Current Release: Last Train to Babylon
What's your book about?
On the night of Rachel's funeral, 22-year-old Aubrey Glass wakes up in a hospital with a shrink at her bedside and almost no memory. Five days earlier, she agreed to return to her hometown on Long Island for the funeral.
Five years earlier, she cut
Rachel out of her life for good, or so she thought. Now Aubrey must drop everything
everything for her ex-best friend one last time. But coming home means
facing her traumatic past, her complicated history with Rachel, and Adam - the boy who was never meant to be her first...or her last.
What should readers expect from you titles?
I write gritty, contemporary fiction that straddles the line between YA, New Adult and Adult Fiction, with a touch of dark humor. My characters are often flawed, somewhat unlikable, and I often find myself slipping between their past and present.
What's next for you as an author?
I'm working on a few writing projects right now, but my current favorite is a novel written from the POV of an emotionally disturbed 16-year-old boy. He falls for an equally unstable college drop-out. But it's definitely not a romance.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
Candy Crush and going through all my old Facebook photos.
If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?
Judy Blume or screen writer i. Marlene King
Do you feel music has inspired your writing?
Absolutely, and music is a huge part of Last Train to Babylon. The entire prologue was inspired by Counting Crows' "Round Here." There are also quite a few references to songs and bands scattered throughout the book. I'd randomly be listening to a song while writing a scene, and then feel the need to add it into the story somehow. I really wanted my characters to feel what I was feeling in that moment.
For example, Aubrey, Rachel and Adam go to a Jimmy Eat World concert; Aubrey listens to Tracy Chapman's Fast Car on repeat.
Though my favorite musical moment actually came to me in a dream. A college band plays an emo version of Pat Benatar's "Invincible." To my knowledge, no such cover exists. But in this dream, I was driving a van over a cliff, Thelma and Louise style, and this slow, really dark, The Cure-eque version of the song was playing in the background. So I wrote it into one of the most pivotal scenes in the book. While researching, I found out that Pat Benatar actually grew up in the Town of Babylon. I took that as a sign and ran with it.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I'm definitely an extrovert. I have a really hard time spending any time by myself. The moment I realize I'm spending a night, or even an hour alone, I panic.
I like to have one or two companions around at all times.
My debut novel, Last Train to Babylon comes out on October 28, 2014 from William Morrow. I love hearing from readers, so feel free to reach out and let me know what you think!