28 June 2017

Blog Tour: The Disappearences by Emily Bain Murphy

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Synopsis: What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared? Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.
Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--
scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years. No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,”
or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected
that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind. As the
next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.
t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up. Meet Emily,

 Q & A with Emily:

1) What made you want to become a writer?
I love, love reading, and I always have.  I moved around a lot growing up, between Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. When I was in elementary school in Asia, there wasn’t a lot of television in English—or even the Internet—so I read. I found a constant home in books that I could always return to no matter where I was in the world, and I wrote my own stories along with them, and dreamed of becoming an author who might be able to provide that imaginary home for someone else some day. 

2) What is your least favorite thing about being a writer?
Ooh… Least favorite. Well, being a writer definitely involves a lot of rejection. I’d say my least favorite thing about being a writer is that it’s impossible to write a book that is going to please everyone. But we try!!

3) What do you do when you get writers block?
I’m a very visual person inspired by settings, so sometimes I make a Pinterest page. If I’m really stuck on a plot point, I’ll try to talk it out with my agent, my husband, or other author friends. Occasionally, I just have to set it down for a few days and read other people’s books until I feel like writing my own words again.

4) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read a lot, persevere, and don’t be shocked by how much you will likely need to revise. I try to remember that writing a book requires a lot of learning—sort of like athletes who prepare for the Olympics, and no one sees all of the falls or practices alone in the gym that happened leading up to the big event. You just see the results of all that hard work and preparation—just like when you pick up a finished book.

5) Do you have a email newsletter or a facebook page/group my followers and I can join to keep up to date on you and your writing?
Yes! Thank you for asking! I have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/emilybainmurphy. I’m also on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ebain and Instagram at www.instagram.com/ebmwrites.

Thank you so much for having me—I had a lot of fun!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed learning about a new book as well as getting to know Emily!

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