Saturday, February 28, 2015

0 C.J. Omololu, author of THE THIRD TWIN, on listening to your story

What was your inspiration for writing THE THIRD TWIN?

When I was a kid, we had a family story about two identical twin cousins who made up a triplet in college to date boys that they wouldn't date as themselves. I took that basic story and threw in a murder mystery to make it an actual book.

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

There was one scene that was a surprise to me as I was writing it - I had no idea that this particular thing was going to happen to this particular character, but in the end I knew it was the right thing to do. I had to finish writing the scene through tears and even my editor was surprised. I hope readers like it as much as I do.

How long did you work on THE THIRD TWIN?

When I finally sit down to actually write a story, I give myself a minimum word count a day - usually 1,000 words a day. THE THIRD TWIN is about 90k words, so it took about three months to actually write the draft - I write very chronologically, from front to back. Then of course, it's nowhere near done. There are probably three or four drafts before I'm ready to show it to my editor.

What do you hope readers will take away from THE THIRD TWIN?

First off, I hope they enjoy it. That's why I read - to step into someone's life for a few hours. I hope they're surprised at the twists and turns the story takes - it really wrote itself. I just dictated.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Listen to your story and don't try to make it something it's not. I often find that if a story isn't working its because I'm trying to force it to be one thing. Once I listen to the characters and let them do their thing, the story usually picks right up and I'm able to continue.


The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu
Delacorte Books for Young Readers Released 2/24/2015

Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

 When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life. Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good.

As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect—Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer . . . or Alicia is real.

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Cynthia OmomoluC. J. OMOLOLU majored in English at U.C. Santa Barbara because she liked to read, not because she liked to write. She later discovered that the voices in her head often have interesting things to say. You can find out more about her on her website.

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