I’m thrilled to be touring the amazing, and very funny, author Eileen Cook with her latest book The Almost Truth.
Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.
But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.
With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn’t prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose….
And now for the usual questions:
What inspired the plot for your book?
Most often book ideas come to me as a collection of unrelated things. A bit of an idea here, another piece there, until it sticks together as one idea. This process can take months or years. This is one of the few books where I can remember the exact second I had the idea. I was on the ferry and saw a missing child poster. At the bottom there was an age-enhanced photo so you could see what the person might look like now. I had the thought “How weird would it be if I looked like the age enhanced photo?” In that instant the idea of the book dropped into my head. I ran back to my seat and wrote it down as fast as I could. I spent another week thinking over some different details, but I started writing almost right away.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I love reading contemporary YA so I knew it was a genre I wanted to write.
What is your writing process like?
I start with the seed of an idea. An idea that I decide is brilliant. So brilliant, that I have no idea how to write the actual book to make it live up to the idea. I tend to write the first half of the book very quickly and then get bogged down as it moves forward. I almost always need to stop and figure out where I went wrong and how to move forward. There is also a period when I decide the book is horrid and should be burned before people read it and throw rocks at me. I’d like to skip this last step, but for some reason it seems to be part of the process for me.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a new YA which is currently being called LOST TO BE FOUND, but stay tuned the title may change. It’s about a girl named Avery who decides to search for her birth mom as part of her senior project, but ends up finding out more about herself than she expected.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I love movies, walking my dogs (also napping with them on the sofa), reading, knitting and in the summer, kayaking.
Who do you like to read?
So many great books- not enough time. Some authors you may not know include Joelle Anthony, Cat Patrick, and Denise Jaden.
Praise for Eileen Cook’s books:
“.. enormously appealing and great company throughout this breezy read…..the highest quality—like a gourmet truffle. Cook has whipped up a real treat.” – Kirkus Starred Review
“Thrilling and creepy, super sexy, and so very hilarious.” – Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake trilogy
“Sassy and sly and sweet all at the same time, this book made me laugh out loud.” – Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Airhead
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her latest release, Unraveling Isobel came out in Jan 2012
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.