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Blog Tour & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

Alexandra SirowyPlease welcome author Alexandra Sirowy to the blog today! She has stopped by to answer a few questions about her most recently book First We Were IV! This is an intense YA thriller about a group of kids who create a secret society that leads to Revenge and Death! This novel will be released on July 25, 2017 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers!

At the end of this post, enter for your chance to win 1 signed hard cover copy of FIRST WE WERE IV, Fujuifilm instax mini 9 Polaroid camera in smoky white (& film) like the one in the book! Strand of gold stars FIRST WE WERE IV swag (temporary tattoos & bookmarks), and a Evie Set Designed Tote Bag!!!

About Alexandra:

Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING and THE TELLING. Alexandra attended a women’s college for her undergraduate work in International Relations and later received her graduate degree in International Studies with an emphasis on the Middle East. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and exploring the foothills and woods near the Northern California home she and her husband share with their dog.

You can visit Alexandra around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Pinterest | Instagram

Want to read more from Alexandra Sirowy?

The CreepingThe Telling


Dark Faerie Tales: First up can you tell us about First We Were IV and where you got the inspiration to write it?

Alexandra: FIRST WE WERE IV is YA thriller in the vein of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS meets FIGHT CLUB. It’s about four best friends who invent a secret society and try to use it to get justice for an unsolved murder in their California coastal town, until justice turns to revenge, secrets unravel, others want in, a rebellion is sparked, and the secret society gets beyond out of control, ultimately costing one of the friends their life.

Opening with the arrival of the police, evidence of an accident or murder, and the statement “First we were four. Now we are three,” the story jumps back to relate how their secret society got so out of control, leaving the mystery of what happens to one of them (and to which one) to pull you through the book.

The inciting spark for FIRST WE WERE IV came from a few places, some easy to pinpoint and some just dark corners of my imagination that are hard to trace. Here’s one that’s easy to trace.

I was at an outdoor market in Vietnam a few years ago, and I came across this little wooden statue. It’s a carving of a woman, about eight inches tall, with her eyes closed and her palms tented. There’s a big starburst rising from her back, stars engraved on her cloak, and a few words in Latin scratched into her base just below a crescent moon. She’s a complete mystery – origins unknown. The woman selling her didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Vietnamese so I couldn’t even ask how she came to have such an unusual statue.

I brought her home with me and she sat on my writing desk for a couple of years, smiling this dangerous smile at me, daring me to tell her story. In FWWIV, Graham’s mom brings home a similar mysterious idol for him from the Mekong Delta, and she becomes a part of the four friends’ secret society and the history they invent.

Dark Faerie Tales: Out of the four main characters in the book who did you relate to the most?

Alexandra: Izzie, Viv, Graham, and Harry really came alive for me as I was writing FWWIV. They exist in my mind as real people do. I felt their heartbreak at the end of the book (and yep, I ugly cried while writing and editing it). Even though I think all four are relatable in the way they love one another, get caught up in something bigger than them, and want to belong, I will admit that I relate the most to Graham.

Graham doesn’t fit in with his peers in about a million different ways, and yet, in Izzie, Viv, and Harry, he found soul mates. He’s curious, a bookworm, mischievous, and cares deeply for his three best friends. He makes a lot of mistakes and tries to be brave and good but sometimes falls short.

I think we all have a little Izzie, Viv, Harry, and Graham in us.

Dark Faerie Tales: Are any of your characters based off real people from your life or are they all a figment of your imagination?

Alexandra: They are one hundred percent from my head. I wish I had an Izzie, Viv, Harry, and Graham in my life! With that said, their extremely close bond is a dynamic I’ve witnessed in real life. We moved around a ton when I was in school, so I always felt a bit like the odd-girl out. But there were a few groups of friends I remember in high school that were that tight-knit. The kind of kids who grew up next door and shared every adventure and memory.

Dark Faerie Tales: If First We Were IV was ever turned into a movie who do you imagine playing the roles of your characters?

Alexandra: Izzie: Haley Lu Richardson

Viv: Medalion Rahimi

Graham: Logan Miller

Harry: Tyler Posey

Dark Faerie Tales: The editing process can be pretty brutal at times and you generally have to cut a lot of scenes from your story. If you can without spoiling anything will you share a deleted scene/line with us?

Alexandra: I’m so glad you asked this question! After I’m done drafting and editing, I’m usually left with tens and tens of pages of cut scenes or orphan lines I never found a perfect home for. The lines below were a part of my favorite scene in the whole book, when Izzie and one of her best friends Graham begin to realize that their invention, their secret society, is truly powerful and is taking on a life of its own. So imagine: a dark night, a full moon, a bunch of high school seniors up on a giant boulder on the outskirts of an apple orchard, and two best friends, Izzie and Graham, with blood on their hands, down below, looking up.

“None of this is real,” I said, more to myself than anyone.

“They think it’s real,” Graham said. He pointed at the initiates. Radiant in white. Alive

against the landscape’s abyss. “Tell me the difference.”

I couldn’t. There was none. He was right. I frightened myself knowing it. There was a vanishing gap between pretend and reality. We’d made it disappear.

Dark Faerie Tales: All of your books so far have been thrillers/mysteries. Do you ever want to write a different genre or do you plan to stick to this one for the time being?

Alexandra: I’m currently writing a young adult dark fantasy. The inspiration for the book hit me a couple of years ago as I was writing my second thriller. I usually let an idea rattle around my head for a while until it becomes this undeniable urge, burning me at both ends, and then I know it’s a book ready to be written. On days when I need to work on something different, I’m writing a fourth thriller for young adults and am also playing around with a concept for an adult thriller.


Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

July 10:  Bookish Lifestyles – Review + Tote Design
July 11:  Brittany’s Book Rambles – Guest Post
July 12:  Emily Reads Everything – Review
July 13:  Biscotto’s Books – Moodboard
July 14:  Forever Lost in Literature – Review

Week 2: 

July 17:  My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post
July 18:  Literary Legionnaire – Review
July 19:  The Reader and the Chef – Review
July 20:  Novel Novice – Guest Post
July 21:  Dark Faerie Tales – Interview

Week 3:

July 24:  YA and Wine – Review + Guest Post
July 25:  YA Book Central – Spotlight
July 26:  Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review
July 27:  A Perfection Called Books – Guest Post



This contest is provided by Alexandra Sirowy!!!

One lucky reader will win a signed hard cover copy of First We Were IV, Fujuifilm instax mini 9 Polaroid camera in smoky white (& film) like the one in the book! Strand of gold stars FIRST WE WERE IV swag (temporary tattoos & bookmarks), and a Evie Seo Designed Tote Bag
(US & Canada)


Available July 25, 2017 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.

A secret society – for the four of us.

The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.

We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.

Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.

But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.

We wanted revenge.

We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to.

Our invention ratcheted out of control.

What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

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2 Responses to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

  1. Penny OlsonNo Gravatar

    This looks really suspenseful. I’d bet it’s hard to put down.

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  2. Fay TannerrNo Gravatar

    Love the cast Alexandra Sirowy imagines playing the roles of her characters if First We Were IV were made into a movie!

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