The Compulsive Reader: Looking Ahead: Daphne Benedis Grab and The Girl in the Wall!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Looking Ahead: Daphne Benedis Grab and The Girl in the Wall!

Looking Ahead is a feature in which new upcoming books and their authors are featured! Take a minute to read the interview, get to know them, read about their book(s), and find them on the internet!

Today I have Daphne Benedis Grab, author of Alive and Well in Prague, New York and the soon-to-be-released The Girl in the Wall, on the blog!

TCR: Can you describe your book in ten words or less?

DBG: Thriller about a party taken hostage- action and romance ensue.

TCR: What was your reaction when you first saw your cover?

DBG: I loved it! This is actually the second cover they did for the book- the first was lovely but had a bit more of a romance feeling to it. I like the danger imminent in this image, and the look of both fear and determination in the girl’s eyes.

TCR: How was writing The Girl in the Wall different from writing Alive and Well in Prague, New York?

DBG: They came from really different places. Prague was based on my feelings about losing my dad to ALS. It was both hard and cathartic to work on. Girl in the Wall was a story I started just because the premise seemed juicy and fun to work on. It goes dark places but hopefully it’s held onto the initial intent and is a juicy and fun read.

TCR: Where's the best place to stay up to date with you and your books?

DBG: In a few weeks it will be my new website, www.daphnebg.com . Right now it’s under construction and I should probably head over there right now and get to work on it.

Thanks for having me on your awesome blog!

Thank you, Daphne! If you're curious about The Girl in the Wall, read on! It will be released on December 18th, 2012!
"Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night. 
They have no idea just how right they are. 
Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives."
Doesn't that sound awesome? What are you looking forward to this week?

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