A lot of young people’s novels are about finding something – whether it’s finding a voice, finding a family, or finding a killer. When writer Jennifer Lynn Barnes was writing the final book in the Inheritance Games trilogy (Final maneuverwhich will be released on August 30), she learned that her hero has a chance to inherit a billion dollars, according to the premise of the opening book.
But she loved helping Avery Kylie Gramps, her strong but caring leader, discover her chosen one. “I think I’m drawn to writing stories about belonging and family,” Barnes says. “I start with someone who begins aloof in many ways. They don’t have that place and those people feel they belong to. I like to give them that. I find their place and their people.”
Of course, Avery also gets a 40,000-square-foot mansion and the four exceptional Hawthorne brothers, who alternately make life more joyful and frustrating for her throughout the series.
Barnes says not much has changed about the plot maneuver From planning it to writing it. “The easiest part of it was definitely the plot, specifically the puzzle sequence and the way it fits into the overall puzzle,” she says. “I knew so much of what was going to happen for so long that actually writing it was an incredible rush. I knew what all the riddles, all that mattered had to be from previous books. I had a picture in my head, and I got everything I’d known for years on the page” . This included Avery’s choice between her two Hawthorne Ying and Yang, Jameson and Grayson.
Barnes will miss writing about all the characters. “One of the dominant sentimental sentiments is seeing her become one of them in the third book. Her character is more and more connected to other people too. More than any other series, when I was writing interactions between two characters, they felt so familiar to me.”
Writer Karen M. McManus also has a very much awaited book coming out in August. nothing more to sayalso released August 30, follows a high school journalist back to the town where she grew up five years later—and begins researching an unsolved local murder after he gets an internship with a hot true crime show.
McManus, who wrote the hugely popular YA novel one of us is lyingsays she’s always wanted to write a book about a beloved teacher, like Julian Moreau, the professor at Donna Tartt. Secret HistoryOne of my favorite McManus books. The teacher became a murder victim in Tells. “I love the idea of this adorable teacher, whose students see them as the perfect, the perfect teacher, but you fall back on that, which isn’t quite right,” she says. “You know, we are all flawed, including our beloved teachers. So this was always in the back of my mind that I would somehow find out about a teacher’s relationship like that.”
Fans of the five previous McManus novels are waiting for this one. “At this point, this is my sixth book, so it’s allowed me to farm Easter eggs for all of my other books because they are all potential cases of the show in which the main character is working,” McManus says.
maneuver Already listed as a bestseller, McManus’ latest release won’t be long in coming –He liesAfter all, he spent more than 230 weeks in the New York Times
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