Welcome to my stop for the Smash & Grab tour! I got to interview Amy AND there is a giveaway at the bottom so don’t forget to check all of that out 😀Smash & Grab
by Amy Christine Parker
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Publication Date: July 19th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Ocean’s Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story.Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist!
LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.
CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .
Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.
Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society.
What was your inspiration for writing Smash & Grab?
The initial idea sprang from a news story about a father who convinced his teen son and daughter to help him rob banks. I was fascinated with the idea that these kids not only agreed, but managed to help him rob multiple banks before they were caught.
Which scene from your book was your favorite to write about and why?
My favorite scene to write was actually the very first one. The book is told in alternating points of view and this one is in Lexi’s. She is preparing to BASE jump off of the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles in the middle of the night with her best friends. I loved imagining what that would be like. Plus, the setting was just so glamorous and fun!
Were there different titles for Smash & Grab?
My editor and I kicked around a couple, but Smash & Grab was the best choice by far. The original title was The Inside Girl—because Lexi goes undercover inside the bank she wants to rob. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t as active sounding or dynamic. Titles are my kryptonite! Every time I write a book we always end up changing the title.
How long did it take you to devise the plot?
FOREVER. I’m not kidding! I rewrote this book no less than three times over the course of a year and a half. The plotting was just a nightmare for me. I’d never attempted to write something like this and the learning curve was steep! The cast was huge, there was not one heist scheme, but two and two alternating points of view—something else I’d never attempted before. Most of the time I felt like I was in over my head big time! My poor editor, Chelsea Eberly, was a godsend through the whole process. Without her patience and on point suggestions, I would have never managed it. I still cringe when I think of her reading the initial draft. It was just awful!
Are you working on any future projects right now that you could tell us about?
I have another book coming out in the near future with Adaptive Studios called Orphan City, but I’m not sure exactly when just yet. It’s about foster teens sent to an island school who end up with super powers that seem like a gift, but are more like a curse and their mysterious benefactor who runs the school. It’s a sci-fi set in the near future—another first for me! Besides it I have several projects I’d like to work on this year and next, but it’s too early to say much except I’m very excited about all three!
One person will win a hardcover copy of SMASH & GRAB and swag! (INT)
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