September 22, 2017

Blog Tour: The Missing by Jerico Lenk – Interview and Giveaway


Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The Missing by Jerico Lenk!

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

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



It is 1890, and London has secrets. For sixteen-year-old Will Winchester, born Willow Winchester and raised as a young man, the safety of his own secrets rests one atop the other. Hiding his gender queerness is important. But so is hiding the ghostly voices of the Missing, which Will hears when no one else can … until the Spiritualist Black Cross Order of Occult Occurrences wants him in their service to keep peace between London’s living and dead.

The freedom to be himself may come with a price. Working alongside a patchwork team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about the ghosts who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself. Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?

The Missing by Jerico Lenk
Publisher: Month9Books




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

When I’m out getting coffee, I give the name Lenk to baristas because it’s less work than having to repeat my first name like, “Jerico. J-e-r-i-c-o. Like the Biblical city. But no H.” Also because it helps me find the sleeper nerds, who immediately light up and ask me about Legend of Zelda. Shout out to Fowler Starbucks in Tampa. Anyway, call me whatever you like – Lenk, Jerico, Jer, That Author With the Tumblr Full of Fanfic, etc.



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

Queerly gendered social wreck hunts ghosts & discovers serial murderer w/ his friends, a Kingsley witch & a lovable rascal w/ a cocaine prescription.



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

Years ago, a friend of mine gave me a prompt that became the novella fic The Devil in the Flask. The prompt isn’t exactly PG-13, so I can’t tell you what it was. Ask at your own risk. ( /whispers I’ll probably post it on my Twitter) That, and a high school career spent reading a lot of D.Gray-Man and Black Butler. Before that cutting my teeth on Anne Rice and Stephen King. I also avidly watch any (good) paranormal documentary series I can find. Penny Dreadful saved my ass when it came to inspiration during revisions, and probably also for volume 2. If you’ve never read Bloody Jack, read it.



Tell us about the main character(s).









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

I want to say I think Clement’s banter is hilarious, but I also don’t want to be that guy laughing at all his own jokes while everyone else in the room exchanges awkward glances like, Wow, look at this self-absorbed jerk.


One of my favorite scenes is Clement and Will going back to Waterloo to get Lerna Weiss’ name, and the burning of her bones after. It’s just one of those parts that unfolded and continues to unfold in my mind like a movie, more smoothly and naturally than all the rest that do the same.



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

I wouldn’t say especially difficult, but the party at Cheyne Walk where Will comes out to Cain gave me a little bit of a headache. It had to be perfect, and I had to let Will speak for himself instead of try to feed him the words to use.



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

In no particular order:

A failure of a trophy kid, real-life Luna Lovegood, an ex-junkie compulsive liar, and an “antisocial” queer all walk into a boarding school for troubled youth. Real-life Luna Lovegood makes tea and performs candle cleanses. Ex-junkie compulsive liar is dating the school’s cigarette dealer. Trophy kid failure really likes taking pictures on Kodak disposables and also really likes kissing his antisocial queer roommate a lot more than he expected. YA contemp.

The Missing 2, in which Will and co. are off to check in on some old aristocrat witches living in the mountains in the south of France, complete with some questions of right and wrong, more creepy dolls, suspicious seances, and the inconvenience of romantic compasses. See: Witchcraft File 979 (Gonthier Case).

Finishing a fic (long overdue) about a romance novelist who falls in love with an aromantic literary editor.

Probably more fanfic, a short history paper about Patroklos’ funeral in the Iliad, more queer YA and quirky New Adult, some transgressive flash fiction.



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!!



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