Interview with Faith McKay, Author of 'Prophecy Girl'

Prophecy Girl (Lacuna Valley, #1)
Prophecy Girl
by Faith McKay
Series: Lacuna Valley #1
Release Date: November 20, 2012

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Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.

Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?

While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet? 

Interview

What inspired you to write Prophecy Girl
I'd been writing different versions of Prophecy Girl for a long time. There was different inspiration for a lot of different parts to Prophecy Girl that all came together to make it the story that it is. The first thing I came up with was actually a supernatural race, but I won't tell you about them to avoid spoilers. It's funny that they were what inspired me to build the rest of the story because they're not in a lot of Prophecy Girl specifically, but we definitely get to know them more in later books.

From there, I came up with a lot of the other scenes and characters from life experiences. When I was in high school, I felt very isolated and trapped. A lot of that feeling was put into Prophecy Girl.

When did you start writing?
Before I could write. :) I used to scribble out long lines of marks that looked like words to me on page after page, then I would bind the pages together and hand them to people. In kindergarten I did fairy tale retellings and bound those up. In third grade I was given a typewriter, and wrote stories about a Frankenstein Monster family, complete with a little dog. In sixth grade I started writing about fairy tale children. I remember one in particular about Snow White's daughter. So, I was sort of always writing. 

Who was your favorite character to write?
I do not pick favorites! Seriously, I love them all so much. I have some pretty quirky characters in Prophecy Girl. Most of the people who really love the book come away talking about Nick and his sunglasses. Nick is a really interesting guy with a lot on his shoulders. I think Violet, the main character's little sister, is also someone that was really fun to write that people come away talking about. She's "adorkable" and has a lot of hilarious and cute lines. There aren't enough awesome nine year olds in fiction.

Did you do any particular research for the book?
Not a lot. I had a fairly clear idea of most things going into this story. There were definitely a lot of things I had learned through other life experiences that were put into Prophecy Girl, though. For example, I had a lot of small town living experience that was put into the story, the setting was all based on places I've been, and I designed my own supernatural issues. I had to write up a whole notebook to keep everything straight. 

Prophecy Girl is set in Lacuna Valley. Is this a fictional town? If you could compare Lacuna Valley to another place, what would it be? 

Lacuna Valley is a fictional place. Sort of. I took a place I once lived and changed around a lot of things, but the big stuff is all actually real. There is an actual western themed town with wooden sidewalks, and it is an hour's drive to the nearest town with a stoplight. There's not really another place like it, which is why I used it for my inspiration for Lacuna Valley. I needed an odd place that was really isolated to have so much creepy supernatural stuff going on.

It's a strange enough place that I assume most people think I made it all up. I actually put together a group of pictures that shows a lot of the things mentioned in Prophecy Girl to show just how much I didn't make up.

Playlists for novels are becoming more popular. Did you write with music? And what song do you think best encapsulates Prophecy Girl?  
Yes, I definitely write with music. You want me to pick one song? Throughout Prophecy Girl I directly reference a lot of songs I listened to while writing. If I really had to pick, I guess I'd choose Pictures of You by The Cure. Mostly for these two lines...

Screamed at the make believe, screamed at the sky 
And you finally found all your courage to let it all go 

If you could describe Prophecy Girl in three words, what would they be?
Quirky, Dark, Different. (I feel like different sounds pretentious, but it's the word a lot of other people come away with after reading it, so it seems fair.)

Since Nawanda Files highlights books into movies, what is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book? 
It could of course be that this one is so recent that it's on my mind, but I really thought The Hunger Games was a great adaptation. I had some pretty nervous hopes when I went into the theatre. Of course, I don't mention Harry Potter because I love it so much that it can't count, but my favorite HP film was 7.1. Just for the record. :)

Thank you so much Faith for stopping by Nawanda Files! Prophecy Girl sounds like an imaginative YA debut!
Thanks for having me, ladies, and thanks for reading this far, Nawanda Files readers :)  


About the Author




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Faith McKay writes stories about characters with real world struggles in otherworldly settings. She is the author of PROPHECY GIRL, a story where characters struggle with the idea of having a destiny. In comparison, she feels really lucky that her destiny was to struggle with comma placement and be that awkward lady who points out puns at parties. 

Other things to know about Faith… She wears two different colored shoes. She is a survivor of child abuse. She has lived with chronic illness for over a decade. A lot of people don't like her because she laughs too much. It's also the reason a lot of other people do like her, so go figure. She listens to more music than people are probably supposed to. She's a nomad. The word sounds really cool, so a lot of people say it, but she actually lives in an RV with her husband and their pet bunny rabbit, Dorian Gray. 

Faith pretty much sounds like the coolest author ever. Her favorite HP movie is 7.1...mine too ;) And anyone who has a pet rabbit named Dorian Gray is awesome in my book. Prophecy Girl just released last week, so head over to add it on goodreads and grab a copy at amazon for the winter holidays!


3 comments:

  1. Great set of interview questions! Prophecy Girl sounds really interesting. I love it when author's create their own "supernatural issues". I'm always on the hunt for original stories.

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  2. Thanks again for having me on Nawanda Files, this is such a fun blog, I'm happy to be a tiny part of it :)

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