#Interview: Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Posted January 10, 2017 by Jamie in Blog Tours, Interviews // 1 Comment

Hello and welcome to our blog tour post for

LOST GIRLS by Merrie Destefano!

We have an interview for you today with the author where we ask them in depth questions about their novel! At the bottom of the post you can win such an ah-mazing prize pack so make sure you keep scrolling to enter! But first let’s learn more about the book!

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#Interview: Lost Girls by Merrie DestefanoLost Girls by Merrie Destefano
Published by Entangled: Teen on January 3rd 2017
ISBN: 163375605X
Pages: 360
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Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.


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Interview

BAMF: Describe your book in 10 words or less.

Merrie Destefano: BLACK SWAN meets FIGHT CLUB.

BAMF: What books did you read that influenced your book?

Merrie Destefano: I’d have to say I’ve been influenced by authors who write suspense, like Michael Connelly and Harlan Coben. Some of my favorite books of theirs are: Tell No One and Gone for Good by Harlan Coben; The Black Echo and The Poet by Michael Connelly.

BAMF: What’s your writing routine?

Merrie Destefano: I don’t write all the time. I write when I have a project I really want to explore. When I’m working on a book, I’ll write about 1,000 to 2,000 per day, six days per week, for about three months or four months. I like to work at home maybe three a week and write in a coffee shop the other days. I also have a couple of writers groups where we get together and write. That’s probably my favorite writing time.

BAMF: Who was your favourite character to write and why?

Merrie Destefano: I loved all the characters in Lost Girls, but Molly was a particular favorite of mine. She had so many characteristics of one of my closest friends and I was actually a bit surprised when she showed up in the book! She was completely different from the rest of Rachel’s other friends and, just by being there, Molly helps the reader to see who Rachel was before she turned into the person she is today. In many ways, Molly is the leader when she’s with Rachel. But when Rachel’s with anyone else, except Dylan, Rachel is the leader. To me, that shows how much Rachel has grown and gotten tougher in the expanse of a single year.

BAMF: What was the hardest part about writing a book in which the main character remembers nothing?

Merrie Destefano: There were so many secrets! LOL. Seriously, Rachel didn’t remember what had happened and, honestly, if she didn’t know, I didn’t know either. One of the hardest things for me is to get my characters to tell me their secrets. They rarely want to tell me! It’s like I have to trick them into confiding in me. But when it came to writing the story, it’s always hard to know how much to reveal to the reader and when to reveal what. It has be an organic, natural unfolding of information. One clue leads to another, which makes you want to know even more. There should be a tiny corner of a new secret peeking out behind each one that has been revealed. Imagine a long hallway with a door at the end. But when you get to that door, there’s another long hallway and another door. Secrets are like that. Except as you continue going down the hallways, you catch a whiff of someone’s perfume, so you know someone else has been here. Or you see a brief glimpse of someone ahead of you, just before they run through the door and close it. If it’s done right, every element revealed will make you want to know more.

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About Merrie Destefano

CURRENTLY A FULL-TIME NOVELIST and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano’s next novel, LOST GIRLS, releases on January 3, 2017. Her other novels include AFTERLIFE and FEAST, both published by HarperCollins, and FATHOM, which was self-published. The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, she has also been the editor of American Farmhouse Style, Vintage Gardens, and Zombies magazine, and was the founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine.

With 20 years experience in publishing, she worked for a variety of publishing/broadcasting companies that include Focus on the Family, The Word For Today, and PJS Publications (now Primedia). Besides editing and writing, her background includes print buying, writing/producing radio promos, directing photo shoots, developing new products, writing jacket copy for books, creating sales media packets and organizing direct mail campaigns.

Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes,and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time

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Giveaway

Prizes listed are for a US winner only; if an International winner is chosen,the prize will be a $50 Amazon gift card.

●1 – Kindle Fire Tablet, black: 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, with the Alexa cloud-basedvoice service—just press and ask.
●1 – digital Kindle copy of LOST GIRLS
●1 – Pack of 14 vintage-style Swan Lake postcards
●1 – pr. Black Swan earrings, handmade by author
●1 – “Always” temporary tattoo

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