I've said it before and I'll say it again; one of the best things about participating in blog tours is getting author insights. Not only can you grab a copy of their book for free (in exchange for a review) but you can also get amazing excerpts and guest posts from the authors themselves. I absolutely loved this post from Zoë and I am excited to see what comes next for her!
A haunting YA thriller you won't be able to put down, White Lies is a boarding school story - with a shockingly dark twist. Everybody hurts
For Abigail, a new school could be the fresh start she so desperately needs. With her parents in the army and her sister Beth too far away to run to, she knows this year needs to be different. She's never been part of the cool crowd and for the first time Abby wants to fit in. And all it takes is just one little white lie…because some truths are too painful to share.
Everybody lies. But at Cotswold Community College, Abby isn't the only one with a past she'd rather forget. And when she stumbles across a closely-guarded secret, Abigail realises that her one little white lie could reveal everything she’s worked so hard to hide…
Whats Next For Zoë?
With Chlo from Under My Skin and Abby from White Lies both loose in the wild now, it’s time for me to start worrying about the next books on the release schedule for this year (see ‘writers: crushing self-doubt’.) My upcoming titles with Grimbold Books are very different reads, and I’m curious (also terrified) to see what people will make of them.
First up will be my YA vampire novel, Blood Bank, but wait! Don’t sigh and walk away just yet. These aren’t just any vampires…these are Swindon Vampires! (If you’ve never been to Swindon, you’ve missed a...well…words can’t really describe. You’ve missed an experience.) It’s a dark tale of a community manipulated through its schools and its church, and of teens caught up in the violence and horror of a world they can’t possibly understand. And absolutely nothing, I promise, sparkles.
The second book, also YA, is another dark tale, this time tackling teenage schizophrenia. It’s the book that affected me the most when I was writing it, and the one that has the protagonist I hands down have the most affection for. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to say that about your books – but honestly – if there was ever to be a ‘favourite child’, it would be Tom from Headcase. I can’t wait for you to meet him.
The big difference between the next two books coming out and the two already published is that there’s a generous helping of Fantasy in the new ones. With Blood Bank it’s Urban Fantasy, whereas Headcase ventures into Epic Fantasy territory when you’d least expect it. Both genres are very close to my heart, and I’m just hoping with everything I have that I’ve done them justice.
I’m not entirely sure what fans of Chlo and Abby will make of these next two, but I’m hoping they’ll enjoy the difference, and the even darker turn things take.
About The Author
Zoë lives in West Oxfordshire with her husband, son and the obligatory two cats. A full-time copy-editor by day, she writes late into the night, fuelled by coffee - not, as she tells all her son's friends - fresh blood and cold empty darkness.
Zoë likes her fiction dark and disturbing, loathes even the tiniest element of pink fluffiness and has an inexplicable fear of mushrooms. She will do anything to avoid interacting with the Real World wherever possible.
If you'd like to know more, Zoë can usually be found talking books on Twitter, and rarely bites if you'd like to say Hello.