HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: All this week we've been talking about favorite books--and in my list, absolutely is GIRL,STOLEN by April Henry. Have you read it? It's--YA, fantastic, about a blind girl who is accidentally kidnapped, and then...well, more I cannot say. But trust me on this one. It's terrific.
I met April Henry at--where was it? And (after I gushed for probably too long) we were talking about that book coming out on audio. See how lovely that is? And then I had another question for her:
What’s a nice girl like you doing writing about torture and bio-weapons?
APRIL HENRY: I’m one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. I tip more than 20 percent. I’ve mailed books to kids in foster care and book groups for homeless people. When I’m running, I pick worms off the street and return them to the dirt.
But I also like to write about murder, kidnapping, arson, bioweapons, and what happens after someone yanks your fingernails out with a pair of pliers. Which are just a few of the issues that the main character in The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die has to deal with. I would tell you her name, but in the beginning of the book she’s lost her memory and isn’t sure of anything, not even her own name.
So why do I write such books? It could be that my criminal genes have been watered down to the point where they can only come out on paper.
My bad blood
One of my great-grandfathers was in an arson gang. Even more shocking, another was a murderer. Not only was he a killer, but he gunned down my grandmother’s boyfriend just for kissing her. (Aside: When I learned that, my grandmother’s bitter personality made sense. As writers, we know it’s all about back story.)
Bad things in real life
HANK: And a copy of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die will go to one lucky commenter! And hey, another one will with an ARC of THE WRONG GIRL!