Book & Author Details:
Death at Carp High by Jeremy Gold
Publication date: April 7th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Jake Brown is your average, above-average kid. He generally has his mind on the usual things that male high school seniors think about: girls, avoiding Spanish class, girls, pizza, surfing, girls, and of course, girls. None of that changes when he and his best friend, Dean, go surfing and find a body with a hole in its head floating beyond the waves.
Shortly after “the big discovery,” Sydney, a cross country running teammate of Jake’s, asks him to go to Morp—“Prom” spelled backwards—a Sadie Hawkins-style dance where the girls ask out the boys. As if life isn’t exciting enough trying to solve a murder, it looks like Jake is about to have his fondest wish granted—a real, live girlfriend. Despite Sydney’s obvious attraction to him, it takes a little work to convince Jake the attraction is real. Luckily, Sydney is very convincing.
In the beginning, Jake and Dean try keeping Lily and Sydney out of harm’s way, but high school girls are pros at teasing out even the most well-kept secrets. Eventually, the foursome becomes entangled in clues—and preoccupied with making sure dire threats from their prime suspect don’t pan out!
Death at Carp High has as many peaks and troughs as a winter swell at Rincon, and it’s all Jake and Dean can do to avoid wiping out.
Jeremy Gold is seventeen years old…in his mind. He lives in Carpinteria, California, a small beachside town, ten miles south of its more celebrated sister, Santa Barbara. He loves hiking, mountain bike riding, and of course, writing. Death at Carp High is the first in the six-part Jake Brown mystery series.
Jeremy and his wife, Calla, have been married since 1979. Any resemblance between their 21-year-old son, Dan, and Jake Brown is purely…understandable.
Q. How did you get the idea for this book?
A. I got the idea after years of watching my teenage son and his friends talk and interact and do what kids their age do. I thought I’d be fun to write a short story about them. So I started writing and one paragraph led to another until before I knew it, I’d written a whole manuscript.
Q. Which is your favorite character and why?
A. My favorite character is my protagonist, Jake Brown. Since the book is written in first person, he virtually takes up every page. The character is also loosely patterned on my own son who I love very much. I had to like him!
Q. What is difficult about writing a book that readers don’t realize?
A. It can be difficult deciding where to go with a plotline. Writers constantly come to crossroads in their story where they have to decide what they want to happen. It can be hard to commit to one direction or another.
Q. What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome when publishing your book?
A. The biggest obstacle was simply following through with doing the actual work involved in the whole publishing process. It was much easier writing the sequel. That was easy! In fact, I ended up writing five more books in the series before finally doing something about publishing the first.
Q. What do you hope readers will take away from Death at Carp High?
A. I hope they’ll like the characters and setting and want to read the next book in the series. I had fun writing the book. I want readers to have fun reading it.