Interviewing Carol Snow

Carol Snow was nice enough to stop by and talk about The Last Place on Earth.

Do you have a “Twitter pitch” for this novel?

I don’t even know what a Twitter pitch is. Well, okay – I guess I can figure it out, but … I’m supposed to have a Twitter pitch?? I had no idea. But I will be sure to come up with one as soon as I figure out how to log on to my account. (My daughter deleted the app from my iPad so she could free up enough memory to download a movie, and now I can’t remember my password.)

If The Last Place on Earth were a movie, what would it be? 

“Camp Rock” meets “The Hunger Games.”

What was the inspiration for The Last Place on Earth?

I was reading Life After Death, Damien Echols’s intense and haunting account of how he spent eighteen years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. There is a scene from his early adolescence when he goes to his best friend’s house only to discover the house shut up, his friend and his family gone. That sense of abandonment and bafflement became my starting point: a girl goes to her best friend’s house, only to find that he and his parents have disappeared without warning or explanation.

Can you share the first sentence/paragraph? 

One day Henry was there, and the next, he wasn’t.

(You can read the first chapter on my website.)

If you could make one book mandatory, which would it be?

Strunk & White – The Elements of Style. I own three copies. I have no idea why. My mandatory book should probably be a guide to de-cluttering.

What are your five favorite books?  You can do authors, if that’s easier.

That’s too hard! I’ve read too many books to narrow it down (or remember them all), plus a book may touch me at one point in my life while leaving me cold at another. But here are five books I read within the last year and liked a lot:

  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  2. My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
  3. Prayers and Lies by Sherri Wood Emmons
  4. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  5. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Okay, truth: The Picture of Dorian Gray wasn’t really one of my favorites, but I did read it last year (while staying at the hotel in Paris where Oscar Wilde died, no less), and I thought that slipping it in would make me sound classy.

(KELLY NOTE: We don’t really do classy here, but I appreciate your effort. ;) )

What 2016 releases are you excited for?

Some YA I’m looking forward to reading: RABBIT AND ROBOT from Andrew Smith, THE MERCY RULE from Jeff Giles, and a new novel-in-verse from Sonya Sones. For younger (or young-at-heart) readers, Cecil Castellucci has a Princess Leia book in the works, while Jonathan Bernstein will releasing the next two installments in his BRIDGET WILDER: SPY-IN-TRAINING series.

Thanks, Carol! :)

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