SANCTUARY BAY Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway


Sanctuary BaySANCTUARY BAY: A Novel

By Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz

St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date: January 19, 2016

Hardcover: 978-1-250-05136-3 / $18.99 USD

eBook: 978-1-466-86917-2 / $9.99 USD



When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country—Sanctuary Bay Academy—it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home and struggling with the memory of her parent’s murder, escaping to the school’s tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn’t sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate’s dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay’s glossy reputation.



Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz have written many books for teens and middle-grade readers, including the Edgar-nominated mystery series Wright and Wong and the YA novels Crave and Sacrifice. They have also written for the TV shows Roswell, 1-800-Missing, and The Dead Zone. Laura lives in New York and Melinda lives in North Carolina, but really they mostly live on email, where they do most of their work together.



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Read below for an author interview:

Can you tell us about your book, Sanctuary Bay, in 35 words or less?


Sarah’s a foster kid starting at the exclusive Sanctuary Bay Academy. She expects rich kids and tough classes. She does NOT expect the utter insanity she actually finds there.


What was your favorite scene to write?

Let’s just say we now understand why so many villains give flowery “villain speeches” in movies and TV shows. Oh, and also we loved writing any scene between Ethan and Sarah. Ethan is such a jerk, and still so hot. He was fun to write.


What was the hardest scene to edit out?

Our first draft was 50 pages longer than what we actually sent to our publisher. A fair amount of that showed Sarah’s life in Toledo before she left for Sanctuary Bay. We realized the book was too long and that the story didn’t really get started until she got to the school. So we cut all of it. But it was hard to do, because we felt it really showed who Sarah was and where she came from.


Do you have a favorite quote from Sanctuary Bay?

Yes, it’s a quote from Nate, the junior class president, to Sarah: “Sanctuary Bay is who you are now.”


Are you currently working on anything else?

We’re working on our next book for St. Martin’s Press right now. It’s about a girl who’s half Indiana Jones, half Rey from Star Wars. She’s searching for a way to save her parents, and the search takes her all over the world. (With a mysterious boy, who may be her ally or her enemy, and even she doesn’t know which.)