Before I show you her beautiful cover for Next Girl to Die, Dea shares her thoughts on how the story came together.
Birth of a Crime Novel
by Dea Poirier
Once upon a time, I never dreamed I’d write anything like NEXT GIRL TO DIE. Several years ago, I wrote thrillers, but they were of the YA supernatural variety. I never thought about writing suspense or mysteries until my agent suggested it. She’d mentioned that she had many editors clamoring for dark, female protagonists that were a bit morally gray, and she suggested that I might be able to write characters like that. Within my YA projects, I already had a penchant for morally gray, so I decided to give it a shot. Though I’ve watched plenty of crime shows, listened to true crime podcasts, and know way more about serial killers than any human should know – I wasn’t confident about writing a book so entrenched in crime and mystery – especially from a detective’s point of view. It came in layers, so, so many layers.
After watching way too much SVU, bingeing on other crime novels – I started NEXT GIRL TO DIE. I’d never tried writing something like it, didn’t even know if I could. But I started researching small islands that could make a creepy home for this story. I wanted something remote, but not too remote. And finally, Vinalhaven Maine stood out to me as the winner.
I wrote the first draft furiously – and shortly after I got the bones of the story down, my grandmother died. Though it did not come as a shock, she’d been in failing health for a while, it was still a blow. My grandmother helped raise me, I lived with her most of my life, so losing her was akin to losing part of myself. In NEXT GIRL TO DIE, my main character Claire is grieving the loss of her sister, a death she’s been grieving for 15 years. Writing this book helped me pour my own pain, my own struggles with grief into something. And I found that it helped. I was able to write out my pain, to etch some of that into Claire’s soul.
After writing that first draft, I edited it, added layers to the story, and poured my heart out into a small town with many secrets – and a heroine that has just as many, if not more.
Now that you know how the book came together, here's the beautiful cover!
Solving the case will avenge her sister—unless the killer finds her first.
It’s been fifteen years since Claire Calderwood’s sister, Rachel, was brutally murdered in their small hometown in Maine. Claire has finally carved out a life for herself as a homicide detective in Detroit, but the past comes calling when the local police back home ask for her help with a murder eerily similar to Rachel’s.
Still haunted by Rachel’s cold case, Claire returns home, hoping to solve the crime and finally put her grief to rest. As she starts investigating, the last thing she needs is tenacious journalist Noah Washington asking questions she’s not ready to answer. But like her, Noah won’t give up until he finds the truth—and Claire reluctantly finds herself relying on him more and more when disturbing new details about Rachel’s death come to light.
When the killer strikes once again, Claire knows he’s not done. Now he’s set his sights on Claire, who will have to find the courage she needs to survive a deadly confrontation years in the making.
NEXT GIRL TO DIE set for release May 1 2019, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Dea Poirier was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she found her passion during a creative writing course. She studied computer science and political science at the University of Central Oklahoma. She later spent time living on both coasts and traveling the United States before finally putting down roots in central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp with her husband, son, two dogs, and two cats.