We have an amazing, incredible line up of authors this year and we're kicking things off with a very special young lady from Texas!
Here's a little bit about Maura.
And let's get started...
Two events inspired me to write THE LIFE GROUP.
First, one of my students mentioned being part of a life group. He said something about why he hadn’t done his homework–and it was completely innocent, some kind of charity work with his group–but it struck me as odd that people his own age had so much control over him. They could persuade him to engage in activities he perhaps should not be doing (blowing off homework when he’s a full-time student), and maybe even lead him down a bad path (flunking out of school). Could they convince him to do something even more dangerous?
The second event was of greater significance: one of my colleagues went missing. The vanished professor wasn’t gone long—less than a week. And good news is, she was fine. It turned out to be mental illness showing its ugly head. But the events of those five days when she couldn’t be located struck me to the core.
Later that semester, as I drove to the local daycare to pick up my kids, thoughts of my colleague swirled through my head. I remembered the gnawing feeling I had—my stomach alternating between tight clenches and high-up flips. I recalled my heart thumping as I trotted down sketchy streets in the bad part of town, looking for her apartment. In my mind’s eye I again saw my colleague’s office key sitting on the side table as if she’d been abducted and her attacker told her in a calm voice to place them there before he tied her up, gagged her, and took her away. My children’s daycare in sight, I gripped the steering wheel tighter, and then it came–the entire plot of The Life Group. It bounced straight into my head, and I knew my next book had to be about a missing person and the desperate search that followed.
What part do you find hardest?
Do you think you’re born with the talent to write or do you think it can be learned? It can absolutely be learned. There needs to be discipline and desire—that’s all.
And that's it! Thank you so much for joining YAtopia today, Maura. We wish you heaps of luck with The Life Group and recommend anyone who loves a suspense-filled, gripping novel that's totally unique buy it now! Here are some links that might help.