Find out how a tweet became a novel
By Samantha Samel
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Acclaimed novelist Lauren Beukes, who resides in South Africa, will be appearing at BookCourt in Cobble Hill on Thursday, June 13, to promote her new book “The Shining Girls” (Mulholland Books).
Beukes’ novel has been compared to “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife” for its imaginative and suspenseful qualities.
“The idea came from a throwaway tweet that I should write a book about a time-travelling serial killer,” Beukes told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in a recent interview. The author tells the story of Harper Curtis who, during the Depression-era in Chicago, uncovers a mysterious key that transcends the limitations of time. But there’s a catch: when time traveling, Curtis must kill the shining girls – bright young women who populate various eras. He stalks the girls until one of them, in a surprising twist, reverses the hunt.
“The inside of my head is pretty weird – like a crazy hoarder house full of influences that sometimes come together in interesting ways,” explained the author.
For the full interview, see ‘How a tweet inspired a novel’
The June 13 event will begin at 7 p.m. BookCourt is located at 163 Court St. in Cobble Hill.