The Debut Dish: Lynn Lindquist (+ Giveaway) and Shari Becker (+ Giveaway)

Posted June 21, 2015 by Jana in Author Interview, Debut Author Challenge, Debut Dish, Giveaway / 3 Comments

The Debut Dish, a Debut Author Challenge feature, is where you go for the scoop on some pretty awesome debut authors and their new books! Hopefully these interviews will inspire you to add many, many more books to your to-read list. Because, really, who doesn’t need more books in their lives?


Secret of the Sevens by Lynn Lindquist
June 8, 2015 from Flux
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Everyone at Singer, a boarding school for underprivileged kids, knows the urban legend of the Society of Seven. Decades ago, the original members of the secret guild for elite students murdered the school’s founder and then perished in the fire they lit to hide the evidence. Or so the story goes. Talan Michaels doesn’t care about Singer’s past. He’s too focused on his future and the fact that he’ll be homeless after he graduates in May. To take his mind off it, he accepts a mysterious invitation to join a group calling itself the Sevens. He expects pranks, parties, and perks. Instead, he finds himself neck-deep in a conspiracy involving secret passages and cryptic riddles about the school’s history. Even worse, he’s now tangled in web of lies someone will kill to keep hidden.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Romance, secret society, boarding school
(someone else once said, “like Harry Potter without magic”)

Why should readers pick up your book?
Readers tend to like the romance and challenges. As two professional reviews put it:

“At the end of the day, it’s Talan and his endearing combination of bravado and vulnerability, coupled with the crackling chemistry he shares with Laney, that will keep readers turning the pages. A satisfying read for secret-society fanatics and romantics alike.” -KIRKUS REVIEWS

“…it’s impossible to put the book down. Conspiracy, loyalty, secrets, oaths, lies, and riddles flourish, making this the perfect book for readers who love to untangle mysteries by puzzling things out.” -BOOKLIST

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?
When a teen is kind enough to take their time to contact me about enjoying the book. It’s a high I can’t explain. :)

What’s your favorite movie theater candy?
Sno-caps.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A plastic tiara. It’s a metaphor, I’m sure.

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The Stellow Project by Shari Becker
June 23, 2015 from Skyscape
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When a killer storm unexpectedly hits Manhattan, seventeen-year-old Lilah Stellow’s dad insists that she and her younger sister, Flori, take refuge at their cabin in the mountains. But instead of joining them with the experimental drug that keeps Lilah alive, he disappears just as news reports name him as a prime suspect in an act of ecoterrorism.

As days pass without her medicine, Lilah finds herself teetering on the edge, caring for her sister, and growing increasingly certain they’re being watched. In her search for answers, Lilah is thrown into the center of a mystery involving an off-the-grid research facility and finds herself drawn in by Daniel, an intriguing boy who is the son of the lead scientist. As she dares to seek answers, Lilah slowly realizes that even the best intentions can go horribly wrong.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Sickly girl finds her grit.

Why should readers pick up your book?
Because it’s a smart mystery, adventure with relatable characters who have complex relationships. It has a climate disaster, action, romance and chickens. What more could you want?

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?
I always knew I wanted to write stories. But it took me a really long time to figure out how to actually do it. Seeing the book, the gorgeous cover, and the positive reviews … seeing my friends and family rally around me with so much support and love … it’s like a lifelong dream is coming true. It’s more than just a book, it’s the beginning of a new chapter in my life. Pun intended.

What’s your favorite movie theater candy?
I’m actually a popcorn girl — no butter. But if I have to eat candy, there’s no question it would be Reeses Pieces.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Uhm, you kind of have to see my desk to believe it. How can I choose between the Presidents of the United States ruler, my dog’s brush, a Lego door, and antibacterial ointment? I think the winner has to be a nail clipper. It’s not mine, and I have no idea how it got here. But it’s been here for at least a week … maybe two.

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