#CJSReads2018 – Q&A With Riley Sager

Good morning and happy Tuesday!

Today is the paperback release day for FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager – released last year in hardcover.

Chandra, Sam, and I all were so excited to read this one for #CJSReads2017 and it was a 5 star read across the board for us. So when we got to do a Q&A with author, Riley Sager, we were ecstatic about the opportunity!

To see the other 8 questions and responses, check out Chandra and Sam’s blogs! You can find Chandra here and Sam here 🙂

You can also see our collective reviews here from last year.


  1. If you could cast the characters of any of your books for a movie, who would play your characters?

This is a fun game to play in private. But since a film version of FINAL GIRLS is in development, I don’t want to jinx any potential casting by mentioning my dream cast for the two main characters, Quincy and Sam. All I’ll say is that if Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone want a copy of the book, I’d be more than happy to send them one.

  1. What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

I read CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY when I was in fourth grade, and it just blew my mind. I was always a big reader, but this was the first time I felt truly sucked into another world. I fell so deep into that book that I’d sometimes forget where I was. That’s when I realized that you could build worlds with words. And that, as a reader, you could enter that world and walk around in it. It reminds me of a lyric from Hamilton. “You built me palaces out of paragraphs.” That’s what Roald Dahl did for ten-year-old me.

  1. What’s the best money you ever spent as a writer?

I’d love to say something poetic and fancy here. Something like, “Books are the best money you’ll spend” or “This rare item I bought during my extensive travels inspired me to write.” But the true answer is probably my expensive all-in-one printer/scanner/photocopier. One thing they never tell you about being a full-time writer is how much paperwork is involved. All those forms and contracts and things that need scanned and copied. It’s insane. And I’d have lost my mind by now if I didn’t have a machine that could do all those things. File that answer under: Boring but true.

  1. Have you ever gotten reader’sblock?  How did you get out of it? (and yes, I meant reader’s) 😀

I get it all the time and I hate it. I’m a chronic book buyer. Like, it’s truly out of control. I don’t just have one TBR pile. I’ve got several. And those suckers are tall. Yet I get in these phases where I’ll stare at these stacks of books and think, “There’s nothing to read.” Which is utterly ridiculous. I’ve found the best cure is to make it so that I simply don’t have time to read. I tend to finish writing and revising my books in a frantic, dramatic sprint to meet an impossible deadline. In that mode, I do no reading for pleasure. It just doesn’t happen. But when I finish, I’m so sick of reading my own work that all I want to do is curl up in bed with words someone else wrote. That’s when I binge read.



Don’t miss out on our giveaway! Check out our Instagram pages for the rules to enter – we are teaming up with Dutton Books and we have three copies to share 🙂

@wherethereadergrows , @cluesandreviews , or @jessicamap


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