What’s your book about?

OF BLOOD AND SHADOW is a YA gothic thriller inspired by the Ripper murders. It’s about a Victorian-era lord’s daughter who defies society expectations by secretly apprenticing as a forensics examiner, and soon finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer who is stalking London’s East End.

Is your book on goodreads?

YES! You can add it to your TBR list by clicking on this link and I will hug you through my screen until you push me away.

When will it be coming out/who is publishing it?

It’s scheduled for fall 2016. We’re shooting for early October, but the actual release date is still being worked out. JIMMY Patterson Books/Little, Brown is publishing it and I couldn’t be more excited!

Is it part of a series?

Currently it’s a standalone novel, but I’ve got other adventures in mind for Audrey Rose and Thomas. :)

How can I help spread the word about your book?

The best, and I mean the VERY best thing you can do? Tell all of your friends. Tweet about it. Post it on Facebook, tumblr, instagram, your blog, and everywhere you can put a review online. (Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Indie bookstores, Goodreads, etc.) Request it at your local library, or bookstore.

Word of mouth and pre-orders help authors more than you know. If you see a book you like? Pre-order it immediately! You’ll receive a surprise in the mail come release day, and you’re helping your favorite author out. Win-win.

If you love a book (any book!) shout it out and let the world know. Tell the publishers you love it and the author and anyone else who will listen. Your enthusiasm is what gets books on shelves, dear readers. Let your voice be heard.

How did you get your agent?

I took a Writers Digest webinar that my agent was teaching (after she requested my manuscript via the slush pile), and that really opened up the door for our communication. If you can’t make it to actual conferences, I suggest going the online route!

The full story on how I got my agent can be read HERE.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Writing is something I’ve always done for pleasure, but I started thinking about publishing seriously around 2009/2010. Prior to that I never thought of making it a career, which is crazy to think now :)

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

NEVER GIVE UP. EVER. Read as much as you breathe, and write every single day. If your first project doesn’t work out, keep writing. Every book you write will be a learning experience and a stepping stone. I wrote five books before I signed with my agent. Persistence and hard work are the keys to making it in publishing.

What’s your twitter handle?

It’s @KerriManiscalco and if you follow me, I’ll totally hug you through my laptop screen for AT LEAST ten minutes. Maybe more.

Will you be my friend on GoodReads?

Heck yes! Here’s where you can find me on GoodReads: Clicky click here.

You talk about Absolute Write and Query Tracker, which forums did you use specifically?

Since I write YA those are the forums I frequented the most during my search for representation. There’s not one place I suggest over another. Check those sites out and find what forums work best for you.

My question wasn’t answered, how can I contact you?

Fear not! You can contact me at:

Kerri [dot] Writes [at] gmail [dot] com

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