Such a Good Girl
Author: Amanda K. Morgan
Publication Date: June 20th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis: Pretty Little Liars meets Luckiest Girl Alive in this riveting novel about a practically perfect girl who is willing to do anything to make sure it stays that way. Absolutely anything.
Things to know about Riley Stone:
Riley Stone is just about perfect. (Ask anyone.)
She has a crush on her French teacher, Alex Belrose. (And she suspects he likes her, too.)
Riley has her entire life planned out. (The plan is nonnegotiable.)
She’s never had a secret she couldn’t keep. (Not ever.)
Riley is sure that her life is on the right track. (And nothing will change that.)
She’s nothing like a regular teenager. (But she doesn’t have any problem admitting that.)
Riley doesn’t usually play games. (But when she does, she always wins.)
She thinks a game is about to start…
But Riley always has a plan…
And she always wins.
Amanda K. Morgan is a freelance writer living in Nashville, TN. She covers events and works on freelance projects when she isn’tworking on her YA novels. At age 15, Amanda finished her first novel and continued to write in college, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing.
Amanda’s books include After Hours, written as Claire Kennedy, Secrets Lies and Scandals, and Such a Good Girl.
For more information on Amanda’s freelance/technical writing, to ask for information on a specific project, or for other questions, contact her.
What gave you the idea to write Such a Good Girl?
I started with the idea of blame. Such a Good Girl grew from there.
Who were your favorite characters in the book and why?
Riley is definitely a favorite. She’s the main character, and she is complex and intelligent and fascinating in a way I’ve never had the opportunity to write before. I also love her friends, Kolbie and Neta, because they are strong and intelligent women.
Were there any unexpected plot twists that occurred while writing the book?
Actually, no – I’m definitely a plotter. I might write a few pages to get an idea of the voice, but generally I make a really extensive chapter-by-chapter outline before I dive into a book.
What is your writing process like?
Like I said, I’m definitely a plotter. I believe in mapping out my story carefully and trying to fill in any plot holes before I write a lot of the story because I believe that saves me a lot of time and energy. I also revise as I go, so when I finish, I actually feel like it’s about the second draft. Then I go over the manuscript about a million times (rough estimate).
How do you avoid distractions while writing?
Sometimes I don’t! A lot of times, I put something on in the background, whether it’s music or TV. I usually try to watch a show I’ve seen before, and the music can’t be anything too catchy. I don’t want to be around people, though—either they’ll talk to me or I’ll talk to them, and I hate the idea that someone could be looking over my shoulder. I do my best work when I’m not being self-conscious about it.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
So many! Some people might even say too many, but I don’t believe in too many books. My next read, though, is An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
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