What’s Stalking Jack the Ripper about?

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER is a YA gothic mystery (with shades of horror) 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.

Who is your publisher?

James Patterson’s new children’s imprint at Little, Brown, JIMMY Patterson Books, is my publisher. I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this wonderful imprint!

How did you get your novel in front of James Patterson?

My agent included my editor in a tailored list of people she thought would be a good fit for my project when we went out on submission. My editor read it, fell in love, and took it through the regular channels that books take during the acquisition process. (This is when James Patterson read it and gave my editor the green light to make an offer.)

Here is my book deal story told in gifs like the adult I am. BOOK DEAL LINK.

Where can I order Stalking Jack the Ripper?

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Independent Bookstores, and several other online retailers in the US and other countries. It will also be available at your local Target, Costco, and Sam’s Club.


Barnes & Noble

Book Depository

Indie Bound

Is it part of a series?

Yes! STALKING JACK THE RIPPER is now a four book series. It’s what I like to call a gothic Nancy Drew–or, a Victorian Era CSI–they are standalone adventures. (Kind of like an adult mystery series where you have the same leads, but different cases to solve.)

HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA will continue through to the next standalone adventure from the point we leave you in SJTR. Each story will have Audrey Rose investigating murders inspired by infamous killers and people from history. The third novel is called ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI and the fourth is slated for release in 2019.


The official blurb is:

In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life? 
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.


Is STALKING JACK THE RIPPER  going to be a TV series or movie?

If there is any news on this front, I will for sure shout it out from the interwebs rooftops. Thank you all for the many (many, many, many) messages regarding your desire to see these characters on screen.

Okay, but who would you cast as Audrey Rose and Thomas if there was going to be a film or tv series?

Casting is something authors don’t really have a say in, but since we’re talking about dream casts, I’d say someone like Aditi Rao Hydari would be a fabulous Audrey Rose. And Thomas I could see being played by a Harry Lloyd or Douglas Booth-esque actor.

How can I help spread the word about your book?

A new street team has been formed called the Knights of Whitechapel! If you’d like to become part of the team, sign up here. If you’ve got questions regarding how to become a member, please see the Knights of Whitechapel page.

The best, and I mean the VERY best thing you can do? Tell all of your friends. Tell your local librarian and your school librarian. They are amazing advocates for both authors and books! 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 librarians and anyone else who will listen. Your enthusiasm is what gets books on shelves, readers. Let your voice be heard.


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. 


OH YES! Here it is 🙂

How do you say your name?

My name is pronounced pretty much exactly the way it’s spelled, but if you’d like to hear audio of it, check out this amazing Teaching Books link: Pronouncing “Maniscalco”

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, dashed with a bit of luck, 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.

Do you have an Instagram?

I do! I am addicted to posting teasers on my IG story feed and can be found Instagram.com/KerriManiscalco.

Are you 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.

I’m a reviewer/book blogger and am interested in requesting an advanced reader copy for review purposes. Who do I ask about ARCs? Can you send me one?

I have a limited amount of ARCs that will be raffled off through giveaways/contests on both my blog and others. I will post about all contests and opportunities to win an ARC on my blog, twitterInstagramFacebook, and other social media accounts. I’m so excited for all the early support for my book and wish I could grant all your ARC wishes! Know that I’m hugging you and sending you sparkly hearts. You’re the best!

Any review requests/ARCs can be made by contacting Erinn McGrath at: Erinn[dot]McGrath[at]hbgusa[dot]com

Who do I contact about blurb requests?

First, thank you so much for thinking of me! You may direct all blurb requests to my agent, Barbara Poelle using the following contact:



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