Curbing curiosities, or an interview with Kristina McBride author of The Bakersville Dozen (and a giveaway)


 

The Bakersville Dozen

By: Kristina McBride

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Publication Date: July 4th, 2017

You have four days to locate five treasured trophies. Break the rules and you all die. Happy hunting!

 

Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Officials are no closer to identifying the criminal.

 

Bailey “Like a Virgin” Holzman is getting really fed up with the scrutiny. She just wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year and have an epic summer before heading off to college. So when she discovers a note in her locker on the last day of school inviting her on a scavenger hunt, she thinks it’s just a sweet surprise from her boyfriend trying to cheer her up.

 

But following the clue leads her, instead, to the first official casualty. And another sinister envelope. The killer is close, and it could be anyone. Even the people Bailey’s always trusted most—her best friend, her perfect boyfriend, or the boy-next-door she’s always pined for.

 

With the clock ticking, she faces a terrifying choice: play the game by the killer’s rules—follow the clues, tell no one, and no cops—for a chance to save the rest of the missing girls, or risk becoming the next grisly victim.

1) Lets start off with a lightning round:

What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster? Both!

Which came first: the novel or the title? Novel. Titles are always so hard for me!

Which do you prefer: drafting or revising? Drafting.

 

2) A book goes through a lot of different versions and rounds of editing before it’s complete. What are some “fun facts” or behind the scenes info you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book?

  • The jumping tree and pond are based on a real life spot located in my hometown of Centerville, Ohio.
  • The idea for this book hit me from out of nowhere one summer night. I was standing in my sunroom, looking out at the backyard playing with the idea of writing about a scavenger hunt. But I wanted to go dark, creepy. So I thought, “Hey! What about a scavenger hunt for dead bodies?” That’s dark. And The book pretty much came to me in that moment, minus one important detail—the identity of the antagonist.
  • I wrote the entire novel not knowing the identity of the antagonist. I thought I knew at some points—it could have been several characters—but then something would happen and I’d become unsure. It wasn’t until the ending scenes, when Bailey makes it to the final location in the hunt, that everything became clear.

3) Who was your favorite character to write and who gave you the most trouble? If you could ask a character of your choice from THE BAKERSVILLE DOZEN one question what would it be?

Oh! This is so hard to answer. Bailey was fun to write. I enjoyed juggling all of her emotions as she made her way through the clues in the scavenger hunt, and being with her as she collected information in an attempt to keep herself safe and bust the culprit. Sylvie was also fun. She’s snarky, so the dialogue between her and Bailey was always fun and zingy. The person behind it all—the antagonist of the story—was probably the hardest part to get right, especially during the end scenes. I had to balance the emotions just right so the wrap-up would be satisfying.

 

4) What are the top five things we should know as a reader before starting THE BAKERSVILLE DOZEN?

  • Bailey just wants to be normal, but she can’t. Not even with graduation season in full swing and summer about to begin. In fact, she might not ever see normal again.
  • Bailey is one of 13 girls featured in a video-gone-viral that showcases her and her friends in compromising situations while also listing a scandalous label for each.
  • Bailey’s label? “Like a Virgin.”
  • Bailey has a secret that she plans to take to her grave.
  • Bailey is lucky to have a lot of support—her boyfriend, Jude, is amazing; her best friend, Hannah, is a true-crime buff and super sleuth; her brother, Tripp, is ever the protector; and her neighbor/childhood crush, Wes, would never leave her in her time of need.

 

5) What scene from the book are you most proud of?

The beginning was fun with the set-up of the hunt. The ending was tricky because it was all about balancing clues and emotions and pulling everything together in a way that made sense. But I think the scenes I’m most proud of are the scenes where Bailey and the others along on the hunt with her find the “treasures.” Finding that perfect harmony between setting up the scene itself to dealing with the emotions that would naturally arise to making a plan for the next move was so compelling. I had to keep writing because I had to know what would happen next!

 

6) In the spirit of the book’s creepy scavenger hunt, can you give us some cryptic clues of what to expect in THE BAKERSVILLE DOZEN?

  • There’s some blood.
  • And maybe a dead body or two.
  • The culprit behind the hunt knows a lot about the people of Bakersville, Ohio.
  • He or she seems to be very, very close.
  • Readers will experience a tiara crowning. Post-mortem.

 

Kristina McBride has published three novels for young adults – THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES, ONE MOMENT, and A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT. Her fourth novel, THE BAKERSVILLE DOZEN, will be released July 2017.

Kristina is a former high school English teacher and yearbook advisor, as well as an adjunct professor at Antioch University Midwest and Wright State University. Kristina has a thing for music, trees, purses, and chocolate. You might be surprised to learn that Kristina was almost kidnapped when she was a child. She also bookstalks people on a regular basis. Kristina lives in Ohio with her husband and two young children. You can learn more at www.kristinamcbride.com.

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Comments · 2

  1. I love your questions Emily!! I love that Kristina didn’t even know who the bad guy/girl was while writing the book– I didn’t while reading it, so I guess that worked! Also, I can definitely confirm that the post-mortem tiara crowning was totally creepy. Thanks for being a part of the tour!!

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