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"Part mystery, part character study, the story hooks readers immediately, propelling them through a serpentine path of secrets and lies." - Booklist

It's a slow-building, slow-burning mystery—Jarzab is as interested in probing Neily and Audrey’s emotional states and the ramifications of Carly’s murder as she is in solving it—but the author’s confident, literary prose makes for a tense and immersive thriller." - Publisher's Weekly

Welcome to Author Chat, Anna! Congratulations on your debut novel All Unquiet Things, which is out today.
What is the basic premise?

Two teens team up to figure out who murdered their friend in cold blood, even though they can't stand each other. Unlikely allies! My favorite.

Where did you get the idea?

The book basically grew out of Neily, the main character. I invented him, and the story followed, albeit in a roundabout fashion and not as swiftly as I would like. I'm sure the mystery element grew out of my childhood obsession with Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie novels.


Your cover is brilliant. How do you think it reflects your book and its theme(s)?

I love the cover, too! Obviously it reflects the plot--dead girl--but it has that verdant look that reminds me of California the way I describe it in the opening paragraph. It's also simple, in contrast to the complexity of the plot, and elegant in a way I hope the plot unfolds.

Did you have any cover input?

Not a bit. My editor asked me if I had any ideas, and I gave her one, and they didn't use it, which is totally fine because I used it for my website.

Who are some of your favorite authors (YA or otherwise):
My favorite classic (meaning dead) authors are Jane Austen, Nancy Mitford, E.M. Forster, Shakespeare, Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, Truman Capote, C.S. Lewis, John Steinbeck, Madeleine L'Engle, Charlotte and Emily Bronte. My favorite living authors are Douglas Coupland, Alice Munro, David Sedaris, J.D. Salinger (he actually is alive! I checked!), Chris Adrian, Anne Rice, Stephen King, and Ian McEwan. My favorite YA writers are Courtney Summers, C.K. Kelly Martin, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, John Green, Robin Benway, Ally Carter, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sarah Dessen, and all the Tenners. ;)

If you could cast your novel as a movie, who would star?
Normally I would say unknowns, but I saw Jennifer's Body recently and thought that either Kyle Gallner (Galner? too lazy to check) or Johnny Simmons would be excellent as Neily. I've always liked Amanda Seyfried for Audrey, even though she's not tall enough, and Amber Tamblyn as Carly, even though she's probably too old now. Actaully, they all probably are, but this is Hollywood!


Did you write to music? A playlist?
I have a playlist for AUT [link: http://www.annajarzab.com/aut/all-unquiet-things-playlist/], but I don't normally write while listening to music--I can't concentrate. I listen to my playlists while I'm on the subway or walking around town and working on my books in my head.

If you were forced to move to a deserted island with one of your characters who would it be and why?
I guess I'd have to say Neily, because if I had the opportunity to meet any of my characters, it'd be him. Harvey would probably be better company, though.
Note from Heidi: After seeing Johnny with the surfboard, I'd say: Good choice. :)

What's up next for you?
A new YA mystery with an as yet unspecified title! (Legal killed the old one, boo, but I understand.) It's about a disappearance.

And most importantly, where can we buy this book and find out more about you?
You can by this book any old place! Borders, B&N, Books a Million, Amazon, and your favorite local bookstore. You can find out more about me on my website [link: http://www.annajarzab.com]. I'm also on Twitter [link: http://www.twitter.com/ajarzab], Goodreads and Facebook.

Thank you, Anna! I can't wait to sink my teeth into this beautiful written mystery (I've had the pleasure of reading the first chapter, and its gorgeous!) Congratulations on your book birthday!

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kellyrfineman
Jan. 12th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Love her list of authors - and that she checked whether Salinger was still alive or not! I'll have to look for this one!
aprilhenry
Jan. 12th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
That is an EXCELLENT cover.

The link to Twitter didn't quite work...
jessica_leader
Jan. 13th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Great interview!

I always get sad when actors age out of my ability to fictionally cast them in books that should be movies. Wouldn't Gwynneth Paltrow have been so great for THE SECRET HISTORY? Yeah, not anymore!
seaheidi
Jan. 13th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
I know. Even some of my favorites, like Riggins from FNL is getting a wee bit old to play a teenager.

christyraedeke
Jan. 14th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
I'm so excited to read this one! Loved your book trailer, Anna.
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