Thursday 8 March 2012

Delightful Debutantes #30 - Jill Hathaway & Slide.

Jill Hathaway, author of the awesome Slide has stopped by the blog today for her turn as a Delightful Debutante. Slide is a great murder mystery with a supernatural twist - just the kind of book I love!

Over to Jill who will tell you more about her inspirations for Slide, the music behind the book, and of course, that all important info about book #2...

Slide introduces us to Vee Bell, an ordinary girl in every way, save for the fact that she can slide into other people’s heads and see through their eyes. I absolutely love the premise of this book. It’s so original and unique. What were your inspirations and influences for writing Slide?

I wanted to write a really gritty mystery. My original idea was to have someone find themselves standing over a dead body, holding a bloody knife, with no idea of what happened. How did I get a person in that position? The sliding evolved from that.

I love a good murder mystery that makes me second-guess pretty much every character I meet. I won’t even tell you the bad things I thought about some good people in Slide! Did you have a clear baddie in mind right from the start, or did you change your mind lots as the story progressed? 

 The killer actually completely changed from the rough draft to the finished novel!

The music was another aspect of Slide that I loved. Vee listens to all the 90’s music that I adore! Can you pick five songs that tell the story of the characters in Slide?

Thinking of You by A Perfect Circle; Jealousy by the Gin Blossoms; Alive by Pearl Jam; Black by Pearl Jam; To Forgive by the Smashing Pumpkins

Can you name three other books that readers of Slide might also enjoy? I’m always on the lookout for murder mysteries that have a little supernatural twist added to the mix.

Fracture by Megan Miranda; Clarity by Kim Harrington; Between by Jessica Warman

Since this feature is all about debut authors, can you tell me what upcoming 2012 debut novels are you most excited to read?

 I am SUPER EXCITED to read Butter by Erin Lange.

There’s more to come from Vee when Imposter (Slide #2) releases next year. Care to share any juicy bits of information about that one? I can’t wait to find out more!

Well, let's just say Vee might not be the only slider in town! ;)

Thanks for having me!!!

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  1. As soon as I saw that music list I am sold. Bumping up the TBR immediately <3

  2. I really liked Fracture and LOVED Clarity so I'm definitely going to read this one. :) Lovely interview!

  3. I can't wait to read Slide.  Fab interview :)

  4. Ooh I really liked Between and Fracture! I love 90s music too - so excited to read Slide, it sounds amazing! Adore the UK cover too. Great interview, thanks :).

  5. Love a good mystery and an awesome UK cover. That's interesting about how the killer changed from the rough draft to the finished novel. But characters do that! lol Those sneaky little characters just want to do their own thing!

  6. Jill!! *waves wildly* I'm reading Slide right now and I can honestly say that it's one of the best YA mysteries I've ever read! :) I love the way you came up with your inspiration for this book -- I was always wondering how you thought up the sliding idea because it's so different (in a good way)!

    Awesome interview! <3 I'm not even done book one yet, but I'm SUPER excited for the second book, especially after that teaser!! :D

  7. I read and loved both Fracture and Between, so I'm looking forward to reading Slide now!
    By the way, I left you a little something on my blog :)

  8. daisychainbooks13 March 2012 at 17:43

     The songs in this book will bring you right back to the 90's! I loved it!!


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