Sunday, January 8, 2012

Interview with Author Eileen Cook!

About Unraveling Isobel:
Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother. 

But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.

About Eileen Cook:
Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at 

My Interview with Eileen Cook:

Does UNRAVELING ISOBEL have a soundtrack? If so, can you give us five songs on it? 
1. Mad World by Gary Jules 
2. People are Strange by the Doors 
3. Hey You- Pink Floyd 
4. Unwell- Matchbox 20 
5. I Will Remember You- Sarah McLachlan 

What characters from any book or movie would you choose to hang out with Isobel? 
Isobel would love to hang out with Rory Deveaux from The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson because she can see ghosts. Isobel would like to know she’s not alone. She’d also enjoy getting to know Carmen from the book Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez because she is focused on her art. Carmen plays violin, and Isobel is into drawing and painting, but they would have that passion for art in common. 

Were there any books that inspired you when writing UNRAVELING ISOBEL? 
I really wanted to write a creepy gothic type novel that still had my sense of humor. The book that most inspired me is a classic called Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. It’s a story about a woman who moves to an old home and begins to worry that there is a ghost in the house. 

What scene in UNRAVELING ISOBEL would you never, ever cut? 
I don’t want to cut any of them! There are two I would really hate to lose. There is a scene when Nathaniel takes Isobel down to the beach so they can talk. The second scene is when Isobel is in the library and has figured out something by using the books. It has a nice creepy feel to it that I like. 

Thanks for stopping by! Any other releases or works in progress you're excited about? 
I am working on a book that we’re calling Shady Sadie. It’s the story of Sadie, who is a teenage con artist. When she realizes that she looks like an age enhanced photo of a missing child she decides to pull the ultimate con… until she begins to suspect she may actually be the missing child. The two books coming out soon that I’m looking forward to are The Right and Real by Joelle Anthony and Never Enough by Denise Jaden. I was lucky enough to get sneak peeks at both of these and I’m excited for other people to read them too.

Unraveling Isobel hit stores on January 3rd. 
Go check it out!

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