Devon from Margaux Froley’s Escape Theory was kind enough to let me interview her for the Escape Theory blog tour. I hope you like what you get to know about Devon. She’s one heck of a character!
1. What is your favorite thing about Nutter Butters?
Besides the fact that they are the best peanut butter cookies out there? Well, then I’d probably say, memories. For me, Nutter Butters have some great memories. I met Hutch for the first time because I had a package of Nutter Butters. Nothing like peanut butter to bring people together, right?
2. What was your first impression of Keaton upon arriving?
It’s weird now because it’s pretty much become home to me, but at first I thought Keaton was this weird prison disguised as a fancy resort. I always thought boarding schools were where they sent bad kids, so I kind of expected everyone to be wearing orange jumpsuits or something. Clearly, there’s no jumpsuits here, but I suppose Keaton still has its own uniform of sorts. I don’t know that I see it as a prison that much anymore….I mean, they let you leave on the weekends every now and then, right?
3. Why do you think you lost touch with Hutch after that special moment you shared together freshman year?
I have asked myself this a lot and replayed the last two years in my head more times than I should tell you. The thing I realized is that it was a perfect moment, and sometimes perfect moments are not meant to be repeated. Plus, it’s just life Keaton; it’s kind of like living in an ocean and sometimes the tides bring you together, and then other times, the tides keep you in an endless swirl that never quite comes back together in the way it once did. Between friends, roommates, weekends off campus, our paths never quite crossed in the same way. I also think we were a little scared of what happened that night. Like, what if we got back together and it wasn’t the same? I think neither of us wanted to ruin the memory of that night.
4. What is your biggest regret?
5. Name one thing that readers would be surprised to know about you.
I’ve never met my father. My mom wanted to have a baby and was tired of waiting for the right guy, so she did the sperm donor thing. She says when I’m 18, if I still really want to know, we can find out who my donor father really is. I don’t know yet if I’ll want to find out.
About Escape Theory:
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.
About Margaux Froley:
Margaux Froley is a Southern California native and a boarding school grad. She spent the last few years working her way through the Hollywood ranks to become a television writer on CW’s Privileged. She then moved to New York to become a development executive at MTV Networks. Escape Theory is her first novel.