You Won’t Know I’m Gone, the second book in the Black Angel Chronicles, comes out next week. I had a chance to interview the author, Kristen Orlando, to get to know more about her and her book.
You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristen Orlando
Series: The Black Angel Chronicles #2
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
Reagan has to prove herself to an elite group of special agents—and avenge her mother’s death—in the second book in the Black Angel Chronicles from the author of You Don’t Know My Name.
Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.
When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.
But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she’s as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.
Interview With the Author:
What’s your favorite character you’ve ever written?
KO: Oh, wow. Hard question to answer! Because I really do love so many of the characters I’ve written. I love Reagan Hillis. I love her strength and vulnerability and determination. I really admire her. I love Aunt Sam because she’s sweet while also being tough if she needs to be and very witty. But my favorite character to write in The Black Angel Chronicles is probably Reagan’s best friend Harper. She plays a big role in the third book and it’s been so much fun to write her again. She has a huge heart and would do anything for her friends, but she has a biting sense of humor that I really enjoy creating. I’d totally be her best friend!
How do you choose names for your characters?
KO: For Reagan, I wanted a name that was strong and a little unusual. Not a name that you hear every day. I went round and round with different names and finally I think it was my husband who suggested Reagan (nothing to do with President Reagan! He chose it because he loves the movie the Exorcist). For Luke, I thought if was a great name for a sweet and popular Lacrosse-playing preppy boy. I’ve always loved the name Harper and it seemed to fit that character so well. And honestly, for a lot of the names, I choose people I know! A lot of minor characters are named after family and friends. Especially last names. It’s like an Easter Egg hunt for my friends to try to find their first or last name in my books. I love putting them in wherever I can!
What books have influenced you as a writer?
KO: So many! I don’t think there are a lot of books that influenced my story (I purposefully stayed away from any spy books while writing You Don’t Know My Name. I didn’t want to be influenced at all, but great writing and stories inspire me to be a better writer! When I read an awesome book, I think…wow…I want to try to write as brilliantly as that. And it pushes me to work harder.
Did you picture anyone in particular when writing your main characters?
KO: Absolutely! When I was writing Reagan, I had Hailee Steinfeld in my head. The dark hair and almond eyes for Reagan is totally Hailee. Chloe Grace Moretz I had in my head for Harper. But for the rest of the characters, they were combinations of people I know and actors in my head. Those two best friends were the only ones I had a very clear picture of and wrote to when I was describing them.
Something about you that people would be surprised to know?
KO: I will drive long distances and pick vacation spots just for the food. Honestly. My husband and I will drive 2-3 hours one-way, just for a meal we both want to try. And we’ll book short vacations just because we want to try the region’s food!
Describe You Won’t Know I’m Gone in 5 words.
KO: A grieving daughter seeks revenge.
About the Author:
Writing is one of the great loves of Kristen Orlando’s life and she has been lucky enough to make it her living, first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the other great love of her life, Michael. You Don’t Know My Name is her debut novel.
Print copy of You Won’t Know I’m Gone