2017 has quite the plethora of eerie books coming out and today I get the chance to share with you an interview with the author of one of them. The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy is about a small town that has an inexplicable occurrence every seven years: things disappear. Things you would never have imagined to be things that would disappear, but now they do. Why? Where do they go? How do they relate to the main character? The book is out now, luckily, so you’ll be able to find those answers for yourself. For now, let’s see what Emily has to say about a few things:
If you were to pick an animal to represent The Disappearances, or perhaps even the town of Sterling itself, what one do you think it would be?
A chameleon! Not only because they can make themselves “disappear”—but also because the people in Sterling are sort of like chameleons in a way. They constantly have to adapt themselves to fit in and pretend as though the disappearances aren’t happening to them, so I think it’s actually the perfect animal to describe their situation.
If you had the chance, would you want The Disappearances to become adapted into another format, such as a film, miniseries, or television show? Which do you think would be the most beneficial to the story of The Disappearances?
The Disappearances is a standalone with a completed arc so I would love to see it in movie form or as a miniseries. It’s such a visual book and I think it would translate so well onto the screen, so that would be absolutely amazing if it ever happened.
Do you create aesthetics as you work or something like a Pinterest board to keep visual straight?
I do! I have a Pinterest board that especially helped me visualize the different aspects of forties life, from the way that a main street of the town might look, and the cars they were driving at the time, and the advertisements that were hanging on the walls; what clothes and shoes they were wearing; how they styled their hair, etc. It was so helpful to build a visual scrapbook to reference. (Thank you, Pinterest!)
What’s been the single scariest/most nerve-wracking thing about becoming a published author?
Starting to get people’s feedback in early reviews is so terrifying. You love your story, but everyone isn’t going to—so it’s very nerve-wracking to see if your thoughts and feelings and ideas are going to resonate with people or completely miss.
On the flip-side, what has been the biggest surprise about becoming an author that’s made you happy?
I’ve recently met some young aspiring authors who were so excited, and they reminded me so much of myself. It just made me feel very honored and gratified that I could make someone feel happy as they look forward to their own dreams. Also, the author community is incredible and I’ve met some people who have become some of my very best friends.
If you could describe your novel in five words, what would they be?
Magical historical mystery with Shakespeare.
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Published: 4 July 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Category: Young Adult/Fantasy/Mystery
What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?
Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.
Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.
No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.
As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.
About the Author
Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home.
She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017.
Murphy currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel.
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