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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Blog Tour: TEN by Gretchen McNeil - Character Interview

Hi, everyone!

Welcome to my first post of the TEN Tour, celebrating the release of the horrific new thriller Ten by Gretchen McNeil. TEN is a wonderfully dark novel as we quickly approach the dark half of the year. I, however, being the wimp that I am, read it over the summer. And ONLY in the daytime. You'll be reading my full review in a few days...

Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror POSSESS debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – will be released September 18, 2012, and her third novel 3:59, sci fi horror pitched as The Parent Trap meets Event Horizon, is scheduled for Fall 2013.

Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and is a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as "Monday." 

Now, let's get to know a couple of the characters. Shall we? 

Questions for Minnie:

How did you and Meg become friends?  

We were paired up in gym class in the 7th grade.  Meg was the new girl and didn't have a lot of friends, but we instantly hit it off!

When did you fall in love with TJ?  

*sigh*  Damn, that boy is HAWT.  I can't remember a time I wasn't in love with him, but I do remember that time in 8th grade when one of his teammates was saying some nasty crap to me in line at lunch and T.J. told him to cut it out.  I knew then – we were made for each other.

What's your favorite flavor of ice-cream?  

One? I have to pick just one?  Um, oreo cookie.  No wait, cookie dough.  Or can I put them both together and make one giant, unholy flavor?  Crap, I hate choosing!!!

Favorite outfit?  

Oh, that's worse than the ice cream question.  What's wrong with you???  Okay, I'll go with a strapless, flirty summer dress.  And kitten heels.  And a clutch.  And maybe some long dangly earrings that just graze my collarbone.

Questions for Ben:

How do you like high school?  

It's a necessary evil.  I mean, most of the teachers are jerks, but if you have to go, you might as well make the most of it.  Besides, you meet some REALLY cool people.

How did you get invited to the house party?  

Jessica, the host, and I know each other pretty well.  We, er, date sometimes.  It's casual.

Favorite horror movie?  

Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  The original, not that remake crap.

Favorite book?  

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

And their doom comes swiftly.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, both of which involve Kamiak High’s most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher. But what starts out as a fun-filled weekend turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. 

Suddenly, people are dying and the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?



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