Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The truth about Mary Kubica...plus a book giveaway

Photo by Sarah Jastre
Interview by Tracey Meyers

We're pleased to have Mary Kubica back at CLC to celebrate the pub day of her fourth novel, Every Last Lie (reviewed here). Thanks to Park Row Books, we have one copy to give away!

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels, her three previous being THE GOOD GIRL, PRETTY BABY, and DON’T YOU CRY. A former high school history teacher, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. Her first novel THE GOOD GIRL was an Indie Next pick in August of 2014, received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014. Mary has been described as “a writer of vice-like control,” (Chicago Tribune) and her novels have been praised as “hypnotic” (People) and “thrilling and illuminating” (Los Angeles Times).

She is currently working on her next novel.

Visit Mary online:
Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram


Synopsis:
Clara Solberg's world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick's death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara's investigation and Nick's last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.
(Courtesy of Amazon.)



What is the greatest difference in your routine when you’re writing a book?
I’m currently between books or, rather, waiting to receive edits on my fifth novel, and so there’s a bit of a lull in my life – which I certainly don’t mind. If gives me time to do the many tasks that get put off when I’m in the middle of writing, mostly home repairs, cleaning out closets and drawers, that type of thing. When I’m knee deep in a novel, I have a single focus: finishing the book, and so those tasks that aren’t of necessity get set aside.

When you look at your most current novel and your first novel, what difference do you see in your writing?
I don’t know that I see any difference in the writing itself, but my process has certainly evolved over the past four years. If anything, I’d say that the writing is perhaps a bit more brave and that I don’t shy away from difficult subject matter as I may have in the past.

Of all the characters you’ve created, which was the most challenging for you to cultivate?
Quinn in Don’t You Cry, because she was naïve in a way that thankfully I’m not, and the mistakes she makes throughout are plentiful. It was hard to make her character authentic and not let my own good sense weigh in when she made poor choices on the page.

The greatest misconception about me is:
That I’m dark and edgy like my books. Readers tend to be surprised when they meet me at book events, and see that I’m quite friendly and kind.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
I’ve been told that I look a bit like Sarah Wayne Callies, so I’ll go with that. She’s lovely, so I take that as a great compliment, and if she wants to bring Wentworth Miller along, even better!

Favorite quote: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"

Thanks to Mary for chatting with us and to Park Row Books for sharing her book with our readers. Every Last Lie is also part of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge of 2017!

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25 comments:

Janine said...

My online friends think that I talk a lot and very outgoing. But in real life, I struggle with conversations and meeting people. I am shy and very quiet until I really get to know someone. I don't allow too many to get too close to me because I have been hurt in the past.

anna russell said...

I am very shy til I get to know some one

Bonnie Franks said...

People often think I am "stuck up". Nothing is further from the truth. Sometimes I just plain don't see you, and I am always hesitant to speak to someone new for fear of rejection.

traveler said...

Because I am small people judge me. I am strong and have withstood a great deal of pain and difficulty with health concerns.

Anonymous said...

I've heard that people have thought I was a bit of a snob but in reality I'm very friendly and down to earth. I just don't come off that way because I'm an introvert and don't usually speak to someone until spoken to. I don't always do well in social settings. It makes me uncomfortable.

Margie Shaw said...

I've heard that people have thought I was a bit of a snob but in reality I'm very friendly and down to earth. I just don't come off that way because I'm an introvert and don't usually speak to someone until spoken to. I don't always do well in social settings. It makes me uncomfortable.

rubynreba said...

People think that I am shy!

Aire para respirar said...

They think I'm serious, but quite the opposite

Linda Kish said...

People think I don't need anyone and like to be alone when really I have severe social phobia. Oh, well.

cpr040304 said...

People might think I'm shy or antisocial, but the truth is I'm not shy or antisocial with the very few people in my life. I'm very selective. I don't just let anyone into my life. I consider myself a private person. I don't like people knowing my business 😊

Dianne Casey said...

People tell me I'm very quiet and a snob. But, I have to get to know a person before I open up and feel comfortable sharing things about myself.

Kimberly V said...

I would choose Rachel Weisz to play me in the story of my life.

jtmswim said...

People think that I am shy & reserved - wrong!

Book Worm said...

I am very friendly and outgoing if I know you well. If I do not know you then I am somewhat reserved and a little shy. I still feel that I am kind to everyone though, even through my shyness.

Mary Preston said...

A lot of people would consider me to be an extrovert, but that's just nervous babbling really.

Jennifer C said...

I think people think I am happy (and I am most of the time) just because I keep so much of my personal struggles private, especially with everyone I work with.

Susan Roberts said...

People think that I think I am bossy. I am in my family (oldest child syndrome) but in life other than family, I think I am a follower rather than a leader.

Tatum Rangel said...

Since I've been told I look like her, Danica McKellar could play me in a movie. :)

HedgeHogi said...

People think I am a snob or a bitch because I am very shy. Once I get to know you I will talk quite a bit.

Hailey Fish said...

I've been told I resemble Kristen Stewart so she'd probably make a great Hailey Fish :)

Priscilla S. said...

People are always surprised that I'm funny and very sarcastic because I'm fairly shy and quiet at first.

Grandma Cootie said...

That I'm not really shy. Maybe I'm not, but I sure think I am!

bn100 said...

maybe Oprah

djnbjnon said...

shy but when I want to express my opinion I have no problem opening up my mouth.

Patricia said...

If it could be any actress living or dead, it would have to be Audrey Hepburn --- because who wouldn't want to have Audrey play her? ;-)