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January 11, 2017

Blog Tour: Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano – Interview and Giveaway

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Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

presented by Entangled Teen!

We have Merrie on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

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Fight Club meets Black Swan—Rachel wakes up in a ditch to find she doesn’t remember the last year of her life, and that everything—including herself—is vastly different than she remembers.

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

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Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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

Thank you for inviting me! I’m delighted to be here. =)

 

 

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

A 17-year-old girl with amnesia rediscovers her dark identity in an underground club where teenagers fight to near death—and then go missing.

 

 

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

I actually started out by writing a hook which dealt with a very basic plot. That original hook is below:

AFTERLIFE and FEAST author Merrie Destefano’s LOST GIRLS, in which a girl must unravel a series of kidnappings that always leave behind a victim with amnesia and strange new abilities, although all clues point to her father and she is one of the first lost girls who was found.

Anyone who’s read Lost Girls knows this is pretty far from the final version. The hook that sold the book is below:

Merrie Destefano’s LOST GIRLS, a debut in which a 17-year-old girl with amnesia rediscovers her dark identity within a dangerous and seductive underground rave-like club where teenagers fight to near death…and then go missing, pitched as FIGHT CLUB meets BLACK SWAN.

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

Rachel Evans lives near Pasadena, in a quiet Southern California suburb. In many ways, her life is completely normal and probably even boring—until she goes through a mysterious change. She’s found in a ditch on the side of a freeway and has been missing for two weeks. But she doesn’t remember the last year of her life. This is actually based on a certain type of trauma-induced PTSD. I know a girl that forgot an entire year of her life after her father passed away. Since then, I’ve encountered other people this has happened to as well and, of course, I’ve researched it too. In Rachel’s case, she changed during that missing year, so much so that she doesn’t recognize the person she’s become. All of her clothes are different, she has a completely new set of friends, and she’s now dating a boy she’s had a crush on since seventh grade. At first, it looks like she’s turned into a popular, cool teenager. But in reality, there’s a very dark side to this person she’s turned into and she puts herself in serious danger as she tries to learn more about what happened to her when she went missing.

 

 

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

I love the scenes that feature both Molly and Rachel. To me, the reestablishment of their friendship, after everything they’ve been through in the past year, is one of the most beautiful parts of the book. To me, that’s what true friendship is—it’s something both fragile and unbreakable and it can endure both good and bad seasons.

 

 

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

It was very hard for me to write the fight scenes because they’re so technical. I had to watch a lot of boxing videos and wrestling videos. I watched interviews with female MMA fighters to find out what their fighting strategies were and what it felt like to actually be in the ring. I work for a magazine publisher and one of the mags we used to produce focused on MMA, so I was already a little bit familiar with the world, but I needed gritty details. I also researched boxing moves like a jab, an uppercut and a block, so I could use those (and more) to create a believable fight scene.

 

 

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

I have one (sekrit) book that’s completely written, but needs a serious amount of editing. And I’m in the process of working on another dark, twisty contemporary YA thriller. Hopefully I’ll have another YA book coming out in 2018!

 

 

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

Thank you again for inviting me!

 

 

About Merrie Destefano

CURRENTLY A FULL-TIME NOVELIST and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano’s next novel, LOST GIRLS, releases on January 3, 2017. Her other novels include AFTERLIFE and FEAST, both published by HarperCollins, and FATHOM, which was self-published. The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, she has also been the editor of American Farmhouse Style, Vintage Gardens, and Zombies magazine, and was the founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine.

With 20 years experience in publishing, she worked for a variety of publishing/broadcasting companies that include Focus on the Family, The Word For Today, and PJS Publications (now Primedia). Besides editing and writing, her background includes print buying, writing/producing radio promos, directing photo shoots, developing new products, writing jacket copy for books, creating sales media packets and organizing direct mail campaigns.

Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

 

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  1. Emily Endrizzi
    1/11/2017

    Hmmm…that’s a tough question. If I lost my memory for one year…do I get to chose the year I loose? Cuz I have a few I’d be willing to give up. If it was for the present time and I had to live day-to-day not remembering anything I guess I’d be almost completely reliant on my family and fiancé to guide me through that year. It would be rough. Memory is a tricky thing.

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