Hello lovelies! I’ve got another ProMo for you today with a returning author, Tara St. Pierre. Go check out her books and socials, and make sure to give her a lot of love 🙂
I often receive emails from authors asking me to review their books, and although their book does sound incredibly interesting, I’m just too busy to read them at that moment. I always feel horrible when this happens because I love finding new books and authors and sharing my opinions with all of you. Fortunately, ProMo is a place where I get to share with you some of these books which I don’t have time to read but would still like to give a little spotlight on my blog incase you think it sounds good and would like to pick it up.
Title: Mirror Me
Author: Tara St. Pierre
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Published: 25th July 2017
Publisher: Tara St. Pierre
Synopsis from Goodreads
Hannah McCauley doesn’t look at herself in the mirror anymore.
After a rebellious past, she now attends a strict private school in a new town, where her recently divorced mother has put her on social lockdown. No driving. No bad grades. No skipping classes. No unapproved friends. No makeup. No boys. And the subject of her best friend from her old school is definitely forbidden.
Hannah is being punished for something that happened a year earlier, something that she would like to put behind her. But strange occurrences frighten her, and she’s accused of breaking rules and doing other terrible things without any recollection of them. No one believes her, so she starts distrusting everything, even her own reflection.
Is she being haunted by her past? Stalked by someone with a grudge? Or is it all in her head? If she doesn’t figure out what’s happening fast, her existence could end up irreparably shattered.
About The Author (from Goodreads)
Tara St. Pierre has been writing for over two decades, but her muse only sporadically provides inspiration. Her laptop is filled with incomplete manuscripts and other plot outlines, and she feels blessed when one finally pushes its way through to completion–no matter how long it takes!
She enjoys classic science fiction movies and television shows. When driving, she sings along with the radio loudly and off key. She prefers tea over coffee, spring over autumn, vanilla ice cream over chocolate, and caramel over hot fudge. Though she lives by herself, one of her two cats enjoys cuddling with her.
I did an interview with Tara last year, during promotion for her new release at the time, ‘Just A Few Inches’. To see that interview, click here. This interview is a follow up to the last one, so I’d suggest reading that one first!
1. Can you give us an introduction to your new book, Mirror Me, and the inspiration behind it?
Mirror Me tells the story of a girl named Hannah during her senior year in high school. Her mother transferred jobs and moved them to a new town, where Hannah now attends a stricter private school. Her mother has her on strict social lockdown because of some of the antics she got into with her best friend, particularly a night where she did something bad. Hannah is trying to just get through senior year, but she has difficulty looking at herself in her mirror because of what she has done.
But then strange things start happening to her. Items in her house–her cell phone and her mother’s keys–are being moved around, and she’s accused of doing things that she doesn’t recall. Is she sleepwalking? Is she hallucinating? Is she being stalked by someone with a grudge? And can she figure it out and fix things before it’s too late?
The inspiration came from a student in a summer creative writing course I taught. Her idea was a dystopian society centered around mirrors. It got me to thinking about the expression “being able to look at yourself in the mirror.” Once I had this theme, I came up with what I think is a unique way to convey it. From there, I started conceiving Hannah’s backstory, particularly the thing she did that made her unable to look at herself. After a couple of months of brainstorming a variety of scenes involving mirrors, I had a plot outline, and then the novel practically wrote itself.
2. Is your new book different or similar to your other stories, and why?
I would say that the new book is similar in the sense that it’s also YA contemporary with a dash of fantasy about a girl trying to overcome some personal demons.
But it’s definitely different in that the narrating character is a very different person. Carrie in Just a Few Inches was an all-around good student who made one decision in a moment of weakness, not knowing it would cause her to shrink. Hannah in Mirror Me has a kind of bad-girl past for which she’s trying to atone, but then strange things start happening to her that she can’t explain.
It’s also the first time I’ve ever written a story in present tense, which I believe (and have been told) gives the book an immediacy that really works for some of the thriller, almost horror, elements of the story.
3. Apart from Mirror Me, have you currently got anything else in the works?
I have lots of ideas, outlines, first chapters, and so forth kicking around on my laptop. None of them are screaming at me right now, so I work a little on each of them or flesh out new ideas. When something finally jumps out, it often happens unexpectedly. I’d love to have something new released by the end of 2018 or early 2019, but I can’t guarantee that it will flow the way Mirror Me did.
4. Since our last interview, how do you feel you have developed as a writer?
I think I’ve better learned to trust my instincts and let the characters and story take me where they’re meant to go. My debut novel, Just a Few Inches, was an idea I first came up with in the 1990s, and I had several false starts with it over the years. I doubted myself along the way. With Mirror Me, I never felt that kind of doubt. Only about a year passed between first conceiving the idea and publishing it. It was an unbelievably fun experience, and an organic one. There were many times that the perfect chapter-ending line seemingly came out of nowhere. Maybe I learned how to better connect with my narrator.
Also, I have a critique partner now. She’s also working on a novel, and we would do “word sprints”–write for 30 or 45 minutes at the same time and compete for higher word counts. We sent chapters back and forth to each other whenever we finished one, and getting the instant feedback benefited both stories.
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