Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Girl Overboard by Sandra Block. This sounds so good and the first chapter really did have me hooked, just sadly behind and wasn’t able to fit it in before the tour. That being said, I was lucky enough to get an interview with Sandra, which you can see below. Want to know what other’s thought? Scroll to the bottom to see the tour schedule and links to other content creators.
Thank you Sandra for taking the time to answer my questions.
Sandra A. Block graduated from college at Harvard, then returned to her native land of Buffalo, New York for medical training and never left. She is a practicing neurologist and proud Sabres fan, and lives at home with her husband, two children, and impetuous yellow lab. Her work has been published in the Washington Post. Little Black Lies is her debut, a finalist in the International Thriller Awards, and The Girl Without a Name and The Secret Room are the other books in the Zoe Goldman series, and What Happened That Night her stand-a-lone. Girl Overboard is her first Young Adult thriller.
About The Book
Title: Girl Overhoard
Author: Sandra Block
Publishing Date: May 3rd, 2022
Page Length: 288
Genre: Mystery | Thriller
Age Range: YA
This fast-paced thriller about a girl who investigates her friend’s disappearance during their cruise ship vacation is Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 for teens—and it’s a paperback original!
Izzy is reaching peak boredom on a cruise with her parents until she meets daring new friend Jade, with whom Izzy can barely keep up. But a shock wave runs through the cruise ship when Jade goes missing in the middle of the night, leaving behind a cryptic note.
Izzy digs deeper into Jade’s disappearance, but someone doesn’t want to find the truth. And if she’s not careful, Izzy might not get off this ship alive . . .
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In up to 9 words or emojis, without spoilers, what can readers expect from Girl Overboard?
Dream cruise turns into a nightmare.
Without spoilers, what scene did you have the most fun writing and why?
My favorite scene would be where Izzy and Jade, her new, thrill-seeking, rule-bending friend sneak into another passengers’ room to steal from their mini-bar. Of course, the passenger-couple come back to the room, forcing Izzy and Jade dash under the bed. There they lie, holding their breath, as the couple debates a romp in the sheets. Thankfully, they decide on a bird-watching lesson instead, and the girls flee from the room as quickly as they can!
Were there any interesting facts that you found while researching for this book that didn’t end up being used?
I’ll turn this around and mention a bit of research that I did end up unintentionally using [Nine Bookish Lives interruption: love this spin!!!!].
In my original version of Girl Overboard, Izzy’s mom uses a paperclip to jimmy open a lock. Rock star (and NYT best-selling author) April Henry was kind enough to read and blurb the book. She also schooled me on the art of lock-picking, which requires two wires, one as a pick, and one as a tensioner. As she routinely posts her Houdini-like escapes from hand-cuffs on Twitter, I listened to her advice! We solved the problem by having the industrious mom snap the paperclip into two pieces.
Izzy wasn’t excited about her family Spring vacation on the Bermuda Cruise. What would have been her dream Spring vacation (still without Luke lol). What would be your dream cruise.
I think she would groove on a trip with her bestie Miranda to Ocean City Maryland, where they could read books on the beach all day, walk the boardwalk at night cruising for cute boys/girls, and her parents could just leave them alone.
As for my dream cruise, that’s easy. HAWAII! (I’m sorry…did I shout?) I’ve never been there before, and it’s definitely on my bucket list.
Was there anything you learned after writing your previous books, Zoey Goldman series and What Happened that Night, that helped you write Girl Overboard?
In Little Black Lies, my first first Zoe Goldman book, I learned a valuable lesson. Let your character do the talking.
When I proposed the cruise idea, the editor liked it (!) and asked for a few chapters to review. Izzy came up with the first line, and I followed her lead for the next few chapters. So essentially, Izzy got me the book deal, and I just cruised along with it. (Sorry, not sorry).
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