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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Secret Society Release + Author Interview w/ Tom Dolby!

Secret Society by Tom Dolby
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Secret Society
by Tom Dolby came out today so let's support Tom and go out and buy it! If you want to win Secret Society enter my giveaway here. Remember it ends tomorrow at midnight so don't wait too long! :) Also, if you want a Secret Society Ankh tattoo enter here, there are three more spots left! In honor of his release I am posting an interview below. Thanks again for doing this interview Tom, I hope you all enjoy!

Tom Dolby is the author of the novels The Sixth Form, The Trouble Boy, and the Secret Society series, including the novel Secret Society and its upcoming sequel. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Tom was born in London and raised in San Francisco. Tom is a graduate of the Hotchkiss School and Yale University, where he received his BA in the history of art. He currently divides his time between Manhattan’s West Village and Wainscott, New York, where he is working on the next book in the Secret Society series, as well as a novel for adults.

For more info on Tom, visit his numerous sites:

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Secret Society Book Trailer:

Author Interview:

1) How old were you when you started writing?

I've been writing my whole life, but I really started focusing on it when I was seventeen.

2) What inspired you to write Secret Society?

I love adventure stories, and I love stories about secret societies. I had to combine the two!

3) Are the characters in the books based on someone you know?

No, they aren't -- these characters are solely in my head, but to me, they're very real!

4) What was the hardest part about writing Secret Society?

Figuring out a mystery plot is one of the hardest things a writer can do, I think. I have great admiration for full-time mystery writers.

5) Out of all the books you've written, which one is your favorite and why?

I think my second novel, THE SIXTH FORM, will always be very special to me -- it was really the first book I ever wanted to write, and it took almost ten years to find its voice. There are strains of SECRET SOCIETY in it. While it takes place at a boarding school, it also contains a mystery at its heart.

6) Since Secret Society is a series, what can we expect from the second book and do you have a release date of some kind?

The second book comes out in October 2010. It follows the adventures of the four main characters as they continue to try to get out of the Society -- with some surprising results.

7) Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest?

I read Laurie Halse Anderson recently, and her work blew me away.

8) What book are you currently reading?

I am currently enjoying the TALENTED MR RIPLEY series. It's the continuation of the novel that sparked the movie starring Matt Damon that came out about ten years ago. It's a fun inspiration for SECRET SOCIETY because it's all about impostors and fakes -- a theme that runs through SECRET SOCIETY as well.

9) Do you have anything to say to all your readers?

I love hearing from you guys! It means so much to an author to get that kind of support.

10) Tell us something about yourself that no one knows about.

Hmm, like a secret? Well, we've gone a little bit ankh-crazy around the house recently. I haven't gotten a tattoo, but we did get the dog an ankh charm to go around his neck. It makes him look like a total bad-ass!


Raspberry said...

Thanks for this - I had no idea he'd written other stuff. And of course, it only makes me want to win that book even more.... :)

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I love these interviews. I'm really looking forward to reading his book!

Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

This was such a great interview Eleni! I have this book coming and it made me more excited!

Leslie said...

i actually got an arc of this novel and loved it! I cant believe it's going to be another year before we see number 2 come out! i can not wait! :D great interview!

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