Tuesday, July 7, 2015
BLOG TOUR: Naked by Stacey Trombley
Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Naked by Stacey Trombley! Follow this exciting tour, HERE!
Contemporary Drama Fiction
July 7, 2015
The best place to hide is i a lie...
I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City...and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.
Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don't have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.
The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York.
Someone knows who I really am.
And it's just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed...
*Interview with Stacey Trombley*
Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
It’s a bit of a story but it all started when I watched the movie Taken. Where an American teenager is kidnapped in Paris and forced into an international prostitution ring. True human trafficking. I remember wondering what was going through this girl’s head. How did she go back to her normal, privileged life after such an insane experience? The movie brushed over this, making it seem like she just lands back in California just fine and dandy and still wanting to be a pop star.
I wasn’t satisfied.
I started with a bit of research and I found that not only is human trafficking a legit issue in the world today, it’s huge in the United States, too. I couldn’t get it out of my head.
I wanted to write this story but I realized I didn’t want to tell the story of how a girl’s life was ruined by prostitution. I wanted to explore what it was like for that same girl to move on. That’s what I had found so interesting in the first place. Her life on the streets wasn’t the end of her story, it was only the beginning.
What authors and/or books have inspired you?
Easily, my favorite YA contemporary book is The Hate List by Jennifer Brown. I read that book and thought to myself “This is the kind of book I want to write.” That book is very different from mine but in some ways, it’s very similar. The character is seen as a villain, she even considers herself one, to an extent. She has these leftover feelings for someone she knows is bad, not only for her but for others too. Those same feelings are at the heart of NAKED.
What book(s) are currently on your nightstand or ereader?
Oh my goodness, so many. Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed. The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver. Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Story Of A Girl by Sarah Zarr. Breaking the Ice by Gail Nall. Modern Monsters by Kelly York. And more.
I’m like a horder of ebooks.
Do you listen to music as you write? What do you listen to?
Every book I write has a playlist on Spotify. I use music to set the tone, inspire me, put me in the mood for the book or one scene in particular. I often turn on the music to write but I zone out so quickly I end up not even realizing what I’m listening to. It’s more for pre-writing than writing.
I love artists like zzward and Lana Del Rey but they don’t fit for every book. For Naked I used a TON of Taylor Swift. She’s like the spirit animal of this book.
What one thing should readers know about your heroine?
What I hope readers will realize when they read Naked is that Anna is just a girl. People tend to look at her and see her past, what she’s done and nothing more, but they don’t realize that she’s not a just a teenaged hooker. She’s a girl with a rough past but she is still just a 16 year old girl.
What are you working on next?
Oooh! I’m super excited about my next book. It’s another YA contemporary romance set in Haiti (if you read my bio you’ll see why I chose this setting and why it’s special to me) It’s not going to be quite as dark as Naked but still has some interesting twists and emotional depth.
**About the Author**
Stacy Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you'll ever meet. She thinks people are fascinating and any chance she has, she's off doing or learning something new. She went on her firsts mission trip to Haiti at age twelve and is still dying to go back. Her "places to travel" list is almost as long as her "books to read" list.
Naked is her debut novel, coming from Entangled Teen in July 2015!
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