Aug. 22, 2012
-- Worcester, MA – Diane Mulligan has just announced the launch of her first novel Watch Me Disappear. Watch Me Disappear is the story of Lizzie Richards, a high school senior starting over at a new school after her father moves the family for a new job. It was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Quarterfinalist in 2011 in the Young Adult category.
“As a high school English teacher,” Mulligan said, “I wrote this story because I feel there is a need for engaging and entertaining teen novels that also allow young adults to grapple with issues of morality.” As Lizzie navigates the social scene, falls in love, and deals with the stress of college admissions, she is not always sure what is the right thing to do, and she learns the same way everyone must: Trial and error.
An ABNA expert reviewer wrote, “Lizzie was a very nuanced and nicely written character. I liked her foibles and insecurities, as well as the fact that she was aware of those parts of her personality. Despite having low expectations, she can’t stop herself from having slightly higher hopes. Her internal reactions to the people around her are amusing and insightful. I think Lizzie is a character that will resonate with a lot of readers, both young and old.”
Mulligan has taught English at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury since 2002. She began writing Watch Me Disappear at an after-school creative writing club she moderates for students. She credits her students with inspiring her to keep writing and with keeping her honest. “They were always quick to criticize me in early drafts when characters did or said things that did not ring true,” Mulligan said.
Readers can find more information about Watch Me Disappear on Mulligan’s website, http://www.dvmulligan.com
. It will be available for Kindle August 20 and in paperback through Amazon in early September. A full release for all e-reading platforms is planned for November.