Friday, January 2, 2015

FFBC Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Gone Too Far (Natalie D Richards)

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Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.
Piper Woods can't wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She's sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone's sure it's suicide, but Piper remembers Stella's name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.
Drowning in secrets she doesn't want to keep, Piper's fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished...


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At seven, Natalie D. Richards wrote about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he's the family dog. Her psychological thriller, Six Months Later, will be released in October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire. Until then, you'll probably find her writing her next book or trying to wade through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom.


Thank you so much for having me here – I love some of your questions and am so glad to be stopping here on my tour!

1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I often get my ideas for books after an “inspiration scene” flashes through my brain. They’re like little snippets of a movie that play in my brain. Super normal, right?

Anyhow I’d had one about a girl getting a creepy text invitation to make someone pay, and then another about the scratched out eyes in the photographs in the sin book. For awhile, I’d been wanting to write a book about moral grays, a book where good intentions go really wrong. Gone Too Far was kind of like one of those multi-layer desserts—LOL! It came together after a whole lot of ingredients were blended together.

2. Who is your favorite character in the book?

Tate. Definitely, definitely Tate. If I had my way about it, I’d write an entire book that follows Tate after this book. He’s very damaged—a kind of beautiful train wreck and he was fascinating to write. 

I also give a nod to Nick who was my first nice guy. While he isn’t based on anyone directly, I studied the nice guys I know very carefully before writing him. I think it’s a real shame that so often nice guys are overlooked in fiction, because they do exist in real life. I married one. My son is another. They’re really out there! LOL! 

3. Which came first, the title or the novel?

The book!! The title was a true bear. God love my publishing team at Sourcebooks Fire, because they really stuck with it until we found the right one. We went through at least four working titles. Crazy!

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

The scene where they take Tate home. It was brutal and awful and it turned out exactly how I wanted, which is so rare for me.

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

Oh, gosh, that’s a great question. I think I’ve learned that it’s harder than I ever thought it would be, and in many ways, more rewarding than I ever thought possible. It’s just…very different than I expected. On about eighty different levels. ;-)

6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

The hallway behind Piper. A couple of pivotal scenes in the book happen in a locker hallway, so I just love that it’s featured on the cover like that.

7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2015?

I’m really interested in Nick Lake’s There Will Be Lies – a thriller wrapped into a roadtrip book? Sounds too enticing. 

8. What was your favorite book in 2014?

Three-way tie for me. Edith Patou’s Ghosting, Erin McCahan’s Love & Other Foreign Words, and Romily Bernard’s Remember Me

9. What’s up next for you?

My third book with Sourcebooks, My Secret to Tell, is due out late 2015 tentatively. It’s set in a tiny little boating town in North Carolina where my main characters long-time crush shows up with blood on his hands and the police on his tail. ;-) This book is about the lies we tell each other…and ourselves.

10. Is there anything that you would like to add?

Just a huge thank you to you for having me! I loved some of your questions and I’m so glad to be stopping by on my blog tour. You’re the best!! ☺

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