Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Lord of the Fly Fest by Goldy Moldavsky. Y’all, this cover! I swear this is my aesthetics! Just beautiful! The synopsis had it solidified that I would 100% be reading this one and I can’t wait! I was lucky enough to get an interview with Goldy and I love her answers, in fact, I think we need to be friends lol! Thank you to Goldy for the interview and great answers!
Goldy Moldavsky was born in Lima, Peru, and grew up in Brooklyn, where she still lives. Her novels include the New York Times bestseller, KILL THE BOY BAND, NO GOOD DEED (Scholastic), and THE MARY SHELLEY CLUB (Henry Holt). Her books have appeared on numerous Best-Books lists and have been translated to other languages. Her love of 80s movies, 90s boy bands, and horror flicks hugely influences her work. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @goldywrites.
She is represented by Jenny Bent at the Bent Agency.
About The Book
Title: Lord of the Fly Fest
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Publishing Date: August 30th, 2022
Page Length: 320
Age Range: YA
Rep: Non-binary and LGBTQIA+ characters
One of Us Is Lying meets Lord of the Flies meets Fyre Fest in this wickedly addictive and funny YA thriller.
Rafi Francisco needs something really special to put her true crime podcast on the map. She sets her sights on River Stone, the hearthrob musician who rose to stardom after the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend. Rafi lands herself a ticket to the exclusive Fly Fest, where River will be the headliner.
But when Rafi arrives on the Caribbean island location of Fly Fest with hundreds of other influencers and (very minor) celebrities, they quickly discover that the dream trip is more of a nightmare. And it’s not just confronting beauty gurus-gone-wild and spotty WiFi. Soon, Rafi goes from fighting for an interview to fighting for her life. And, as she gets closer to River, she discovers that he might be hiding even darker secrets than she suspected . . .
Content Warning: violence, missing persons, and bodily functions
In up to 9 words or emojis, without spoilers, what can readers expect from Lord of the Fly Fest?
A wild and unhinged ride!
Without spoilers, can you tell us a scene you had the most fun writing?
Towards the end of the book we stop following Rafi, the main character, and suddenly follow Jack, the villain, hosting the most “exclusive” party in the Caribbean. I loved writing his perspective and describing the most surreal party on a beach ever.
If you could spend the day with Rafi and River, what would you do with each of them?
I’d take Rafi to a spa to get her to chill a little bit and I think I’d do the opposite with River. He’s too chill as it is so I’d probably take him to an amusement park and get him hopped up on funnel cakes.
Rafi has a true crime podcast, are you a true crime fan/enthusiast? Do you have any true crimes that you’d love a podcast of ? What types of topics/crimes would you see Rafi wanting to cover in future shows?
I can’t say I’m a big true crime person, though I’ve listened to Serial like everyone else has. (And one of my favorite shows right now is Only Murders in the Building, which is the ultimate way to parody true crime while lovingly paying tribute to it.) The only true crime in real life I’m interested in right now is the behind the scenes drama from the set of Don’t Worry Darling. No idea is any actual crimes took place, but boy would it make a fantastic podcast. As for Rafi, season one of her podcast deals with the events of my first book, KILL THE BOY BAND, so I’d love if the next season of her podcast deals with the plot of a future book of mine!
Your bio mentions your love of 80s movies, 90s boy bands, and horror flicks (me too!). What is your favourite 80s movie, 90s boy band, and horror flick? Since I’m horrible at picking just one, feel free to pick 3!
Favorite 80s movie is Heathers, with Dirty Dancing being a very close second. Favorite 90s boy band is Backstreet Boys. And my favorite horror flick is probably the same as everybody’s favorite horror flick: Scream.
Was there anything you learned after writing Kill the Boy Band, No Good Deed, and The Mary Shelly Club that helped you write Lord of the Fly Fest?
Writing those three books was helpful in that it reminded me that doubting yourself in the first draft is just part of the process. Whenever I felt like pulling my hair out with a difficult scene I just reminded myself that I felt that way at some point during the writing of my other books. It was good to know that I could get through it because I’d done it before.