Today is a big day!
My BFF and critique partner Dea Poirier's debut novel is out! I've watched her journey from conception to completion and read the manuscript a couple of times along the way. It's so exciting to know I was part of the process and I'm thrilled for Dea.
If you're looking for a twisty, dark crime story, this is the book for you! If you haven't got your copy of The Next Girl to Die, you can pick it up on Amazon or add it to your Goodreads list!
To celebrate, I asked her a few questions about her book and writing, but first, let's take a peek at her book, Next Girl To Die!
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.
Interview with Dea Poirier
My debut, NEXT GIRL TO DIE, Fifteen years after her sister’s unsolved murder, Claire Calderwood returns to her home town when another murder that’s startlingly similar to her sister’s occurs. In the sequel, BENEATH THE ASHES, Claire continues to struggle with the emotional impact of her sister’s death while working on a new case in Maine. More details about that book will be released soon!
2) What was the hardest part to write?
In NEXT GIRL TO DIE, the hardest parts for me to write were the romance. By nature I’m just not a romantic person at all. While I knew the two characters were growing together and it made sense for the narrative for there to be romance at some point, it was very difficult for me to write that realistically.
3) Your writing deals with the darker side of people, why?
I find the darker side of humanity to be more realistic. Everyone deals with trauma, darker emotions, and the harder parts of life. I feel like showing those feels more authentic than focusing on the lighter topics. I’ve also always been drawn more to writing characters that are deeply emotionally flawed, maybe because I relate to that more.
4) You often balance more than one project, how do you keep them all straight?
Usually my projects are so different that it’s easy for me to keep them all straight in my mind. I usually write drastically different projects at once, so there’s unlikely to be any overlap. For example, I recently worked on a Middle Grade, a YA project, and BENEATH THE ASHES all at once. It was easy for me to keep the characters and narratives straight because there was no overlap there. The genres were completely different, the characters weren’t even remotely the same, and it wasn’t even for the same market. That made it easy for me to switch between them. I also leave myself notes as I write or edit so it’s easy for me to pick up where I left off on a project.
5) What inspires your writing?
Many different things inspire me, it really depends on the project. Sometimes it’s another writer’s work, mythology, a podcast, something weird I saw in a movie or TV show.
6) What advice do you have for writers?
It’s difficult but stop questioning and just get the words out. Most of my non-productive time is because I can’t stop questioning what I’m doing, what I’m thinking, if there’s even a market for what I’m writing. When you’re drowning in questions, you’re killing your flow. If you can, put aside your doubts and just get the words down. Accept that what you’re writing might not sell tomorrow, or in a year, or even five years. But regardless you need to get that story out of your head.
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 son.