Go Hunt Me – Blog Tour Interview

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the Go Hunt Me by Kelly deVos Blog Tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours.

Check out my interview post below!


About the Book

Title: Go Hunt Me

Author: Kelly deVos

Genre: Young Adult Horror
Publishing date: June 14th, 2022

Content warnings: Some discussion of sexual harassments and abuse, death, violence, gore

Synopsis:

For Dracula lovers and fans of Diana Urban’s All Your Twisted Secrets, this spine-tingling thriller follows seven horror buffs as their dream trip to a remote Romanian castle turns into a nightmare when they begin to be killed one by one.

Alex Rush is ready for the trip of a lifetime.

She and her friends have made some creepily awesome films together throughout high school, so with only a few months left before they go their separate ways for college, they’re determined to make the best one yet: an epic short film that reimagines the story of Dracula, filmed on location at a remote castle in Romania.

But when they get there, it’s not quite the majestic setting they planned for. Menacing weapons line the walls, the twisted halls are easy to get lost in, and with no connection to the outside world, the group is unexpectedly off the grid. After just a few hours spent under its roof, Alex and her friends have no trouble imagining how this dark, terrifying castle inspired one of the most enduring horror novels of all time.

Only soon they no longer have to use their imaginations to understand the location’s terrifying history—just as they get the film’s first shot rolling, one of Alex’s friends disappears, and she’s nearly certain she saw a cloaked stranger lurking in the shadows. As more members of the group begin to meet an untimely demise, Alex is desperate to stop the bloodshed, even if it means facing a monster she never thought would be let loose.

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Interview

1. What was your inspiration behind this vampire thriller?

They always tell writers not to read their reviews, but personally I do read mine. For me, it’s helped to improve my writing process. On prior books, I’ve been dinged by reviewers who don’t like my characters and especially brand my girls as “unlikeable.” In GO HUNT ME, I wanted to explore the idea of the unlikeable versus the likeable female character. I wondered what the interior life is like of a girl who is desperately trying to make others likeable. I also wanted to explore the notion of what a vampire looks like in modern times. For Bram Stoker, Dracula symbolized fear of progress, sexuality, and social change. Today, it’s interesting to conceive of the 1 percenters, entitled people, as society’s vampires.

2. You given us some of the scariest escape room style survival thrillers that have included zombies, doomsday events, and now vampires, what draws you to writing these kinds of stories?


I guess I’m stressed out and need a place to put my feelings! Seriously, telling stories about monsters is an interesting way to tackle tough topics. Monsters tend to represent ideas that society is struggling with at a given point in time. Writing about characters who encounter vampires and zombies, and what they do in response to what they experience, lets me examine topics that are hard to tackle head on.

3. You’ve written Contemporary, thriller/horror, and short stories featured in anthologies, what is your writing process like? Is it the same or different for each genre you write in?

My writing process tends to be pretty similar regardless of the genre that I am writing. I find that I tend to start with the big picture idea. In Eat Your Heart Out, the big idea was the statement that diet culture turns people into monsters. In Go Hunt Me, I began with the idea that nice girls could be scary and went from there. I am big into outlining, so no matter what I write, I tend to create an outline beforehand.

4. What are some of your favorite stickers that you’ve collected?

I love to collect stickers from the places that I visit. To me, the most fun stickers are the ones connected to memories. I have stickers devoted to places that I’ve travelled as well as local coffee shops and boutiques.

5. What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a book tentatively called The Test. It was inspired by my daughter who went through the experience of taking the SATs last year. One of these things that was most difficult was that it was so unclear what would be on the test and how the results would be used. I was inspired to create a world where one test that you take as a teenager, dictates everything about your life.

6. What are some of your favorite books? 

My favorite books from childhood are a mystery series called Trixie Belden. She’s basically a younger Nancy Drew who lives in upstate New York and is stuck babysitting her little brother when not solving mysteries. My favorite books of all time are The Great Gatsby and One Hundred Years of Solitude. More recently, in YA, I love the work of Kara Thomas, Natasha Preston, Kate Alice Marshall and Erin A. Craig. I’m also super lucky to have some amazing writer friends who do excellent work like Amy Trueblood, Dusti Bowling and Stephanie Elliot.


Author Bio

Kelly deVos is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection.

Kelly is represented by Chloe Seager of the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in London. Her work on body positivity has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Vulture, Salon, Bustle and SheKnows. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane was named one of the “50 Best Summer Reads of All Time” by Reader’s Digest magazine. Her second book, Day Zero, is available now from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins.

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Tour Schedule

June 13th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Twirling Book Princess – Review

June 14th
Rae’s Reading Lounge – Review & Favorite Quotes
The Bookish Coven – Promotional Post

June 15th
Cindy’s Love of Books – Review
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post
Reading Stewardess – Review & Playlist

June 16th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Forthenovellovers – Review

June 17th
The Literary Huntress – Top 5 Reasons to Read Go Hunt Me & Mood Board
I Can Has Books? – Review
Read With Serena – Promotional Post

June 18th
Whispering Stories – Intervie
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review

June 19th
The Clever Reader – Interview
bookloversbookreviews – Promotional Post & Tik Tok


Instagram Tour

June 13th
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
emmreadsbooks – Review

June 14th
fangirlpixiebooks – Promotional Post
booksatlunch – Review & Favorite Quotes
hturningpages – Top 5 Reasons to Read Go Hunt Me

June 15th
daniereads87 – Review
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
skygoddess1 – Blogger’s Choice

June 16th
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
bookstagramofmine – Review & Favorite Quotes
following.fantasies – Review

June 17th
my.bookish.mind – Review & Favorite Quotes
carrieicanhasbooks – Blogger’s Choice
sxnvi.b – Blogger’s Choice

June 18th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
justa.gal.andherbooks – Review,

June 19th
theenchantedshelf – Review
bookloverbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice

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