Special guest interview with YA novelist Laura DeBruce

have a special guest interview today with young adult thriller author Laura DeBruce. She’s touring her novel The Riddle of Prague.

her tour, Laura will choose one randomly chosen commenter to receive  a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card. To
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When 18-year-old Hana Silna travels to Prague to reclaim her
family’s home, she discovers a riddle that may lead to a long-last flask.
The contents of that flask could change the fate of the world.
When a ruthless enemy kidnaps her family Hana has to find the flask to rescue
them. On her quest she meets a mysterious man with a penchant for poetry, a
Gypsy girl with a haunting past, and Alex, an all-American boy who’s trying to
save his sister from a crippling disease. It’s hard to trust anyone when the
stakes are this high — especially when surrounded by experts in deception.
There’s only one flask, and Hana desperately needs to find it.
“Are you from Prague?” I ask.
“I s’pose you could say that.”
There’s a playful look on his face.
“Would you say that?”
Before he answers, the plane swoops
to the side, and I clench my fists. David glances toward the seated flight
attendants. He pulls a green bottle and two plastic cups out of his bag. “D’you
like Becherovka?”
“Is it alcohol?” Immediately I
regret the question. Of course it’s alcohol.
“It’s medicinal,” he claims. “A
unique Bohemian spirit. Czechs keep some in the medicine cabinet and give it to
their children for all sorts of reasons.”
“I didn’t think we were allowed to
bring alcohol on the plane.”
“We are if no one sees us.” David
tips the bottle to pour. “I take it you’re not much of a rule breaker.”
“It depends on the rule,” I reply
“I take full responsibility if we
get caught.” He hands over a cup filled with thick, golden liquid. “Na zdravi!”
I take a tentative sip. The
Becherovka tastes like a mix of spices and juniper. “It’s not bad.” I drink a
little more.
“Glad you like it.” David tops up my
cup. “I’m sure Simona and Michal keep a bottle at The Rockery, like all good
Czechs. Peek in the medicine cabinet—you’ll see I’m right.” He’s very friendly.
A sudden yawn escapes me. “Hana? You all right?”
“I’m suddenly really tired.” I
stretch a bit.
“Close your eyes then,” David says
soothingly. As I lean against the seatback, I wonder: Did I mention Simona’s
husband? How did David know his name? Before I can ask, my eyelids drop, and
I’m pulled into a deep and sudden sleep.
What is your favorite
ice cream flavor?
gelato which is really just very delicious chocolate chip ice cream.
Which mythological
creature are you most like?
the unicorn. We moved around so much when I was growing up. I always had to say
goodbye to my friends. Always the new girl. Do you remember the song about the
unicorn left behind because there was only one of them? “And the loneliest of
all was the unicorn…” Actually, I just looked up the lyrics and it was “the
loveliest” of all, but still, the unicorn had to stand and watch as the boat
with everyone else floated away.

What are four things you can’t live
things I can’t live without would be my family, my friends, my animals and, of
course, books!
What is your favorite
television show?
up it was Star Trek. I had a crush on Mr. Spock. For a long time I didn’t watch
much television because we lived in countries where the only channels were in a
foreign language. Now my favorite shows include Thirty Rock (I love Tina Fey),
The Office, Breaking Bad, Survivor and The Walking Dead except it scares me and
sometimes I have to cover my eyes.

What song would you
choose for Karaoke?
last time I was at a Karaoke club (the first time ever) some friends and I got
up and sang “I Will Survive.” It did not go so well.

bio and links:

DeBruce is a documentary filmmaker and writer. She grew up traveling all over
the world thanks to her father’s work with the U.S. Embassy. She and her
husband spent twelve years living in Europe including Prague, Paris, Amsterdam,
and London where she found inspiration to write The Quicksilver Legacy Series. In
Prague she worked as a lawyer for the first private nationwide television
station in the former Communist bloc. It was there that she fell in love with
the ancient city of Prague and its legends.
lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and son and an unruly Golden

8 thoughts on “Special guest interview with YA novelist Laura DeBruce

  1. Anonymous says:

    For years I was afraid to eat stracciatella ice cream, because I thought it was based on the Italian chicken soup!


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