by Wendy Corsi Staub
on Tour July 25th - August 26, 2016
Synopsis:New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub returns to Mundy’s Landing—a small town where bygone bloodshed has become big business. Hair neatly braided, hands serenely clasped, eyes closed, the young woman appeared to be sound asleep. But the peaceful tableau was a madman’s handiwork. Beneath the covers, her white nightgown was spattered with blood. At daybreak, a horrified family would discover her corpse tucked into their guest room. The cunning killer would strike again . . . and again . . . before vanishing into the mists of time. A century ago, the Sleeping Beauty Murders terrified picturesque Mundy’s Landing. The victims, like the killer, were never identified. Now, on the hundredth anniversary, the Historical Society’s annual “Mundypalooza” offers a hefty reward for solving the notorious case. Annabelle Bingham, living in one of the three Murder Houses, can’t escape the feeling that her family is being watched—and not just by news crews and amateur sleuths. She’s right. Having unearthed the startling truth behind the horrific crimes, a copycat killer is about to reenact them—beneath the mansard roof of Annabelle’s dream home...
Book Details:Genre: Thrillers, Suspense Published by: William Morrow, Mass Market Publication Date: July 26th 2016 Number of Pages: 448 ISBN: 0062349759 (ISBN13: 9780062349750) Series: Mundy's Landing #2 Purchase Links:
Read an excerpt:
Wendy, Hi! I’m so excited to welcome you to The Reading Frenzy.
Tell my readers just a bit about your new thriller, Blue Moon.
Thank you! I won’t just tell you—I’ll show you. Readers can view the eerie book trailer for BLUE MOON here. This is the standalone second book in my trilogy set in fictional Mundy’s Landing, New York. A century ago, a family awakened to find the corpse of a schoolgirl lovingly tucked into a spare bedroom. No one knew who she was, where she’d come from, or the significance of her being left beneath a stranger’s roof.
A week later, the bizarre scenario was repeated at a neighboring home. And then at a third.
The victims, never-identified, were buried in the local churchyard, their murderer never caught.
The book unfolds in the present day, where the Mundy’s Landing Historical Society has offered a longstanding reward to anyone who can solve the 1916 Sleeping Beauty Murders. On the hundredth anniversary, someone has—but rather than claim the award, he’s going to claim three new victims. The heroine, Annabelle Bingham, has just moved into one of the original “Murder Houses” with her husband and son, and doesn’t realize that someone is lurking, planning to recreate the creepy crime under her roof.
This is book two in the Mundy’s Landing trilogy for Harper Collins, the titles, Blood Red, Blue Moon and Bone White.
In some instances book two in a trilogy is the darkest.
Is this the case with Blue Moon?
Since I haven’t finished writing book three, BONE WHITE, yet, I can only say that BLUE MOON is darker in some ways than BLOOD RED, because it delves into a past this town just can’t seem to escape. The handful of early reviewers and bloggers who have read it are enthralled by the eerie premise. I can attest that this is my most ambitious book to date, because I was juggling dual suspense plots—one that unfolded in the past, and one in the present, and both are whodunits. The research was staggering. It involved getting the details right about what it was like to live in the summer of 1916, and as the plot was unfolding on specific dates and my original killer had some rituals, there was astrology and vintage poetry involved. I spent a lot of time immersed in the past, but history has always been a passion for me, and that era was one of my favorites, particularly in the Hudson Valley.
Wendy, you have multiple books coming out in the near future.
Do you completely finish one book before starting another or do your work on multiple books at the same time?
I’m currently juggling two trilogies for two different publishers. The Mundy’s Landing Trilogy for HarperCollins includes last fall’s BLOOD RED, the current BLUE MOON, and the upcoming (May 2017) BONE WHITE, which I’m writing now. My Lily Dale Mysteries for Crooked Lane include last fall’s NINE LIVES, September’s SOMETHING BURIED, SOMETHING BLUE, and a third book coming next fall, which I’ll be writing this fall, after BONE WHITE is complete. I only write one book at a time, because my personal process is a sort of total immersion method. I feel compelled to live in my fictional setting and inhabit my characters’ minds, bodies, lives. When I achieve that rhythm, I don’t have to stop and think about what someone might say or how they would act at any given plot point. I already know. I know what they would do, I know the voice of the book the way I know my own. It just feels organic. I don’t think that would be the case if I were always setting a project aside to switch to another one.
Authors handle deadlines differently, some hide in a cave and for some its just another day at the office.
What’s it like around the Staub house at deadline time?
A cave! A cave would be a perfect world luxury, wouldn’t it? A magical cave, comfy and climate controlled, with a nice big desk and an indoor pool (I’m a lap swimmer). There would be no bats, nothing creepy-crawly. Someone would leave food and coffee (or wine) at the cave door a few times a day before scuttling silently away. When I emerged after a few months of solitude with my book written, time would have stood still outside the cave, and everything and everyone would be exactly how I’d left it. I wouldn’t have missed anything, not a child’s milestone moment, a husband’s birthday, an episode of Odd Mom Out. And no one needed anything from me while I was indulging the muse.
In the real world, it’s a stressful juggle, filled with constant interruptions that go with being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, etc.—which I wouldn’t have any other way. You want it all, you figure out how to do it all.
Wendy staying on the same subject, when you’re working on a thriller then switch to writing a women’s fiction or YA novel.
How does your author’s mindset/muse change or does it?
I’ve been doing this for so long—almost 25 years!—that it’s second nature for me to switch gears from project to project. That said, I haven’t written women’s fiction/romance or YA in awhile. I’ve been focusing on my psychological suspense novels and traditional mysteries for the past five years or so. In terms of voice and plot, the suspense is darker and more complex, the mystery a little quirkier and lighter. Whatever I’m working on does seep into my mindset. That isn’t to say that I’m dark and angry if I’m writing suspense, or that I would have been playful and witty while writing chick lit. But there comes a point with every manuscript, usually about a third of the way in, when I’m so deeply involved in invades my every waking moment. I may appear to be hanging out cooking dinner or doing laundry, but I’m really miles away in Mundy’s Landing, trying to figure out how to kill someone off. If my characters are fully in character, then I’m personally out of character, because I’m living their lives in my head. When I reach that point in a book, I don’t appreciate conversation if I step away from my desk for a short time, and I’ll sometimes snap sharply at innocent questions from my husband. But I sold my first book six months into our marriage, and we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, so he’s obviously learned to live with me and the muse.
Your novel Hello It’s Me has been made into a Hallmark TV movie.
Did you have much if any participation in the making of it?
Are you happy with the outcome?
Absolutely. It was a blindside fairytale moment—I found out it had just been greenlighted by the network a week before they started shooting. The book had been optioned for a few years, as many are, and I had long ago learned not to count on anything actually making it to production. Hello, It’s Me is about a plucky widowed mom who keeps her dead husband’s cell phone connected so that she can call it and hear his voice on the outgoing message whenever she misses him most. One day…he answers. Or does he?
The book came out a few weeks before I lost my mom to breast cancer in 2005, and was the last one she read. She loved it and thought it should be a movie. She died the day after Mother’s day, on May 11. Hello, It’s Me started shooting exactly ten years later to the day, on May 11.
For me, it was a thrill to visit the set and see my characters and setting come to life. I already knew Kellie Martin, the vibrant actress who plays my heroine Annie, having discussed other projects with her, and I was impressed with her professionalism and good-natured attitude after a long, COLD day of shooting in Canada, in summer shorts, in 40 degrees with brutal wind chills. She made it look easy, despite being in her first trimester of a pregnancy, and wow—she WAS Annie. I was pleased with the script adaptation of the novel, though it was very different—I don’t write for television, but Julie Sherman Wolf, the screenwriter, does, and she made it work.
I was in the midst of a book tour when it aired and had to get up at 3 a.m. to catch a flight, so I couldn’t attend the big hometown viewing party my family threw. I watched at home with my husband and younger son and very close friends, and I didn’t know until the opening credits that the producers had secured the rights for the Todd Rundgren song that inspired the title. My husband and I were overwhelmed to hear it, as it’s always been one of “our songs.” And to see my name in the credits as an Associate Producer and after “Based on the Novel By…” Pinch me!
Wendy thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Will you be attending any author events in the near future?
Yes, I’m signing this week, July 31, at the Golden Notebook Bookstore in Woodstock, NY and I’m at the South Salem Microwinery at 6:30 p.m. on August 5, not far from where I live in the NYC suburbs. Later in the month, I’m doing two fundraisers back in my hometown and my son’s college town: for Chautauqua Striders at 7:30 p.m. on August 27 at Alumni House in Fredonia,and for Livingston County Literacy from 2-5 p.m. on August 28 at Deer Run Winery in Geneseo. I’m speaking in Lily Dale, NY on September 3rd and will be at Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in New Orleans September 14-19. I’ll be signing and meeting readers at all events.
Thank you so much for your time and space and support, Reading Frenzy!!
Wendy Corsi StaubUSA Today and New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels and has twice been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.
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