Check out 13 interesting random facts about the author of Escape Theory, Margaux Froley!
13 Random Facts
1. In high school I studied Japanese, Chinese, and Italian. Now anytime I try to speak any of them it comes out a weird jumble of Japanese with an Italian accent. Although, I do make awesome sushi.
2. Devon, the main character of Escape Theory doesn't like the "legacy" students that come from multiple generations of families to attend the Keaton School. When I went to boarding school, I was a legacy student. I was the fourth person in my family to attend my boarding school. It comes with a different set of issues than being a new student.
3. I can't play Hide and Seek. Never could, even as a kid. It stresses me out too much.
4. I left my first boarding school after 10th grade because I knew I wanted to be a writer and I wanted to experience something else. I flipped through a book of other boarding schools around the world, and after much convincing of my parents, I ended up at an international boarding school in Oxford, England for my Junior and Senior years of high school. One of the best experiences of my life.
5. I know all the words to the three movies I had VHS tapes of growing up, The Breakfast Club, West Side Story, and Mary Poppins.
6. Never ask me to draw something. I'm a terrible artist.
7. Much like Devon and Hutch in Escape Theory, when I was at boarding school my friends and I would sneak into the school kitchen late at night to steal bags of bread. Not because we were hungry, but because we could.
8. I got my first tattoo when I was 16 years old. It's of an elephant because not only are they amazing animals, but I remember someone telling me that elephants are silent leaders and wise followers, which I thought was a great philosophy for life. Plus, I loved the idea of getting older and having this funny tattoo to always remember my teenage self from. 18 years later I still love it.
9. If I was on death row, my last meal would probably be pancakes.
10. Cleo, another character in Escape Theory is a kleptomaniac. I have never stolen anything, I am a terrible liar.
11. I bought most of my clothes in junior high and high school from thrift shops. Only, I didn't realize until about two years into that that I should have been washing those clothes when I bought them. Oops.
12. I asked my boarding school friends to read early drafts of Escape Theory just to make sure I got the boarding school experience write. They said it made them miss high school.
13. 2013 is the year my debut novel was published. In 2010 I met a friend who is an author at a book signings of hers, and I thought, "That's so cool. I want a book with my name on it in a bookstore." That was when I first thought I would try to write a YA novel.
More about Margaux!
Margaux Froley grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and attended not one, but two boarding schools during her high school years in California and Oxford, England. She studied film at University of Southern California, and has worked for such television networks as: TLC, CMT, Travel, MTV, and the CW. She currently lives in Los Angeles and still loves Nutter Butters. Escape Theory is her first novel.
Take a peak on Margaux's debut novel!
(Keaton School #1)
by Margaux Froley
Published March 12th 2013 by Soho Teen
Sixteen-year-old Devon Mackintosh has always felt like an outsider at Keaton, the prestigious California boarding school perched above the Pacific. As long as she’s not fitting in, Devon figures she might as well pad her application to Stanford’s psych program. So junior year, she decides to become a peer counselor, a de facto therapist for students in crisis. At first, it seems like it will be an easy fly-on-the-wall gig, but her expectations are turned upside down when Jason Hutchins (a.k.a. “Hutch”), one of the Keaton’s most popular students, commits suicide.
Devon dives into her new role providing support for Hutch’s friends, but she’s haunted by her own attachment to him. The two shared an extraordinary night during their first week freshman year; it was the only time at Keaton when she felt like someone else really understood her. As the secrets and confessions pile up in her sessions, Devon comes to a startling conclusion: Hutch couldn't have taken his own life. Bound by her oath of confidentiality—and tortured by her unrequited love—Devon embarks on a solitary mission to get to the bottom of Hutch's death, and the stakes are higher than she ever could have imagined.
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