Pretty Bones

It’s complicated. 
Marlow has always been fascinated with bones. To her, they’re no big thing and everything. Bones are things that everybody has – even the dead. Yet, they’re responsible for most of her problems. 
The daughter of a mortician, Marlow has spent enough time with the cold bodies in the funeral home to be comfortable with the dead. In fact, the stiffs in the viewing room downstairs are some of her awkwardly-mute best friends. She certainly doesn’t have many of those at school. Not with her condition.
But things are about to change.
Tired of the daily scene at Kennedy High School, Marlow looks forward to her next bone density test where she’ll finally get answers about her condition. There, she hopes to learn more about idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis and the strand of it she has. With the right answers, she just knows the dead can help her. They have to. It’s not like they can object. 
It’s simple.
Marlow has a plan.
What happens when the living and the dead collide? 
Will the pretty bones be enough to change a life?

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Q&A with author Erin Lee

In your own words, how would you describe your book?

Pretty Bones, book one in a duology, is a coming of age story about a girl who grows up in a funeral home with a rare bone condition. If her life isn’t strange enough, those she encounters—mostly dead people—are.

What inspired you to come up with the idea for Pretty Bones?

I work as a therapist and have toyed with the idea of switching specialties to grief counselling. For that reason, I wanted to learn more about the dying process and ways to help families in mourning.

What can you tell us about Marlow? What is it like to live as the daughter of a mortician?

Marlow hates it. Her time after school is spent in the cremation room watching bodies burn. It’s made her an outcast at school and she resents the family business. At the same time, she’s morbidly curious and sees beauty in death and dying.

If you could give Marlow one piece of advice, what would you say?

I would tell her to hang in there. Life gets better after death and even somewhere in the middle.

Your book is listed as “twisted” contemporary coming of age novel. I love that. What are some “twisted” inspirations for you? Books? Films? Authors?

Nearly all of my favorite reading and other interests have some sort of dark element in them. I’m an extremely optimistic and hopeful person. ‘Dark’ is the opposite of my true nature which is why I am so curious about it. I am a huge Stephen King fan and got hooked with the movie Carrie and later his books.

What message would you like readers to take away from “Pretty Bones”?

That growing up is hard for everyone, but worse for some. I want people to get that everyone has problems and we can all relate on some level. Death is the ultimate equalizer and I think that this book and its sequel, Boned, both make it clear that we are all in this crazy thing called life (and ultimately, death) together.

If you could place yourself in your book, which character would you be? What would you be doing?

I would be Marlow. Her strength and persistence are things I admire about her. I would probably have fought the family business and sexism themes more because I’m a little spunkier than she is, but overall, she also taught me patience. I still think about this character and could learn from her. I think we all could.

What are writing must haves for you? Coffee, background music, tea? 

Tea. Five hour energy. Silence.

What are you reading now? 

Everything Ever about Edgar Allen Poe (it’s a real book). His life story is fascinating.

And because I’m a movie person, I have to ask, name a movie you could watch over and over and over again and still find merit in?

Green Mile

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Erin Lee, who also writes as EL George, is a dark fiction/reality author and therapist chasing a crazy dream one crazy story at a time. She is the author of Crazy Like Me, a novel published in 2015 by Savant Books and Publications, LLC, Wave to Papa, 2015, by Limitless Publishing, LLC and Nine Lives, 2016. She’s also author of When I’m Dead, Greener, Something Blue, Freak, The Ranch, (My) Crazy Reality, Take Me As I Am and 99 Bottles. She also penned Losing Faith, a novella. Lee is also author of the “Diary of a Serial Killer Series,” Momma, which this series is based on, and the “Lola, Party of Eight Series” formerly with Zombie Cupcake Press and now home with Crazy Ink Publishing, LLC. Other well-known titles include Daddy’s Girl, The Ghosts Who Raised Me and Circus Freak. 
Lee holds a master’s degree in psychology and works with at-risk families and as a court appointed special advocate. When she isn’t busy dissecting the human experience, she enjoys escaping from reality through reading and a myriad of crazy adventures that will probably one day get her killed. She’s cool with that.

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