What books have you written?
My debut young adult thriller, One of Us Is Lying, was released May 2017 from Delacorte Press. My second book, Two Can Keep a Secret, was released in January 2019 and my third book, One of Us Is Next, (a sequel to One of Us Is Lying), came out in January 2020. My fourth book, The Cousins, a standalone YA mystery, will be published in December 2020, and my fifth book, You'll Be the Death of Me, is coming in fall 2021.
Where can I find signed copies of your books?
As of April 2020, there are unfortunately no signed books available, unless your local indie has some!
Do you do school and/or library visits?
Currently I am only scheduling Skype visits. To inquire about rates and availability, please contact Lisa McClutchy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will there be a movie/T.V. show about One of Us Is Lying or Two Can Keep a Secret?
Film rights to One of Us Is Lying have been optioned by Universal Cable Productions and a pilot order was placed for NBCUniversal's new streaming service. The pilot was cast in fall 2019, and directed in November 2019 by Jennifer Morrison. At this time, I have no further information as to whether the pilot will be picked up for series, or when that decision will be made.
Two Can Keep a Secret has also been optioned for feature development by Erik Feig’s PictureStart Production Company. John Sacchi and Matt Groesch’s 5 More Minutes Productions are set to produce for One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret.
I have a school project due on your book, can I ask you some questions?
I'm so happy you are reading my book for school, but due to the volume of requests I receive, I'm not able to provide personalized answers for school projects. Here are some articles that answer a lot of the questions I get about themes, my writing life, and the inspiration behind the book. You can also Google "Karen McManus interviews" to find past interviews.
Do you have any recommendations for books similar to One of Us Is Lying?
Yes! There are so many fantastic young adult thrillers to read. These articles from B&N Teen Blog and BookRiot both give recommendations for books that fans of One of Us Is Lying will enjoy. Also, check out this Twitter thread from Dahlia Adler (author, blogger, and YA expert extraordinaire). Authors who I regularly recommend include Kara Thomas, E. Lockhart, Caleb Roehrig, Mindy McGinness, and Tiffany D. Jackson.
I'd like to review your book, can you send me a copy?
I don't have review copies to distribute, sorry! The best place for English-speaking reviewers to start is NetGalley, or in North America you can contact my publisher at email@example.com. If you're international, please visit pages for One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret on this site for a list of international publishers. I'm sorry that I do not have individual contact information for international publishers. Please note that if the book is currently available in stores and libraries, the publisher may no longer be providing review copies.
Where did you get the idea for One of Us Is Lying?
I got the idea while I was driving to work and heard the theme from "The Breakfast Club" movie. I talk more about that here if you're interested!
Do you have a playlists for your books?
What happens next for the characters in One of Us Is Lying?
In 2018 I created a bonus chapter for a Barnes & Noble special edition that gets into what happens next for the Bayview Four. You can read more about my thinking behind the chapter here. I'm so sorry if you don't have a Barnes & Noble available to you! It's possible that international publishers may make this chapter available in translated editions, but I don't have specific information about that.
Also, while the Bayview Four are not POV characters in One of Us Is Next, you'll see a lot of them and get updates on what happened with their lives and relationships after graduation.
Why do you write mystery/suspense books?
Books featuring mystery and suspense have always been my favorites as a reader, from Agatha Christie when I was a kid to Gillian Flynn as an adult. I'm naturally drawn to dark topics and how people react when they're thrust into a situation that scares or confuses them, but I like to balance that with hope and humor.
What advice do you have for people who want to be authors?
My number one piece of advice is to connect with other writers at the same stage of the publication journey that you are. I give additional tips for new writers here and here, if you'd like to check those out. Best of luck on your publishing journey!
Can you review or blurb my book?
I'm so honored to be asked, but at the moment I don't have capacity to consider review or blurb requests that are not referred by my publisher or agent. If you'd like to make a request through my agent, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's the best place to connect with you on social media?
I'm most active on Twitter, followed by Instagram. I don't maintain an author Facebook page -- I do occasionally share book-related information on my personal Facebook page, but don't connect with readers there since I also share copious pictures of my kid, and nobody except my family wants to see that. I'm only rarely on Goodreads. I don't have a presence on any other platforms.