Monday, April 2, 2018

Sheryl Scarborough Author Interview

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SHERYL SCARBOROUGH is an award-winning writer for children’s television. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, lives in Washington state, and has always had an obsession with forensics. When she was twelve, her home was the target of a Peeping Tom. Sheryl diligently photographed his footprints and collected the candy wrappers he left behind. Unfortunately, he was never caught. But the desire to use evidence to solve a great mystery was sparked inside Scarborough all the same. To Catch a Killer is her debut.

Series: Erin Blake (Book 2)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (February 27, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765381931
ISBN-13: 978-0765381934


“Scarborough has written an intense, engrossing debut. Readers will root for Erin to find answers, laugh at her friends’ antics as they play detective, and struggle to identify the killer in a plot full of red herrings and multiple suspects. This solid mystery will easily grab the attention of fans of the genre.” ―Booklist

“To Catch a Killer is a tense, storming heartbeat of a thriller. Scarborough’s tightly woven story merges forensic intrigue with friendship, romance, and family, nailing the dynamic stylings of Veronica Mars and the playful spirit of Bones. I could not put it down.” ―Cori McCarthy, author of Breaking Sky

"The fast-paced plot and Veronica Mars-esque protagonist make this book a good fit for avid mystery readers." ―School Library Journal

“A relatable cast and well thought-out plot make this mystery a Sherlockian puzzle sure to impress the most hardened crime-procedural fanatic. Don your deer-stalker caps, gumshoes, you’re in for a twisty ride.” ―Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I’m Lying

"Scarborough brings Erin to life as a teenager with a damaged past...there are enough red herrings and forensic activity to keep everyone entertained all the way through the climatic end." ―VOYA

“A compulsive read. Scarborough has created a thrilling book brimming with life, murder, and adventure.” —Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Flying

What was your inspiration for this series?
We live in a time when something as ordinary as an uneaten pizza crust could convict you of murder and high schoolers are being taught forensic science in biology classes. By combining these two elements I created a new take on the detective genre and absolutely the kind of book I would have most wanted to read when I was a teen. The fact that forensic science continues to evolve gives me unlimited clues and story threads to tap. And I couldn’t be more excited to contribute to my favorite genre to read.

What was your favorite book as a child?
I had a fourth grade teacher who every day would read aloud a chapter of The Island Stallion series by Walter Farley. I don’t remember a lot of details about the story, except they were adventures and I was hooked. I started reading them myself because I couldn’t stand to wait for the next installment.

Describe Erin in just three words.
Secretive. Determined. Vulnerable.

When you started writing To Catch A Killer did you have a series planned?
I spent 20 years writing for children’s television so I naturally think of stories in a series form where information is hidden in the beginning and doled out over time. I love following a set of characters through a passage of time. I’ve also found that my stories have an immediate quality; they tend to span only a few weeks or months. So a series allows me to grow and evolve these characters.

Barely three weeks after catching the killer of Erin's mother and their biology teacher, Erin and her crew are back, up to their elbows in forensics projects. But this time it's with the full approval of their parents.

With Uncle Victor at the helm, Erin and her best friends, Spam and Lysa, are prepping a new classroom for CSI summer camp, where they will serve as camp counselors. Meanwhile, Erin's super-hot new boyfriend, Journey, is graduating, just in time for him to take a position as Victor's intern in the new CSI lab on campus. Journey and Victor are going to take another look at the evidence in the murder trial that sent Journey's father to prison. The girls are under strict orders not to meddle with the murder case, but that's easier said than done...

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you SHERYL AND TOR for making this giveaway possible.
12 Winners will receive a Copy of TO RIGHT THE WRONGS by Sheryl Scarborough.
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