Fast 5 with Laurie Faria Stolarz
Last thing that made you cry:
One of my biggest readers died a few weeks ago. She’d been sick for a long time, but had always seemed so positive and full of life; I hadn’t realized just how serious her situation was. We’d exchanged emails over the years and I’d sent her signed books and swag. Her mother told me that she had her calendar marked with SHUTTER’s release. I’ll be sending a signed copy to add to her collection.
Last trip you took:
I went to Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina a couple of months ago for signings. What a beautiful part of the country. Gorgeous!
There are so many quotes I love. Here’s one of my favorites: “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” – Wayne Dyer
Best moment as an author:
I did an author visit at a residential treatment facility for girls. Before I spoke, teachers and librarians warned me that a particular girl (a huge fan of my work) would not make eye contact. They told me not to be offended, that the girl would be sitting in the front row, but that she never made eye contact with anyone. I told them that was fine; I was just happy I could be there and that the girl could listen to me speak. The girl – fourteen years old, eight months pregnant, sucking her thumb, and holding a baby doll – did as they said, sitting in the front row, staring down the entire time. But, at the end of my presentation, after I was finished signing postcards for the other girls, she came up, asking me to sign her book, and for about half-a-second, she peeked at me and we made eye contact. That, to me, was huge.
Last thing you treated yourself to:
ABOUT SHUTTER:THE FACTS
• Julian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from the Fairmount County Juvenile Detention Facility.
• His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.
• Julian is wanted for murder.
• Why is Julian Roman on the run?
• Just how dangerous is he?
• And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?
Seventeen-year-old Day Baker views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur.
Julian is not the "armed and dangerous" escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don't quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture . . . whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn't he?
Day digs deeper into the case while Julian remains on the run. But the longer her list of facts becomes, the longer the list of questions becomes, too. It's also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels for him. Is it real? Or is she being manipulated?
Day is close to finding the crack in the case. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.
ABOUT LAURIE FARIA STOLARZ:
Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.
Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.
Stolarz found sales success with her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz's titles have been named on various awards list.
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