Sunday, January 15, 2017

0 Kim Liggett, author of THE LAST HARVEST, on putting together an elaborate puzzle of words and ideas

We're thrilled to have Kim Liggett stop by to chat about her latest novel THE LAST HARVEST.

Kim, what do you hope readers will take away from THE LAST HARVEST?

At its core, it’s a mystery. I hope they’ll have a lot of fun trying to unravel the strings that connect everything. It’s a dark book, and I was in a dark headspace when I wrote it, but sometimes you need a book like that. It’s pure escape. You turn the last page, you’re exhausted, but then you thank your lucky stars to be safe in your nice warm bed.

Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it?

HAHA! There’s no magic formula. And if there is, I don’t want to know what it is. Writing a book is like putting together an elaborate puzzle of words and ideas that are so uniquely your own. It’s by far the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I think the biggest takeaway thus far (with two books on the shelves and three more under contract) is that it will never be perfect. I could work on the same book for my entire life and still, perfection would elude me. It’s merely a snapshot of where you are in that moment in time. And that’s a beautiful thing.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up the BLOOD AND SALT companion novel – it’s pure gothic romance. And I have another YA horror standalone with Tor Teen that I’m really excited about. I also just sold a YA Speculative Fiction novel to St. Martin’s/Wednesday Books called THE GRACE YEAR. It’s going to be a busy year, but I’m in love with every single one of them, so life is good.


The Last Harvest
by Kim Liggett
Tor Teen
Released 1/10/2017

“I plead the blood.”

Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely Cattle Ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.

Now, on the first anniversary of the slaughter, the whole town's looking at Clay like he might be next to go over the edge. Clay wants to forget the past, but the sons and daughters of the Preservation Society—a group of prominent farmers his dad accused of devil worship—won't leave him alone. Including Ali, his longtime crush, who suddenly wants to reignite their romance after a year of silence, and hated rival Tyler Neely, who’s behaving like they’re old friends.

Even as Clay tries to reassure himself, creepy glances turn to sinister stares and strange coincidences build to gruesome rituals—but when he can never prove that any of it happened, Clay worries he might be following his dad down the path to insanity...or that something far more terrifying lies in wait around the corner.

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At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City, where she pursued a career in music and acting. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kim sang backup for some of the biggest rock bands of the 80s. After settling down to have a family, she became an entrepreneur, creating a children's art education program and a travel company specializing in tours for musicians. She's married to jazz musician Ken Peplowski, and has two beautiful teenagers. @Kim_Liggett


Have you had a chance to read THE LAST HARVEST yet? Do you enjoy reading books that make you thank your lucky stars to be safe in your nice warm bed? Do you feel your current work is merely a snapshot of where you are in that moment in time? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Jocelyn, Shelly, Martina, Anisaa, Sam, Erin, Susan, Michelle, Laura, and Kristin

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