November 7th, 2010

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Daisy Whitney!

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit is a web ring of YA novelists. Check these posts for the latest releases!

THE MOCKINGBIRDS

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.


Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.

Jenn: What’s your favorite gizmo advertising your book?

Daisy: I’m digging my Facebook page - Facebook.com/MockingbirdsBook

Jenn: Why was it important to you to write this book?

Daisy: I have always believed in the power of speaking up and THE MOCKINGBIRDS is grounded very much in the idea that healing and love can stem from speaking up, taking a stand, doing the right thing.

Jenn: Where is this book set, and what does the setting mean to you?

Daisy: The story takes place at a fictional boarding school Themis Academy in Providence, Rhode Island. I went to Brown in Providence so the setting is very familiar to me!

Jenn: My May release, Endless Summer, is the sequel to The Boys Next Door, and it’s the first sequel I’ve written. How do you feel about sequels and series versus stand-alone novels as a writer, and as a reader?

Daisy: Oh, sequels! I just turned in a sequel for THE MOCKINGBIRDS and it ate up a portion of my soul! They are harder to write than you think, but when done well readers adore them.

Jenn: What good books have you read lately?

Daisy: I am madly in love with Steph Perkins ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS (Dec 2 release) and Gayle Forman’s WHERE SHE WENT (April, 2011).

Jenn: When readers tell you they’ve read and loved all your books and they want recommendations for similar books to read now, what do you say?

Daisy: Well, since my first novel is just coming out I would suggest readers pick up anything by Courtney Summers, Laurie Halse Anderson or E Lockhart. I say the latter two in particular because my publisher has pitched THE MOCKINGBIRDS as SPEAK meets THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS.

Jenn: What’s next for you?

Daisy: I’ll be finishing editing the sequel to THE MOCKINGBIRDS and I hope to sell a standalone edgy, sexy, YA mystery I wrote soon!

For the latest on Daisy's books, visit her web site at DaisyWhitneyBooks.com!