Monday, June 13, 2011

Interview: Erica O'Rourke

UFI welcomes Erica O'Rourke Author of Torn. Thanks for Joining us!!

Erica is answering all her interview questions with lines from Torn.

What is your favorite part of the city?

“We stopped along the Riverwalk….the curving glass of the offices on Wacker Drive reflected the sky, and the water taxis and tour boats cruised past us on the river below.”

What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not have found out by reading your bio or another interview?

“I could feel my too-fair skin turning pink with sunburn.”

“For the life of me, I couldn’t solve for X.”

“And for the record? I don’t drink lattes. Or get my nails done.”

How would Mo Describe Colin and Luc?

Colin: “Handsome, in a rough, hardened way, but definitely bored, with a hint of cranky.”

Luc: “He was totally Verity’s type – a little dangerous, a little arrogant, a lot different than the boys at church we’d known since we were five.”

If you had to pitch Torn to someone who has never heard of it in the least amount of words possible what would you say?

“Whoever did this…I have to make them pay.”

Who was your favorite character to write about? Hardest?

“I am never trouble.” Colin snorted. “Ask anyone. I am smart and quiet and cooperative. I have a 4.0 and perfect attendance since the sixth grade. I am, by definition, a very nice girl.”

If my mother were a superhero, she’d be Panicwoman, capable of flattening cities with the sheer force of her overreactions, of tensing up so quickly she levitated.

What comes next for Mo?

“I want to go back to the way things were, but there’s stuff I need to do first.”


Author Bio: Author of TORN, coming from K Teen/Kensington Books, July 2011. Winner of the 2010 Golden Heart® Winner for Best Young Adult Manuscript. Awfully fond of the gray areas.

Erica O'Rourke lives outside Chicago with her family, including two very bad cats.
She likes coffee, denim, naps, and sushi.
She hates fish, bridges, and talking about herself.


Torn Trilogy #1
June 28. 2011

Everyone has secrets.

Even best friends.

Swirling black descends like ravens, large enough to block the glow of the streetlights. A dull roar starts like a train on the 'L', a far-away rumbling that grows louder as it pulls closer, until it's directly overhead and you feel it in your chest, except this doesn't pass you by. Verity, white-faced and eyes blazing, shouts through the din, "Run, Mo!" 

Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend's murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she'll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?