Author Interview & Giveaway: Girl on the Run by Abigail Johnson
You know we couldn’t let Abigail Johnson, a favorite around these parts, release a book without checking in! Our review for Girl on the Run will be up soon (read it – a thriller is the perfect pick for October!) but we are here today with an interview to get you excited. Girl on the Run is out now so run and pick it up!
Girl on the Runby Abigail Johnson
Published by: Underlined
on October 6, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
A fast-paced original paperback thriller about a girl who discovers that her mother might not be who she says she is . . . and now someone is hunting them both.
Katelyn wants the best for her widowed mom. Surprising her with an online dating profile seems like a good idea.
It isn't. Katelyn's mom hasn't just been acting overprotective all these years--she's been hiding something. And now that anyone can find them online, Katelyn is in a desperate race against time to uncover the secrets of the past--not only her mom's, but also her own.
As Katelyn's world unravels, she begins to trust the guy who brought this nightmare to her door and to doubt the one person she never thought she would. Because her mom has been hiding for a reason: she's been waiting.
Interview with Abigail Johnson
Girl on the Run is your first thriller. What was it like writing this story compared to your contemporaries? What can fans of your contemporaries expect?
I never set out to write a thriller, in fact, I was working on a contemporary YA when I first got the idea for Girl on the Run. But this story would not leave me alone and I ended up writing the first hundred pages in just a few days. I never felt so compelled to write something before and it was exhilarating. If you’re a fan of my contemporaries, I think you might really enjoy this one too. It’s got messy families and romance, and I promise you it’s a total page-turner.
Were there other stories (books or screen) that helped shape Girl on the Run?
I was reading a YA thriller right before I got the idea for Girl on the Run and I remember getting frustrated because I wanted the story to go in totally different directions. The book I was reading wasn’t remotely close to the idea for Girl on the Run but it made me start thinking about thrillers in general. So I had this thought, “if I were writing a thriller, I’d do something like…” and, of course, once a writer starts asking those questions, there’s no going back.
If your characters from your other stories were dropped in the world of Girl on the Run, how would they react?
Ha, ha, ha! Jill from If I Fix You would immediately use it as an excuse to steal awesome cars. Dana from The First to Know would stand between her family and the enemy with the biggest bat she could find. Brooke & Health from Even If I Fall would be a total Bonnie and Clyde couple. And Adam & Jolene from Every Other Weekend? Jolene would channel her best Jason Bourne while Adam would sneak calls to his mom in between being a shockingly good shot.