Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Blink (February 7, 2017)
Lydia has vanished.
Lydia, who’s never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who’s been Piper’s best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said good-bye.
Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost.
When Piper discovers those answers might stem from the corruption strangling the city—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.
From the glitzy homes of the elite to the mob-run streets of 1920s Chicago, Stephanie Morrill’s jazz-age mystery shows just how far a girl will go to save her friend.
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Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and three kids. She is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book, and the Ellie Sweet series. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, www.GoTeenWriters.com. To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out www.StephanieMorrill.com
Where are you from, and where do you call home?
I’m originally from California, but my family relocated to Kansas City when I was ten. While I love visiting other places, it’s hard for me to imagine anywhere but Kansas City feeling like home!
How long have you been writing?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since first grade. My elementary school encouraged writing time and we had freedom to write whatever kind of stories we desired. Then a parent volunteer would type our stories up for us, and we could pick the color for our cover and the binding. At the end we were supposed to illustrate it (I was awful) and then read it to the class. I loved it so much, and after that I always wanted to tell stories for a living.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Focus on the writing itself and having fun with it. I know it’s easy to get sidetracked by reading articles on getting published and creating a platform with social media, but the number one priority of a new writer should be to focus on growing in the craft.
Describe the perfect writing space.
My office, in a silent house, with a cup of coffee. I’m a happy writer when those three components align!
Do you do research for your books? If so, what does that entail?
All books require some level of research, but a historical novel is its own special undertaking. I almost didn’t write The Lost Girl of Astor Street because I was afraid of all the research. I thought I would be bored, and that I would never feel like I knew enough to start writing. I was shocked when the 1920s began to feel personal to me, and I wound up loving the research process. Here’s an abbreviated list of sources that I put on my website.
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