Alison Gaylin: STAY WITH ME

Posted by on July 29, 2014

staywithmeAlison Gaylin is the USA Today bestselling author of the Brenna Spector mystery series and basically an overall awesome, super cool and talented writer.

I loved her latest book, STAY WITH ME.

Here’s what others are saying about it

“This haunting novel will grab on the first page and simply not let go. Lyrically written, rich in detail and filled with compelling psychological insight, Stay With Me features the most complex and appealing protagonist in thriller fiction today, Brenna Spector. Superb!” (Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Kill Room on STAY WITH ME)

“The story thrums with suspense, and rewards the reader with a surprising yet plausible conclusion.” (Huffington Post on STAY WITH ME)

“[The] Brenna Spector series is a series that once you pick up, you want want to put it down.” (The Windy Pages on STAY WITH ME)

“Brenna Spector… is not your usual private investigator.” (Beth Fish Reads on STAY WITH ME)

“Author Alison Gaylin has really stepped up her game with her newest book. Be ready for a serious thrill ride with a huge twist that you will not see coming.” (Geeks Unleashed on STAY WITH ME

And here is Alison in her own words:

1. Describe your writing routine and/or schedule? I’m a busy mom with a part-time day job, so my schedule is basically writing when I can, wherever I can. I have an office at home, but I’ll take my laptop on the train or bus and write during my two-hour commute into the city. Some of my best writing has been done while partially carsick.

2. What do you do if you get writer’s block? A change of scenery helps, and some exercise. I’ll go to the gym and run during the winter. In the warmer months, a good hike usually does the trick.

3. Who do you read, or recommend other writer’s read, in regards to craft? Oh I can name so many writers whose craft I admire. But probably the most surprising, considering I’m a genre fiction writer, is Augusten Burroughs. His two memoirs Dry and Running with Scissors have taught me so much about structuring and writing a series…  what information to include, what not to, how to involve new readers without boring the ones who’ve read the first book, while at the same time not spoiling too much for those who read them out of order. Most importantly, those two books are a great lesson in how to keep a series suspenseful and surprising.

4. Who do you read for fun?  Lately, it’s been John Green. My daughter is a big fan and she introduced me to his books. I will admit right here that TFIOS made me cry my eyes out. I don’t know why I call crying my eyes out fun, but for me it is. I also love sad books about dogs.

5. When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? Tell us about it. I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer. As an only child, I’d shut myself in my room and write to get out emotions or just to tell funny stories. I was constantly doing extra credit  for English, and as a young teen I wrote a lot of really disturbing stuff that I thought was like Edgar Allen Poe, but probably would have gotten me into therapy today. In high school I had “that” English teacher who told me she was giving me a B because she only gave As to students who would one day write professionally. I took that as such a blow that I got into acting instead. But even though I majored in theater in college, I couldn’t stop writing. I wound up in the playwriting program by the time I graduated, so tough beans to you, English Teacher.

6. What do you think is the most important skill to have to succeed as a writer? The ability to roll with the punches — take constructive criticism without taking it personally. The ability to see where something can be improved and improve it. To not take each rejection as the end of the world, but as a fact of life because rejection is inevitable. Is that a skill? I think so. A survival skill, so I’m sticking with it.

Order Alison’s latest book here!

USA Today and International best-selling author Alison Gaylin received an Edgar nomination for her first book HIDE YOUR EYES. Her Shamus Award-winning novel, AND SHE WAS, was also nominated for the RT award, the Thriller and Anthony awards. In addition to her six published crime fiction novels, she’s published the Young Adult mystery REALITY ENDS HERE (Simon and Schuster/PocketStar). STAY WITH ME, her eighth book – and the third in the acclaimed Brenna Spector series – is out June 24, 2014 from HarperCollins.

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