Saturday, March 09, 2013

Spotlight: Absent by Katie Williams (Plus Excerpt)

   Book Description:  
Seventeen-year-old Paige is dead, the victim of a freak fall from the roof during Physics class. Now she’s a ghost, permanently bound to the grounds of her high school. It isn’t all bad, she can find out everyone’s secrets, which can be amusing—for a while. But then Paige hears something that isn’t amusing at all: the rumor spread by the most popular girl at school that her death wasn’t an accident—that she supposedly jumped on purpose. Paige is desperate to stop the gossip, but what can a ghost do? Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get inside the girl who’s responsible for the stories. . . and have a little fun turning the tables while she’s at it.
Katie Williams’s second novel is a suspenseful page-turner full of
eerie wit and a touch of the otherworldly

  Katie Williams

1. Describe your book in one sentence.
A group of ghost kids trapped on the grounds of their old high school explore the hidden truths behind their lives and deaths. Or, if you want the Hollywood-esque description: Breakfast Club, the afterlife.

2. What inspired you to write Absent?
wanted to write a story set in a contained space, and my brain offered this image of a motley group of kids in their high school after dark. I asked myself why they were there. Then I thought, What if they're all dead?

3. Book/s you look forward to read this year?
This year, I'm looking forward to a couple of sequels: *The Runaway King* by Jennifer Nielsen and *Dark Triumph* by Robin LaFevers. I'm always on pins and needles for the next Kristin Cashore book.

4. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

 Read everything.  But you've been told that before, so also: Find the complicated human in each of your characters.

5. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Absent by     ChronicleBooks     


  1. Anonymous4:54 AM

    Breakfast Club for the afterlife? This sounds awesome. Love the excerpt so far, thanks for sharing!

  2. Cinnamon ice-cream? I don't think I've tried that flavour before! :) This book sounds brilliant. I definitely plan to read it as I've had such great luck with this publisher's books. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow! That synopsis seems so interesting! And the little excerpt was very enthralling/ Especially those opening lines about death. I've always wondered about death. Is it easy and not painful? Is really painful? Just a blankness? Is there Heaven? That's why i love reading about author's take on death so much. (I'm not emo!) Just that it interests me. ^^

    And I love how Williams seem so sweet but very wise and depthful. I'll be looking out for her books!

  4. I can't wait to read this one! I snatched up a copy at a recent trade show and I'm hoping to read it early next month. Looks fabulous. Great interview!

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