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I am beyond excited to be participating in the blog tour for Lisa and Laura Roecker's THIS IS WAR today. The Roecker sisters are hilarious authors who write great mystery books. Their first series, The Liar Society, knocked me right out of my socks and this stand-alone book did nothing less. I'll be posting my review for the book tomorrow, but today, TODAY, I got to interview the Roecker sisters themselves!!! *SQUEE!!*
Lisa, Laura, welcome to the blog! I'm so honored to be part of your tour today. I just wanted to ask you both a few questions...
1.I know that you write all of your books together, swapping chapters for critiques and such. How long does it take you to go from the first idea for a book to the end of the final revision process?
We spend a lot of time in the pre-writing process. Our outlines are typically 30-40,000 words, so we try and uncover any and all character issues and plot holes before we even begin writing. Obviously, this is impossible, but because there are two of us, it’s very important that we’re on the same page. Once we have a completed outline (which takes a couple weeks), we could have a novel finished in a couple months, even faster if we decide to write two chapters a day. But then we send the document out to readers and our agent and by the time we’ve applied the first round of feedback, that usually takes another month. On average, from idea to completed novel, I’d say it takes us around 6-8 months.
2. If you could each write a book by yourselves under pseudonyms, secret from even each other, are there any genres you'd love to covertly explore?
Laura would definitely write a picture book. She loves a good rhyme. Lisa would write a super-snarky self-help book. (*I would totally love to read BOTH of those, LOL... I suggest you start working on pseudonyms :P)
3. THIS IS W.A.R. sounds like the most perfect blend of mystery and televised revenge story...so cinematic. Did you ladies do any special "research" before writing the book?
Our research is limited to bad television, random movies and paying extra-close attention to the private school students hanging around town during their open period. It’s a seriously great job.
4. Was there any one character from the book that you had trouble letting go of once the writing was done?
Madge is possibly the least-likeable character in the book, but she was the hardest for us to let go. We understand her motives because we’re sisters. She broke our hearts.
5. If you could cross any one thing off your bucket list tomorrow, what would it be?
Go back to Australia (without having to fly over the ocean). I’ll cross this off when teleportation is a reality.
Ladies, thank you SOOOOO much for stopping by. It was an honor.
Now, let me tell all the rest of you about the book:
This is not a story of forgiveness...
The mystery of their best friend's murder drives four girls to destroy the Gregory family.
Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent.
And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone.
They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away.
Enter the W.A.R.—the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives for justice and revenge, and only one rule: destroy the Gregory family at any cost.
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