It’s almost summer and for some reason my brain is saying that means it’s time to start reading some more thrillers. So when I heard about Girl Overboard by Sandra Block I knew I needed to add that book to my TBR. And I even had the chance to interview the author for my tour stop during the tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. So keep on reading to find out about the book and see what questions I asked the author!
Girl Overboard by Sandra Block
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Publishing Date: May 3, 2022
This fast-paced thriller about a girl who investigates her friend’s disappearance during their cruise ship vacation is Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 for teens—and it’s a paperback original!
Izzy is reaching peak boredom on a cruise with her parents until she meets daring new friend Jade, with whom Izzy can barely keep up. But a shock wave runs through the cruise ship when Jade goes missing in the middle of the night, leaving behind a cryptic note.
Izzy digs deeper into Jade’s disappearance, but someone doesn’t want to find the truth. And if she’s not careful, Izzy might not get off this ship alive . . .
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What does your writing routine look like? Do you have a certain process for every book you write (like planning it out or letting the characters take you on a ride)?
I usually write in the mornings before work (I mean, “real” work). I plan the novel in a short synopsis, though not a detailed outline. Sometimes I’ll jot down a few words about any scene that comes into my head on index cards, then put them in order to create a mini-skeleton of the book. But once I start writing, I let the characters take the wheel!
What have been your favorite moments in publishing books so far?
A NYT book review, baby! Marilyn Stasio reviewed my debut, Little Black Lies. I still have the newspaper saved.
If you could go on a cruise to anywhere you want at this moment, where would you go?
HAWAII! HAWAII! HAWAII! (I’m sorry…did I shout?) I’ve never been there, and it’s definitely on my bucket list.
If you were a character in Girl Overboard, what kind of character would you be?
I would be the father. Utterly clueless, he roams around the ship enjoying all the cheesy cruise offerings: whiskey-tasting, Broadway shows, and poolside Pina Coladas while his daughter protects her whole family from certain death.
What is your favorite quote from Girl Overboard?
This line comes from a scene late at night after the infamous White Party, when Izzy and her friend Jade jump into the pool fully dressed.
“Gliding in the water, I stare up at the canopy of stars and wish I could bottle this moment, so I could come back to it whenever I needed to. When people are mean and life sucks and everything other shitty thing happens, I could always come back to this lightness.”
Describe Girl Overboard in five words or less.
Dream cruise turns into a nightmare.
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About the Author
Sandra A. Block graduated from college at Harvard, then returned to her native land of Buffalo, New York for medical training and never left. She is a practicing neurologist and proud Sabres fan, and lives at home with her husband, two children, and impetuous yellow lab. Her work has been published in the Washington Post. Little Black Lies is her debut, a finalist in the International Thriller Awards, and The Girl Without a Name and The Secret Room are the other books in the Zoe Goldman series, and What Happened That Night her stand-a-lone. Girl Overboard is her first Young Adult thriller.
Girl Overboard sounds like a book for me! I’m definitely adding this to my summer thriller TBR. Keep an eye out for my review in the near future. A big thanks to the author for taking time and answering my questions!