Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Blog Tour Stop: The Mystery of Hollow Places

Title: The Mystery of Hollow Places
Author: Rebecca Podos
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

From Goodreads...
All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It's the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as troubled waters.

When Imogene is seventeen, her father, now a famous author of medical mysteries, strikes out in the middle of the night and doesn't come back. Neither Imogene's stepmother nor the police know where he could've gone, but Imogene is convinced he's looking for her mother. She decides to put to use the skills she's gleaned from a lifetime of her father's books to track down a woman she's never known, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she's carried with her for her entire life. 

Rebecca Podos' debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us - the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to.

Amazon paperbackhttp://amzn.to/1REXqMH


Now I have the author, Rebecca Podos, on my blog talking about her hideaways, favorite book genres that take her away from reality, and the challenges of writing a YA thriller. :)

1. A friend mentioned that the main character is looking for places her father could be hiding out, and since my blog's name is The Fox's Hideaway, I thought it'd be cool to connect them. Do you have any "hideaways" of your own? Safe spaces you like to go to?
I do, and one of my favorites is a beach about a half hour from my house. It’s not a very glamorous beach. It’s not in a spectacular seaside town, and you have to hike about a mile up a trail to get to it. And when you do, the sand is almost 100% shells and rocks, and there are crabs scuttling along under the water. But that means if you bring your beach shoes and get there at, say, 8 in the morning, you can be there for hours before anybody else shows up.

2. Books are my hideaway, and most of the time I find it easy to escape reality and dive into another world. If you have any, what are some of your favorite books or genres that you can easily escape reality from? 
I love magical realism, because it’s almost an exact reflection of the world, but not. I love horror—when I was in high school and on summer vacation, I’d check out every Stephen King book in the local library, one by one. It wasn’t a huge library, but I feel like half of the books were by Stephen King. And like the main character in Hollow Places, I love mysteries, because of that satisfying narrative structure, wherein if you’ll just hang on, you’ll have all the answers by the end of the book.

3. Since your book is a mystery/thriller, I wondered if it was more difficult to write for a YA audience. How do you balance keeping the mystery on-the-edge-your-seat intriguing but still believable and realistic when it comes to having a younger character? 
I tried to address the questions I sometimes have when reading or watching mysteries starring teenagers: Why does everybody have a hacker friend to help them investigate? How are they able to drive all over the place chasing leads, when as a teenager, I sometimes had to scrape together five bucks to limp to work on a quarter of a tank? Why aren’t they constantly getting grounded by their parents for skipping school to go on a manhunt? I mean, there are plenty of realistic YA mysteries out there right now, so I’m far from the only one asking these questions. 
But mostly, I tried to keep the characters real, to make their motivations understandable and their choices believable. So hopefully, that worked out!


Rebecca Podos' debut YA novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, is forthcoming from Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) on 1/26/16. A graduate of the Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College where she won the M.F.A. Award for Best Thesis, her fiction has been published in Glimmer Train, Glyph, CAJE, Paper Darts, Bellows American Review, and Smokelong Quarterly. Past Awards include the Helman Award for Short Fiction, the David Dornstein Memorial Creative Writing Prize for Young Adult Writers, and the Hillerman-McGarrity Scholarship for Creative Writing. She works as a YA and MG agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston.


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