Saturday, April 8, 2017

0 Brigid Kemmerer, author of LETTERS TO THE LOST, on conflicts without a supernatural element

We were feeling lost until we heard we would chatting with Brigid Kemmerer about her latest novel LETTERS TO THE LOST.

Brigid, how long did you work on LETTERS TO THE LOST?

I started the book in May 2014, and wrote 60 pages and a full synopsis over the course of two months, which my agent then tried to sell. It sold relatively quickly, but I was in the midst of working on another project at that time, which I needed to finish first. I picked LETTERS TO THE LOST back up in early 2015, and finished by mid-summer.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

This is my first contemporary YA novel. Always before, I worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up the tension and conflict without a supernatural element, but I pushed myself to see what I could come up with. I'm really pleased with how it came out.

What do you hope readers will take away from LETTERS TO THE LOST?

One of the biggest themes of the book is how we're so quick to judge people on one snapshot of their lives, and how it's important to look deeper to see the real person underneath what they may present to the world.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc.?

I always listen to music with lyrics. If I listen to instrumental music, it just doesn't work. I either write at Starbucks or at home. I'd write at the library, but they don't have comfortable chairs.

What are you working on now?

I just finished up edits on MORE THAN WE CAN TELL, which is a companion novel to LETTERS TO THE LOST, and will be released in spring 2018. I'm also working on the first draft of A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, a fantasy novel that will be released from Bloomsbury summer 2019.


Letters to the Lost
by Brigid Kemmerer
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Released 4/4/2017

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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BRIGID KEMMERER is the author of LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury; April 4, 2017), a dark, contemporary Young Adult romance; THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington, December 29, 2015), a New Adult paranormal mystery with elements of romance; and the YALSA-nominated Elemental series of five Young Adult novels and three e-novellas which Kirkus Reviews calls “refreshingly human paranormal romance” and School Library Journal describes as “a new take on the supernatural genre.” She lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons. You can visit her at:


Have you had a chance to read LETTERS TO THE LOST yet? Do you often judge people without knowing them? Has this book helped you to look deeper into who a person is? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Emily, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Sam, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, and Lori Ann

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