1--What is the title of your latest release?
LAST GIRL BREATHING
2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?
When a dam break is called into question, a murderer hunts for new victims.
3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?
I built a smashed up setting from my childhood hometown. It’s a fictional location that I return to often in my creative process.
4--Would you hang out with your protagonist in real life?
5--What are three words that describe your protagonist?
Gumption. Steel. Tender.
6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?
No matter how much I plot, I will ultimately change the story design to fit the character who ends up on the page, rather than forcing the character who emerges to fit the story design I began with.
7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?
8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?
9--Describe your writing space/office!
I don’t have a regular spot. It’s just me, an iPad, Scrivener, headphones and Spotify focus music….wherever.
10--Who is an author you admire?
11--Is there a book that changed your life?
Tons. But most recently, I’d have to say Thursday Murder Club.
12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)/Or, for indie authors, when you decided to self-publish.
It was my birthday and I was working vacation bible school in 100 degree heat. My favorite part was calling my mom and asking, “Are you sitting down?”
13--What’s your favorite genre to read?
14--What’s your favorite movie?
A Few Good Men
15--What is your favorite season?
16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
With friends and family and a card game called Nertz.
17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?
18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
19--What do you do when you have free time?
Sleep. I have two full time jobs, a hobby farm and teenagers. There is no such thing as free time.
20--What can readers expect from you next?
Hopefully…something that entertains their socks off.
Eight years ago, tragedy struck. Eight years ago, Lucy Michaels’s life changed forever. But under the surface of her small town lies a secret that could pull her under.
No one expected it to rain that much. But the rain kept coming, the dam broke, and lives were lost. Including five-year-old Clay Michaels, who was swept away in the floodwaters. Clay’s sister, Lucy, has never forgiven herself for her little brother’s death. She was supposed to hold on to him, to keep him from harm during that terrible night. She was supposed to protect him.
Now eight years later, seventeen-year-old Lucy is focused on two things: making the US Olympic air rifle team and protecting everyone in her life from any type of trauma. However, with graduation and the Olympics on the horizon, her world is once again shaken when tragedy strikes Grand Junction, and once more, Lucy is right in the middle of it.
Two of her closest friends have been hunted down in the nature preserve adjoining the town—the same plot of land where her younger brother died—and the fingers of suspicion are pointing everywhere in the community. The prime suspect? Lucy’s ex-boyfriend. The more Lucy uncovers about the secrets of those around her, the more she realizes that she, too, is a target—and that now is the time to face her past if she wants to have a future.
Last Girl Breathing is a page-turning hunt for the truth as Court Stevens once again creates nonstop suspense with characters who will break your heart.
Thriller | Young Adult Suspense [Nelson, Thomas, Inc., On Sale: November 7, 2023, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780840707109 / eISBN: 9780840707246]
Court Stevens grew up among rivers, cornfields, churches, and gossip in the small-town South. She is a former adjunct professor, youth minister, and Olympic torchbearer. These days she writes coming-of-truth fiction and is the director of Warren County Public Library in Kentucky. She has a pet whale named Herman, a bandsaw named Rex, and several novels with her name on the spine: The June Boys, Faking Normal, The Lies About Truth, the e-novella The Blue-Haired Boy, Dress Codes for Small Towns, and Four Three Two One.
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