Saturday, December 15, 2018

0 Chelsea Pitcher, author of THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU, on needing to write practice novels

We're thrilled to have Chelsea Pitcher here to tell us more about her latest novel, THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU.

Chelsea, what was your inspiration for writing THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU?

The story was inspired by Clue, the board game and the movie. Five characters are invited to a beautiful mansion, only to realize they’ve been lured by someone who knows all of their secrets. Is this person hiding behind the scenes? Standing right in front of them? Or maybe it’s a conspiracy, and everyone is guilty of something. The fun part is, you get to be the detective and figure out who did what… Before it’s too late.

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

Before THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU got published, I’d written six novels. Three of them were published. Three of them were not—for good reason. Now, I get to think of those as my practice novels. I needed to write them in order to write what came next.

Overall, it took me about ten years to get published, but not all of that time was spent writing. Some of it was spent studying in school. Some of it was spent out in the world having adventures. And, all the while, I was reading fabulous books, learning from the best teachers out there: authors.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

I’d just finished the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series when I started writing this book, which is funny, because in terms of genre, the books are totally different. But Laini Taylor taught me so much about how to write third person multi-POV— to create a large cast of characters, each with a distinct voice and perspective, whose stories weave together to reveal a tapestry. I don’t think I would’ve been able to write this book without reading her series first.

Beyond that, there are elements of WE WERE LIARS, ONE OF US IS LYING, and the Christopher Pike books I read as a teen. Books that keep you guessing about the truth, and keep you studying each character’s version of the events… those books will resonate most with fans of THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU.


This Lie Will Kill You
by Chelsea Pitcher
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Released 12/11/2018

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.

Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?

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Chelsea Pitcher is a karaoke-singing, ocean-worshipping Oregonian with a penchant for twisty mysteries. She began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light. Chelsea is the author of The S-Word and This Lie Will Kill You. You can visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @Chelsea_Pitcher.

Have you had a chance to read THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU yet? How many practice novels have you written? Are you learning from other authors as you read? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, and Kelly

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