The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
A Young Adult novel
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
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The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark.
Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.
Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.
Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.
First off, I wanted to say happy book birthday to The Cresswell Plot and the magnificent author, Eliza Wass. Such a pleasure having the tour stop on this little blog on a joyous occasion. Congratulations, and welcome to Storybook Slayers. Now let's get down to our top 10 (actually top 5) tour stop with a giveaway to follow!
One of the most fun things about writing a book is that you get to sneak in little quotes and things from your real life, and they’re immortalized there forever. This post looks at some of my favorite bits from my debut novel, The Cresswell Plot, and the bizarre things that inspired them.
1. The Stars are Hungry for you. The cosmos are licking their lips.
I was in Barcelona with my husband and his friend Peter Doherty from The Libertines on the roof of a hotel after dark. Peter was carrying around this typewriter and I wanted to really impress him with my brilliance and I wrote this. And I remember he was like, “who wrote this?” I mean, clearly he was blown away by my genius. And I ended up sticking it into the Cresswell’s scriptures.
2. The Grave was accessed by a trapdoor that Father kept padlocked, but behind the stage there was a barred sewer grate, like the back window of an old-time jail.
This is actually a real place. Growing up I used to go to a Family Camp in the mountains and all the teenagers would go into this secret cave under the amphitheater and play Truth or Dare.
3. Bound to the universe. Tied to heaven.
In one version of this story, the Cresswells were actually tied to an alien that lived in an underground cathedral. I’m not even kidding.
4. “If you just listen to people when they’re talking, when they’re trying to have a conversation. One person tells a story about themselves and then the other person does the same thing, and neither of them realizes they’re not even talking to each other. They’re just talking to themselves out loud.”
This is so true, imo.
5. “Hey, you wanna know something? Your father was the high school quarterback…He was the most popular kid at school.”
I actually wrote an entire prequel to The Cresswell Plot, sort of explaining how the dad ended up where he did. I REALLY liked it but when I shared it with my agent she pointed out that there were a few things she didn’t think teenagers would relate to, namely murder, guns, sex, abuse, self-harm and alcoholism. My poor agent.
ABOUT ELIZA WASS:
Eliza Wass is a freelance writer, editor and journalist. She comes from Southern California, where she was one of nine perfect children with two perfect parents. She has thousands of friends, all of whom either arrive inside dust jackets or post obsessively on Twitter.
Eliza spent 7 years in London with the most amazing man in the world, her late husband, Alan Wass of Alan Wass and The Tourniquet, who inspired her to pursue her dreams and live every day of her life.
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