Blogaversary Day 8: Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell - Interview + Giveaway

Hello my lovelies and welcome to Day 8!

Today I have with me the author of Sweet Unrest and Gathering Deep, Lisa Maxwell, talking about her new release, Unhooked, a Neverland retelling!

1. The Strangest Thing that has ever happened to you:
I was once hit by a truck. I wasn’t in a car, just me and a small Ford Ranger. Something like that can sure do a thing for your perspective.

2. Tell us about a secret talent that you have:
I’m an excellent cook. I’ve never mastered a Crockpot, but I can make a mean pan sauce.

3. What is your favourite literary world and why?
Hogwarts. Definitely Hogwarts. I love the world building—the idea of a school that rich and exciting.

And now, moving on to your masterpiece:

4. What inspired the new, scarier Neverland? 
Strangely enough, the original Peter and Wendy inspired it. If you ever get a chance to go back and read the original story, it’s really very, very dark. I just took those hints of darkness and intensified them.

5. Unhooked is a getting turned into a movie! YAY! Your dream cast would be:
I have this bad habit of thinking of actors who are WAY too old to actually be the characters, so I’m not sure who I’d cast. But I have a Pinterest board with character inspiration posts that your readers can check out!

6. Do an Unhooked Expansion (one word for each letter of the title describing the book!)
Upside down world
Hot Pirate
Opportunistic Fairies
Opposite of what you expect
Dark and Deadly

Thanks so much for being on ATWAMB, Lisa! It's been an absolute pleasure chatting with you.

Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, and Unhooked (Simon Pulse, 2-2-16). When she's not writing books, she's an English professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.

Blurb Description: For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.
But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.
The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.
With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

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