Debut Author Take Over: The Fever King by Victoria Lee

I am so super excited to kick off a series of posts that will happen over the next few months. Back in September I was contacted by a group called Class of 2k19 Books. They wanted to see if I was interested in working with any of the debut authors on their list. I was immediately taken with quite a few and wrote back, maybe scream shouted, that I would love to be a part of it and so began my journey.

I won’t lie, I was in a blogging slump and having this new blood reach out helped a lot. It added a spark to my blogging life that was missing and I can’t wait to share my thoughts and some guest posts from these fabulous ladies that I have been working with for the past few months.

For my third debut author I have Victoria Lee (who I’m happy to say I got to meet at ALA at her very first signing!!!!), the author of The Fever King, with us today answering some of my questions.

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1)      First off, congratulations on your debut! It truly was fantastic. Where did the idea for The Fever King come from? Was it something you have been thinking about for a long time?

It took me a really long to figure out what story I was actually trying to tell with The Fever King. I wrote several versions of this book trying to figure it out! Parts of the book were originally ideas for other books that ended up getting cobbled together Frankenstein’s-monster style for TFK.

Primarily, I wanted to write about the intersection of intergenerational and personal trauma—about what it means to face our trauma, and the way the world can demand that we “have” to confront our abusers in order for trauma to be viewed as legitimate. I also wanted to write about the experience of feeling like an outsider in your own country. For me, I wrote this through the lens of being Jewish American (for Noam: Atlantian-Carolinian), but so many different groups have experienced this historically and today in different ways.

 

2)      I loved how politics and economic status played a huge role in this story. Why was that so important for you to share and write about? 

A lot of Noam’s experiences as a refugee were broadly drawn from the Jewish experience. Noam is the child of refugees and has spent his whole life fighting for immigrant rights—but gaining magic powers elevates to a position of privilege in his society. Now he has to reconcile the intersection of that new identity as a Level IV witching with his other lived experiences as an Atlantian. I think all of the Jewish diaspora is familiar with the sense of being an outsider in one’s own country of birth, and Jewish people still struggle to reconcile the impact of pogroms and the Holocaust as they reverberate down through the generations. Many other groups have experienced and are experiencing similar things now. Although I can’t speak to their experiences, I hope I was able to capture at least a tiny facet of one person’s experience feeling like an outsider in their own country.

 

3)      Noam and Dara are complete opposites yet there is something about their slow bond and relationship that just clicked for me. What was the driving force between these two amazing characters?

The best romances have some kind of conflict or obstacle keeping the characters apart, right? And I really wanted to write a romance where the obstacle was something ideological—not a misunderstanding, or some kind of external force keeping them apart…but something where a fundamental part of each character’s identity is at odds with the other’s. And they have to overcome that division—or at least learn how to understand and respect the other person’s position—in order to be together. I also wanted to write about how difficult it is to trust someone when you’ve experienced trauma (which both characters have, in one way or another), and how sometimes learning how to love again after trauma is one of the bravest and most difficult things you can do.

 

4)      What do you hope people take away from The Fever King?

I hope readers start thinking more about how intergenerational and personal trauma intersect to impact lives, as well as how different ways of being privileged and marginalized interact and work to shape a person’s lived experience. And—importantly—I hope readers walk away about the nature of who we view as abusers vs victims, and how we might start to challenge those perceptions and biases.

 

5)      Can you tell us anything about the second book in the series? I am DYING to know what is in store for all of these characters.

WELL. I don’t know how much I’m contractually allowed to say in public, so let me just say…Noam and Dara are both coming back in book two, and Dara will be back as a point-of-view character. Which means we’ll get chapters written from Dara’s perspective, inside Dara’s head.

And if you thought Noam and Dara had issues in book 1, that’s nothing compared to what’s coming.

 

6)      Lastly I always ask this question.  What is the one item of clothing or accessory that you could never live without? Basics aside of course.

Oh wow this one is hard. Um. Probably my favorite oversized wool sweater. I like feeling cozy, plus it’s a convenient tent when I’m writing an angsty scene and need to hide from my own feelings.

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Debut Author Take Over: The Fever King by Victoria LeeThe Fever King by Victoria Lee
Published by Skyscape
Published: March 1, 2019
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In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

Thank you so much, Victoria, for taking the time and answering these questions.

Make sure you go out and buy The Fever King on 3/1/19!

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Debut Author Take Over: When the Truth Unravels by RuthAnne Snow

I am so super excited to kick off a series of posts that will happen over the next few months. Back in September I was contacted by a group called Class of 2k19 Books. They wanted to see if I was interested in working with any of the debut authors on their list. I was immediately taken with quite a few and wrote back, maybe scream shouted, that I would love to be a part of it and so began my journey.

I won’t lie, I was in a blogging slump and having this new blood reach out helped a lot. It added a spark to my blogging life that was missing and I can’t wait to share my thoughts and some guest posts from these fabulous ladies that I have been working with for the past few months.

For my second debut author I have RuthAnne Snow who’s book, When the Truth Unravels comes out on 1/8/19

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1)      Congratulations, RuthAnne! How exciting to have your debut novel coming out! Anyway, where did the idea to write When the Truth Unravels come from?

A lot of different factors played into the idea, actually! I had been wanting to write a friendship book, because I feel like there are not enough positive female friendship books out there. I am fully on Team More Friendship Books, haha. And I had also read THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, which affected me a lot. I think there are a lot of things that book does right and quite a few issues that could be better. So tackling the topic of suicide and how it impacts people on all these different levels, while also wanting to center the experience of the person who is having these ideations and engaging in these behaviors, was on my mind. And then one day, these four girls just popped into my head and I took it from there.

2)      I am always so impressed by authors that write whole stories that essentially take place over one day (flashbacks aside). Was that always something you wanted to do or did it just work out for this particular book?

I also love those books! Ha. I definitely had the goal to keep most of the action on one day with this book the entire time, and I probably will try that again someday, but I will probably steer away from attempting broken timelines/four narrators ever again. I love this book and I am so excited for people to read it, but it was a bear to edit and revise and I have no one to blame for that but myself.

3)      I admit at times I struggle when there are a lot of voices narrating a story. This wasn’t the case with When the Truth Unravels. I truly loved all of the girls voices, Rosie and Ket my favorites. Did you have a favorite girl to write for or did they all just come to you organically?

I’m so glad you loved them! I love them too. I really just adore all of them in different ways. I love how funny Ket is, how she bounces back from some pretty bad decisions. I love how ambitious and unapologetically bright Jenna is. I love Rosie and all her awkwardness and I just want to tell her, “College is going to be sooo much better for you, kid.” And of course I adore Elin. How can you not just want to give her a hug? And I just love the friendship between the four of them (and Teddy). (I hope that “and Teddy” didn’t sound too “and Peggy.” It should sound like, “And Teddy!”) 

4)      Elin’s suicide attempt and the secret behind it is the backbone to the story. How much research did you have to do to make sure the story was told right?

Lots. I really, really wanted to make sure that piece was right–knowing, of course, that everyone’s experiences with mental health are as unique as every individual person is and there’s no way that any one story can represent all those experiences. That said, I really wanted things to feel true, feel realistic. I didn’t want to fall into the cognitive bias of, “Well, this is how *I* experience and perceive certain things and therefore my experience is right.” I talked to therapists, academic researchers, people who have had different experiences with mental health. It definitely shaped and informed how I saw Elin and her story and how it impacts her friends and family.

5)      Can you tell us what you are working on now?

No. Haha, sorry. I am seriously the most superstitious writer ever! I hate talking about projects before they’re done, except with CPs and my agent. It just feels like I’m jinxing myself! But I will say, I think the vibe will be similar — finding the heartfelt and funny moments in a very serious situation.

6)       Lastly I always ask this question.  What is the one item of clothing or accessory that you could never live without? Basics aside of course.

Oooh, this is such a good question. Hair ties probably count as basics, yeah? I will go with my right hand ring. (Sorry to my husband that I picked the right hand ring instead of my engagement ring, haha.) I bought it for myself for Valentines Day one year when I was single and on the verge of being very mopey, and ever since it’s been a good reminder to me that, even though I am blessed to have great friends and a great partner and a great family, I am also pretty great on my own. And I think sometimes everyone needs a little reminder that they are enough. 

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Debut Author Take Over: When the Truth Unravels by RuthAnne SnowWhen the Truth Unravels by RuthAnne Snow
Published by Sky Pony
Published: January 8, 2019
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Last month, Elin tried to kill herself.

She knows she's lucky that her parents found her in time. Lucky to be going to prom with her three best friends, like any other teen. Like it never happened. And if she has anything to say about it, no one but her best friends will ever know it did.

Jenna, Rosie, and Ket will do anything to keep Elin's secret--and to make sure it never happens again. That's why they're determined to make prom the perfect night. The night that convinces Elin that life is worth living.

Except, at prom, Elin goes missing.

Now it's up to her friends to find her. But each of the girls has her own demons to face. Ket is being blackmailed by an ex. Rosie is falling in love for the first time. And Jenna . . .

Jenna is falling apart.

And no one, not even her best friends, knows why.

Heart-wrenching and utterly impossible to put down, When the Truth Unravels follows four friends as they confront their greatest hopes and darkest secrets during one life-changing night.

A huge thanks to RuthAnne for taking the time to answer my questions. Make sure you check out When the Truth Unravels when it is released in January!

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Blog Tour – There’s Someone Inside Your House By Stephanie Perkins ~Author Q & A {+ a Giveaway}

Guys…I am having a MAJOR fan girl moment here. Actually I am having a major fan girl year if I’m honest. You have all heard it before so you know what a HUGE fan of Anna and the French Kiss I am. I read it in 2010 and as cliche as it sounds it changed a lot for me. It brought me to blogging and it brought me to reading and it brought me to all of you amazing people. And it has also brought me opportunities I never dreamed I would have like getting to not only meet Stephanie Perkins, but to get to interview her for my blog. See, FAN GIRL MOMENTS!

Okay, now that that is out of the way, on to the interview with one of my favorite people ever! (and if you read this Stephanie I know I still owe you candies and a card that I have now promised. :-))

1) Stephanie, it is no secret that I am probably the biggest Anna and the French Kiss fan around. I’m not very quiet about my love. There’s Someone Inside Your House is a huge departure from that (but it still has that Perkins charm). What made you decide to go in a different direction from what you are known for?

Andi! I adore you! Merci for your unwavering support of that book and those characters. It always means a lot to me, and I’m honored to be here on your blog today. (Sorry for all the blood.)

It’s funny, because I absolutely understand why this book feels like a leap to my readers, but it was such a natural step for me. I’m a longtime horror fan, and I’ve always enjoyed slashers in particular, which often use humor and self-awareness to help balance out the tension. Those are things that I’m really drawn to, no matter what type of story it is.

2) When I was reading TSIYH I noticed a lot of things that felt very Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and even Halloween: H20 in some of the scenes which warmed my late 90s loving heart. As a fan of horror movies, what made you decided to use the more “fun” horror titles as inspiration?

Ha! It’s like I anticipated this question in my last answer. So I’ll just add that yes, exactly, those were all huge influences. I was a teenager in the 90s, and those were the popular teenage horror films. It makes sense that they left such a strong impression on me.

3) I know authors do a ton of internet searching when writing a book. I’ve heard many of authors saying if we could only see their search history. What were some of the weirdest things you had to Google when researching TSIYH?

Oh, this question is so fun! I’m a tremendously curious person, so my search history—in general—was already pretty terrible. Tons of death and gruesome crime scenes in there, but I suppose this novel added graphic knife-wound images to my government file.

Some of the more challenging research for this book involved me interviewing athletes, because I’m not athletic and several of these characters are. It probably says a lot about me that I know significantly more about the psychology of serial killers than the rules of football.

4) You know I have to ask this, what’s next after TSIYH? Any chance there will be a revisit to my favorite SOAP kids? Maybe a Meredith book or a book that includes a certain couple ({clears throat} Anna & Etienne) and their current life? Basically what are you working on?

It’s not out of the question, though it’s not something I’m discussing yet. All I can say is that I’m working on more than one project right now, in more than one genre. I’m glad you’re interested, though!

 5) And the one question I ask all authors that I interview on my blog, what is the one item of clothing or accessory that you could never live without? Basics aside of course.

When I’m in public, I like to wear vintage-style dresses, but at home I live in grungy old Radiohead concert T-shirts. I probably have twenty of them. So, I’m gonna say Radiohead wins this round.

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Did I mention this was a dream come true?!?! Thank you so much Stephanie for taking the time to answer my questions. #4 has me totally intrigued!

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Blog Tour – There’s Someone Inside Your House By Stephanie Perkins ~Author Q & A {+ a Giveaway}There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Published: September 26th 2017
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Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

About Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. She has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.

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Week One:
September 18 – Mostly YA Lit – Author Q&A
September 19 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
September 20 – Peace Love Books – Review
September 21 – Lost in Lit – Book Photography
September 22 – Novel Novice – How You’re Going to Feel While Reading TSIYH
 
Week Two:
September 25 – Stories & Sweeties – Review
September 26 – In Wonderland – Book Photography
September 27 – Book Addict’s Guide – Bookish Candle
September 28 – YA Romantics – Horror Movie Quiz
September 29 – Twirling Pages – Author Q&A
 
Week Three:
October 2 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – 5 Reasons to Read TSIYH
October 3 – Oh the Book Feels – Review
October 4 – Andi’s ABCs – Author Q&A
October 5 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Event Recap
October 6 – YA Bibliophile – Top Fall Activities as Inspired by TSIYH
 
Week Four:
October 9 – ButterMyBooks – Author Q&A
October 10 – BookCrushin – Top 10 Horror Villains in Movies & YA
October 11 – The Wednesday Blog for Books – Review      
October 12 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Dream Casting
October 13 – Don’t Fold the Page – Review

 

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5 Questions with Miranda Kenneally

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1)      I have read and loved all of your books (as you know) starting with the first, Catching Jordan. In all of your past books there has been a sort of theme in them that is missing from your newest book Jesse’s Girl. What made you decide to focus on music instead of using sports this time around? Was it the characters that made you do it or did you just go in that direction organically?

headphones-1920-1080-wallpaperI just really love listening to music and performing, and I’ve wanted to write a book about music for a while. For this book, the plot definitely came first and the characters second.

 

2)      Maya is also a very different kind of character. She marches to the beat of her own drum and doesn’t fit in with what you would think of when you talk Nashville music scene. Why did you decide to make her style different than what was expected?

MI0003201089Maya loves 80’s music like Queen and Madonna. I made her this way because she and Jesse needed some friction between them when it comes to music (he loves country and the good ole boys). I love Queen and Madonna personally, so that is how Maya came to be. 🙂  Also, as you can see when reading the book, Maya’s ex-bandmates are very hoity-toity when it comes to music. They make fun of Maya for liking 80’s music, which is so lame and happens far too often in real life. With this book I want to show readers that they can listen to whatever they want.

 

3)      Speaking of Maya, she is connected to a high profile character (and one of my personal favorites) from one of your other books. How do you decide what characters you will use from other books? How do you keep it all straight when you are writing?

mirandaTough question! In some of my past books, I have briefly mentioned minor characters. I didn’t do this with the expectation they might become someone big later on. However, it has been nice to use those people briefly mentioned to create characters like Maya (Sam Henry’s younger sister) and Jeremiah (from Breathe, Annie, Breathe). To keep it all straight, sometimes I have to go back and read my past books, which makes me cringe! I just want to edit everything. 

 

4)      Let’s talk about Jesse. Poor misunderstood, lonely, adorable Jesse. What was your inspiration for him? How did you do you research for a musician?

waffle-house-sign-484I just sort of made Jesse up as I went along! In terms of research, I attended lots of music festivals, contests, and events when I was younger and I performed in a show choir that travelled all over the place, so I know what it’s like being onstage. Being from Tennessee, I’ve actually met several country stars, so I used those experiences to develop Jesse’s life and attitude. One time I met LeAnn Rimes in a Waffle House and she got mad at me for interrupting her eating hashbrowns. At the time, I was angry with her because she kind of snubbed me, but as I got older I realized she just wanted to eat, not talk to fans. Still, being a famous country star comes with having to deal with fans.

 

5)      And as a practice when I interview an author I end with the same question. Since I’m also a clothing and accessory fanatic, what is the one clothing item or accessory you can’t live without (and no margaritas don’t count as an accessory. 😉 )?

classic-margarita1_png_1280x800_q85C’mon, I can’t have even one margarita?? Fine, I can’t live without a Tory Burch tote to carry all my stuff around. Like my credit card, which I use to purchase margaritas. 🙂

 

A huge thanks to Miranda for stopping by and answering these. Jesse’s Girl is out in store on Tuesday July 7th. Make sure you check out my review HERE and enter to win one of Miranda’s books.

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Review/Interview: 16 Things I Thought Were True – Janet Gurtler

I was lucky enough to get to review this book and interview Janet Gurtler for the blog tour for 16 Things I Thought Were True. After the review please check out my question and answer section with Janet. I want to thank her for the time she took to answer my questions and to share a little bit more about her process and thoughts with all of you ABCers. I really hope you pick this book up and enjoy it. Or really anything by Janet for that matter(PSSST, I’m Not Her is still my favorite book of hers. ;-)) Okay, on to the review and interview.

Review/Interview: 16 Things I Thought Were True – Janet GurtlerSixteen Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler
Published by Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Published: 2014
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three-half-stars

Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan's mom gets sick, it's hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn't as far away as she thought...

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan's getting to know the real Adam, and he's actually pretty sweet...in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She's not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend...and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can't imagine living without.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I always get excited when I see a new book from Janet Gurtler and 16 Things I Thought Were True was no different. The concept seemed somewhat unique but with a familiarity. And who doesn’t love a good road trip. But as much as I enjoyed this book there were things/parts that just didn’t do it for me. I’m not sure if it’s because I was so in love with I’m Not Her and nothing will live up to that level, or if it was how some things were dealt with. Either way, I liked this book, didn’t love it.

16 Things I Thought Were True is about Morgan, an 18 year old girl that made a silly mistake and is dealing with the repercussions from it. She’s working for the summer and trying to forget her humiliation, which isn’t easy. And when her mom suddenly has heart troubles she is left wondering what would happen to her if something were to happen to her mom as she never knew even the name of her dad. But when her mom tells her her dad’s name and that he lives only 4 hours, Morgan knows one thing. She needs to meet the man that abandoned her before she was born. Armed with a boat load of snacks, a cooler full of drinks, her hot 18 year old boss Adam, and chatty, unexpected friend Amy behind the wheel, Morgan is in for a trip she never expected and for some surprises along the way. Sometimes what you thought was true just isn’t.

I had some issues with Morgan at times while reading this book. I’m not 100% sure what it was! but she irked me with her poor me attitude. She definitely wasn’t an optimist by any stretch of the imagination. And I also found her harsh with her friends sometimes. She was definitely wrapped up in her own world which I got to an extent, but enough was enough. I did like Morgan with both her brother Jake and Adam. Adam may be one of the sweetest boys in YA lit. He was, simply put, amazing. And I liked him from the start. There was a complete ease to him that lightened things up. And I loved Morgan and her friendship with Amy. Oh, how much I loved Amy. She was bubbly and charming and endearing and spoke her mind. She talked too much, butted her nose into other people’s business and was slightly spoiled. But she also went with the punches. She took things as they happened and wasn’t afraid to be who she was. She also was fiercely loyal almost to a fault.

I guess one of the reasons this book was a 3 3/4 stars was the way things were dealt with in terms of Morgan’s father. I have very very very strong opinions when it comes to fathers and their place in the lives of their children and I didn’t like how this was handled. I understand the drama as there has to be some in a book to keep an air of mystery and tension, but how it played out in 16 Things I Thought Were True just didn’t work for me. I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to give anything away, but it left a bad taste in my mouth and could have been handled in a different manner. And the end? Um yeah, so didn’t see that coming at all which kind of threw me for a loop which was both positive and negative. It happened so close to the end of the book that it was hard to process and understand how it all fit together and the purpose of it all. It threw me for a loop which is hard to do sometimes so that was the bonus to it because I 100% didn’t see it coming.

Essentially 16 Things I Thought Were True is another strong book by Gurtler. It had it’s string points and its not so strong points. It had a good message and a message I wasn’t a fan of. But in true Gurtler fashion it told an emotional story with characters that made you feel. I definitely am looking forward to what she has in store for us next.

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INTERVIEW

1) This is your 5th Young Adult book to come out since 2011. That is a lot of books in a short period of time. Each book has been pretty unique in its subject matter so where do you get your ideas from? What is you inspiration?

Janet: I actually cheated because one of my books, IF I TELL was already written when the first book came out.  That said, I have written a lot and it’s been so AWESOME. I get my inspiration from writing about things that matter to me.  My books always start with the characters except WHO I KISSED that was inspired by my son and his peanut allergy.   I try and write characters who are flawed because I think we all do some bad things, but that doesn’t necessarily make us bad people. I mean like stealing a pen from work, not murdering your husband bad.

I am by nature, a realist and I think that comes across in what I write.  Also, I think in my head I am a 16 year old girl, so it’s alarmingly easy for me to slip into that mindset.

2) In 16 Things I Thought Were True Morgan has a life changing event happen which is why she goes off to meet her father, Bob, for the first time. Morgan and Bob understandably have a complex relationship. Do you think you would react the same way that Morgan did in regards to finding her dad and everything that came after?

JG: I think Morgan was aching to have another person in her life.  She was trying to think she didn’t need other people but the near death of her mom made her realize how very alone she was, outside of the online relationships in her life. I think that a situation like Morgan’s and her dad’s would take a long time to work through. I relate to Morgan’s experience of wanting more from her dad, but not being sure how to ask for it or if she can even handle it. 

3) The end of 16 Things took an unexpected turn, at least for me anyway. Without giving anything away, what made you go in that direction? Was it hard to make that kind of decision?

JG: I had an epiphany one day. I was working on the story and all of sudden it was…. THAT THING HAS TO HAPPEN.  I tried to layer in hints along the way, subtle hints, and they are there if you look for them, but yes I think it does come as a shock for many. To me it needed to happen. It was part of Morgan’s story, that things sometimes happen that don’t make a lot of sense.  And you have to deal. 

4) Morgan, Adam and Amy(who I loved by the way!) go on a quick weekend road trip. If you could go to any 3 places in the US on a road trip, where would you go and why?

JG: I love Amy too. She was fun to write. I had to actually dial her back a bit because she kept trying to take over the story.  Honestly  I’d really like to go to most places in the USA on a plane because I honestly have driven to every province in Canada on road trips in my lifetime. And that’s a lot of land. Having said that I would choose:

Arizona.  It is WARM. There are pretty rocks. I like warmth and pretty rocks.

Texas:   Long road trip but it would be great. There are so many writers there, who, like Morgan I know on-line but have never met in person.

Vegas: It’s not that far from where I live. Relatively speaking. And it’s VEGAS.

5) Since the title is about things you thought were true, what is one thing you thought was true when you were Morgan’s age but found out when you were older it wasn’t?

JG: I thought I would never get married. Actually I kind of thought I’d never have a boy like me or ever have sex.  Turns out I was wrong.  😉

6) Totally not going to lie, reading this book made me eat a whole bag of Cheetos just by the power of suggestion. Have you ever craved a snack food from writing one of your books or reading someone else’s book?

JG: MMMmm. Cheeto’s. Lucky for me, salty snacks aren’t my weakness. Unlucky for me, chocolate and sweets are.  I crave them all the time.  Just answering this question has made me thinking about the bag of chocolate chips that area in my pantry.  (sneaks off to have a handful)

7) And since I also blog about clothes and accessories and this book contains a road trip, what is the one item of clothing or accessory that you would never travel without? Basics aside of course. 🙂

JG: Yoga pants. All the better for eating snacks and not having to worry about bloating. And bracelets. I love wearing lots of bracelets.

 

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