Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Nancy Werlin Author Interview


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“An Edgar-award-winning author who writes psychological thrillers with the same depth and punch as Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters with the kind of noirish feel that permeates many of my favorite crime novels. A writer who has a keen understanding of how kids react and feel — who goes for the gut and never flinches on true emotions, who creates characters so true they make you cry and feel a little something yourself.

“Chances are, many of you haven't heard of this author. Or if you have, it's because her name has come up in a completely different context. That's because Nancy Werlin writes novels geared for young adults, and so if you were — like me — not as inclined towards YA as to adult crime fiction, then you would have passed her by. And that would be a shame, because she's simply one of the best crime novelists going right now. Period.” —Sarah Weinman

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Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?

Yes, and it was early--fourth grade. I loved reading, and one day I realized that the people who wrote books were not all dead. Some of them were alive, and writing books was their job. I immediately knew that was the job for me.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?

The structure of the classic five-paragraph essay, which I learned in 10th grade. First paragraph: introduction, ending with thesis statement. Next three paragraphs: evidence. Last paragraph: Restate the thesis and make some graceful remarks that link the thesis to some more universal thought or feeling. Once you have the five-paragraph essay down, anything else you write -- no matter how long or short -- is just a variation on the structure.

For those who are unfamiliar with Phoebe, how would you introduce her?

Phoebe Rothschild is the kindest character I have ever written. She doesn't have a snarky or mean bone in her entire body -- and maybe that's one of the reasons she's headed for deep trouble. She has to learn to defend herself.

Thanks so much for interviewing me! 



Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school, and the two girls become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory's magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe-but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself.

Soon she'll discover the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that these two are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. Generations ago, the faerie queen promised Pheobe's ancestor five extraordinary sons in exchange for the sacrifice of one ordinary female heir. But in hundreds of years there hasn't been a single ordinary girl in the family, and now the faeries are dying. Could Phoebe be the first ordinary one? Could she save the faeries, or is she special enough to save herself?



Extraordinary is Nancy Werlin’s YA faerie fantasy about a young girl, Phoebe, and her best friend Mallory. The two become inseparable when Phoebe’s mother provided daily care for Mallory’s ailing mother. When Mallory’s brother, Ryland, visits, Phoebe can’t help but feel his magnetism. Being enigmatically attracted to him, Phoebe knows that it would hurt Mallory if she ever knew. When Phoebe follows Ryland to his room, she discovers something that is beyond belief.

Readers are once again taken into this fantastical fairy world. The build up to Phoebe and Mallory’s friendship is truly endearing. Nancy’s highly descriptive writing style allows the story of friendship to be told the way it should be. The origins of their friendship and their current status are carefully assembled and are innovatively intertwined in the mystical world of the fairy kingdom.

The story is well thought-out and quite impressive. . The twist is a pleasantly shocking surprise. Nancy is a brilliant story-teller as she spends a lot of time to build up the two girls’ friendship, only to be blanketed with dark secrets. There is a strong theme of friendship, the importance of family, and sacrifice. Readers will truly enjoy this book. It has all the elements that can make Extraordinary exact as that…Extraordinary.

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57 comments:

  1. if i had dinner with myself, i would enjoy it thanks for the giveaway..... katieshelby19@gmail.com

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  2. If I had dinner with myself I probably would enjoy it because according to others, I tell great stories.

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  3. hmmmm i dont know lol. i think i would have fun by myself having dinner, tho it probably all depends on the menu hahaa
    thanks for the giveaway

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  4. Hmmm, I would have dinner with myself. I probably wouldn't enjoy it much as I like to read while I eat, LOL. So, maybe I would enjoy it. Both of me sitting there, reading our books and eating. I could handle that.

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  5. I think I would like to have dinner with myself, cause I talk a lot while eating so it might be fun.
    Penny Pe

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  6. It would probably be a bit awkward if I had dinner with myself; during meals I don't really converse with others too much, as I'm too busy eating!

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  7. Uhm yes? Guess I would enjoy it. :D lol.

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  8. I would probably use the time to catch up on some reading ha ha!

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  9. I would enjoy it because we would talk about books we read,and books we want to read over dinner.

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  10. Yes, I would have dinner with myself and I'm sure I would enjoy it!

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  11. Hmm, I would probably enjoy having dinner with myself since there's so much to talk about! LOL.

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  12. bwahahaha I really think I'd bore myself to death... just saying :D

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  13. Yes and yes....sometimes, maybe. I talk a lot so I would probably most likely always need to have someone there to talk to or I'll just watch tv, hahaha!

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  14. nope... because i hate having dinner alone its boring...

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  15. Yes I would but only if I could bring a book :)

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  16. Not really, in that case I'm a vegetarian I would do 'cause I really don't like meat -sorry!- but I'm a lil' bit choosy and I can't stand that :D

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  17. No-it would be boring!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. why not? If I have dinner by myself I have my own thoughts to keep me company anyways.

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  19. i would have dinner with myself:) It's nice to get some peace and quiet sometimes :)
    -JennyC

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  20. Yes, if I had a good book with me

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  21. I would enjoy it, having me for myself! hahahaha!
    Thank, Jean! (ileana-rafflecopter)

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  22. no problemo...i often dinner with my self...*sigh*
    thx u for the giveaway anyway :)

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  23. Oh my God! I would love dinner with myself. That could be mad!!!

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  24. It's fine with me but of course, I won't enjoy it as much as I have someone to share the food with!

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  25. I wouldnt eat out by myself but i wouldnt mind it if i was at home

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  26. Yes, I would. Me and myself would have so much to talk about ;D

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  27. Never, I always have a dinner date. My dog is so attentive to me. ;D

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  28. I think we would have lots to talk about, so yes, I think we would.

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  29. I think I could eat by myself, but I might be uncomfortable unless I have a book with me. :)

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  30. I'd enjoy eating by myself. More time for me.

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  31. I wish I could have dinner with just myself. I would enjoy a meal in peace that way without someone needing something.

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  32. Of course I could! :D Thank u so much!

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  33. Absolutely, just give me my book and a tasty plate and I am in nirvana LOL

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  34. I really don't believe I could handle another one of me - but it may be fun and interesting!
    Erin

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  35. Yes, I would have dinner with myself and enjoy it :)

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  36. Yes, I eat alone a lot, but I'm usually watching a movie or reading while I do so. Actually having dinner with myself, as in having two of me have dinner with each other could be fun, depending on what mood I was in. I can be funny sometimes,so if I was in a good, happy mood, I'd definitely enjoy having dinner with myself. And maybe we could talk about books, movies and TVshows. LOL. I like this idea :D

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  37. No. I would miss the chatter and commotion that is my dinner table.

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  38. If I had dinner with myself, sitting across from myself, I don't think I would do much eating. I'd be too busy watching myself, seeing what I look like, how other people see me.

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  39. I would have dinner with myself if I'm not in the mood. Sometimes I just wanted to be alone :(

    haha, thanks for the giveaway!!

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  40. I would and I have and I did enjoy it!

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  41. No because I would be bored out of my mind.

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  42. Yes and yes. Alone time is a necessity every once in a while.

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  43. Yes! I'd probably think I was a bit crazy, but yeah, I'd enjoy it :)

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  44. I would enjoy it because I love to talk :D Thanks for the giveaway

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  45. I would love it!!... but just for a moment! haha

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  46. Of course I would! :) There'll be a lot of crazy talk! :D

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  47. Why of course, I am a very exciting person if I do say so myself. Just imagine how great we would get along. I would agree with everything I said, lol.

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  48. Of course!! I'd probably won't stop asking myself lots of questions, or making jokes about myself. lol

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  49. Sure would. I'd talk about nothing but books with myself lol

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  50. Of course:) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. As long as I could bring a good book yes and I would absolutely enjoy it!

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  52. I think I would enjoy dinner with myself. I know what I like to talk about and could definitely keep the conversation going!

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