January 5th, 2012

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Eileen Cook!

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Unraveling Isobel

Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.

But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.

Jenn: How does this book fit in with your others? Is it part of a series, unrelated but the same sort of book, or a real departure?

Eileen: Unraveling Isobel is a stand alone book. I love series, but I also like stand alones. There is something very satisfying about reading a book and having it come to an end versus having to wait to read the next.

Jenn: AMEN SISTER. Oh...did I say that out loud? I beg your pardon.

Eileen: (Patience is not my virtue.)

Jenn: (Mine neither.)

Eileen: The biggest change for me with this book is that it has paranormal elements. Isobel isn’t sure if she is seeing a ghost, if she’s going crazy, or if her new step dad is trying to make everyone think she’s crazy so he can get rid of her. I didn’t set out to write a paranormal book, the story came to me this way. I’ve always loved gothic type novels with creepy houses, family secrets and the potential for a ghost.

Jenn: What’s the weirdest thing you were doing or the weirdest place you were when you came up with part of this book?

Eileen: When I’m writing it seems like I’m thinking about the book all the time. I might be anywhere from a hockey game, to the bathtub, to a restaurant and some corner of my brain is still thinking about the story. I can clearly remember being on a car trip with my husband and talking about the book. He mentioned that he had a dream once where he saw someone reflected in a mirror behind him, but when he turned around the no one was there, but the image was burned into the silver backing of the mirror. I used that idea in part of the book because it struck me as so creepy.

Jenn: What good books have you read lately?

Eileen: I loved The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon.

Jenn: What’s next for you?

Eileen: I am working on a book that we’re currently calling Shady Sadie (stay tuned I suspect the title will change!). It’s the story of Sadie, who is a teenage con artist. When she realizes that she looks like an age enhanced photo of a missing child she decides to pull the ultimate con… until she begins to suspect she may actually be the missing child.

Thanks for visiting with us, Eileen! For the latest on Eileen's books, check out her web site at eileencook.com.