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SA Partridge

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In response to S.L. Grey

Some time ago those evil overlords of all things dark and creepy, S.L. Grey, tagged me in their Next Big Thing blog. So here we go with my take:

What is the working title of your next book?

Sharp Edges

Where did the idea come from for the book?
When I attended an outdoor music festival out in the sticks, I became fascinated by the hundreds of young kids running around, drunk out of their minds, making out, and getting up to as much mayhem as possible, without a hint of fear. I wondered what would happen if something had to go wrong, and how it would affect them.

What genre does your book fall under?
Young adult.

What actors would you choose to play the parts of your characters in a movie adaptation?
Without giving too much away, one of my leading ladies would have to be played by Taylor Momsen. Her wild, fearless spirit is perfect for the character of Demi.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
When one of the group dies at a trance party in the Cedarberg, the five friends that remain try to make sense of what happened, and who to blame.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The novel is being published by Human & Rousseau and will be released in 2013.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
A few months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Any young adult book that’s set in the here and now and deals with realistic issues, so anything by authors like Kevin Brooks and Keith Gray. I love the way Jandy Nelson tackles the destructive nature of grief in The Sky is Everywhere, Also anything by Hannah Moskowitz. She captures the essence of real-life teens perfectly. I reviewed her novel Gone, Gone, Gone, here.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Inspiration tends to strike when it feels like it. I could be having a drink with a friend when suddenly two kids riding by on a Vespa causes a flood of ideas. This book was heavily influenced by the sea and the seasons, which will probably only make sense when you read it.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s got kids behaving badly. What more do you want?


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