Ask the Author: Christina McDonald

What would you like readers to know about you? 

I’m not just a writer, I’m a big old bookworm, too! I don’t watch a lot of TV. Instead I read. Mostly mystery, thriller and suspense, but sometimes historical or women’s fiction. I even venture out into nonfiction, particularly medical nonfiction. Also, I love going to the gym. I’m a big fan of weightlifting and kickboxing and often do 2-3 classes in a week—at one point in my life I did 7-8 classes a week! But then I had kids and had to start balancing my time better. ☺ 


What is your book about for those who haven’t read it? 

Behind Every Lie is about Eva Hansen who wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning to learn that her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened, but the police are suspicious that she murdered her mother.

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London – Kat’s former home – for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her knowing the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself. 


What has been your inspiration for writing it? 

I wrote Behind Every Lie in the aftermath of the news story about Emily Doe, who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner at Stanford University. I wondered how do you go on after that sort of trauma, especially if you can’t remember it?

So, I wrote Behind Every Lie, which takes a thriller concept and places Eva, my protagonist, around a similar past, one in which she barely remembers. Now, she’s been struck by lightning and can’t remember if she murdered her mother, and this further erodes her self-trust. So she embarks on a journey to find out who she really is and what she’s capable of while trying to solve the mystery of who murdered her mother.

What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write? 

I always like the dramatic climactic scenes best. In Behind Every Lie I have a snap of it in the prologue, in which the reader sees that a murder has happened before Eva runs out the front door in the middle of a storm and is struck by lightning. I can’t really say any more without giving away the ending, but these dramatic scenes are always my favorite to write. 


What books or authors inspired you to become a writer? 

So many! Any book by Heather Gudenkauf, Kimberly Belle, Mary Kubica, Jodi Picoult, and so many more! I’ve always loved reading and writing and always wanted to be an author, so every book I’ve read along the way to where I am now has been an inspiration. 


What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book? 

Every moment spent writing is time spent learning to write. Don’t give up and don’t be tempted to think that you’ve wasted your time. Most authors take years to get published, so if you get knocked down, just get back up and keep writing. The only way you’ll fail is if you stop. 


Christina McDonald, USA Today bestselling author 

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