Debut Authors Bash: Geoffrey Girard



226368I am so excited to be hosting the 2013 Debut Authors Bash this September! I’d like to introduce you all to Geoffrey Girard, YA debut author of PROJECT CAIN!


Geoffrey Girard is an award-winning fiction author whose works have appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines, including Writers of the Future (a 2003 winner), Murky Depths, Apex Horror & Science Fiction Digest, and the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology. His first book, Tales of the Jersey Devil, thirteen original tales based on American folklore, was published in 2005, followed by Tales of the Atlantic Pirates (2006) and Tales of the Eastern Indians (2007). Simon and Schuster will publish two Girard novels in 2013: CAIN’S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a spinoff novel for teen/YA readers.

Born in Germany, shaped in New Jersey and currently living in Ohio. Geoffrey graduated from Washington College with a literature degree and worked as an advertising copywriter and marketing manager, later shifting to high school English teacher. He is currently the English Dept. Chair at a private boys school in Ohio and is an MA candidate in Creative Writing at Miami University.

He has presented seminars and workshops on creative writing at colleges, elementary schools, bookstores and writers’ organizations and can also be spotted speaking at various conventions/events.



Can you tell us about your upcoming book, Project Cain?

Project Cain tells the story of Jeff Jacobson, a teen who discovers he’s the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer, as part of a top-secret government program to make bio weapons. There are others like Jeff – teens genetically engineered directly from notorious murderers: The Son of Sam, The Boston Strangler, Ted Bundy… even other Jeffrey Dahmer clones. When the most dangerous guys in the group are set free by the geneticist who created them, Jeff teams with a Special Forces agent to help track the clones down before it’s too late. The issue is can he catch the ‘monsters’ before becoming one himself?

The characters in Project Cain are clones of serial killers. Goodreads has it listed as Sci-fi, but can readers expect a little bit of horror, as well?

Serial killers are a rough group, so there’s lots of dark information about that and some scary moments for Jeff as he tracks these guys down and faces some of his own genetic past. There’s definitely a horror element.

What inspired you to write this book?

In class one day (I teach high school English), we somehow landed on a discussion about serial killers and some of the guys started calling out serial killer trivia questions and I was, to their admiration, getting every question right. It occurred to me I knew a lot about something my own students found interesting, and so went home and dug out an old serial-killer clone story I’d written.

What was your favorite scene to write?

Jeff Jacobson is a tough nut to crack. He’s, technically, only seven… and genetically a sociopath. So his delivery is often emotionally detached, matter of fact. Every so often, he reveals the real kid trapped inside. Memories of his father or a friend at science camp, a subtle observation about how the world works. They’re subtle moments, but tucked throughout his telling.

Did you have to research a bunch of serial killers before writing this book? Were you ever creeped out? Many biographies, taped interviews and court transcripts. A lot of time with these guys, because I was specifically interested in what they were like a young men. But I expected creepiness there. What I didn’t expect was all the lousy things the U.S. military has done while designing weapons. That creeped me out way more.

Is Project Cain going to turn into a series or is it going to be a standalone?17334309

It’s meant as a standalone, but there’s definitely story left to tell if enough readers ever want more.

Are there any movie deals in the work? TV series?

Several nibbles. Nothing to report yet.

Your most known for writing adult thrillers, how different was it to switch to the YA genre?
CAIN’S BLOOD is the “adult version” of this story. It’s written in a traditional, and much more commercial, style. I’ve written YA books before (the Tales Of… series) which was also more commercial. With PROJECT CAIN, I wanted to do something very different and Simon & Schuster was up for it. I’ve been teaching ten years now, and have developed some very specific ideas on what teen readers (specifically boys) like to read, so PROJECT CAIN has a lot more nonfiction worked in than my usual YA tale, and does some things with style and voice very particular to this specific book. There are so many ways to write a book, I look forward to trying a few more out before it’s all said and done.

What is the best book that you’ve read recently? I’m rereading KOKO by Peter Straub for, like, the eighth time. He’s so darn good. Horror for English majors, for sure. My new discovery this summer was Failed Cities Monologues by Matt Wallace; A smart hard-boiled dystopian tale that interweaves half a dozen characters over the course of many stories and combine into one novel. Every word is where it should be, and the guy’s just got a gift with words and describing people and the world. In YA, I really enjoyed the new Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan, and plan to teach it this year in class.

What is currently in your TBR pile?

I recently finished my M.A. in English and Creative Writing, and have spent the last four years reading for nothing but classics and “literary” fiction for my courses. So, writers like Faulkner and DeLillo, Barth and Nabokov. Amazing authors, the best, but I haven’t gotten to read any commercial books just for fun in years. Consequently my current TBR stack is a smorgasbord of fun commercial fiction: stacks of Preston and Child, Brad Thor, Lee Child, James Rollins. Playing catch up and halfway through Gone Girl. (KOKO is my before-bed read… the perfect blend, for me, of literary and commercial.)



2 copies of PROJECT CAIN by Geoffrey Girard

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Follow the rest of the tour!

September 1st
YaReads – Geoffrey Girard
Swoony Boys Podcast – Jane Nickerson
Kristi’s Book Readery – Page Morgan
September 2nd
Book Bandit – Laura Lam
The Word Mineur – Mindee Arnett
My Friends Are Fiction – Samantha Shannon
September 3rd
Nose Graze – Jessica Verdi
Between Printed Pages – L. M. Augustine
You’ve Been Blogged! – Jody Casella
September 4th
Skye’s Scribblings – Kasie West
Lose Time Reading – Emily Murdoch
The Eater of Books – Kelsey Sutton
September 5th
Book. Blog. Bake – Lauren Miller
Bookend 2 Bookend – Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Musings of a Blogder – Heather Reid
September 6th
Magical Manuscripts – Shaunta Grimes
The Reading Vixens – Sarah Ashley Jones
September 7th
Books for Birds – April Genevieve Tucholke
Book Blather – Romily Bernard
September 8th
Inspiring Insomnia – Stephanie Kuehn
September 9th
Kissed by Ink – Ellen Oh
Sleeps on Tables – J.R. Johansson
Always YA at Heart – Amanda Sun
September 10th
Lisa Loves Lit – A.G. Howard
whYAnot Reviews – Liz Fichera
Samantha Clark – Claire M. Caterer
September 11th
Rampant Readers – Leah Miller
Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf – T. Michael Martin
September 12th
The Uninterrupted Reader – Cat Winters
The Book Beacon – Christina Mercer
September 13th
Read & Reviewed – Lindsay Ribar
Paranormal Book Club – Kit Grindstaff
September 14th
Books as You Know it – Mary Gray
Paranormal Reads – Elsie Chapman
Bibliophilia, Please – Helen Douglas
September 15th
The Book Cellar – Erin Bowman
Fantasy Book Addict – Miriam Forster
September 16th
Pond Across the Pond – Laurie Crompton
YaReads – Debra Driza
September 17th
Teen Librarian Toolbox – Mindy McGinnis
Le’Book Squirrel – Kimberly Ann Miller
Finding Bliss in Books – Lydia Kang
September 18th
Rachel Reads – Errica Lorraine Scheidt
Kentucky Geek Girl – Holly Smale
September 19th
Turning Pages – Amy Butler Greenfield
September 20th
Synchronized Reading – J.L Spelbring
Reading is My Treasure – Kristin Halbrook
A&C Book Junkies – Carey Corp
September 21st
Playing Jokers – Lenore Appelhans
Lizzie’s Dark Fiction – Elizabeth May
September 22nd
Sandwich Making Book Bitches – Anne Applegate
Little Bookwork Reviews – Jennifer Iacopelli
September 23rd
Moosubi Reviews – Megan Shepherd
Little Miss Trainwreck – Julianna Scott
September 24th
Fictionators – Emma Trevayne
September 25th
Breath of Books – Steven dos Santos
Jennzah – Chelsea Pitcher
September 26th
Nightly Reading – Liz Coley
Pandora’s Books – Kelly A. Barson
September 27th
Forever 17 Books – Amie Kaufman
My Bookopolis – Jamie Blair
September 28th
Nick’s Book Blog – Jennifer McGowan
Curling Up with a Good Book – Leila Howland
September 29th
Ex Libris – Mindy Raf
September 30th
YaReads – J.J. Howard
Fiction Freak – Kate Karyus Quinn

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