The time it was about A Madness So Discreet

Posted October 2, 2015 by Stacee in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Interviews | 6 Comments

I was instantly excited by the premise of A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis and that cover is gorgeous.  So of course I signed up to be part of the blog tour as soon as I got the notification.


Before we get to Mindy’s interview, let’s check out the book!

12She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

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Sounds good, right?


1. Where did the idea for A Madness So Discreet come from?

Weirdest answer ever: I was lying in bed wondering what a lobotomy would feel like.

2. Why do you love Grace and why should we root for her?

Because she’s a survivor, and mentally tough. We’re big on strong female characters these days, but that’s usually a literal sense. Grace is strong in the quiet ways.

3. There are a lot of great characters in this story. Who was the easiest to work with and who was the hardest? 

Grace was difficult to write because she’s a mute for most of the story. Nell was the easiest because her accent just flows.

4. What was your favorite scene of the story? 

Anything with the girls bonding. They’re bright spots in the book and in Grace’s life.

5. Describe A Madness So Discreet in 5 words.

Gothic historical thriller insane asylum

Speed [ish] round:

1. You get the call/email/letter that says you’re being published for the first time. Describe the next 5 minutes. 

No shit – I scooped the cat’s litter pan because no one was answering the phone.

2. What three things would you take to a desert island?

Three manuals on how to survive on a desert island.

3. You can only read one book for the rest of your life. What is it?

Something extremely long.

4. Who are your favorite swoony boys/girls?

Mindy does not swoon.

5. What is the one thing about publishing you wish someone would have told you?

That your work is never finished.

6. You wake up and discover you are Bella in Twilight. You know how it plays out. What do you do differently? {Huge thanks to Bookish Broads for letting me use this question!}

I’d ask for a truck that works better and head to the east coast.


MindyMindy McGinnis is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio and cans her own food. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and Religion.

Mindy has a pond in her back yard but has never shot anyone, as her morals tend to cloud her vision.


Huge thanks to the ladies at Rock Star Tours for the invite and to Mindy for taking the time. Make sure you’re checking out her website, following her on Twitter, liking her Facebook page, and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR shelf.

Click here to follow along on the rest of the blog tour for extra goodies.

And if you haven’t had a chance to get your greedy hands on a copy of this book, check out the giveaway below!

**Good Luck!!**

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6 responses to “The time it was about A Madness So Discreet

  1. karen

    I have been seeing this book cover everywhere. Today, it was the description and your interview that got my interest. I am uncomfortable with the thought of her treatment in an insane asylum but it is good to get outside your comfort zone. This is a definite add on to my TBR list.

  2. Nikki Lemmons

    This book sounds so interesting! My fingers are crossed that I win this. If not, I’ll be going to the bookstore. I feel like mental illness isn’t tackled enough in literature, so I’m intrigued at the thought of a story about someone in an insane asylum. And that cover?!? Gorgeous! I look forward to reading this one.

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