Today on The Plot Bunny, I would like to welcome a very special guest – author of Follow Me Back – A.V. Geiger! In our interview she will be discussing her favorite authors, book boyfriend, writing advice and little tidbits that helped to inspire Follow Me Back. Check out the interview below and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…
Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.
When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast―like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…
Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts, this thriller for the online generation will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.
- Who are some of your favorite authors and how did their books influence you?
“As a young teen, I read a ton of contemporary romantic suspense. I grew up on mass market paperbacks from authors like Mary Higgins Clark and Linda Howard. I developed more of a taste for gothic fiction as I got older. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier are two of my all-time favorites. Those books probably taught me a thing or two about how to weave together romantic elements with psychological suspense. “
- I know you draw on your own experiences with social media and online fan culture, is that what inspired this book? If not, what did?
“Yes! I was active in a music fandom when I first conceptualized the book. Most of the fan tweets in Follow Me Back were inspired by real things I witnessed as I scrolled through my Twitter timeline. Back then, my account handle was not my real name, and people knew me only by the nickname Viv. My profile picture changed from week to week, but it was never my face – usually an album cover or the face a certain lead singer. Online fandom is full of accounts like that, hiding their true selves behind images of celebrities. That element of concealed identity served as a major source of inspiration when I was plotting Follow Me Back.”
- What has been some of the best fan interactions you have had, and have there ever been any negative or scary ones?
“Nothing scary. I’m lucky to have an incredibly supportive group of fans from Wattpad. The first draft of Follow Me Back is still posted online there with new readers discovering it every day, and they crack me up with the notes they leave there – over 90,000 comments accumulated so far! It’s like a never-ending party in my book, where I can drop in and interact with readers anytime.
They like hearing back from me, but I’ve found that readers love it even more when they hear from the book’s characters. I created real Twitter accounts, @TessaHeartsEric and @EricThornSucks, and I have so much fun tweeting in their voices. The reactions from fans are priceless. Sometimes readers ask Tessa for online relationship advice… but the best is when they fangirl over Eric as if he’s a real pop star!”
- Do you have an author crush? If not, do you have an ultimate “book boyfriend/girlfriend”?
“My book boyfriend, always and forever, is Jamie Fraser from the Highlander series. He’s the perfect combination of sensitive and tough. Plus, he wears a kilt.”
- Do you have specific writing habits/rituals? What advice do you have for writers just starting out (young and older)?
“My advice to new writers: make a schedule and stick to it. Writing is a muscle that you have to develop and keep in shape, so treat it like a workout routine. Set deadlines for yourself that feel manageable but a bit of a stretch.
In my case, I post all my first drafts online, following a rigid weekly schedule. My Wattpad followers know when new chapters are due, and they yell at me if I leave them hanging. This gives me the pressure to keep going and complete books, even when I hit those sticky middle chapters that don’t flow as effortlessly as I might like. Follow Me Back was the sixth book I completed using this method. Without that weekly schedule, I would never have produced that kind of output.”
- Have you ever been a SUPER fangirl? What is the strangest or “craziest” fangirl moment you have been a part of?
“Trust me, I understand the psychology of intense fandom because I lived it. The high point of my fangirl career came a couple years ago, when I scored a general admission floor ticket for a concert at Madison Square Garden. I went by myself, figuring I would have more in common with the other superfans in the pit than any of my real-life friends.
I researched ahead of time how early to arrive and the best place to stand. I waited in line for hours and scored a spot along the railing, where I could reach out and touch the runway. Then, when the show began, I made a paper airplane and slipped it onto the stage. Halfway through the set, my celebrity crush picked it up and tried to throw it back into the crowd. The plane did a U-turn and flew in his face, making him (and the whole arena) laugh out loud… and I have the whole incident documented in cellphone videos. Fangirl life complete!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A.V. Geiger is a popular online author and member of the elite Wattpad Stars program. Her original teen fiction has received millions of hits on Wattpad, the story-sharing website, and was ranked #1 in the Mystery/Thriller genre. Her writing career began with celebrity fanfiction, and her work draws extensively on her own experiences with fan culture and social media. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin boys.
I would like to thank A.V.Geiger for graciously answering all my questions, as well as Sourcebooks for letting me join in the fun and be part of the Follow Me Back tour.
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