Title: Into the Dark
Publication date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Caroline T. Patti
A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.
Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.
But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.
Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan. You can chat with her on Twitter:@carepatti or find her onFacebook.
1. What books have most influenced your life most?
The books that have most influenced my life are Cynthia Voight’s Homecoming. It’s the story of kids who walk across Connecticut after their mother abandons them in a parking lot. They’re looking for family. I love this book. It’s gut wrenching, beautifully written, and incredibly inspiring. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech also had a profound and lasting effect on me. I ugly cried all the way through it. It’s masterfully crafted. Sharon Creech is my idol!
2. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Lois Duncan. Her books shaped my childhood. I grew up around the corner from the Santa Clara Public Library, and it was my happy place. As kids we were allowed, way back when, to get on our bikes and ride through the neighborhood, and I always ended up at the library, nose-deep in a work by Lois Duncan. I wanted to be a writer because of her. And when I set out on my writing career I actually emailed her and told her how much her books meant to me, and she answered. I was so very touched, especially considering her sad story of how her daughter was murdered and that she no longer writes.
3. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! I’d love to say thank you. I know that there are millions of choices, so I’m honored that you’ve selected my book. I hope you like it, but if you don’t, that’s okay too. I’m just thrilled you read it at all.
4. Do you write an outline before every book you write?
No. I’m not really a planner. This may sound strange, but I’ve never sat down at my computer and decided, this is what I’m going to write today. It’s never deliberate. Maybe someday it will be, but it hasn’t happened yet. In a way I don’t feel as though I control what’s happening to me. I feel very much like a portal through which someone else is telling their story. I cry when things don’t work out the way I expect. I get frustrated. I even admire characters for clawing their way back into a story after I cut them out. I’m not completely crazy; I understand that I’m the one writing the stories, that I do actually have control, but that’s not how it feels.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The most difficult aspect of writing this book was not withholding information. When I first envisioned Mercy’s story, I pictured her having a week to decide what to do about her situation. I wanted to write a seven book series, each book containing one day in that week. Eventually, the concept overwhelmed me. I was holding back so much of the story and saving it for future novels and it just wasn’t working. So, I scraped it. I decided the to jump right into the action, and if the book ended up as a stand alone, so be it. Turns out, it’s two books. Fingers crossed that the sequel is published as well.
6. Have you ever hated something you wrote?
That’s a tough question. Honestly, no. But there is something I’d like to change. The first book I ever wrote, The World Spins Madly On, is self-published. I don’t hate it. I love the characters with all of my heart, and I love their story. However, it is full of first time publishing don’ts. I didn’t know anything about story craft when I started out. The story starts out with the MC waking up in the morning, as in her alarm is literally going off. DON’T! I would like to go back and revise the story simply because I’ve learned so much since then. Someday, maybe I will.
7. What book are you reading now?
I have a monthly reading schedule. As you can imagine, I hoard books. I buy them at a rate that is impossible to keep up with, so I created a schedule. Each month I read about seven books depending on length. Here’s what’s on the schedule for August: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater, Mean Streak by Sandra Brown, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, Ensnared by A.G. Howard, Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, I Was Here by Gayle Forman and Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.
I finished Freak the Mighty. So good! I’m currently reading Forever. I’m so sad to finish this series. It’s wonderful!
Giveaway Information: Contest ends September 11, 2015
· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Into the Dark by Caroline T. Patti (INT)