Wednesday, June 20, 2018

|Podcast| Dive Smack - Demetra Brodsky

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Demetra Brodsky is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned writer. She has a B.F.A. from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and lives in Southern California with her family of four and two lovable rescue dogs where she is always trying to make more time for the beach. Dive Smack is dedicated to Pumpkin, the monarch butterfly she once saved from the brink of death. Once you read the book, you'll understand why.

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1. Theo used to have this horrible girlfriend named Kendra Cromwell. Everyone hated her but me so she had to go.
2. The town of Ellis Hollow got its name from a section of Ithaca, NY, a place where I once lived and befriended the Olympic springboard diver who helped me with the diving scenes.
3. Green Hill Hospital is modeled after a real place, The Worcester State Hospital in the city where I was born.
5. The Old Stone Church is a real place in Boylston, MA at the Wachusett Reservoir near where I grew up.
6. The Cliff Jumping Scenes were inspired by the many gorges in Ithaca, NY. See #2.
7. I watched at least a hundred videos of Tom Daley, Kristian Ipsen, and Steele Johnson (yes, that’s his real name) to study their dives before writing those scenes and asking my friend Karen LaFace, a 1992 Olympic Springboard Diver to proof those sections.
8. Lois Duncan once gave me editorial notes on Dive Smack, and she really liked and helped me develop my villain.
9. I watched so many clips of Dylan O’Brien to study his mannerisms for Chip that he’s easily my favorite character, both in my book and on Teen Wolf.
10. The town underneath the reservoir is take from the real town buried under the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts. The how town of Ellis Hollow is taken from bits and pieces of the towns in and around Massachusetts where I was born and raised and Ithaca, NY, where I lived for seven years.
BONUS: I wrote 13 drafts of Dive Smack between 2011 and 2017 and received over a hundred rejections combined from agents and editors.

Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.

Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A's and solid friends, he's only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.

But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself.


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Praise for DIVE SMACK

"A tense psychological drama with a voice that pulls you in and a twist you won't see coming, Dive Smack is an instant Hitchcockian classic!" —Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten

"A twisty, witty thriller readers will love puzzling through to the very end. A visceral, delightful debut." —Carrie Mesrobian, author of William C. Morris award finalist Sex & Violence

"This riveting debut will plunge readers into an accelerating coil of twists and turns as if in free fall, plummeting them from a precipice as they cling to the dwindling hope of safe entry into the mysterious darkness below." —S.A. Bodeen, author of The Compound

"Brodsky’s debut combines an engaging school story, filled with best friend shenanigans, first love, and a fascinating look at competitive diving, with a tense psychological mystery." —Booklist

"In an impressive debut, Brodsky injects her teen drama with ambiguity, and a subtle hint of paranormal phenomena, leaving readers to guess at what’s really going on. Strong characters and a compelling mystery make this a real page-turner." —Publishers Weekly

"A taut thriller with a twist ending that will blow your mind." —Kim Liggett, Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author of The Last Harvest

"Complex, thrilling, and with a pitch-perfect narrative voice, Dive Smack will leave you on the edge of your seat and unable to put this one down." —C. Desir, author of Bleed Like Me

"Heartbreaking, human and heroic, Dive Smack is a Perfect 10!" —Karen LaFace, 1992 USA Olympic Springboard Diver

“A taut roller coaster of a thriller chock full of dark family secrets, twisty lies, and finally, the redeeming power of truth.” —Michelle Zink, author of This Wicked Game
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