It’s nearing the end of May and that means only one week left until The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs comes out! Gia joined me here on the blog today for a fun interview to let y’all get inside the mind behind this YA thriller AND this post is one of 6 stops on the scavenger hunt blog tour!
Keep reading to learn what Gia’s favorite ice cream flavor is, her advice to aspiring authors, and more!
Visit each blog and find the BOLD & UNDERLINED word! Make sure to email them in for a chance to win 2 candles, a necklace, and a bookish enamel pin. For details and prizes, check out Gia’s tweet here.
All About Gia
You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan?
I was reading an article about the witness protection program and kept thinking about what it must be like to suddenly have to start living a brand new life as a completely different person. Then I started wondering what it would be like to do that as a teenager, when you’re already trying to figure out where you fit in and the kind of person you want to be and the type of people you want to surround yourself with. And then I thought about what would happen if you were a teen that had to change identities more than once, and The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan was born!
Introduce us to your main character!
My main character is Sloane Sullivan, although that’s not her real name. ☺ She witnessed a violent murder when she was twelve that she doesn’t really remember, and she’s been in witness protection ever since. But now that someone confessed to the murder she witnessed and she’s turning eighteen, she’s about to be the first person ever officially released from the witness protection program. Everything goes according to plan until Sloane runs into someone from her past.
Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?
Read, read, read. Read everything, both inside the genre you’re writing and outside of it. It helps you learn about amazing characters or twisty plots or immersive settings and how to do those things right or, sometimes, maybe not so right. I also FIND that when I’m stuck in my own writing, reading another book will get me out of my story long enough that I can figure out the solution I need. Plus, reading a really great book always makes me fall in love with writing all over again!
Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?
If you like fun, twisty stories with a confident teen girl, complicated relationships, swoony boys, and a bit of murder thrown in, you should definitely give Sloane a read!
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Organized, creative, and crafty.
What is your most embarrassing memory?
There are too many to tell . . .
What is your Hogwarts house?
Your characters are sent into the Hunger Games. Who wins?
Sloane. There are a couple of characters, like Mark, Sloane’s WITSEC handler, that would give her a run for her money. But Sloane’s tricky enough to win the whole thing.
This morning you woke up with the ability to time travel to only one time period. Where (or more accurately “when”) would you go?
The future. I’d want to know what cool new things exist and see the family I’ll never get to meet.
Coffee or tea?
Tea. Coffee smells amazing, but I don’t drink it.
Best ice cream flavor ever?
Mint chocolate chip. Yum.
What is one piece of advice you would tell everyone?
Be brave and be kind.
About the Book
The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs
Published on May 29, 2018 by Harlequin TEEN
Genres: Suspense/Thriller, Young Adult
Buy the Book!
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No one wants me to tell you about the disappearance of Sloane Sullivan.
Not the lawyers or the cops. Not her friends or family. Not even the boy who loved her more than anyone. And most certainly not the United States Marshals Service. You know, the people who run the witness protection program or, as it’s officially called, the Witness Security Program? Yeah, the WITSEC folks definitely don’t want me talking to you.
But I don’t care. I have to tell someone.
If I don’t, you’ll never know how completely wrong things can go. How a single decision can change everything. How, when it really comes down to it, you can’t trust anyone. Not even yourself. You have to understand, so it won’t happen to you next. Because you never know when the person sitting next to you isn’t who they claim to be…and because there are worse things than disappearing.
And because I couldn’t resist making one, I put together a color palette for the book cover!
Who’s excited to read The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan?
Did you find the secret word?
Make sure to stop by each blog on the tour to collect all 6 words to enter for a fun prize from Gia Cribbs!