An Exclusive Interview with Stephanie Morrill! 3 comments

Hi Everyone!  Today I would like to intoduce A very special guest on my blog–Stephanie Morrill, Founder of Go Teen Writers!  Today is the very exciting release of her Newest book, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and I am part of the really fun clue hunt. Head over to her blog for more details if you’re just stopping in and want in on part of the fun! Here is the blurb for her amazing new book!

 Lost Girl of Astor Street_cover (2)

Lydia has vanished.

Lydia, who’s never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who’s been Piper’s best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said good-bye.

Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost.

When Piper discovers those answers might stem from the corruption strangling the city—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

Today, Stephanie will be answering a few questions for me, and be sure to stay to the end if you want that fourth clue!!

Gabriella: What inspired you to write Lost Girl?

Stephanie: My initial idea for The Lost Girl of Astor Street came while I was putting away laundry, of all things. My mind was wandering (as it often does during chores), and I started thinking about different stories I like. I thought about Veronica Mars for a while, and then something triggered a thought about Downton Abbey, and I thought, “I wish there was something out theGre that was like Veronica Mars but in a Downton Abbey kind of setting. Oh, maybe I could do that!”

Gabriella:  When did you start writing?

Stephanie: I’ve wanted to be a writer since first grade. My elementary school encouraged writing time and we had freedom to write whatever kind of stories we desired. Then a parent volunteer would type our stories up for us, and we could pick the color for our cover and the binding. At the end we were supposed to illustrate it (I was awful) and then read it to the class. I loved it so much, and after that I always wanted to tell stories for a living.

Gabriella:  Which character in lost girl was the most fun to write? Why?

Stephanie: It’s probably a bit silly to pick Piper as my favorite character, but I loved writing her. The way she saw the world was really interesting and enjoyable for me to write.

Gabriella: Where do you get your inspiration?

Stephanie: Like most writers, I get story ideas all the time. I’ll be at the grocery store, and I’ll overhear a bit of conversation. Or I’ll drive past a boarded up house and think about people who used to call it home. Not all the ideas stick, but a lot of times they start sticking to each other and building momentum. 

Gabriella: If Ellie Sweet and Piper Sail got into an argument, who would win?

Stephanie: Ha! I love this question so much. Both girls are really clever, but Ellie is more likely to give in first and say, “Let’s just agree to disagree.”

Gabriella: What was the most challenging part about writing Lost Girl?

Stephanie: Developing Piper and Mariano’s relationship alongside Piper dealing with a very dark and difficult life situation. Draft after draft I worked on getting that right.

Gabriella:  What is one tip you have for aspiring teen authors such as myself?

Stephanie: I have so many that I started a website,! Specifically for teen writers, I think the most important thing is to focus on writing stories that make you come alive. Don’t worry about genre or where they fit in the market. This is the time to try lots of different things and develop your writing voice.

Gabriella: Do you plan on writing a sequel to Lost Girl?

Stephanie: I would love to, and I have some ideas, but I’m being patient and giving myself space to write the right sequel.

Thank You Again Stephanie Morrill for Joining us today.  It was such a pleasure to get to talk to you on my blog, and I had so much fun!

If you haven’t yet checked out, I highly suggest you do.  It is a great place for writing advice, and is a community full of teen writers be talk among.  And now,  Below is the FOURTH CLUE:


Clue 1: Stephanie’s Morrill’s Blog
Clue 2: Some Books Are
Clue 3: Gabriella Slade
Clue 4: Page by Page, Book by Book
Clue 5: Pens and Scrolls
Clue 6: Singing Librarian Books
Clue 7: Heather Manning
Clue 8: Annie Louise Twitchell
Clue 9: Noveling Novelties
Clue 10: Kaitee Hart
Clue 11: Classics and Craziness
Clue 12: Zerina Blossom
Clue 13: Rebecca Morgan
Clue 14: Keturah’s Korner
Clue 15: That Book Gal
Clue 16: Anna Schaeffer
Clue 17: Hadley Grace
Clue 18: Lydia Howe
Clue 19: Ramblings by Bethany
Clue 20: Matilda Sjöholm
Clue 21: Lydia Carns
Clue 22: Broken Birdsong
Clue 23 & Clue 24: The Ink Loft
Clue 25: Roseanna M. White

In HIS joy,

Gabriella J. Slade

Pin this post!

Like This Post?  Want to See more Like it?  Then Be sure to subscribe for blog updates and a monthly newsletter!

Powered by Mad Mimi

About Gabriella

Gabriella Slade grew up as the eldest of seven, two of her sisters being adopted from West Africa. As a homeschooled student, Gabriella spent her free time reading novels and scribbling down stories from a young age, where she discovered her love for fantasy. As a teen, she wrote and edited her debut novel over a period of 3 years. Gabriella has been blogging since 2015. Her blog won the Libester award in 2017. You can connect with her online at

  • Stephanie Morrill

    Thank you so much for featuring The Lost Girl of Astor Street on your blog, Gabriella!

    • Gabriella

      Thank you for being a guest Mrs. Morrill! My apologies for taking so long to reply. I moved this month 😛

  • Rachel D.

    Oh this is fun! Thank you for the interview!