March 10, 2016

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell – Interview




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

Hi! Thanks so much for having me on Chapter by Chapter today to talk about my latest release, UNHOOKED. I’m so excited that this book is finally out in the world, and so happy that readers seem to be loving it!

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

Dark and twisty Peter Pan retelling, where nothing is as it seems. Also, sexy pirates.

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

I’d read a historical romance with a river pirate and I think the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean movie had just come out, and I wanted to write a sexy pirate boy. But I didn’t want to write a straight-up high seas historical, so I came to the idea of writing a retelling.

Tell us about the main character(s).

My book is about Gwendolyn Allister, a 17 year old who has moved more times than anyone should because of her mother’s delusional fears that monsters are chasing them. Their latest move is to London, where she learns that maybe her mother wasn’t wrong about the danger. She and her friend, Olivia, get taken to a twisted version of a place called Neverland, where she meets a roguish pirate and his crew, and a boy who calls himself Pan and his lads.

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

“Since being brought to this world, I’ve come to understand that everything I’ve ever learned about good and evil, about the choices we make and the choices we must live with, have been nothing more than convenient fictions invented by those who have never been confronted by the darkness and actually forced to choose.

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

The hardest part about the book was getting Gwen right. I had a really hard time figuring out what made her tick other than her loyalty. It took a lot of digging to get her right—her agency and her tenacity.

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

Right now I’m working on my 2017 book,  historical urban fantasy that I’ve pitched as Gangs of NY with Magic. (Or Newsies without the singing :D )

Hopefully that will be out in early 2017

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!!

Thanks so much!! It’s been fun :O)

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