The Last Good Day of the Year Blog Tour & Giveaway


So I am actually very excited to be part of this blog tour because I am not a fan of scary things. At all. But I really enjoyed this book because it eased readers into the horror slowly, making the entire situation all the more horrifying. ;)

Jessica Warman was awesome enough to stop by the blog and answer a question for me, so check it out below!

A new powerful thriller from the globally-embraced author of Between.

Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder.

Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.

Master storyteller Jessica Warman keeps readers guessing in this arresting page-turner.
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The Last Good Day of the Year is vastly different than your previous novels. What inspired this change of genre and how did you adjust to crossing genres? 

 It’s funny you make that point, because I genuinely hadn’t considered it before! When I’m thinking about my books, I tend to be much more focused on the characters than I am on the story. The story is important, of course, but I think I prefer trying to dig as deep into the characters as possible in order to tell the story the way I want to tell it, if that makes any sense. And my characters haven’t changed from book to book as much as their situations have changed; I’ve crept along the spectrum from mainstream to thrillers, and now this book is the closest I’ve come to horror, but I’m still dealing with the same kind of people. I think that has much more to do with my comfort level when it comes to simply making things up than it does my preferred genre, really. My first book, Breathless, had so many autobiographical elements out of necessity; I didn’t feel capable of making much up, because I didn’t feel like I knew enough about life. Instead, I borrowed the stories that had entertained me while I was living them.

The genre matter is important, though, because I don’t think I’ll ever want to write another book as dark as this one. It took longer to write than any of my others, and it’s also my shortest novel. That is no coincidence. I love horror movies, and I love scary books – love them – and I always wanted to give writing psychological horror a shot. Maybe I need to take a step back and ease into it more slowly, because I had way more difficulty dunking my head into this story as its creator than I’ve ever had as a consumer of thrillers/horror. Writing this book gave me nightmares. But that’s good, isn’t it? If I hadn’t written it, I think I would love reading it!

Thank you so much for stopping by, Jessica! This is a really unique way of looking at storytelling, and I'll definitely keep this thought process in mind when reading other authors forays into new genres!

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While you are here, don't forget to check out the author posts on tour!


And you definitely don't want to miss out on this awesome giveaway! US only ages 13+.

 

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