{Blog Tour} Watch Me Disappear by Diane Mulligan

January 26, 2013 Blog Tours, excerpt 3

Welcome to my stop on the Watch Me Disappear blog tour!

Watch Me Disappear by Diane Vanaskie Mulligan
Date Published: 8/2012
Age Group: YA


Lizzie Richards isn’t excited to be starting over at a new school for her senior year, but she’s trying to take her mother’s advice and make the most of it—the only way she can:  By disobeying her strict parents’ rules. Lizzie’s father has moved the family around every few years to advance his career, so she has never had a chance to develop the kind of “BFF” relationships she thinks most kids have. She’s bracing herself for another lonely year at her third high school when her neighbor Maura gets sick of watching her little brother when she could be partying. Thanks to Maura’s plotting, Lizzie becomes everyone’s new favorite babysitter. Seeing her opportunity, Lizzie decides to break her mother’s rules by using Maura’s computer to create a secret Email address and Facebook account. She is quickly friended by Missy, a fellow transfer student as eager for a friend as she is. Things are looking up for Lizzie until Maura’s ex-boyfriend Paul sets his eye on Missy. Caught between her new best friend and the neighbor whose friendship promises instant popularity, Lizzie doesn’t know what to do—because she’s fallen for Paul, too.



1. Describe Watch Me Disappear in a tweet (140 characters or less)

“Watch Me Disappear” is a novel about coming of age in the Facebook era. Making friends—and enemies—has never been easier!

2. What was your inspiration for Watch Me Disappear?

I don’t know if I could put it in terms of inspiration. I had a scene in mind, and so I wrote that scene, and when I was done, I wanted to live with the characters a little longer, so I kept writing. I did need some inspiration to perserve through the years and drafts it required–and that was my students. Listening to them talk about their dreams for the future inspired me to pursue my dream of being a novelist.

3. Do you have any resolutions or goals for 2013?

A few years ago I resolved never to make another New Year’s resolution. In my experience, resolutions tend to turn into ways to punish myself. Instead I like to set goals. My goal this year: To finish my next novel!

4. What is the ideal writing spot for you? (it can be anywhere in the world)

I often dream about having a little cottage in the country, someplace on a lake with views of a mountain the distance, a screened-in wrap-around porch, and a little fire pit outside for cool evenings. I have no such actual place, but man, wouldn’t it be ideal?

5. Which one of your characters do you relate to the most and why?

I suppose I relate most to Lizzie, who is the narrator of Watch ME Disappear. While the book is not autobiographical–none of the events are based on my life experiences–Lizzie is a lot like me. When I began writing, my approach was to put myself into situations I’ve never been in and that I don’t think I would like, such as moving to a new school for senior year. So early on, Lizzie was basically me. Once things started happening, though, she took on a life of her own and she became less and less like me as I shaped and revised the novel.

6. If we looked under your bed, what would we find?

I’m not much for storing things under my bed. You’d find a lot of dust bunnies and some dog toys that the dog has long since forgotten. And you might find my cat, hiding from the dog.

I like the makeup better when I put it on myself. I apply it more lightly than they had, so it looks more natural. Try as I might, I’m not very handy at hairstyling, though. I can’t seem to tease the roots as Katherine instructed, and I have no luck with the up-dos they showed me. In the end, Katherine produces a small set of scissors and, while I hold my breath, trims some fringy bangs and layers, which we iron flat into a funky style. When we’re done, I don’t look like me, but I look sort of good. And good thing, too, because all the little pieces she cut are never going to fit into a ponytail.
“See,” Maura says. “That wasn’t so hard.”
“Maybe we should come raid your closet and see what we can do with that,” Katherine says, laughing smugly. She has gotten a little friendlier as the day has gone on. When I let her cut my hair, I think that sealed the deal. She is willing to at least consider extending friendship to me.
“You won’t find much interesting in my closet,” I say.
“What, no secrets?” Maura asks, suddenly turning our conversation away from the safe realm of appearances. My heart pounds. I’m not ready for this kind of conversation. Is this where they turn on me?
“No,” I say. “No cute clothes or skeletons.”
“How disappointing,” Maura says. “I thought there was a wild child in you that we had yet to uncover.”
“You’ve met my parents. They don’t allow much for wildness.”
“Exactly. Kids with strict parents are usually the ones who let it all out when they step outside their parents’ grasp.”
“I guess I’m still pretty much within their grasp,” I say.
Maura makes a tsk sound. “I thought for sure there was more to you, Lizzie,” she says.
I shrug. I wish there was more to me, too.

Follow the rest of the tour January 14 – February 4

January 14 – Reading Addiction Blog Tours – Meet and Greet
January 15 – Magical Manuscripts – Review
January 16 – Lov Liv Life Reviews – PROMO
January 17 – Mom With a Kindle – Interview/PROMO
January 18 – Addicted to YA Books – Review
January 19 – Snifferwalker – Review
January 20 – My Cozie Corner – Review
January 21 – Lovely Reads – PROMO
January 22 – Queen of All She Reads – Review
January 23 – Comfort Books – Interview/PROMO
January 24 – A Thousand Lives – Review
January 25 – My Devotional Thoughts– PROMO
January 26 – Book Briefs – PROMO
January 27 – Andi’s YA Books – Review/Interview
January 28 – Books For Me – Review
January 28 – Sweet Southern Home – Interview/PROMO
January 29 – Oh, The Books You’ll Read – Review
January 29 – My Neurotic Book Affair – Review
January 30 – Above Average, Below Special – Review
January 31 – Getting Your Read On – Review
February 1 – A Bibliophiles Thoughts – Review
February 2 – My Bookmark Blog – Review
February 3 – Books and Needlepoint – Review/Interview
February 4 – Reading With Anacrasia – Interview/PROMO

Diane Vanaskie Mulligan began writing Watch Me Disappear during an after-school writing club she moderates for high school students. This is her first novel. She holds a BA in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s degree in teaching from Simmons College. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she’s the managing editor at The Worcester Review and the director of The Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writers’ Conference You can also find her occasionally strumming her guitar and singing at various bars in central Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband.

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