Author Amy Lukavics on How Her New Novel is ‘The Bell Jar’ Meets Horror

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Amy Lukavics

[Note From Frolic: Our resident YA expert Aurora Dominguez got the opportunity to interview author Amy Lukavics and ask her five(ish) questions. Amy’s novel ‘Nightingale is out now!]

Aurora: What was the inspiration behind your most recent novel?

Amy: I wanted to create my own version of a The Bell Jartype story that was steeped in horror.

What character do you most relate to and why?

It’s hard to say since all the experiences in the book are so exaggerated, but I do share June’s dark fascination with morbid stories for sure!

Why do you feel young adult books are so popular and have such a voice right now?

I think teens that read do so for a range of different reasons, and that makes me happy. Marketing and industry trends may fluctuate, but stories in general will always be popular.

Please describe the content of your latest book and what can readers expect from the read.

Nightingale is a young adult horror novel that takes place in the 1950’s, and features two different timelines: one following June’s hospitalization after a breakdown in which she believes her parents have been replaced by duplicates, and one following the year leading up to the hospitalization.

What’s next for you in the book world?

There’s nothing I can talk about in detail yet, with the exception that I have a story featured in next year’s tribute anthology New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which is edited by Jonathan Maberry and will be published by Harper Collins.

Who’s your favorite writer right now?

Right now there are two authors who, whenever they release something new, I have to drop everything and read it immediately: Jennifer McMahon and Paul Tremblay. Both have inspired and influenced me so much, as both a writer and a reader.


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