As you may or may not know, I am the leader of the street team for Stalking Jack the Ripper, a debut novel by Kerri Maniscalco that came out this September! My friend Sabrina came up with the idea to have a readalong, and she contacted Kerri about having bonus content written especially FOR the readalong. Kerri, being wonderful, agreed, and now we have a week-long STJR bonus content blog tour! If you’d like to find out more about the readalong, you can here.
Without further ado, let’s see what Kerri has to say about the opening few chapters of her book!
One of my favorite notes about STALKING JACK THE RIPPER involves the opening chapter. Originally chapter two was how the story kicked off—I’d envisioned this girl disguised as a young man, sitting in school, discovering the first murder in a way where she couldn’t react or risk being discovered by her peers. (During that time in history it was considered blasphemous for a man to be interested in the science of anatomy and carving open human bodies. For a high born young woman, it was even more so.)
When I turned that draft into my agent she asked what I thought about having Audrey Rose start off by being “elbows deep” in a cadaver. Honestly? I LOVED it. I can always tell when something is the right choice for my characters or scene based on how excited I feel about diving back in and exploring the idea. It fit with Audrey’s character and really allowed us a glimpse into her life right before things change.
Thinking about her life-pre Jack the Ripper sparked this new amazing scene in my head. I sat down that afternoon and wrote out what is now the first chapter of SJTR. I couldn’t stop imagining this girl in a delicate Victorian dress, taking such care and precision with her first ever dissection. It felt like such a contradiction and I fell in love with slowly being dropped into Audrey’s world and seeing things unfold through her eyes.
I’d titled the new chapter “Preliminary Incision” and then came across the opening photo that used the same phrasing, and thought it was a sign that THIS was where our story truly began.
Have you read Stalking Jack the Ripper yet? If you haven’t, you should! I obviously loved it. Isn’t this behind-the-scenes of the creation of the book interesting? Doesn’t it make you want to read it? (And if you HAVE read it, doesn’t it make you want to reread? I know it does for me.)
You can find the other tour stops here:
· October 22nd Chapters 10-14 thoughts~ Nicole (Little Fantasy Land)
· October 24th Chapters 15-19 thoughts ~ Irene
· October 26th Chapters 20-24 thoughts~ Sabrina (Library Luv)
About Stalking Jack the Ripper
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Goodreads)
By: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication date: September 20th , 2016
Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…
Seventeen-year- old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER was:
A 2016 BEA YA Buzz Book
#1 NYT Bestseller
About the Author:
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, a #1 NYT Bestseller, is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.