Thursday, July 27, 2017

#Interview with by Sarah Skilton of Club Deception

Murder and hot summer nights go together, don’t they? And so do magicians and secrets! CLUB DECEPTION has all of the above and here to talk about it is Sarah Skilton!

Lexi: Welcome, Sarah! Congrats on your first adult book release! Your previous books are YA, BRUISED and HIGH AND DRY. What was your favorite difference in writing CLUB DECEPTION compared to BRUISED and HIGH AND DRY?

Sarah: Thank you! I loved writing for teens, but it was a refreshing change to write people who range in age from their 20s-50s who have more life experience to draw from in their personalities and behavior. I'd say it was also fun to include sex and alcohol but my YA books had a bit of that, too ;)

Lexi: So, your husband is a magician? Did you make him practice any tricks or use him as a prop to test out any scenes while writing CLUB DECEPTION?

Sarah: He is! And a damn good one, too. I waited until I'd written a full draft before getting his input. I think he was both impressed by what I'd gleaned over the years, and amused by the stuff I got completely wrong. He was happy to talk things through, explain and fix a few misconceptions, and offer suggestions, which was incredibly helpful.

Lexi: Husbands come in handy. So do girlfriends, or at least we hope they do for your MC, Claire. When there’s a murder to solve you need some trustworthy friends around. Do any of the Magician WAGs (wives and girlfriends) practice magic too?

Sarah: Yes. Claire is secretly an expert in the art, but thwarted from performing because of her lifelong, debilitating stage fright. (Also, female magicians are rare, for reasons I touch upon in the book; so it's an uphill battle regardless.) Jessica has loved magic since she was very young, and spent her turbulent teen years joyriding to magic shows with her friends. She's well-versed in the basics but prefers to be fooled. Kaimi is new to the entire thing. Each of them brings a different element to the group that comes in handy when it's time to solve the murder of Claire's husband.

Lexi: People are drawn to magic. And we can’t help but be drawn to the blurb for CLUB DECEPTION. It reads like a gossip magazine headline! Have-to-know-whodunnit kind of headline. Is it all dark and mysterious?

Sarah: A friend of mine describes it as "Juicy Noir." I definitely wanted to invoke the mystery of a good magic show, but also pepper it with dark comedy, feminist drama, and sexytimes. Hopefully I succeeded!

Lexi: It all sounds so good. Thank you for stopping by to answer some questions about CLUB DECEPTION and Congratulations on the release! Cheers!

Sarah: Thank you for having me, and happy reading!

30141250Club Deception
by Sarah Skilton 
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing
A glamorous romp through the scandals and secrets of LA's most exclusive fictional magician's society, CLUB DECEPTION.

Claire Fredericksson is the beating heart of CLUB DECEPTION, LA's most exclusive magician's society. She's the Queen Bee of Magician WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends), and the genius behind her philandering husband Jonathan's award-winning magic show. Claire's life is upended by the arrival of two new women to the closed group of wives-Jessica, a young trophy wife with a secret, and Kaimi, an art expert looking for the long-lost Erdnase papers by posing as a girlfriend. When a magician rivalry erupts into murder, the women must uncover the truth and set things right for the men they love. With a cast of endurance experts, Vegas stage stars, and close-up card handlers, this novel weaves a tale of murder, fame, and many, many illusions.

About the Author:
Sarah Skilton
Coming in Summer 2017: Sarah's first book for adults, CLUB DECEPTION (Grand Central), about the magicians who belong to an exclusive underground magic club in Los Angeles, and the women who love, inspire, or control them.

Sarah is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a fact that came in handy while writing her martial arts-themed debut YA novel, BRUISED (Amulet Books), which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and which the Horn Book called "nuanced and honest." Her second YA novel, HIGH AND DRY (Amulet Books), was called "A dark, well-constructed mystery with a strong voice" by Kirkus.

Sarah and her husband, a magician, live in Southern California with their toddler son. She's never been sawed in half, but there's still time. She loves to read coming-of-age novels, effed up memoirs, and edgy non-fiction. Find her on twitter: @Sarah_Skilton

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