I’m excited to be touring Daisy Whitney and her book Mockingbirds. I can’t wait to read it.
Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.
Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way–the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds–a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.
And now for the usual questions:
What inspired the plot for your book?
I’ve always been intrigued by boarding school and also by the potential teens have to take a stand for what’s important. THE MOCKINGBIRDS – an underground student-run justice system – was born from those twin thoughts as a way to look at what it takes to stand up for yourself and for others.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I believe writing for teens offers a freedom and expansiveness lacking in writing for adults. Teens are open to anything and writing for them is a true joy because of their open mind!
What is your writing process like?
Butt. In. Chair. I write every day, every where. I don’t believe in waiting for the muse. Writing is like exercise so I do it every day.
What are you working on now?
I just turned in a sequel to THE MOCKINGBIRDS, and I am now revising an edgy, sexy, mystery-caper story and just started a new novel about a boy that I’m really digging too!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I love walking my dog, playing with my kids and watching movies and TV shows with my husband. Oh, and mani-pedis!
Who do you like to read?
I mostly read young adult, usually contemporary novels. I also am in love with Paris so I like to read memoir-y type books about Americans living in Paris.