I’m thrilled to be touring Megan Kelley Hall’s latest book THE LOST SISTER, which takes a chilling look at what happens when hazing pushes someone too far.,,
Sisters are born, not chosen…
Maddie Crane is grappling with the disappearance of Cordelia LeClaire, and trying to escape the grasp of The Sisters of Misery—an insidious clique of the school’s most powerful girls, whose pranks have set off a chain of horrific events, and who have Maddie in their sights…
Beware the sister betrayed…
Now in a prestigious boarding school far away from her mysterious hometown of Hawthorne, Massachusetts , Maddie feels free from danger. But when an unmarked envelope arrives at her dorm containing a single ominous tarot card, Maddie realizes with terror that some secrets won’t stay buried. Knowing she must return to Hawthorne—a town still scarred by the evil of the Salem witch trials—Maddie prepares to face the fears of her past…and the wrath of the sister she wronged.
And now for my usual questions:
What inspired the plot for your book?
The Lost Sister picks up where Sisters of Misery left off. It shows what happens when someone is pushed too far and when hazing pranks go wrong. It’s a continuation of Sisters of Misery, in that it’s a modern-day retelling of the Salem Witch hunts. It has a sort of fairytale-esque Gothic appeal and it will keep you up at night due the spooky, supernatural events that take place.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
YA suspense shaped my love of books and writing. And I’ve always had an off-beat take on writing. While other kids were writing about dating and boys and crushes and fairy tales, I was writing about murders, hauntings, anything that scared me.
What is your writing process like?
I can’t write in a linear fashion. I get bored easily and need to jump around. I typically write various scenes and then try to link them all together like a puzzle. I also never like to know how the book is going to end. I figure if I can surprise myself, than the reader will be surprised as well.
What are you working on now?
I just finished my third YA suspense thriller and my agent is shopping it around right now. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Hang out with my daughter and husband. Talking to my mom and sister. Reading. Relaxing. Watching good movies and TV shows. Doing puzzles. Looking for sea glass on the beach at the bottom of my hill. Laughing with friends.
Who do you like to read?
Obviously, all the authors in the GCC! But I also love adult thrillers (especially psychological thrillers). Some of my favorite authors include Tana French, Thomas H. Cook, Laura Lippman, Alice Hoffman and Jodi Picoult.
Early praise for THE LOST SISTER
Compelling with its dark gothic twists and frightening intrigue, Megan Kelley Hall’s THE LOST SISTER, combines romance, terror and family with the graceful pen of a master.
–Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of NEED, GOLDEN and TATTOO
A character driven tale containing a deep Gothic feel and haunting foreboding atmosphere that hooks fans of all ages….With strong ties to the late seventeenth century Salem Witch Trials, THE LOST SISTER is a super thriller. — Harriet Klausner
Hall will have your heart racing and you will not be able to put this book down. With historical allusions to the New England witch trials and a touch of the paranormal, THE LOST SISTER is a thriller in a league of its own.
— TeensReadtoo / Awarded THE LOST SISTER the Hall of Fame Gold Star Award for Excellence
Blown away… The suspense, mystery, intrigue, and drama steadily build up throughout the novel, making it impossible to put the book down. I would recommend it to almost all book lovers. It has made me hungry for more of Ms. Hall’s work! – Mrs. Magoo Reads
Megan Kelley Hall, 35, freelance writer and literary publicist living North of Boston, is the author of the SISTERS OF MISERY series. Her first novel, SISTERS OF MISERY, published by Kensington in August 2008 has received rave reviews by reviewers and readers alike. Hall also has an essay about her recent open heart surgery in former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan’s anthology, What’s Possible! (Meredith Books, 2008). She is also a contributor to New York Times bestselling novelist Ellen Hopkins’ anthology, Flirtin’ with the Monster.
Hall has written articles for a variety of local and national magazines, including Elle, Glamour, Boston Magazine, Parenting, American Baby, Working Mother, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and several other publications.
She studied creative writing at Skidmore College under the Pulitzer-Prize winning author Steven Millhauser. Megan spends most of her time promoting her clients as a partner and founder of Kelley & Hall Book Publicity and Promotion, which she opened with her mother, Gloria Kelley, and sister, Jocelyn Maeve Kelley, over a few years ago. The company has run successful campaigns for authors, including New York Time’s best-selling authors Jacquelyn Mitchard (Deep End of the Ocean), Michael Palmer (The First Patient and Extreme Measures), Brunonia Barry (The Lace Reader) and Lisa Genova (Still Alice).