Your Halloween reading list wouldn’t be complete without A Madness So Discreet making it on the list. Today on the blog, Author Mindy McGinnis talks about her new spine-chilling book and shares some of her Halloween favorites. Stick around for a giveaway, too!
I’m really amazed with the different characters from your book, especially those who were in the asylum. How did you come up with their personalities and “madness”?
My two main “mad” characters represent two types of people that ended up in institutions – people who truly had some sort of dementia, like Lizzie, and Nell, who only has a physical ailment. It was common practice to put syphilitics in asylums and jails to stop the spread of the STD to the general public. As for Lizzie’s mental issue, String is actually an old story from my family.
Is there a particular character from A Madness So Discreet that you see yourself in? If yes, who and why?
There’s a little bit of me in every single character, even the despicable ones.
What’s your favorite part in writing this novel?
The research. I know so much about lobotomies. I could probably perform one.
What struggles did you experience in writing this book?
Mostly grappling with the bleakness of it. Returning to something this dark day after day was emotionally draining.
Aside from the cover, another thing that sold me was the book’s title. What’s the story behind it?
The titles of my earlier novels – Not A Drop to Drink and In A Handful of Dust – are from classic poetry, Coleridge and Eliot, respectively. When it was time for a title for MADNESS I looked to classic literature again. “A Madness So Discreet” is actually a line from Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet.
Describe each of the characters (Grace, Thornhollow, Elizabeth, Nell) in 1 word.
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind at the mention of the word “Halloween”?
Favorite horror movie?
Original Night of the Walking Dead.
Favorite horror/thriller book?
Favorite halloween treat?
Who are you gonna be on Halloween? (If costumes are your thing)
I actually don’t know, and it makes me sad.
Any ghost stories to tell?
Yep. But I hoard them.
Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film by Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Look for her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET in October of 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books. www.mindymcginnis.com Twitter | Instagram | Facebook |Goodreads
Grace Mae knows madness.
She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.
When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.