Alexandra Sirowy, is stopping by PTB to promote her
By Alexandra Sirowy
I write contemporary thrillers placed in the here and now – a small forest-fringed mid-western town, an idyllic island on the Puget Sound, or a California beach town with golden sands and pastel beach cruisers lining Main Street. Though my plots feature extraordinary twists – crimes ribboning back in time, disappearances echoing folklore, small town conspiracies, secrets that go back generations – and often dark and surreal crimes, I write the friendships and relationships of my characters realistically.
I want readers to see aspects of their own lives reflected in the protagonist and her friends. I want readers to believe in the relationships and swoon over the crushes and it’s hard to do that if the characters experiencing all these emotions on the page aren’t drawn realistically. And it’s basically impossibly to get readers to care if characters are in danger or that the stakes are sky high if they don’t believe in the characters.
My first novel, THE CREEPING, is about friendship as much as betrayal and good as much as it’s about evil. While the thrills and chills are fun and spooky, it’s usually the friendship between Stella and her fiery and outrageous best friend that readers write me about. It’s the uncompromising loyalty shared between two girls that many readers connect with the most.
I love reading books with well-developed and textured girls, girls with hopes, dreams, regrets, mistakes, weaknesses, and strengths. Girls who are heroes and anti-heroes and everything in between.
I don’t like reading or writing tropes. The damsel in distress, the one-dimensional mean girl, the dumb jock, and the silent, brooding boy, don’t have places in my books – unless we learn why the mean girl is so mean – unless the damsel evolves and learns to save herself – unless the jock reveals himself to be something more than dumb – and unless the brooding boy is hiding a very dark secret. I take issue with books and other forms of entertainment that portray woman and girls as one-dimensional. And, though in my opinion it happens less frequently, I also take issue with books that portray guys this way.
So why do I write girls with grit and boys with feelings? Simple, because girls do have grit and boys do have feelings.
Romance, friendship, and dark, bone-chilling fear fill the pages of a summertime thriller in the spirit of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.
Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her. Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work. And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alexandra lives in a small town in Northern California. Although it’s fringed by forests and foothills like the town of Savage in THE CREEPING, it doesn’t have as many secrets (she thinks) or as dark of a history (fingers crossed). In addition to writing fiction, she loves traveling (Istanbul is her favorite), trees, lighthouses, seven layer cakes (who doesn’t?), running at dusk, music (the kind that makes your chest swell), and risky adventures. THE CREEPING is her debut novel. To learn more, visit her at alexandrasirowy.com and follow @AlexandraSirowy.
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