Friday, July 16, 2010
A Visit From Katie Williams, Author Of The Space Between Trees + A Giveaway!!
You’ve already noticed, haven’t you? My voice sounds different.
That’s because you’re not hearing from Carrie today, but instead from Katie Williams. Your lovely librarian Carrie has been generous enough to lend me her blog to help get the word out about my new novel, The Space Between Trees.
The Space Between Trees opens with the body of a teenage girl found murdered in the woods behind the affluent neighborhood where she lives. Two of the dead girl’s friends, observant Evie and fierce Hadley, team up in an investigation to find the killer…an investigation that goes very wrong, making these girl detectives question not just the facts of the case, but their own capacity for violence.
I was excited to write the story of The Space Between Trees because I’ve always been fascinated by the figure of the girl detective. She’s young and female, so she’s a typical victim. When she’s faced with a crime, one might expect a certain amount of gasping and heaving and running in high-heeled shoes. But the girl detective subverts our silly stereotypes and our all-too-real crime statistics. Instead of being emotional, she’s rational. Instead of running away, she runs toward. Instead of needing saving, she saves the day. In a world that would control her, that would relegate her to victim or (a touch luckier) damsel-in-distress, she exerts control. She uses her intelligence and reason to order the world around her, to keep herself and others safe.
Lest you think I like wooden supergirls, you should know that my favorite girl detectives are not the pert, perfect reason-machines, like Nancy Drew, but rather the fallible gum-shoes, like Veronica Mars, who sometimes get their own needs and life mixed up with their investigation. See, girl detectives are always solving two mysteries at the same time: The mystery at hand, say the murder or robbery, and the mystery of adolescence. That is to say, girl detectives are at a point in their lives where they’re figuring out who they are, who they want to be, and what they can expect from the world around them. The hint of this messier, personal mystery beneath the obvious case-to-be-solved creates the opportunity for the detective to be changed by her investigation, and the reader to be changed along with her.
Thanks for reading my thoughts about girl detectives! You can read more about The Space Between Trees, including the first chapter, at my website katiewilliamsbooks.com.
And now, how about you? Who is one of your favorite girl detectives? And why is she great? Add her to the comment section below.
Hmm....my favorite girl detective? I always loved Nancy Drew growing up, but I have to agree with Katie and her thoughts on Veronica Mars. I think that show pushed Veronica up to the top of my girl detective list. Please share your thoughts below and one lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of The Space Between Trees!! How awesome it that?!
Visit Katie's next stop over at Bookalicious Blog!
Contest ends July 23 and is open to US residents only.
Thanks to Katie for stopping by and sharing your girl detective love with us!!