Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. Today I will have information about the book, a Q&A with the author, and a giveaway. I was supposed to review the book, but I haven’t received it yet. So I apologize that my review will be later and not in time for this post.
The Accidental Bad Girl
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she’ll have to decide who she really is—and own it. The longer she plays the role of “bad girl,” the more she becomes her new reputation. Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall.
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35960814-the-accidental-bad-girl
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Bad-Girl-Maxine-Kaplan/dp/141972858X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507565300&sr=8-1&keywords=the+accidental+bad+girl
- Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-accidental-bad-girl-maxine-kaplan/1126960305?ean=9781419728587
- Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Accidental-Bad-Girl-Maxine-Kaplan/9781419728587
- Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-accidental-bad-girl
- IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781419728587
- iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-accidental-bad-girl/id1332970350?mt=11
Q&A with Maxine Kaplan:
What inspired you to write The Accidental Bad Girl?
The short answer is that I wanted to write an origin story for a femme fatale. I loved, still love, James Bond, Hitchcock, film noir—but I was always dissatisfied with what those movies told me about the femme fatales. I wanted a story about how they became that way. I couldn’t find one, so I wrote it.
Why did you pick a private school for the setting?
I picked a Brooklyn private school, because that’s what I knew. I went to a Brooklyn private school from 5th through 12th grade. It was a setting I felt very familiar with and therefore very comfortable playing around in. So it was honestly mostly for utilitarian reasons, but as I wrote deeper into the story, I was really glad I had picked it. There’s a lot about that environment that lends itself very easily to noir, and it gave me a good mechanism for addressing privilege in a way I felt knowledgeable about.
Is anyone in the book influenced by people you know?
Ooof, I think I’d get in trouble if I said yes ☺ The honest answer is that I stole a lot of details and traits from a lot different people—friends, old classmates, family members, exes—but that there is truly no straight-up one-to-one influence over any one character. I’m a thief, but its misdemeanor not grand larceny.
Was this the first book you wrote or were there other books that weren’t published?
This is the first book I ever wrote! I’ve always written, but this is the first full-length novel I ever committed to finishing.
What made you decide to write a book after being a private investigator?
It’s actually kind of the other way around. I always wanted to write books. When I was a kid and people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was generally “either an actress or an author.” Super practical. I needed to do a lot of work on my self before I was up to actually committing to finishing a novel though. I needed to build up my discipline and my confidence. In the meantime, I needed a job, and hey, I did say I loved noir, didn’t I? That job came up and it was too good to resist.
What are you working on next?
I’m working on YA fantasy comedy adventure, so it’s something a little different. But it has the same themes. I’m never not going to write something with feminist undertones. It’s kind of my thing. I’m also starting—in the very early stages—on a bloody (YA) Jane Austen-inspired murder mystery.
What are some of your favorite books with strong female protagonists?
The dreaded question! I am always agonized by questions of favorites. But, with the caveat that this is a very limited list, I love Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books; I love Beauty Queens by Libba Bray; and Catherine, Called Birdie by Karen Cushman is embedded in my DNA.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maxine Kaplan was born in Washington, DC. She and her twin sister spent their early childhoods trotting behind their journalist parents as they traveled around the world, eventually settling in Brooklyn, NY. Maxine graduated from Oberlin College in 2007. Following a long stint in the world of publishing, she has worked as a private investigator since 2009. She lives in her adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her lovely husband and complex cat. THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL is her debut novel. Follow Maxine on Twitter @MaxineGKaplan.
- Prize: 1 copy of THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL by Maxine Kaplan
- Ends: 7/10
Thank you to Maxine for answering my questions. And thank you to everyone for stopping by today.