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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Author Interview: Kathleen Peacock

Kathleen Peacock
Before we get started, here's the summary of Kathleen's debut book HEMLOCK. It came out on May 8th 2012 from Harper Teen.

Hemlock (Hemlock, #1)Mackenzie and Amy were best friends.

Since then, Mac's life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac's hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy's killer:

A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome--also known as the werewolf virus--is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy's murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy's boy-friend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spell-binding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

Describe HEMLOCK in five words.

Murder! Sinister plots! Kissing! WEREWOLVES!

How do you make up names for your characters? Is there any meaning or significance to their names?

I’m usually okay with first names, but second names always leave me scrambling. Kyle’s last name, Harper, was a placeholder that became permanent, and Mac’s last name, Dobson, was the name of a garage I used to drive past on the way to work.

It’s rare that my character names have any deep significance—mostly because finding a name I like is hard enough without trying to find a name that I like and which has meaning.

Can you see yourself in any of the characters in HEMLOCK?

I think Mac is a bit like me—although she’s far braver and more resourceful than I am. It can take me a long time to open up to people and I’ve been told I come off as aloof and somewhat withdrawn.

What is the best part of your publishing experience so far?

Hearing from readers who have liked the book. Definitely.

And finally, what do you (as a reader) want to see more of in the YA market?

I’ve love to see more magical realism with strong voices. I thought Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma was just incredible, and although The Night Circus was an adult title, I’d love to see more of that sort of thing in YA.

Find out more about HEMLOCK and author Kathleen Peacock


Kathleen spent her teen years crushing on authors and writing short stories about vampires. She put her writing dreams on hold while attending college, but tripped over them when office life started leaving her with an allergy to cubicles.


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