By Jacqueline Green
Can you keep a secret?
Tenley Reed and Sydney Morgan have never seen eye to eye -- until now. United by a common goal, they are determined to find out who was behind their friend's murder. Joined by Emerson Cunningham, a gorgeous but troubled teen model, the girls start their own investigation. But in the isolated beach town of Echo Bay, it's hard to know who's a friend and who's an enemy.
Secrets and Lies is the second book in the Truth or Dare series -- and will keep readers in suspense from beginning to end.
What is your favorite line or scene from your book?
Each book in the Truth or Dare trilogy has a prologue scene that’s revisited toward the end of the book. The prologue in Secrets and Lies was really fun to write--and then revisit again at the end--because it foreshadows a possible death...
Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer? Do you have any advice for aspiring writers out there?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I read my very first chapter book as a kid. My advice for aspiring writers is always two-fold:
1. READ! As much as you can, anything and everything--especially books in the genre of writing that interests you.
2. Find a trusted source to give you feedback on your writing. It could be an agent, a friend, a class, a writing program, a writing group--just a person or group whose critiques you really trust. Receiving that kind of feedback, and using it to hone and revise your work, is the best way to improve.
Do you have any special writing habits or rituals? (For example, I used to eat Swedish Fish whenever I was writing. I'm sure my dentist loved me!)
Vanilla chai lattes! They are like my writing drug. There’s something about the delicious mix of sugar and hot beverage and caffeine that always jumpstarts my writing. I will drink them in the dead of summer, even if it means having to sit directly in front of the AC while doing so!
Keeping with the theme of our blog name, The Best Books Ever, I've got to ask: what is your absolute favorite book? (Any genre/age range/etc.)
This is always the hardest question for me, because I have about a hundred absolute favorites! But whenever I think about the book that most influenced me to become a writer, I often go back to A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnet. I read that book so many times as a child, and was so in love with it. I think it played a large role in inspiring me to become a writer.
There's one more book in the Truth or Dare trilogy. Anything you can share with us that we should be looking forward to?
All your questions will be answered!!! It was so fun to wrap up all the mysteries in the trilogy, and give the characters (well...at least the ones still living!) real closure. I hope it’s fun for everyone to read, too!
After wrapping up the trilogy, what's next for you?
I’m in the very early stages of writing another YA book, which I’m really excited about. It has more of a fantasy slant than the Truth or Dare trilogy, but there’s definitely still a mystery in it!
About the author...
Jacqueline Green grew up in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where she devoured books the way other kids did candy. She never stopped loving those books she read as a kid, so after receiving her BA from Cornell University, she went on to get her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She’s since worked in many parts of the children’s publishing field, from marketing to editorial to writing. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and their very small dog, who moonlights as her writing companion.
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