Anne says that what was especially fun in the months leading up to publication was the creation of actual YouTube music videos that go along with the lyrics in the book and were performed by two actual teen musicians with YouTube followings.
“Endlessly twisty, this deliberate head trip will keep readers guessing until the very end. The kind of dark, wild ride that begs to [be] read in a single sitting.” – Kirkus Reviews
Q: What’s the premise of your new book?
The premise is about the damaging effects of fame on friendships. Here is the flap copy:
Kadence Mulligan’s star was rising. She and her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, watched their songs go viral on YouTube, then she launched a solo career when a nasty throat infection paralyzed Lauren’s vocal chords. Everyone knows Lauren and Kadence had a major falling-out over Kady’s boyfriend. But Lauren knows how deceptive Kadence could be sometimes. And nobody believes Lauren when she claims she had nothing to do with the disappearance. Or the blood evidence… As the town and local media condemn Lauren, she unravels the twisted life of Kadence Mulligan. But is Lauren really trying to reveal the truth? Or is it really just part of an elaborate cover up?
Q: What would you like people to know about the story itself?
While the story is about some pretty dark and twisted characters who make it big on YouTube, the actual premise was initially inspired by two real YouTube musicians (Zach Sobiech and my daughter, Sammy Brown) who have done a lot of good in the world–specifically, raising over a million dollars through their music for the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Research Fund, Finding Peace Through Music | Children’s Cancer Research Fund, which has helped fund some recent breakthroughs. Here are some of their music videos:
The story, which was told in the book Fly A Little Higher by Laura Sobiech, has recently been optioned as a feature film by Warner Brothers.
Q: What do your characters have to overcome in this story? What challenge do you set before them?
There are four point-of-view characters. They face challenges such as the addiction to fame, the betrayal of friendships, and the associated guilt.
“A sexy, fascinating, fast-paced and darkly dynamic mystery for teens.” – School Library Journal
Q: What unique challenges did this book pose for you, if any?
It was the first time I ever tried to write with someone else. That meant giving up a lot of control, which was hard. We outlined the book in great detail, divided up the characters (we each took two), and we wrote in in Google Docs so we could see what each other was doing. It was really quite fascinating to watch it all unfold–difficult at times when we disagreed on plot issues–but mostly a lot of fun.
“Exhilarating and filled with twists and turns, the mystery lasts until the final page.” – Booklist.
Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of having written this book?
The trade reviews have been really excellent and that’s been exciting. Readers, too, are getting back to us with comments like they can’t stop thinking about the book. (It’s quite an unexpected twist at the end.) It was also a lot of fun, for me personally, to incorporate music into the story line because music has always a big part of my family’s life. That aspect became even better when two young musicians set the songs to music and performed, as the characters, in two music videos that will be released on YouTube as part of the promotion.
Learn more about Girl Last Seen HERE. Best of luck with your new release, Anne!