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MP! Interview with C.J. Daugherty, author of the Night School Series


We love a good page turner here at MP! Towers (almost as much as we love pop music) and C.J. Daughtery‘s new book, Night School Fracture,certainly is one of those. It’s full of mystery, suspense and love and we just had to have a chat with her about it all. We ask C.J. about her Night School Series, what she has in store for the readers and, of course, a question about One Direction too.

[column width=half]The Night School series, has been quite the success. Which of the three books is your favourite, and why?

I have a soft spot for Legacy, Book 2 in the series, because I got to introduce a new character I really love (Zoe Glass), and I also began to throw huge doubt on a love affair everyone adored – Allie and Carter. Making readers begin to question what they believe is a great joy. I want you to doubt EVERYTHING.

The third book, ‘Night School Fracture’, will be released on the 20th of August, what can we expect from it?

If you’ve read Legacy you know it has a tragic twist at the end. So in Fracture, Allie has gone through the stages of grief but has only made it as far as the Anger Stage. She’s trying to fight her way out of the pain. This is the Allie we saw in Book 1. Her emotions are raw and she wants only one thing: Revenge.

Is Night School going to finish after book three as a trilogy or can we expect more from the series? And if so, how many more?

There will be five books in the series altogether! So two more after Fracture.

Who is your favourite character from the Night School Series, and why?

It changes all the time. At the moment I really love Carter. He’s had such a heart-breaking life – his parents died in a car accident when he was five, and he was raised at the school so he’s never had what we would call a ‘normal’ life. He doesn’t know how to be part of a family. Or even how to be a boyfriend. He’s a good guy with a dark soul.

What’s the one piece of advice you would give someone who told you they had just enrolled in Cimmeria Academy?

Be careful who you trust. Nobody at Cimmeria is who they seem to be. Everyone is putting on an act. Everyone wants something from you. It’s a lot like being a grown-up.

What’s your favourite book?

City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare. I think she writes the best fight scenes and love scenes in the young adult genre today.[/column]

[column width=half last=true]What was your inspiration for the Night School series?

Real life inspired all of it. The Bullingdon Club – a secret society at Oxford University – inspired the secret society that I’ve called ‘Night School’. The school – Cimmeria Academy – was inspired by a mix of Eton and Frensham Heights, a boarding school near where I live. The Orion Group — a secret international organisation that pulls the strings of government behind the scenes – was inspired by the Bilderberg Society, a real, shadowy organisation of billionaires. The concept of trust, which underlies all of it, is something I constantly encounter in my own life.

If the main character, Allie, were a pop star, which pop star do you think she would be?

Avril Lavigne. She has just about enough rage.

What about a film, who would you like to see play the role of Allie?

I’d love it to be an unknown actress – someone young and talented, like the wonderful Jessica Sargent, who plays Allie in the Night School book trailers. I also love the actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the Game of Thrones series.

If you were to write a novel based on One Direction, what kind of story would it tell?

I’d write a zombie apocalypse book, in which only One Direction can save the WORLD.

Do you have any tips for any potential novelists reading MP! right now?

Every writer will tell you the same thing: You cannot write if you don’t read. You have to read constantly. Voraciously. Endlessly. There’s nowhere I won’t read. I’ve sat at nightclubs with a book, waiting for my friends to finally agree we could go home. My mum dragged me to a casino in America once and I spent the evening in the corridor reading. The more you read, the more likely your own story will come to you one day.[/column]

Night School Fracture will be in book shops and online on the 20th of August and it certainly is a must read! Don’t believe us? Watch the trailer below and you’ll surely be hooked.

 

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