Hey all! We are super excited to bring you our stop of the Lost Causes book tour! Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!
About The Book:
Title: THE LOST CAUSES
Author: Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD, Goodreads
They're the kids that no one knows --- or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they're out of other options. They're lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal.
There's only one problem. She's not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power.
Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price.
Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover.
But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm's way and makes them wonder who --- if anyone --- they can trust.
About Jessica and Alyssa:
Hi, we're Jessica & Alyssa!
We're best pal writing partners who have been obsessed with reading since we each used to hoard The Babysitters Club books in our bedrooms across the country from one another in Los Angeles (Jess) and Virginia (Lyss).
We finally met on the first day of college at USC, long enough ago that Rocket Dog platform flip-flops were fully acceptable night-out shoes and our biggest life decision was whether to watch Dawson’s Creek or Beverly Hills, 90210 on Wednesday nights (90210, obviously).
We started writing together right after college when we took the “write what you know” adage to heart and wrote a TV pilot that sold to Fox about how life sucks when you’re 22, broke and a freshman in life. We spent the next many, many years writing for TV and film before we jumped into the book world, a major lifelong dream of ours.
The number one question everyone always asks us is how we write as a team so here’s the rundown...After being best friends and writing together for so long, our brains now officially occupy a shared space. Ninety percent of the time, we know what the other person is going to say before she even opens her mouth. Our husbands think it’s creepy, but we think it’s awesome. After this many years, we've honed it to a pretty efficient process....except for when we digress on Facetime to catch each other up on the few hours we weren’t in contact with each other (which takes especially long if we’ve both finished the same book and need to discuss, if one of us needs justification for an argument we picked with our husband or if we’ve discovered a new hair product, self-tanner or blog).
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Interview with the authors:
Who are you in the group of friends?
ALYSSA: I have a little Z and a little Sabrina in me. And if I haven’t had a cup of coffee in the morning, I’m definitely channeling Justin.
What is your dream cast to play the main characters?
Ooooh we love this question! It’s something we always discuss when we’re procrastinating!
Z: Zoey Deutch
Gabby: Elle Fanning
Justin: Tyler Posey
Andrew: Tom Holland
Nash: Gregg Sulkin
Patricia: Glenn Close
Which is the best super power, that you gave one of your characters?
Every power has something that’s simultaneously awesome and debilitating about it, but we’d go with Andrew’s genius abilities. Mainly because we’d love to be able to read a book that quickly!
What made you think of the plot and the character traits (was it multiple viewings of the Breakfast Club?)?
Hahahaha, yes we love The Breakfast Club! In terms of the plot, we knew we wanted to do a thriller in the vein of the mystery books we grew up with and it went through a lot of incarnations before we got to what’s on the page now. We ultimately incorporated the FBI involvement because the minute we started playing around with their relationship to the Lost Causes, it gave us the chills (in a good, creepy way). And as for characters, developing their traits and personalities until they feel like a real person is our favorite part of the process. We wanted to give the five of them issues that were making it almost impossible for them to move forward in life so we could explore the idea of how you figure out who you are when those burdens are magically erased.
What would you want readers to take away from your book, after reading it?
We hope it’s a fun, page-turning ride and that the characters stay with our readers and feel as real to them as they do to us.
(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE LOST CAUSES, US & Canada.
Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!
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