Blog Tour: #Giveaway #Win THE DISAPPEARANCES by Emily Bain Murphy ~ Interview
I am very excited to be on the Blog Tour for The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy. I read this over a month ago and it was lyrical and magical. I love poetry and loved the intertwining of classic poems into this world. The pacing was flawless and the character dynamics intrigued me from beginning to end. This is a magical historical mystery all in one.
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Title: THE DISAPPEARANCES
Author: Emily Bain Murphy
Pub. Date: July 4, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Source: ARC provided by the publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars
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.
1) did you have to do any research for The Disappearances?
Yes! I ended up doing a ton of research over the course of writing this book—everything from birds that do scary or strange things, to Freud’s theories on dreams, to the popular music, slang, fashion, and advertisements from the 1940’s. I interviewed my grandfather about his experience on a naval ship during WWII so I could understand how the mail system worked when Aila’s father is sent to war, and a few of his anecdotes made it into the letters Aila receives. I also learned about picking locks and botanical and medicinal information about plants and flowers. And I read a lot of Shakespeare!
2) What is your favorite read so far in 2017?
The Hate U Give was really incredible. I also recently enjoyed Gemina and Illuminae! And of course, Caraval, though technically I read that one in 2016.
3) What was your favorite scene to write in The Disappearances and why?
There’s a kissing scene after a long, slow-burning buildup to a romance that I love because I think it’s really sweet and the payoff was fun to write. I was shipping these characters hard so I was excited to bring them together!
4) What is your next project going to be? (If you can not say too much what genre will it be)
I’m writing another young adult novel with the same sort of haunting, whimsical tone and light fantasy as THE DISAPPEARANCES, though the setting will be very different. That’s all I can say for now!
5) Who was your favorite character to write?
Beas Fogg, the girl who eventually becomes Aila’s best friend in Sterling. I think she’s so much fun—completely her own person, loyal, a little quirky, and she has a part to play in the mystery, too. She can be a little feisty, and she writes poetry on the skin above her knee. I would love to have her as a friend.
6) What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
My biggest hope is that it might help some readers see a little more of the everyday magic or beauty in their own lives. If it makes someone stop for just a moment and experience something, whether it’s stars or flowers or a favorite scent, and gives them just a small glimmer of “wow,” that would make me so happy. Sometimes books can help you see the world in a slightly new way. Like looking at the exact same thing through a kaleidoscope, only the slightest shift makes it appear a little bit different. That’s my greatest hope for what readers take away from this book.
7) Who's writing most inspires you?
I love Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor’s incredible use of language, and Sabaa Tahir’s ability to get my heart pounding and breaking at the same time.
8) What inspired you to write The Disappearances?
I was picturing a shimmering dust somewhere between sand and salt that could represent an element of magic that already exists in the everyday world. I was also learning a lot about human rights abuses (particularly directed toward children) and blogging about it as a way to educate myself and others, and I found myself needing to be very intentional about seeking out the beautiful and lovely in the world as a way to balance what I was seeing. Then I started to think—what if these things began to disappear one by one? What if they weren’t free anymore and I suddenly had to pay for them? Why would that be happening, and what would I be willing to do to get them back? And that’s where the story really began.
9) What TV show is a must for you to watch? (for example I can not miss Once Upon a Time)
I have never seen that one! I will have to check it out. I don’t have a lot of time to watch TV right now (other than the Octonauts with my kids), so I’m not able to catch much “live,” but some of my recent favorites to binge were Jane the Virgin, Planet Earth, and Veronica Mars. One of my all-time favorites is Parks & Rec.
10) What was the hardest character to write in The Disappearances?
Probably Aila’s mother, because she’s a complex character and we learn about her entirely through the lens of other people’s experiences and memories, both good and bad. I hope by the end there’s a fully dimensional picture of who she was and why she made some of the choices she did—that her humanity can really be seen, in all of its beauty and flaws.
Thank you Emily for answering all our questions and giving us more insight into the magical world you created!
I am so happy to be a part of the tour for #thedisappearances by @ebmwrites where I get to post an interview on the blog 7/7/2017 this book sounds so good and is on my TBR this month. Thank you again @hmhteen for this arc. #booknerdigans #bookstagram #bookblogger #bookhaul #bookporn #bookworm #booknerd #booklover #instabook #bookish #books #bookstoread #bibliophile #avidreader #booksforlife #fiercereads #epicreads #favorites #instapic #bookphotography #igreads #bookblog #bookstagrammer #map #fantasy
Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home.
She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by HMH Books for Young Readers and Pushkin Press in 2017.
Murphy is represented by Peter Knapp at Park Literary & Media.
She currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel.
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