Interview with Author Annie Fox

Annie Fox

I am thrilled to have interviewed author Annie Fox, who shared with us details of her writing life, her book ‘The Little Things That Kill‘, which was released on 13th February 2024, and answered a few fun questions. This post contains affiliate links.

Annie Fox

Annie Fox is an educator who teaches kids to get along better with themselves and everyone else. Biggest claim to fame – Since 1997 she’s answered more than 60K teen questions online and at live events throughout the U.S., as well as in Italy, Germany, Thailand, Singapore, and Japan. Most help requests she receives come from 12-17 year-old girls looking for a fix for a friendship/romance gone terribly wrong.

Her non-fiction books include the award-winning Middle School Confidential book and app series. Her debut YA novel, THE LITTLE THINGS THAT KILL (Electric Eggplant, 2024) is available in ebook, print, and audiobook.

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1) Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

The inspiration for my debut YA novel, THE LITTLE THINGS THAT KILL: A Teen Friendship Afterlife Apology Tour, came from a newspaper article in 2013. The story featured a very young girl who took her own life. Tragic as that was, the story stayed with me because of its mention of the dead girl’s so-called friends and the hint that they might have had some culpability in her state of mind at the time of her death.

I was insatiably curious about these other girls, but when my research hit a dead end (so to speak) and my questions went unanswered, I did what all writers do, I began speculating. That led me to create my own answers and the novel was born.

2) How did you plan out the plot?

Because The Little Things That Kill is written from three different perspectives I needed to use color-coded index cards at the start to keep track of the individual storylines. Later on I used Keynote software to build a “slide show” of scenes… like a digital storyboard.

There is a lot going on in this novel and I found it challenging to keep the whole of it in my head. The trickiest part was when storylines overlapped and narrators are unreliable due to faulty memories and/or because they were lying to themselves or others. The color-coded system helped keep track of the story and also to indicate where I seemed to be staying with one character’s perspective too long before returning to the POV of the others. So it helped me stay balanced.

3) When did you choose the title for your book?

I originally called the novel The Afterwars because the story’s focus was on the dead girl’s revenge. During my second major revision, I realized that my protagonist needed to progress beyond anger and bitterness to forgiveness and acceptance of personal responsibility for her own actions and to make amends to those she had hurt. That’s when the new title and subtitle came to me. THE LITTLE THINGS THAT KILL: A Teen Friendship Afterlife Apology Tour.

4) How did you come up with the names for your characters?

The names just came to me. And the names that came stuck. If you believe in such things (which I do) characters speak to writers. Our job is to listen.

5) How did you go about researching the content for your book?

The only parts of the novel that needed researching were the “witchy” parts since one of my main characters is a practicing witch. While I made up the wording for all of her spells and rituals, I wanted to be respectful of the other aspects of her practice. That required my researching details like the colors of candles for different purposes as well as herbs and crystals, etc. I also did research on aura reading.

6) What made you choose this genre?

I’m a fan of the kind of story that includes emotional growth, ghosts, thought-provoking paranormal elements, karma, after life/past lives, reincarnation, magic and redemption. So I wrote a book that I would like to read.

7) How long did it take you to complete your book?

Ten and half years. It started as a NaNoWriMo project in 2013. During that first month I wrote 30K words. I worked on it intermittently over the years. Parked it for long stretches. Wrote and published a non-fiction book (The Girls’ Q&A Book on Friendship). Began another novel. A children’s book. Then, during the pandemic, I returned to THE LITTLE THINGS THAT KILL and committed myself to finishing it. With the help of two different editors, I was able to bring the book to a place where it was finally ready for prime time.

8) Can you describe your book in three words?

Afterlife Apology Tour

9) What’s the hardest part of being a writer?

For me, the most challenging part of the writer’s life is working over, around and through the obstacles that every story will throw at you. And having the sustained confidence and stamina to know in your heart that you’ve got the skill to create something meaningful and if you continue to show up at your keyboard and do the work, and continue to listen to your characters, your story WILL tell you how it needs to be told. One more thing, along the same lines: “When the muse shows up, make sure she finds you working.” 😉

10) Why should our readers pick your book up?

No novel is a must-read for everyone. Art is subjective and I believe we find the books we need to read at the time we need to read them. Readers who are intrigued by the possibility of an afterlife and future lives, and who are invested in stories that explore personal growth, will likely enjoy THE LITTLE THINGS THAT KILL. Think about it, if The End isn’t actually The End and we get to keep on rolling along, using what we’ve learned in one lifetime to make smarter choices in the next, well, how cool would that be?

The Little Things That Kill by Annie Fox

The Little Things That Kill
A Teen Friendship Afterlife Apology Tour

Author – Annie Fox
Publisher – Electric Eggplant
Pages – 349
Release Date – 13th February 2024
ISBN 13 – 978-1943649037
Format – ebook, paperback, audio


They say it was suicide, but Nicole knows damn well she didn’t kill herself and won’t take this lying down.

16-year-old Nicole, high school drama queen (onstage and off), wakes up and finds herself on Substation Fifteen, a special plane of existence for teenage suicides, where she must accept the fact that she is now, quite literally, a No Body. Nicole has zero memory of dying but she’s convinced she didn’t take her own life and doesn’t belong here. She accuses the Mentors who run this place of screwing up big time, but they’re not buying it. In thirty days Nicole must pass the all-important Evaluation by accepting that the choices she made led to her demise. What happens if she doesn’t pass? She may be on her way to a place much worse than Substation 15.

Nicole’s only path to uncovering the truth about what happened is a fact-finding trip to Earth, through a minefield of secrets and lies, beginning at her own funeral. The clock is ticking while she tries to figure out a way to communicate with her two close friends—Isabel, her witchy bestie, and Cassie, her romantic rival. Both girls know much more about Nicole’s Last Day than they’re willing to admit. Ultimately, the facts Nicole finds may be harder to piece together and accept than death itself.

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Fun Questions

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1) Do you have a writing buddy?

Gracie the Dog is my writing buddy.

2) Do you have any writing quirks?

I talk to myself constantly while I write (especially when I write dialogue, which I love to do).

3) Where do you write?

Anywhere and everywhere around my home (inside and outside.) I move around constantly. Thank goodness for laptops! But I also write (in my head) while I’m hiking or cooking or sleeping. Dang! I’m always writing.

4) Your book has been made into a movie, you’ve been offered a cameo role, what will you be doing?

I’ll be greeting new arrivals on Substation 15. (Can’t explain more or I’d have to announce a Spoiler Alert)

5) A talking owl has just finished reading your book, what’s the first thing he says to you?

Talking owls possess ancient wisdom. They are known to peruse an occasional novel, especially one that delves into the metaphysical realm. A talking owl just posted her review of my book on Goodreads in which she said, “Heartwarming! This story renews my faith in humans (a notoriously pig-headed species) as its story reveals that it’s never too late to say you’re sorry.”

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A big thank you to Annie Fox for sharing her writing life with us and for a wonderful interview.

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