE is Anastasia Phoenix’s final chapter. She’ll have to decide what family really means and what she is willing to do to protect the people she loves—even if it risks her own life.

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

Ideas come to me at random times—while watching TV, brushing my teeth, driving my car, etc. But for the Anastasia Phoenix series, I can trace the first spark of inspiration back to when I was in high school. I was attending a college fair in Philadelphia, and I was listening to students talk about Boston University. One student was glowing about the professors—Pulitzer-prize winners from the Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The NY Times. Then he spoke about a former communist spy for Czechoslovakia during the Cold War, Lawrence Martin-Bittman, who now taught budding journalists how to tell if they were being fed false information or “fake news.” I never got to take Bittman’s class, but years later when I decided to attempt an international thriller packed with super spies, that story came back to me as if it had always been waiting. I wanted my world of espionage to be focused on a unique specialty that offered me some creative freedom, and disinformation fit the bill.

So one day, I drove up to Massachusetts and met with the spy who inspired me, and we had a fascinating conversation that led to many of the espionage elements in my novels. I even named a CIA agent in my books after him, Martin Bittman.

Tell us about the main character(s).

Anastasia Phoenix is Nancy Drew meets Buffy Summers in the world of Spy Kids mixed with The Da Vinci Code. She’s a kick-butt heroine who can deliver one-liners in four languages, as she travels the world unraveling conspiracies and searching for answers about her family.

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

Here are a couple of fun quotes:

“I wasn’t some princess in a tower. I knew how to fight. My place was right beside him, holding my own weapon. We would take this on together.”

“I wasn’t psychic, I didn’t have prophetic dreams of the future or believe in crystal balls, but that feeling people get when the phone rings and they know who’s on the other line without looking and they know it’s bad news, I believed in that. I’d felt it before—when my sister stood outside my bedroom door the night we thought our parents died. I felt that way now.”

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

The section I revised the most was related to the settings in the book. I wrote the first draft of END OF THE LIE before I traveled to Eastern Europe using only photos from the Internet as inspiration. After I took a trip to Krakow, Poland; Dresden, Germany; and Prague, Czech Republic, I came home and revised all my settings to more accurately reflect the countries and their Easter celebrations. I hope that reflects in the book and makes the settings more vivid.

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

I’m currently writing my first YA horror novel. It’s a little out of the box for me, but I’m so excited to try something new. I’ve spent seven years with Anastasia’s voice in my head, and it’s time to make room for more characters!

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!


Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the Anastasia Phoenix series, three YA spy thrillers set to debut beginning in March 2017 (Entangled Publishing). She is also the author of three award-winning young adult novels: Amor and Summer Secrets, Amigas and School Scandals, and Adios to All The Drama (Kensington Books); as well as a YA short-story collection based on the Narcissus myth, entitled Mirror, Mirror (Buzz Books, 2013). In 2011, she published a highly regarded essay in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins). It was the only essay chosen from the anthology by Scholastic to be used in its classroom materials. Diana is featured in the anthology, Latina Authors and Their Muses (Twilight Times Books, 2015), and she is currently on staff as a featured blogger for Quirk Books. In 2010 Diana was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch by, and she placed second in the International Latino Book Awards. She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, and is a Creative Writing instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia.

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