Thursday, September 27, 2018

0 Amy Lukavics, author of NIGHTINGALE, on being grateful to unpublished novels

We're delighted to have Amy Lukavics swing by to tell us more about her latest novel, NIGHTINGALE.

Amy, what do you hope readers will take away from NIGHTINGALE?

I most hope that readers will take away that you don't have to be defined by your trauma. For me personally, I realized there was real strength and power to be found in redefining the narrative around my own trauma, in ways that emphasized a resilience that I may not have been able to appreciate before. That was really the heart of this story for me.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

It's been a long, hard road for sure, but I've been really fortunate compared to so many other writers. I wrote four books before selling my debut novel, Daughters Unto Devils. Out of the four books I wrote that were never published, I'm interested in revisiting exactly zero of them, haha. They did what they were supposed to do—teach me how to execute plots and develop characters, teach me how to revise properly, and teach me perseverance. I'll always be grateful to them for that.

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

I have never written in public! I really hate the idea of anyone reading over my shoulder, and I feel like a coffee shop might have too many distractions for me. I have my best writing sessions from my home desk, listening to creepy soundtracks on Spotify with headphones. Things that drastically improve the situation but are not required: aromatherapy hand cream for focus and relaxation, lit candles, and, oddly enough...bubble gum. I can't imagine it'd be a pretty thing to witness from the outside, though. I'm sure the smacking and popping sounds from the gum would drive any bystanders mad, but damn if it doesn't improve my focus.


by Amy Lukavics
Harlequin Teen; Original edition
Released 9/25/2018

At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be—independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner’s domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered—suburbia isn’t the only prison for different women…

June’s parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal “medical treatments,” the Institution preys on June’s darkest secrets and deepest fears. And she’s not alone. The Institution terrorizes June’s fragile roommate, Eleanor, and the other women locked away within its crumbling walls. Those who dare speak up disappear…or worse. Trapped between a gruesome reality and increasingly sinister hallucinations, June isn’t sure where her nightmares end and real life begins. But she does know one thing: in order to survive, she must destroy the Institution before it finally claims them all.

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Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in Northern Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother's bookshelf.

When Amy isn't reading or writing, she enjoys playing roller derby, cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms.

Her novel The Ravenous was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the Superior Achievement in a YA Novel category, and Daughters unto Devils was a YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers 2017.

Have you had a chance to read NIGHTINGALE yet? Do you plan to revisit novels you previously wrote that have not been published yet? Have you tried chewing bubble gum for improving your focus? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

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

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