I loved Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock. It was suspenseful, intriguing, and very fast paced. Today I’m very lucky to be hosting the lovely Kathleen Peacock on the blog for an interview about Hemlock, which comes out May 8th 2012!
Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.
Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.
Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.
1. What is your favourite part about being an author?
That moment when the music is blasting and my fingers are flying over the keys and I see a scene unfolding in my head. Nothing beats that.
2. If you had to re-title Hemlock, what would you call it and why?
I’m actually really rubbish at coming up with titles. Even “Hemlock” was intended as a placeholder while I was querying. I figured that someone would eventually tell me to change it. No one did.
In hindsight, though, I think it works really well with the title of book two (which is still a secret).
3. If Hemlock were made into a movie, who would you want to play different characters?
I think Kyle would look a little bit like Jason Behr did in the first season of Roswell. While he’s about 13 years too old to play Kyle now, I’d want an actor with that quiet intensity. I could also totally see Alex Pettyfer playing Jason—especially after his turn in Beastly. I’m not sure who would make a good Mac…
4. How do you think Hemlock fits in with (or steps out of) the recent trends in YA books?
Hemlock sort of falls into the werewolf and love triangle trends, but I think (well, I hope) it’s different enough that it stands out. It’s a book that has werewolves in it, but it’s not really a book about werewolves—it’s much more focused on the friendships between the characters and the mystery of who killed Amy and why.
I also think the love triangle in Hemlock is a bit different than the norm. All three characters stand to lose so much more than a boyfriend/girlfriend, and they’re all aware of that. A few people have commented on Mac’s lack of enthusiasm for her predicament; a lot of that is her not wanting to hurt someone she cares about and not wanting to be the person who comes between two friends.
5. Hemlock has a gorgeous cover. What different aspects from the cover link to the story?
I think the dark, brooding tone of the cover is a clear link to the story. Looking at the girl on the front, I always have a sense that she has lost something or someone important to her. A huge part of the book deals with how Mac, Jason, and Kyle cope with the loss of Amy and the unresolved questions surrounding her death. I think that really comes through with the mood the cover creates.