Interview by Kara Leigh Miller
Today we have the lovely Rosie Somers on the blog! Her YA thriller, MURDER BOARD is currently on sale for only $0.99, and in celebration, she agreed to let me, her editor, interview her.
Thanks so much for being here today, Rosie. As your editor, I have the added benefit of knowing this book probably as well as you do, so I’ll be asking some of the tougher questions. Ready?
Rosie: Let’s do this!
Kara: How did you come up with the idea for Murder Board?
Rosie: I came up with the idea for Murder Board while watching reruns of Survivor. It was inspired, in large part, by the scenes where the castaways are speaking one-on-one with the camera person, and their name and profession shows on the screen. Each of the contestants chosen for the show has a unique advantage based on their job and/or life experience, but the other players don’t know that unless they spill the beans.
And so I wondered (every writer’s famous last words, am I right?), what would happen if a group of teens were competing, not for a million dollars but for the opportunity to become spies.
And that’s how Murder Board was born.
Kara: As your editor, I had the pleasure of reading this book multiple times, and I kept falling in love with it more and more each time. There’s a clear love triangle developing, and Infinity is torn between Maverick and Ghost. So, I have to know–which team are you on? Team Maverick or Team Ghost, and why?
Rosie: I’m firmly on #TeamConfused. Like Infinity, I care for both Maverick and Ghost, and for different reasons. Maverick is stoic and steady, a solid pilar of strength that Infinity can rely on when she’s not feeling quite so strong herself. But Ghost is generally lighthearted and easy to be around. I sort of picture them like day and night: Ghost is bright and warm while Maverick is darker and more mysterious in personality. But both are alluring in their own way.
Kara: What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Rosie: The hardest part of writing this book had to be that I deviated from my usual writing process. Until Murder Board, I was always a plotter. A heavy plotter. I would outline, and re-outline, and re-re-outline. But with Murder Board, I was so excited by the story, by getting to know each of the players at the same time Infinity was sussing them out, by not knowing who the killer was until the very end, that I refused to let myself plot. I totally pantsed this book out of thin air, and it was a super fun experience being surprised anew every day by what happened next.
Kara: What was your favorite scene to write?
Rosie: Oh, 100 percent Infinity and Maverick’s first kiss. Am I giving too much away? I definitely should not say more.
Kara: What would you like readers to take away from this book?
Rosie: I think what I would like readers to take away from this book the idea that people are complicated. People do bad things for good reasons and good things for bad reasons, and actions don’t have to define a person; the past doesn’t have to define your future and your relationships/friendships.
Kara: What can we expect next from you?
Rosie: The sequel! I’m currently working on the next book, Throwaway. I’m super late delivering it to my amazing, lovely, patient editor who’s not at all angry with me for being as late as I am ;). Throwaway is coming mid 2021 from Anaiah Press. In this story, Infinity finds herself in a dangerous situation as an agent with The Organization, and has to rely on her faith (and some help from some old friends) to survive.
Kara: That was a lot of fun, wasn’t it?
Thank you for stopping by today, Rosie, and allowing me to revisit this book and these characters who I love so much.
Our comments are open, so if you have a question for Rosie, ask away. She (or I) will check in to answer them.
And don’t forget to check out Murder Board and meet Infinity, Maverick, Ghost, and the other characters for yourself.
Get your copy for $0.99 on Amazon.