1.      What inspired you
to write this book?
This
book was inspired by lies — the ever-increasing lies that are seeping into our
lives, infiltrating our minds and hearts, and poisoning our relationships with
our families, our friends, and ourselves. I decided to explore this broad issue
through the up-close lens of a family drama with a speculative edge. 
 

2.     
What exactly is it about and who is it written for? The Lies Among Us is about
sisterhood, grief, and the corrosive nature of lies, as seen through the eyes
of a woman who does not exist.
And it’s written for
anyone who reads that sentence and thinks, “I want to know what that
means.”

After her mother dies, Hannah doesn’t know how to exist without her.
Literally. No one can hear her or see her, not even her sister. When Hannah
realizes her sister Leah is taking the same dangerous path that consumed their
own mother — where lies supplant reality — she’s desperate to get through to
her. But how can she when she may not even be real?
 

3.      What do you hope
readers will get out of reading your book?
I hope they’ll have an unexpected
experience. And I hope that they’ll look at the world a little differently when
they’re done. That’s why I fell in love with books in the first place —
they’re these little rectangles with the power to transport you out of your own
life, to sneak into your heart and mind, to bring you on a journey and then
safely back again, slightly changed. I hope this book takes readers on an
unusual journey.
 

4.     
How did you decide on your book’s title and cover
design?
My
husband and I tossed around about a hundred title ideas with the word
“Lies” in it, but this one… It felt accurate. The book is quite
literally about the lies among us. Hannah can see them: the physical
manifestations of the lies we tell, layered on top of reality. The team at Lake
Union and Tim Green at Faceout Studio deserves all the credit and thanks for
the awesome cover! I love that it includes the wisps of mist that Hannah sees
all around her. And I love that the shadowy face is a different woman than the
one looking out at the reader.

 

5.     
What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow
writers – other than run!?
Don’t run! You’ll be fine! I think what I’d most like
to say is: be kind to yourself. And trust yourself. Trust that you have a story
inside you — a plethora of stories! — and if you can convince that little
voice of self-doubt that everyone has to shush for long enough for you to get
the words out, then the world will be a richer place for the stories you share. 

 

6.     
What trends in the book world do you see — and where
do you think the book publishing industry is heading? 
Every few years, everyone seems to decide
that a new facet of the book publishing industry is doomed. (Right now, it’s MG
fiction. A while back, it was horror. Urban fantasy. Dystopian. For a time,
when ebooks first debuted, everyone was talking about how ebooks will kill all
print books.) But I think the fact is that people need stories and will always
need stories. They’re as essential to human existence as food, water, and
shelter. Stories are how we understand the world and how we cope with life,
whether we use them as an escape from life or a way to examine life. So, I
don’t know where the book publishing industry itself is heading, but I have
complete faith that people will keep reading and writing and trying to connect
with one another through all kinds of books. Wait long enough, keep writing,
and whatever trend will cycle through. After all, bell bottoms came back. 

 

7.     
Were there experiences in your personal life or career
that came in handy when writing this book? 
 
The most practical
thing I did when writing this book was to set it where I live. It takes place
on Long Island — all over the island, really, with scenes in Queens, Garden
City, the Hamptons, Montauk, and on the Long Island Railroad. Given that
reality in this novel is a slippery thing, it was helpful to be able to draw on
my direct experience in all those places. 

 

8.     
How would you describe your writing style? Which
writers or books is your writing similar to?
I think it’s important to adjust
your style to the story you want to tell. Every book has its own rhythm, its
own music. While I was writing The Lies Among Us, I was very aware of
the silences — the white space on the page. I deliberately broke writing rules
right and left. Lots of sentence fragments. Short paragraphs. Sentences that
sit alone on a line. I also used pov to shape the feel of the story. For
Hannah’s scenes, I wanted to create an unsettling, off-kilter kind of effect,
so I chose to use first-person present tense. For Leah’s scenes, I wanted them
to feel more grounded — to give them a more reliable-narrator kind of feel —
so I switched to third-person past tense. As far as similar books… One book I
really admire that also explores the life of a character with an unusual kind
of existence is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. If you
liked Addie LaRue, you might want to try The Lies Among Us

 

9.     
What challenges did you overcome in the writing of
this book?
This
book is a departure for me. I have written over 25 books for adults, teens, and
kids, and the vast majority of my books are fantasy. (In fact, I have a cozy
fantasy coming out in July called The Spellshop, about a rogue librarian
and a talking spider plant!) But this book… While it does employ speculative
elements (Hannah sees things that don’t exist, and wolves made of shadows hunt
in the streets), it’s very different from anything else I’ve ever written. And
writing it required a very different process than any I’ve used before. I
didn’t write it with an outline (at least not the first draft) like I usually
do. I didn’t approach each scene by asking myself, “What happens
next?” Instead, it was very much driven purely by the interiority of the
characters — What is Hannah feeling / thinking?  What’s the inner journey? I let that guide
the way. I don’t think I could have written this book earlier in my career. It
required a leap of faith, as I felt my way through the initial draft, that I
could write in this new style and that I would be able to weave it all together.
I ate a LOT of chocolate while writing this book. 

 

10.  If people can buy
or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?
You should read
this book if you’re looking for something that’s a bit unusual, that will (I
hope!) make you think and make you feel. 
 

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