Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan).

Johnson's new novel, The Hand on the Wall, is the third title in the Truly Devious Series.

From Johnson's Q&A with Deborah Kalb:

>Q: The novel includes a villainous politician--how do you see Senator King fitting in with today's politics?

A: It feels impossible to write a book that takes place in anything resembling the actual world right now and not acknowledge the political atmosphere. Politics aren’t something over there. Politics are about environment, and identity.

And mysteries are ultimately about justice—catching the evildoer. So not having something of this in the book would ring false to me. Edward King will be easily recognizable. I can’t discuss much of his ultimate role in the story because that is a massive spoiler, but suffice it to say...[read on]
Visit Maureen Johnson's website.

My Book, The Movie: The Hand on the Wall.

The Page 69 Test: The Hand on the Wall.

Writers Read: Maureen Johnson.

--Marshal Zeringue