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"Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you're close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner's heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . ."
Can you sell us Dance of Shadows twitter-style, in 140 characters or less?
An edge-of-your seat romantic thrill ride about a girl in an elite ballet academy, searching for her missing older sister—and what she uncovers in the process.
Ballet plays a huge role in the book - do you have any experience with dancing? If not, did you do any research to help zone in when writing the dance scenes?
I trained as a ballet dancer when I was younger, so the world is familiar to me. I was never as talented as any of my characters, though, and I never attended a professional school like they do, so I did do some research about those elements—what kinds of classes they would take, what would be expected of them—but I also just created a lot myself. I spent a fair amount of time in Lincoln Center walking around, feeling the surroundings, and imagining my characters there.
In addition to ballet, mystery is also a vital player in Dance of Shadows. Is it difficult to try to consciously maintain the suspense or does it just flow naturally from you?
I grew up reading mysteries, and so I think suspense and plot twists are sort of in my blood! As a reader, I love being kept on the edge of my seat … and I definitely wanted Dance of Shadows to be that sort of book as well. Some of the suspense was inherently there in the first draft, but this is also something I worked on diligently during revisions.
The cover art is stunning! What were your initial thoughts when you first saw it? Was it anything like you were expecting?
Thank you! I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was completely blown away when I saw the cover. I feel so lucky, and it’s such a beautiful piece of artwork.
Has writing been a long-life dream for you or one that developed during your adult years?
When I was younger I wanted to be a dancer, but ever since college I wanted to be a writer. I finished my M.F.A. in fiction and began writing for teenagers—and I’ve never looked back!
What's on your iPod right now?
Dashboard Confessionals “Alter the Ending.”
The next movie you're dying to see is... ?
I haven’t seen Lincoln yet, and I’m very interested in seeing that. Also, if there is ever a sequel to Pitch Perfect, I will be standing in line bright and early!
And the last book you read was.... ?
Kathryn Littlewood’s Bliss. A delightful and funny book for middle grade readers about a family with a magical bakery.
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