Happy Sunday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for DEAD END GIRLS! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with Wendy Heard to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so excited to for you to find out more about it!Dead End Girls by Wendy Heard
Published on May 10, 2022 by Christy Ottaviano Books
Genres: Mystery, Queer, Thriller, YA
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In one week, Maude will be dead. At least, that’s what she wants everyone to think. After years of research, Maude has decided to fake her own death. She’s figured out the how, the when, the where, and who will help her unsuspectingly.
The why is complex: revenge, partly. Her terrible parents deserve this. But there’s also l’appel du vide, the call of the void, that beckons her toward a new life where she will be tied to no one, free and adrift. Then Frankie, a step-cousin she barely knows, figures out what she’s plotting, and the plan seems like it’s ruined. Except Frankie doesn’t want to rat her out. Frankie wants in. The girls vault into the unknown, risking everything for a new and limitless life. But there are some things you can never run away from. What if the poison is not in the soil, but in the roots?
What would you do if you spent the day with Maude? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
This is a fun question! Maude and I would eat tacos, talk smack about people and things, and then maybe get on a train and get into some trouble.
If Maude were to hang out with other fictional characters, who would they be and why?
Maude would love to hang out with Alex from The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. Alex would explain something that needed to be handled, and Maude would help her come up with exactly the way to do it without ever getting caught.
If there was one fictional place you could travel to for a day, where would it be and why?
Fair disclosure, I don’t read a ton of SFF, so I’m not hugely familiar with the myriad fictional places with which many readers might be familiar. That said, I’m going to cheat and say the Wood Between Worlds from The Magician’s Nephew by CS Lewis, because it leads to infinite other worlds which I could explore in the one day.
If you buried a time capsule with three items inside, what three items would you choose and why?
I would bury a journal depicting a chunk of time in my life, kind of a memoir for my future self or daughter, a love letter to my daughter, and a piece of jewelry I really love that will be exciting to dig up or pass along in a long time.
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
I wrote a dystopian book about climate change where all of LA that was below 6ft above sea level was underwater. So I had to use topographical maps to see what would be underwater. I would love to publish that book someday; it was really interesting.
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from Dead End Girls?
They’ve just committed a crime and are driving away from the scene of the crime, and Maude realizes she feels alive for the first time she can remember. I can’t say anything more detailed because spoilers!
What a ride it’s been, I think, remembering rainy Hawaiian nights and LA bus rides and her skin shining blue in clubs and the smell of blood in Hollywood. What a wild fucking ride.
What do you think about Dead End Girls? Have you added it to your tbr yet? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!