GCC presents Eileen Cook

I have long thought that Eileen Cook is the funniest person in the whole entire universe and after reading her latest GCC interview, my view has just been confirmed. She is funny with a capital funny. She is also a fabulous writer and this week is the release of her new book,The Almost Truth, which looks amazing!

The Almost Truth

Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.

But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.

With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn’t prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose….

Praise for Eileen Cook’s books

“.. enormously appealing and great company throughout this breezy read…..the highest quality—like a gourmet truffle. Cook has whipped up a real treat.” – Kirkus Starred Review

“Thrilling and creepy, super sexy, and so very hilarious.” – Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake trilogy

“Sassy and sly and sweet all at the same time, this book made me laugh out loud.” – Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Airhead

1 How did you come up with the idea for this book?

Most often book ideas come to me as a collection of unrelated things. A bit of an idea here, another piece there, until it sticks together as one idea.  This process can take months or years. This is one of the few books where I can remember the exact second I had the idea.  I was on the ferry and saw a missing child poster.  At the bottom there was an age-enhanced photo so you could see what the person might look like now. I had the thought “How weird would it be if you looked like that photo?”  In that instant the idea of the book dropped into my head. I ran back to my seat and wrote it down as fast as I could.  I spent another week thinking over some different details, but I started writing almost right away.

2 What’s been your favorite author moment so far in your career?

Anytime anyone emails, writes or tells me in person that they like my books is a pretty big favorite.  One funny story, after my first book came out I was on a ferry and all the way across the room I saw someone reading my book. I was GIDDY. I’ve waited my whole life for something like that to happen. I went across the room and introduced myself as the author.  The woman became really excited and asked me to sign it. I whipped out my Sharpie (I’d bought an entire package just in case I was rushed by fans).  When she handed me the book I realized that while it looked like my book from across the room- it wasn’t actually my book.  I was mortified. I signed the other authors name and ran away. Nooooooo. I had to stop reading this because my stomach hurt from laughing (and dying on Eileen’s behalf!)

3 It’s Oscar speech time! Who are the three people that you would most like to thank for helping you write this book?

(First off picture me in a great dress- I love an excuse for a new outfit) I’d have to thank my parents off the top because they taught me to love reading. My agent, Rachel Coyne for putting up with me (some days this is harder than you might imagine). My editor, Anica Rissi, for pushing me to make this the best book. All my writer friends for cheering me on, and also telling me to pull up my big girl panties when needed. My husband for always believing in me, and my two dogs for keeping me company.

   4 Describe a typical writing day

Post shower, I consume about a gallon of hot tea and sit down to work. By work, I mean cruise random websites with cute pictures of dogs and kittens and occasional celebrity news. At some point I can’t believe the amount of time I’ve wasted and I get serious about doing some actual writing.  I tend to do my best writing in the afternoon, but if I’m in the groove I can go late into the night.

  5 Tell me one strange random fact about this book.

Researching con artists for this book means that if this writing thing doesn’t work out I could consider a life of crime. I’ve learned so many interesting tricks.

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