Welcome Eileen Cook and her newly released book (1/3/12), Unraveling Isobel
"Thrilling and creepy, super sexy, and so very hilarious." --Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake trilogy
“Ideal for readers who like their stories supernatural but their dream guys human.” –The Bulletin
“Spine-tingling setting….Isobel’s sass and her steamy romance with her new stepbrother will help readers race toward the dramatic conclusion.” --Publishers Weekly
“This blend of paranormal romance, murder mystery and quirky, coming-of-age narrative offers tasty moments….Cook gives readers a fast-paced plot, a likable narrator, and interesting characters.” -Kirkus
"Isobel, all snark and sharp edges covering some intense vulnerability as she continuously checks in to see if she has crossed into mental illness (as her father did when she was young), is a compelling narrator."- Horn Book Magazine
About the Book:
Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.
But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.
1) How did you get the idea for Unraveling Isobel?
I work as a counselor and am interested in mental health issues. I think one of the most difficult things about having mental illnesses is that you can’t trust your own perception of reality. How do you cope when you aren’t sure what you see and hear is real? I decided I wanted to write about Isobel who struggles with trying to figure out if she’s seeing a ghost, if she’s going crazy, or if her step dad is trying to make everyone think she’s crazy so he can get rid of her.
Plus, I’ve always loved gothic novels. I love creepy old houses, buried family secrets and the potential for a ghost or two. Not to mention a cute boy in the picture.
2) What is your most favorite (or, weirdest, craziest, funniest, most touching etc.) comment you’ve received from a fan?
I got a great letter from a young reader who had read my middle grade series, The Fourth Grade Fairy. She wrote that she really liked the books and that I should “keep up the good work.” I still have the card on my desk.
3) What are the last five young adult books you read?
In the Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I also got to read two ARC of some novels coming out later this year and they were great-
Never Enough by Denise Jaden
The Right and the Real by Joelle Anthony.
4) Are you on twitter? Where can we follow you?
Yes! Please follow me. I even try and be funny sometimes. You can find me at Eileenwriter
5) What are you working on now?
I am working on a book that we’re currently calling Shady Sadie (stay tuned I suspect the title will change!). It’s the story of Sadie, who is a teenage con artist. When she realizes that she looks like an age enhanced photo of a missing child she decides to pull the ultimate con… until she begins to suspect she may actually be the missing child.
6) Do you prefer reading on an ereader or book in hand?
I love the feel of a book in hand and like to see them all lined up on my bookshelf. However, I do love my iPad and there are few things better than being able to go on a trip with a dozen books all loaded onto it.
About the Author:
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.