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ABOUT THE BOOK
For the teenagers of Chicago’s North Shore, everyone has something to hide.
In a daring attempt to impress the elusive Sophia, Michael makes the biggest decision of his life, stealing over a hundred thousand dollars from St. Theodore Community Church.
That same night, Nichole’s insecurities are finally forgotten with a drug she soon won’t be able to control.
When Michael makes his getaway, he sees his friend Joseph cheat on his girlfriend with the priest’s daughter and knock over a candle that sets the church ablaze.
As the consequences of that night unfold, Joseph is blamed for the fire and the missing money. Can the teenagers of the North Shore confess their vices to help their friend? Or will their greed, infidelity and jealousy change all their lives forever?
Dean Economos and Alyssa Machinis (Chicago, IL) Co-authors, A North Shore Story
some background, what did you do before writing this book?
to college at Loyola University Chicago and received my undergrad in Biology
and a minor in Biostatistics. I then went on to receive my M.B.A. from Loyola’s
Quinlan School of Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.
were the events that inspired the book?
book was inspired by different experiences growing up. Those key events and
experiences were then intertwined with the more current events of our church’s
parts of your book are things you actually experienced, they must have stuck
with you for you to want to write about them years later. Did you always know
you wanted to tell these stories?
of had a premonition growing up that these events would be shared. My friends
and I would always say we should’ve had a show like Laguna Beach, or something
of that nature. So, in a way, I did think these stories would be told in one
way or another, I just didn’t think I’d be the one to tell them.
other stories of turmoil, we are drawn to A North Shore Story because we can
relate to the characters. Can you elaborate on what is relatable about the
internal struggles of the book’s characters?
makes these characters extremely relatable to readers are the confidence and
relationship problems each one of them goes through, whether it be friendship
or romantic. Some characters go through other internal struggles such as
underage drinking, drug use, and sexual peer pressure. I think that everyone at
one time or another has been in one of these circumstances.
was your favorite part of writing this book?
this was my first book, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I was supposed
to have a template or well-thought out plan before writing anything. Instead, I
jumped into it head-first and developed the story as I wrote. I feel that doing
it this way allowed myself to be more creative and not stick to a “script” per
say. I was even surprised at what I was able to create.
inspired you to write this story so many years later?
originally got my gears turning was the media’s coverage of our former priest
and his embezzlement of church funds. I then started to think about our time
growing up at our church and the
that our friends and I experienced. After pinpointing key events, I began
formulating the plotline which now makes up A North Shore Story.
know some of these characters in your waking life. Who was the most exciting to
write? How have they changed because of what happened?
most exciting character to write about was definitely Kate. Kate, and the girl
who she’s based off of, has a very exciting personality and a distinct
attitude. When our friend read the story, she loved how she was portrayed in
the storyline. I think that she, along with the rest of our friends, have changed
in that we’ve learned how to tackle the problems that Kate and the rest of the
group are dealing with right now.
more about your personal part in the stories. Are you in the book? How did you
change your story for the fiction rendition?
I am in
the book. With my character, and with all the characters, I left elements of
real life in the story and in the personality, but overall the fundamental
qualities of each character are unique from their real life counterparts.
strengths did you and Alyssa bring to the table to help one another write the
more connected to writing the actual story. I was able to figure out and
connect the different sub- plots of the book, while Alyssa is very familiar
with novels and creative writing. With those skills, she helped make the book
anticipate a sequel?
thrown ideas around in my head, and I’ve talked about it with Alyssa. We’re
open to it, but haven’t started writing anything yet.
about your background, what have you done since the events that occurred that
inspired A North Shore Story?
went to college at University of Illinois and graduated with a degree in
Advertising and minors in both Business and Communications. Now I work at an
advertising-technology company as a Digital Strategist.
your side of the story depicted in the book? Did you change the reality for the
of the story is depicted in the book, but it’s pretty separated from reality.
The biggest and only consistency between my character and I are our driven
was the most difficult part about writing this book?
most difficult part of writing the book was helping it come alive. The content
was there, and the story was strong, but fostering the story from a passive
standpoint into an active point of view was a challenge.
you think the most important lesson from the book is?
most important lesson from the book is to be confident in who you are. Don’t
worry about what other people think because the fear of judgment can turn you
into a person you don’t want to be.
part of this story do you think appeals to young adult readers most?
what appeals to young adults about A North Shore Story are the pop
culture references mixed with struggles that I think a majority of teens have
experienced or encountered at some point in their lives.
clique were you in in high school? Can you tell us an event that happened to
you and your friends that almost made it into A North Shore Story but isn’t
definitely in the choir group throughout high school. There weren’t many events
that didn’t make it into A North Shore Story, but we almost wrote
in a choir sub-plot. However, we switched it to fashion as the story developed.
were some of your favorite books in high school, when the story takes place?
the Harry Potter series and the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben. He writes
excellent mystery novels, and J.K. Rowling is a genius.
your favorite author? What were a few books that inspired your writing?
necessarily have a favorite author (I read a lot). However, I do think that
J.K. Rowling’s writing style was very influential on my own. It’s also
comforting to know that she had humble beginnings just like Dean and I have
think you’ll write another book?
Dean mentioned, we’ve talked about it a little bit. However, as of now we have
not made any strides toward writing another book.
Again, thanks Dean and Alyssa for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. We
appreciate you both and your work.
Social media handles:
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- @DeanEconomos, @lyssa_machinis, @prbythebook
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