Have You Seen Me?
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: August 17th 2021
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Young Adult
“An intriguing and atmospheric tale of murder and mayhem” ~Booklist
Lindsey Gillett is missing.
And she’s not the first girl at Waverly Prep to vanish without a trace.
To help cope with the tragedy, new history teacher Aubrey LaRoux organizes a small student investigation team. But when the members start turning up dead across campus, Aubrey suspects there’s more going on than anyone is willing to admit.
The murdered students all had something in common with Lindsey. They shared a secret. And what they uncovered could threaten the future of the historic school.
At Waverly Prep, someone wants to keep the past buried—along with anyone who gets in their way.
What Inspired Have You Seen Me?
My manager sent me a pre-made book cover—yes, the cover is pre-made—by Gabriel De Leon. She said, “This girl has a story to tell, and I want to know what it is. Can you write it?” The haunting look of the girl struck me, so Have You Seen Me? was born, inspired by the model on the cover. I knew I had to set it in Louisiana. My home state has a plethora of eerie locales and a historical backdrop to create the perfect atmosphere. I know many YA thrillers occur in schools, but I wanted to write an homage to those horror/slasher classic movies so many of us love. Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer were what I drew on to build the core of this story. Waverly Prep developed out of where I went to high school. Set on an old horse farm right outside of New Orleans, my alma mater has an original plantation-style home where the school’s headmaster lives during their tenure. Granted, it’s not as creepy, but I believe Waverly Prep is unique.
The book’s main character, Aubrey, is a new history teacher, and having a setting that appealed to her love of the past seemed important. I also wanted it set along a river with a sordid past, and there is nowhere better than Bayou Teche. There are ghost stories of pirates, and it’s the only place in Louisiana where a Civil War battle took place. Waverly Prep has an old plantation house, family cemetery, haunted woods, and historical battlefield, making it an excellent location for students to run into murder and mischief. I would want to go there and get lost in the woods, investigate the old cemetery, and stand on the banks of the ghostly Bayou Teche. In Have You Seen Me? the reader gets to do all those things and so much more. Did I envision this story when I first saw the cover? No. But the girl with the breathtaking look in her eyes inspired me. Waverly Prep won’t end with this novel. The second book in the series, Things That Won’t Stay Buried, comes out next year. And no, we don’t have the cover for that one yet.
Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author, screenwriter, advanced practice registered nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes supernatural, horror, mystery, and thrillers. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.