Primal Animals – Blog Tour Interview

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the Primal Animals by Julia Lynn Rubin Blog Tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours.

Check out my interview post below!

About the Book

Title: Primal Animals

Author: Julia Lynn Rubin

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Publishing Date: May 24, 2022

Content Warning: Blood, gore, mentions of Sexual harassment/assault


Protect the girls Arlee Gold is anxious about spending the summer at the college prep Camp Rockaway—the same camp her mother attended years ago, which her mother insists will help give Arlee a “fresh start” and will “change her life.” Little does Arlee know that, once she steps foot on the manicured grounds, this will prove to be true in horrifying ways. Even though the girls in her cabin are awesome—and she’s developing a major crush on the girl who sleeps in the bunk above her—the other campers seem to be wary of Arlee, unwilling to talk to her or be near her, which only ramps up her paranoia. When she’s tapped to join a strange secret society, Arlee thinks this will be her shot at fitting in…until her new “sisters” ask her to do the unthinkable, putting her life, and the life of her new crush, in perilous danger.

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Now that you’ve published multiple novels has your writing process changed or does it stay close to the same for each project?

Great question! Honestly, it’s still quite similar in that I’m a rather messy drafter who writes many different scenes and moments out of sequence as opposed to in a linear fashion, but I’ve definitely become more organized overall. I’ve learned how to outline, create a general synopsis ahead of time, and become much more cognizant as a writer. I think I’ve grown a lot, but at the same time, maintained my unique voice and style.

How was it writing a novel vs. publications?

Writing a novel is kind of like the most painful metaphorical birth ever. I think Ernest Hemingway said it best: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Most of the work of writing a book is in revision, which involves lots of critique, rethinking, reshaping, and re-doing. With writing, that’s when everything is in your control, but with publishing, it’s pretty much all out of your hands. You can only control so much, and there’s a point at which as an author you have to let things go and let them happen as they do, even if it’s frustrating, disappointing and depressing at times. Publishing is brutal.

What were your first thoughts when seeing the cover for Primal Animals?

Absolutely blown away! Wednesday Books has a fantastic design team, and they really involve their authors a lot in the cover creation process. I had tons of input, including regarding images, colors and themes I wanted to see. I had this idea to directly reference the original cover for Lord of the Flies, as there are a lot of parallels between my book and that one. Arlee on the cover is meant to be a teen Chloë Sevigny look-alike, and the illustrator Kim Myatt absolutely nailed it. I told the team at Wednesday I was a big fan of Kim and they actually hired her! They’re the best.

Publishing has been hit hard due to the pandemic, what advice do you have for aspiring authors during this time?

My best advice would be to just breathe. You’re doing your best. We all are. Think of the publication journey as a long game, not a sprint, but an extended marathon (and a brutal one at that). Things will get better. They’ll ebb and flow. They’ll change. Even when you’re at what feels like your lowest point, remember it’ll change. Don’t give up. Seriously, do not. I think I read somewhere once that most authors quite publishing after releasing their third book, if they even get there at all, and as someone about to release their third, I understand why. It’s a brutal, cutthroat business and it’s unfair and loaded with issues, but remind yourself you’re doing this for you and the wider reader community. Hang in there. Stay true to your long-term vision.

Oh, and find a supportive community of fellow writers and authors, if you can. Those are your people that will support and elevate you even in the hardest of times (and also very likely become instrumental readers and critique partners!)

What are you currently reading & what books do you recommend?

On the adult side, I finally read The Girls by Emma Cline and absolutely loved it. It tore me apart and I felt seen by that book in a way I haven’t in a while. I also recently just finished the young adult debut Dream to Me by Megan Paasch (I did a blurb for it), and was blown away by how beautiful and haunting it was. I read a lot of darker books, so if you like a little edge to your fiction, check those out! I’m really excited to start Courtney Gould’s new book, Where Echoes Die, The Last Beautiful Girl by Nina Laurin, and on the adult side, The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka (I read the first few pages in a bookstore recently and the prose is impeccable). Also, as always, I recommend Betty by Tiffany McDaniel, which is truly a masterpiece.

Author Bio

Julia Lynn Rubin lives the writer’s life in Brooklyn, where she finished an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at The New School in 2017. For three years she served as a writing mentor for Girls Write Now, New York City’s premiere writing program for high school girls, and she continues to facilitate pre-K literacy programs throughout Brooklyn at libraries and family shelters.

Julia has been writing books, poems, and stories since first grade, and loves reading about everything from film analysis (she’s a film nerd) to psychology and philosophy. Her short stories have appeared in publications such as the North American ReviewSierra Nevada Review, and The Lascaux Review, and she has written for a variety of online publications, including BuzzFeedThe Content StrategistFatherly, and Wetpaint Entertainment.

Julia is passionate about realism and diversity in teen literature. She hopes to one day own a French bulldog, pug, Boston terrier, or perhaps a mix of all three. She loves indie films, drag shows, and spending as much time as possible at the beach.​

She is represented by Lauren Spieller of Triada US Literary Agency

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Tour Schedule

May 23rd
The Book Dutchesses – Interview
& She Reads – Promotional Post
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

May 24th
AndOnSheReads – Review
Gazerofbooks – Top 5 Reasons to Read Primal Animals

May 25th
Jen Jen Reviews – Review
Literary Liza – Review & Favorite Quotes

May 26th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post

May 27th
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
Stuck in the Stacks – Review

May 28th
Althea Is Reading – Review
bookloversbookreviews – Promotional Post & Tik Tok

May 29th
The Clever Reader – Interview
eastendreader98 – Review
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post

Instagram Tour

May 23rd
kathytrithardt – Review
and_shereads – Blogger’s Choice
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

May 24th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
gazerofbooks – Blogger’s Choice

May 25th
ignitereads – Review
literary_lizard – Blogger’s Choice

May 26th
gryffindorbookishnerd – Review, Promotional Post
biblio.jojo – Review

May 27th
booking.with.janelle – Top 5 Reasons to Read Primal Animals – Blogger’s Choice

May 28th
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
bookloversbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice

May 29th
booksatlunch – Top 5 Reasons to Read Primal Animals
eastendreader89 – Blogger’s Choice
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice

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