I’m so excited to be an official stop on the blog tour for Courtney Evan Tate’s The Last to See Her. I absolutely loved this one, and it made me so want to magically transport myself back to NYC. Of course, the book is maybe not the best endorsement of the city that never sleeps, but nevermind that!
If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I did already review this one several weeks back. You can check out my review here!
Today I’m excited to join the blog tour to share a Q&A with the author, Courtney Evan Tate!
Q&A with Courtney Evan Tate
Q: Please give the elevator pitch for The Last to See Her.
A: Basically, two sisters (Meg and Gen) go away for the weekend, and only one (Meg) returns. When Meg frantically seeks out the help of the police, she is told suspiciously, that she was “the last to see her.” Suspicion, plot twists and angst ensue.
Q: Which came first: the characters or plot line?
A: For me, it’s always the characters. I’m a character-driven writer. I see my characters first, spend time getting to know them, and then the plot comes second.
Q: Why do you love Meg and why should readers root for her?
A: Hmm. Meg is flawed, and so is her sister Gen. As readers read about them, and their stories unfold, I feel like it’s a true testament to the flawed human nature, and how we all have darkness and light inside of us. We all have redeeming qualities, and the not-so-redeeming. I’m hoping the reader will catch a glimpse of her/himself in both Meg and Gen.
Q: What was your last 5 star read?
A: Taryn Fisher, The Wives.
Q: What is one thing about publishing you wish someone would have told you?
A: Yikes. Umm. I think it’s: Be true to your story. Oftentimes, your beta readers, critique partners, editors, publishers, and so on, all have different subjective opinions about the storyline. But the fact is, everyone has a different opinion, and the story, the vision, is yours. Be true to it. If you try to please everyone, your storyline will come out muddy and nothing like you envisioned.
Q: Stories about sisters …. so delicious! Why so popular?
A: Readers love to relate to a storyline, to be able to drop themselves into the storyline and imagine themselves there. So many people have a sister, and so it’s easy for them to do. Also, sisters have such a fierce bond. Any storyline about fierce bonds being broken or tampered with… that’s a nail-biter. 🙂
Q: Secrets…. Why is domestic suspense so popular?
A: People love to scare themselves. People LOVE LOVE to scare themselves with ideas about what could actually happen. Domestic Thrillers, often, are storylines that could happen to anyone. We explore dark things that lurk in the shadows, just beyond the perimeter of perceived safety. People love to voyeuristically examine the dark side of life… in a safe way that ends when the last pages have been read, and the covers of the book have been closed.
The Last to See Her releases on December 15 and is the perfect thriller to enjoy wrapped in a blanket with a glass of wine on a chilly night. Read an excerpt of the first chapter here! And don’t forget to pre-order your copy!
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