Tremarnock Summer Blog Tour

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Bramble Challoner has had a very normal upbringing. She lives in a semi in the suburbs of London with her parents and works at the call centre down the road. She still goes out with the boy she met at school. At weekends they stay in and watch films on the telly and sometimes hold hands. Bramble is dying for an adventure.

So when her very grand grandfather, Lord Penrose, dies, leaving his huge, rambling house in Cornwall to her, Bramble packs her bags immediately, dragging along her best friend Katie. The sleepy village of Tremarnock had better be ready for its newest residents…

The idea that captured me the most about this book was the idea of villages and so I’m going to share the top 3 villages I would love to live in!

1.Castle Combe

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This beautiful town is located in the Wiltshire Cotswolds and was featured in the films Stardust and War Horse. I love the thought of living in this beautiful village!

2. Cabot Cove – Murder She Wrote

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I loved watching Murder She Wrote when I was younger and I’ve got say I doubt this would be a quiet village and there would never be a lack of gossip!

3. Polperro

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This Beautiful village cannot go without mention. Polperro is a lovely Cornish seaside village. I honestly believe I could live a very happy life in this town!

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Her Last Breath Blog Tour

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The perfect life. Or the perfect lie?

A fifteen-year-old girl has gone missing. They say Poppy O’Farrell has run away from her celebrity parents, and the media is in a frenzy. But none of this has anything to do with successful lifestyle blogger Estelle Forster – so why would someone send her a picture of the missing girl – and a note, claiming to know Estelle’s secrets?

One small photograph will push Estelle’s pristine life to the brink of disaster. To find out who is threatening her, Estelle must return to her coastal hometown and the shameful past she thought was long behind her.

Estelle knows there’s more to Poppy’s disappearance than teenage rebellion. A dangerous game is being played, and the answers lie in the impenetrable community she once called her own.

But how will anyone believe her, if she can’t tell them the truth?

I absolutely loved Tracey’s last novel No Turning Back and from the sound of this one I’m going to love it just as much maybe even more! I would like to thank Tracey for agreeing to do a Q&A with me which I’m delighted to finally share with you!

Why did you start writing?

I just had this desperate yearning to tell stories from an early age so that naturally progressed to actually writing them. It got serious a few years ago when I found myself struggling with infertility and needed a release. Writing became very therapeutic to me as I sat down and grappled with words every day, a perfect escape. 

How would you describe your latest novel?

An emotion-packed ‘beach noir’ novel with a twisty ending.

What made you want to write this novel?

Two things: first I was watching a documentary about landslides and found it fascinating how seemingly perfect tourist towns can slip into the sea. That made me want to set a novel in a town like that. Then I’ve always found the whole ‘clean eating’ phenomenon interesting. What must it be like to project this pure image while inside you grapple with feelings that you’re the opposite?

Would you ever revisit some of the characters from your old books?

I get lots of messages from readers asking me what happened with Willow and Ajay from My Sister’s Secret. So I think one day I might write a short story about them. I’ve also got a guest appearance from Claire and Milo from The Atlas of Us in my next novel, coming out next summer.

What are a few of your favourite books?

The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence, One Day by David Nicholls, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

What book do you wish you’d have written?

The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Absolutely love her ability to combine science with romance while still being really appealing to readers.

What can you tell us about your next book?

It’ll be out summer 2017 and it returns to the international vibe of novels like The Atlas of Us and My Sister’s Secret, visiting some fascinating locations. Watch this space….! 

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Revolution, romance and technological wonders are all in a day’s work for the decorated hero of Alavonia, Sir Arthur Pageon.

An acclaimed explorer and inventor, Sir Arthur Pageon takes his unofficial role as defender of the realm of Alavonia very seriously. A fantastical world, Alavonia is home to the Discoucian Monarchy, as well as monstrous creatures and secretive academies for the highly gifted.
Upon returning from his most recent exploits aboard on his personal flying galleon The Nostradamus, Pageon is treated to a hero’s welcome and celebratory procession through the streets of Alavonia’s capital, Evermore. Little does Pageon know he’s being followed by a mysterious group known as the Purple Guard, whose devious leader is his estranged sister, Queen Lily Pageon of Harrha Island. Fiercely intelligent, Lily specialises in dastardly technological inventions with the aim of bringing down the Discoucian Monarchy so that she may reign as its dictator. However, the heir to the throne is one Princess Josephine Olandine, whose youth and royal position masks her role in the Discoucian Secret Service.

 

I’m so excited to have a guest post on blog today!

The Appeal of Steampunk 

‘A genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology.’

‘A style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction.’

Steampunk has its main origins in the writings of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, which ranged from exploring Outer Space to Inner Space and exemplified the ideals of technology far beyond the time it was first proposed but would eventually appear later.

An example is the use of it in films and television, more prominently in adaption’s of classical literature like Well’s The Time Machine. The 1960’s film shows how the idea of building a time machine in an age like the Victorian would call for it to look beautiful as well as utilitarian. The colours and the gilded ornate arches to the crystal ball lever show a design that goes far beyond a simple device but propels it to another level of art.

Another example is Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth, a story and film that takes place first in the mundane setting of Victorian Edinburgh and moves to the bowels of the earth and finally Atlantis. At the time it was not known that the Earth had a molten core so Verne was theorising what could exist miles below the surface which at the time would have made the book seem more realistic and believable.

It is not just technology that is the embodiment of Steampunk; it is also the fashion that is highly appealing. This can range from waistcoats, gold watches, bowties and elegant ballroom dresses worn everyday and even highly stylised cybernetic appendages usually made of brass or iron. The fashion that was commonplace during the Victorian era experienced a revival as the Steampunk genre became more popular. Due to the burgeoning Cosplay Community adopting the style of Steampunk it has become internationally recognised along with its use in modern media.

The television series ‘The Wild Wild West’ embodied this concept and mixed it with cowboys and secret agents patrolling the frontier against villains that range from power mad scientists to bitter confederate soldiers that want to change how history has turned out. Most of the shows ideas have their roots in Verne and Wells’ fiction and these included underwater buildings, propeller driven torpedo’s disguised as dragons and an elixir of melted down diamonds that when drunk allow a person to travel faster than light.

Its use of alternate history is fascinating, from a Confederate soldier living in a cave and not knowing that the Civil War was over to a man who was gravely wounded but rebuilt himself with steel and is nearly indestructible. He seeks revenge for the people who left him for dead after an explosion, one of which went on to become President Ulysses S. Grant who is planned to be blown up by a radio controlled missile. All of this taking place in the 1880’s sounds extremely far-fetched, however that is the whole appeal of Steampunk, looking at the past through slightly exaggerated rose-coloured spectacles.

A film that has become a Steampunk classic without being promoted as one is Hugo, which takes great care in its presentation of clockwork mechanisms that range from giant cogs in the clock tower to the intricate automatons that existed in the era. There is hardly any fantasy involved but instead the beautiful realism made to sparkle in all its brass coloured glory.

The appeal comes from the quirkiness and the alternate history that is synonymous with the Steampunk genre, and this can be seen in a film that is not really presented as Steampunk but more as a Dark Fantasy. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken is an alternate history novel that takes place during the reign of James III and with a ‘channel tunnel’ being built, wolves are moving from Europe’s cold to rural England. The prediction of a Channel Tunnel is an interesting note since the novel was published in 1962 and the Tunnel was officially opened in 1994, and it is these predictions that lend o the appeal of Steampunk.  She also predicted that the world would get colder, but it seems with the theory of Climate Change that she may have got it the wrong way round.

Anime seems to have adopted the Steampunk aesthetic with films like Steamboy and Howl’s Moving Castle, and they have created beautiful films with images that are more akin to art than simple animation. Through animation it is possible to create the impossible since the constraints of a budget for visual effects become much less while the designers imagination becomes the only limit.

The Darkness Within Blog Tour

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You know your son better than anyone. Don’t you?

 When critically ill Jacob Wilson is given a life-saving heart transplant, his parents are relieved that their loving son has been saved.

However, before long, his family are forced to accept that something has changed in Jacob. Their once loving son is slowly being replaced by a violent man whose mood swings leave them terrified – but is it their fault?

Jacob’s girlfriend, Rosie, is convinced the man she loves is suffering from stress. But when his moods turn on her, she begins to doubt herself – and she can only hide the bruises for so long.

When a terrible crime is committed, Jacob’s family are forced to confront their darkest fears. Has the boy they raised become a monster? Or is someone else to blame?

I am thrilled to be taking part in The Darkness Within. Today, I’m delighted to be able to share with you an extract from the book! Be sure to also check out the people on the blog tour!

[Extract  from Chapter 1 pp. 2-3]
He looked at Rosie now, cowering in the corner of the bedroom, the one that was theirs since he’d moved in. Why she’d let him move in he wasn’t sure, but he was pleased she had. It was kind of her, but then Rosie was kind. He could admit that even now when she’d got on his nerves and made him hit her. Had she been a horrible bitch, a slag, like his mother, he could have better justified hitting her. He’d gone to his mother’s house first on his release from prison but she hadn’t wanted him. No surprise there; she’d never wanted him, not even as a baby. The shrink he’d seen in prison had said his mother could be part of his problem – his anger stemmed from her lack of nurturing and ultimate rejection of him. But it couldn’t be helped. No one was perfect; not his mother or even Rosie for all her kindness and forgiveness.

The bedroom had been decorated in pale pink when he’d first moved in. ‘Yuck,’ he’d said to her when he’d first seen it, and she’d laughed.

‘Jesus!’ he’d exclaimed as he’d looked at her collection of china dolls in period costumes arranged on a small satin-covered chair. ‘Dolls in my bedroom! What do you take me for? A nancy boy?’

He’d told her the dolls would have to go, but she hadn’t understood to begin with because they were still there for another two days. Then he’d got angry that she hadn’t done as he’d told her and he’d thrown the dolls and the chair across the room.

 

Bed & Breakfast On The Beach Blog Tour

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I’m so happy to be taking part in the blog tour for Kat French’s latest book! I have a little Extract to share with you all from Chapter 4.

‘Tell me, what are three gorgeous young women like you girls doing on a sleepy island like this? Are you criminals hiding from the mob?’ Her eyes glittered with humour. ‘Please say you are!’
As she spoke Panos poured her a drink and slid it over the bar to her.
‘Nothing quite that glamorous, I’m afraid,’ Frankie said. ‘It was just a good time for a change for all of us, for different reasons.’
Good-natured curiosity filled Corinna’s eyes. ‘Would it be too rude to ask what they were?’ she asked, and Panos immediately jumped in.
‘Absolutely, yes, it would indeed be very rude,’ he chided, shaking his head at them to let them off the hook.
‘I left my husband because we didn’t love each other any more,’ Frankie said suddenly, then took a huge gulp of her drink. ‘I’ve come here for an adventure.’
Some people might have felt uncomfortable at such a candid revelation from a stranger, but not Corinna. She clapped her hands, her gold bracelets jangling on her wrists. ‘Bravo for you, my darling! A marriage without love is a dead dodo!’
Stella nodded, a little morose. ‘And I got fired from my job. I came here because I don’t know what else to do.’
‘Ah, now that is interesting,’ Corinna said, looking intently at Stella. ‘Because you look to me like a woman who always knows what she should do. I think you’re here because you know that this is exactly where you need to be.’
In front of Winnie’s eyes, Stella’s shoulders straightened a little, as if Corinna had applied soothing balm to her injured pride. Winnie decided that she really quite liked Corinna. Emboldened, she threw her hat into the ring.
‘My husband was having an affair with the girl in the work canteen, even though we were trying for a baby and he claimed to be perfectly happy.’
The words left her in a rush, because they stung less if she said them quickly. Left to linger in her mouth they grew thorns and cut into her, leaving her raw and sore for days. Hence the fact that she hadn’t told anyone new her sorry story – not until now, anyhow. Surprisingly though, this time she found herself unscathed, and on closer reflection she might even feel slightly liberated from the long shadow Rory’s infidelity had cast over her.
Behind her, Panos clicked his tongue in disgust and poured an extra shot of gin into her glass.
‘Now, that is an unfortunate situation.’ Corinna shook her head. ‘But my darling, how much worse would it have been if you’d had a child before you realised that he was a feckless fool?’
Winnie nodded, downhearted. She’d thought the same herself, although she sometimes wondered if she’d pressured him too much about getting pregnant and that had been the reason for his affair. But what would that say about him if so? If the effort of supporting her was too much hard work to bother?
‘Pah. I expect he was a man with a little . . .’ Corinna crooked her little finger and winked, making them all laugh despite the gravity of Winnie’s marital woes. ‘And so now you’re all three footloose, fancy-free and ready for adventure. How delicious!’ Corinna rubbed her hands together and then turned to Panos, sparkly-eyed with mischief. ‘Panos here is one of our most eligible bachelors,’ she said. ‘He has the best bar on the island, and who wouldn’t fall in love with that face?’
Right now, that face had turned puce with embarrassment.
‘Corinna,’ he muttered, slamming clean glasses away onto the shelf above his head.
‘And there I was thinking I was the most eligible bachelor on the island,’ someone else said, and they all turned to see Jesse had strolled into the bar.

The Importance Of Being Me Blog Tour

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Thirty-eight-year-old divorcee Courtney Downey has no idea who she is any more. She has devoted her life to bringing up her beloved 15-year-old daughter Susan, but Courtney just doesn’t get the celebrity-obsessed, Snapchat-filtered teenage world Susan is part of, and they’re growing apart. When Susan announces she wants to live with her dad and his new, younger girlfriend, Courtney is devastated. But could the end of one life be the beginning of another?

When Courtney is offered a job in beautiful, sun-kissed Cornwall, she and her vivacious best friend Claire follow their hearts and leave their problems behind for a summer of sand, sea and second chances. And when she meets sexy but infuriating builder Tony, Courtney rediscovers her passions for life, for cooking and for love.

But just as Courtney is finally looking to the future, a crisis with Susan pulls her back to Dublin, and back into old habits. Will she ever be able to let go of the past and embrace the importance of being herself?

Today instead of doing the conventional book review for my blog stop I’m going to do 5 places I would go if my husband left me.

      1. Majocar, Spainw_sptmj_2010_01_gallery.jpgI mean I would love to go anywhere in Spain to be honest but after reading about Majocar recently I think this would be the perfect place to visit to get over a broken heart. Sun,Beach and History!

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Living in London I think flying to somewhere 24 hours away would be fantastic plus there are so many amazing things to do in Sydney. I could learn how to surf and paddle board and just sit and  watch the lovely sunset in the evening.

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Italy is such a beautiful country and the thought of being able to visit all the little towns and witness all the natural beauty the coast holds would be fantastic! Plus the food would be divine!

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This one is just beacause I have always wanted to visit Hawaii but I doubt if my husband left me I would be able to afford it but the the thought is lovely!

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The hustle and bustle of New York City would definitely keep you busy and forgetting about your troubles! Plus I think I would never run out of things to do. 

Goodnight Boy Blog Tour

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I’m SUPER super excited to have Nikki Sheehan on my blog today doing a wonderful guest post.

Before the guest post I’ll give you a little bit about the book,

The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside.

For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his

family; the orphanage and the earthquake that swept everything away.

When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until

JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy

are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to

find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to

freedom.

 

Dogs make the very best muses. I know because I wrote a book about a boy and a dog, with two of my own fur babies constantly by my side. Goodnight, Boy is written to and about a dog, and it explores how, even in the very worst circumstances, a dog will keep you going. Any authors reading this will know that I’m only exaggerating slightly when I say that the badlands of 20,000 words into a first draft is a pretty bad place to find yourself. As is sitting down to the smell of freshly-sent editorial notes.

 

How AMAZING does that sound! I honestly cannot wait to get around reading it! Secondly you can purchase this lovely book from Amazon and Waterstones.

Finally hear you go the wonderful guest post.

So here is a rundown of why, if you want to get ahead in publishing, you should most definitely get a dog.

1. Basics  

The only indispensable rule I know for writing is that you must have your bum on a seat, and your fingers on the keyboard to produce anything. So, if, as a dog owner, you’re forced to spend more time at home, this is a good start. If you also have a dog keeping your toes warm (as Edith Wharton put it, ‘a heartbeat at my feet’), it really does discourage you from wandering off and doing housework.

2. Distractions 

Talking of housework, once you’re a dog owner, I can guarantee you’ll spend less time on housework, redecorating and the general maintenance of what is normally seen as an acceptable standard of hygiene because keeping up with the mess dogs create is pretty much futile. One of my dogs sheds like a dandelion clock mid blow, 24 hours a day. This may sound like a negative, but actually time spent not hoovering can be diverted into words, paragraphs, chapters, and head stroking.

3. Hobbies  

Forget hobbies. Writing takes time; for thinking, drafting, editing, and Twitter stalking writers more successful than yourself. So the last thing you need is an interesting pastime, such as badminton or medieval battle enactment. It won’t matter though, because, as a writer you get to experience any number of strange locations and events in your head. And, if you’re ever asked at a publishing party what else you do, just say you have a dog because a dog is a hobby, and I’ll fight anyone who disagrees.

4. Health and fitness  

There’s a syndrome, coined by the incomparable author Pip Jones, known as SAAD: Spreading Author Arse Disorder. Sedentary hours make SAAD pretty much inevitable, so you’re going to have to get some exercise in somehow. Dogs like walks even though they don’t have Fitbit buddies to impress. The longer and more frequent the better, and in absolutely any weather (unless they’re like one of mine, who is half cat, and won’t go out if showers are forecast). On walkies your dog will meet up with their mates and you’ll make friends with their owners too (think, park scene in 101 Dalmations, but, in my experience, less romantic). If you’re lucky, these humans will be the sort who don’t mind you bouncing book ideas off them or moaning about writing. Even if they do, they’re a lot more polite about it than your family are. And when you’re not exploiting the personal generosity of strangers, you get to spend time walking alone listening to music and audio books (consuming other people’s books is part of the job) or just walking in silence, which sometimes allows you hear those really shy, difficult voices that lurk at the back of your brain.

5. Mental health  

Being a writer can be wonderful but, contrary to popular belief, it’s probably not the way to 

everlasting happiness. Granted, writing can be cathartic at times, but once you’ve catharted you have to live with the fact that other people, thousands of them, will be reading, judging, maybe even hurling across the room in disgust, the product of said catharsis. Fortunately, dogs probably can’t read – though, as the first draft of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was eaten by his dog, Max, you have to wonder. Generally speaking, however, your dog will not mind how bad your first draft is. They equally won’t care about reviews, prizes, foreign rights sales, or if you’re even any good or hopelessly derivative and commercially out of kilter. Dogs are all about here and now. And, as writers, if we can try to be more dog, and concentrate on the process rather than the product, I have a feeling that we’d not only be a lot happier, but better writers too.

6. Love 

People worry about being lonely if they work from home, but I never feel alone. I work with fantastic colleagues who can’t talk to me. This means they can’t discuss the project they’re working on, ask what’s for dinner, or chat about school. They never disagree with me, or storm off to their bedroom, and they don’t judge me when I get in a strop because Scrivener is stupid. (It is – fact). Dogs take tolerance and unconditional love to saintly levels, and like nothing better than to soothe the furrowed brow of the needy writer with a lick, a well-placed head on the lap, or a paw in the hand. They’re philosophers, therapists, personal trainers, and friends. And that’s why authors need dogs. 

One last historical note; George Eliot’s publisher sent her a pug as part payment for one of her novels. A practice that, I hope my publisher will agree, should definitely be revived for 2017.

Frozen Fingertips Blog Tour

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When he is diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition at the age of seventeen, Asa is certain that his adventures have come to an end. He is alone, having been abandoned by parents who never wanted him and a village that couldn’t raise him. However, as the bells start to ring, those are the least of his problems. The evil sorcerer Erebus has the land of Eodem under his control. Thrust into a world of distrust and aggression, Asa can rely on just one person: his friend Averett. The wall that divides Eodem seems to be an unobtainable goal, and danger is always one step ahead.

How amazing does the blurb sound?! Frozen fingertips features a variety of different themes that makes the book interesting and engaging.

The Possible- Tara Altebrando 

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It’s been thirteen years since Kaylee’s infamous birth mother, Crystal, received a life sentence for killing Kaylee’s little brother in a fit of rage. Once the center of a cult-following for her apparent telekinetic powers, nowadays nobody’s heard of Crystal. Until now, when a reporter shows up at Kaylee’s house and turns her life upside down, offering Kaylee the chance to be part of a high-profile podcast investigating claims that Crystal truly did have supernatural mind powers. But these questions lead to disturbing answers as Kaylee is forced to examine her own increasingly strange life, and make sense of certain dark and troubling coincidences…

Unusual and gripping, The Possible will twist the reader round and round as it hurtles towards a sensational climax. For lovers of We Were Liars, Patrick Ness and Derren Brown

My Thoughts

The possible was the first book of Tara’s I’d read and trust me when I say it certainly won’t be my last!

The Possible was simply amazing, the plot came together perfectly and the ending was exactly what I wanted!It was such a gripping story that will have you racing to the end.

Tara wrote so beautifully that it was easy for you to feel connected to the characters and fall in love with the plot.

Honestly I could talk about this book all day long,I think it’s a must read for your summer TBR’s!

Let me know if you’re planning to read the possible or if you’ve already read it let me know what you think!

Rating 5/5

Published By: Bloomsbury

Q&A With Carlie Sorosiak

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I’m so excited because today I have an amazing debut author on my blog. I’m so happy to have Carlie Sorosiak doing a Q&A with me.

I read If Birds Fly Back in one sitting, I LOVED IT!! Everyone must read this book, it is a summer MUST!! You can also check out my review here.

 

Hi Carlie,thank you for being on my blog! First question!Who are some of your favourite authors?

I am head over heels in love with Jandy Nelson’s writing; she, Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and John Green are why I write YA. On the adult side, I’m really partial to the works of David Nicholls and Donna Tartt.

What fictional character would you like to be for a day?

Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, because then I’d have dragons.

Why did you want to write Linny & Sebastian’s stories?

As a teen, I went through a lot of the same things that Linny and Sebastian do: first love, grief, questioning your place in the world. I wanted to write relatable characters that readers could see themselves in—and maybe help a little bit with the inevitable awkwardness of growing up.

What can you tell us about your next novel?
I can tell you that I’m really excited about it! There’s lots of snow, some romance… and maybe a bit of magic.

What inspired you to become an author and if you weren’t an author what would you be?

My earliest love, book-wise, was fantasy. When I was younger, “real” life didn’t interest me as much—fantasy had tons more dragons and castles and all that good stuff. I decided to become a writer because I liked being in an imaginary world. If I weren’t a writer, I’d definitely be a veterinarian, an animal behavior scientist, or just anything to do with animals.
What would you like readers to gain from If Birds Fly Back?

I’d like them to come away with the feeling that love is one of the only things that truly matters, and you have the power to be anything you want in this world—no matter anyone else’s expectations.

Now for the hardest question, if you could only read one book for the rest of your life what would it be?

This is so, so difficult! I’m agonizing over this! I’d probably choose The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I’ve read it four times and haven’t gotten sick of it yet. 

 

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