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Jenny O’Connell writes two books about two kinds of people

Okay, I’m officially jealous. Jenny O’Connell has not one, but two books out this month from MTV/Pocket books. Her first two Island Summer novels, Local Girls and Rich Boys, show what happens when you mix the year-round locals who live in the Martha’s Vineyard beach towns with the rich vacationers who are there for only three months of the year.

Since I write mysteries and thrillers, I asked Jenny some questions that always intrigue me:
A: Mystery writers often give their characters an unreasoning fear - and then make them face it. Do you have any phobias, like fear of spiders or enclosed spaces?

J: I am deathly afraid of snakes. I can't even watch them on TV. They just completely gross me out. I don't trust anything without fur or legs.
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A: At its heart, every story is a mystery. It asks why someone acts the way they did - or maybe what will happen next. What question do your books ask?

J: In LOCAL GIRLS there is a real mystery, or at least an unanswered question. Kendra wants to figure out who her best friend's father is, something her friend has always wanted to know. It's sort of the missing link in Mona's life that makes her feel un-whole. Kendra thinks that solving this mystery will prove to Mona that she's a better friend than her new private school buddies. But, obviously, finding the truth about something has consequences.

In RICH BOYS there's not so much an overt mystery as an unknown. Winnie doesn't understand what gives Jay his dark side, the piece of him she can't figure out or make sense of. Again, when she gets her answer she finally understands but it doesn't necessarily solve all their problems.
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A: Is there still a mystery in life that you are still trying to figure out?

J: Guys. I just don't get them.

In LOCAL GIRLS, Kendra and Mona are best friends, local girls who spend their summers catering to rich tourists and the rest of the year chafing against small-town life. Then Mona's mom marries one of the island's rich summer visitors, and Mona joins the world of the Boston elite, leaving Kendra and Martha's Vineyard behind. When Mona returns the following summer, everything is different.

Unlike his sister, Mona's twin brother Henry hasn't changed. He's spending his summer the way he always has: with long, quiet hours fishing. Kendra starts sharing early mornings with Henry, hoping he can help her figure Mona out. Then Kendra decides uncover the identity of the twins' birth father, a question that has always obsessed Mona. And so she begins to unravel the seventeen-year-old mystery of the summer boy who charmed Mona's mother. But it may prove to be a puzzle better left unsolved--as what she is about to discover will change their lives forever...

In RICH BOYS, Winnie jumps at the chance to babysit for a wealthy summer family and earn some extra money—but soon learns that life in the Barclay’s beautiful vacation home isn’t as perfect as it appears. And what was supposed to be a carefree summer quickly becomes more complicated than she ever thought possible.

If you go to a jennyoconnell.blogspot.com you can win an Island Summer t-shirt. You can learn more about LOCAL GIRLS and RICH BOYS and Jenny's other bookshere.


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