Treading Water Cover Reveal

I’m super stoked to finally be able to share with you the cover of Treading Water, the second book in the Spark of Life series. This book was so much fun to write, exploring the mermaid world Ava Adair dove into in Diving Under.

So without further ado, the cover for Treading Water…

 

COMING AUGUST 29, 2017

After being transformed into a mermaid by the irresistible Carter Stevens, Ava Adair finds herself submerged deep in the sea without the ability to return to land. She trades a beachfront condo with her best friend and future plans to go to college for a life where her sole purpose revolves around Carter and the mermaid traditions she wants nothing to do with.

Fitting in with other mermaids is the last thing Ava wants, and after refusing to go through the coupling ceremony with Carter, Ava falls under the scrutiny of the colony’s mighty king, who would wipe out towns to keep his kingdom safe. When the king threatens not only her relationship with Carter but also the chance of reuniting with her family, Ava must figure out how to escape from the ocean and the king’s rule or never see the beloved shores of her home again.

Isn’t it so cool? I just love it!

You can pre-order Treading Water now so you can get it the second it releases.

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Anxiety and Social Media – A Blog Response

*This is a long, personal post that discusses my journey with anxiety and how I deal with social media.*

I know most of my blog posts are related to my books, but I’ve decided to participate in a blog response to Platypire Reviews on the topic of anxiety and social media. Because I try to keep my personal life separate from my professional life, many of you don’t know that I have suffered from anxiety since I was a teen. It’s been something I’ve never really opened up about due to shame. But I’m opening up now because anxiety is nothing to be ashamed about. It’s more of a shame that I felt that way in the first place and took so long to talk about it.

You see, I used to internalize everything, and it’s one of the reasons I began writing in the first place. My journal was my safe place to talk about things, to write down what I was going through, and to sort through my emotions. And then, my characters became my safe place for the struggle I face every single day. It’s what led me to write my next book, Life After Lila, the story of a girl who suffers from extreme anxiety and depression after losing her best friend. It was my way of speaking out about my anxiety through the story of Coco Caraway. Coco’s story is NOT my story. It is hers and solely hers. I did take inspiration from my everyday life, though.

My anxiety wasn’t always so bad. When it came to socializing both online and in person I was able to manage. I could push through it and act like I wasn’t freaking out inside. But over time and after experiencing some life-changing circumstances, my anxiety peaked. I started closing myself off to the world because every little thing would make me panic. I stopped answering my phone, stopped going out, stopped driving, stopped watching the news, and basically only left my house with my husband. My anxiety isolated me from the world I used to love to be a part of. It made me physically ill even thinking about stepping outside or talking to someone on the phone. It even got to the point where I’d go days without sleeping. The only thing that kept me in touch with the world outside of my house was social media.

Being an author, talking to readers, bloggers, and other authors online became my social life. It was social media and interacting with others that helped me recognize I’d fallen so deeply into my anxiety that it affected my way of life. It was then that I sought help from my physician and started speaking out about what I was going through with people closest to me, and the reason I’ve pursued publishing Life After Lila. It helped me see that I wasn’t alone, and I wanted others to see that they aren’t alone either. Social media has allowed me to grow relationships with people I’d never get the chance to meet otherwise. And while having to force myself to interact or to schedule posts to stay active, social media has given me a way to cope as long as I avoid the things that give me anxiety.

But navigating social media and dealing with my anxiety hasn’t been easy. For one, putting myself out there, even online, was difficult. Everything takes so much longer because I will read a single sentence over and over again before deciding to post it, and sometimes, I’d end up not posting it. The hardest part of social media and anxiety, especially when it comes to being an author, is that I feel like I must always be around online and always respond to people who reach out to me—and I do try. I love when people contact me and want to talk to me, but I get anxiety when I can’t answer right away. Because a lot of platforms tell the sender that a message has been opened, I find myself not opening messages until I can sit down to reply even if I do want to read it immediately. So, if you ever message me, thank you! I appreciate hearing from you, and I love interacting with you. Know that I always do my best to respond, but it might not always be immediately and sometimes I just can’t. It took me a long time to realize that it’s okay if I don’t always reply to posts or interact. Realizing my limitations has made managing my social media so much better.

Another struggle I face when it comes to my anxiety and social media is that I do put my work out there for people to read—hopefully to enjoy, but there are times people don’t. And I get that. Not everyone loves everything, me included. While I’ve grown used to it, I’ve struggled with that aspect of social media because of how certain retailers put a huge emphasis on reviews. The worst thing to ever happen to me on social media was having someone tag me in a less than stellar review of one of my books, a review I would not have seen otherwise, and it led me to the decision not to always read reviews posted to save me from anxiety.

Before I published my first novel, I used to go to author signings and writers’ conferences. It was one of the aspects I really loved. And it was something I always dreamed about doing. Being an author means so much more than someone who writes a book. I must also market my books and be present online. My first book, Destined for Dreams, came out in 2014. And even though it’s been almost three years, I’ve never accomplished my dream of doing a signing due to my anxiety. The thought of having people focus on me brings on a wave of dread. But I do plan on having a signing in the next year or two. But when? Where? I have no idea yet.

With saying all of that, if you suffer from anxiety, I want you to know that you should never be embarrassed about it. You might not want to publicly write a blog post like I have, but you should tell someone, even if it’s anonymously. Talking to my doctor and coming up with a plan was the best thing I’ve ever done. My biggest regret with my anxiety is that I suffered in silence for so long. I just thought it was the way my life would always be—but that was my anxiety shutting me down, shutting me out, taking away my way of living. It was forcing me to think that the girl who would jump in the car without a real destination and drive, who would smile and talk to strangers in hopes of brightening their day, who would make plans and follow through, who didn’t think the world was ending at any moment was just a stranger from my past. I want you to know that it is okay to get help—you have nothing to be ashamed about. I only wish I had known this sooner. Also, never apologize for what you’re dealing with, because apologizing means it’s your fault, and it’s not.

Thank you so much for reading about my journey with anxiety. Everything stated above is solely my opinion and what has been my experience. I recognize that everyone’s story with anxiety is different. But know you’re not alone.

This blog was in response to a post from Platypire Reviews. If you’d like to share your own response, follow the instructions below.

XOXO,

Ginna

Discussion Challenge (From Platypire Reviews)

Here’s how to play.  Once you’re tagged, write an article using the questions listed at the bottom.   You can always expand as much as you’d like, but it isn’t a requirement.  (Don’t forget to acknowledge the blog that you got the prompt from!) Under the article, tag a blogger or three to participate after you and make sure to include the questions at the bottom.  Oh, and you can post it wherever you feel comfortable.  This means your facebook/blog/tumblr/whatever else I’m forgetting.

If you want to start your own just make sure to come up with a handful of questions to help encourage a rounded out article.  Don’t forget to include the rules as well.  Also, and this isn’t required, you should totally tag me on FACEBOOK or TWITTER so I can participate with yours.

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Questions Used

  1. Have you come out about your anxiety?
  2. How does your anxiety ever impact how you interact on social media?
  3. Do you have to push yourself to reply back to people?
  4. Is there anything that spurs you on to complete a goal?
  5. When your anxiety gets bad, how is your presence affected?
  6. When you finally come out of a bad period of anxiety do you feel you need to compensate with lots of material?
  7. What’s one of the worst experiences (you feel comfortable sharing) you’ve had with your blog/page because of anxiety?
  8. Do you participate in book signings?  If so, how do you handle them?
  9. What sort of support system do you have in place, if any?
  10. Is there any advice you wish you had before you started your page/blog?
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Demon Within Series Bonus Scene

I posted this bonus scene a few months ago in one of my newsletters and thought I’d post it to my blog as well. The scene is from a day in the life of Cadence while she was busy hunting with Cami during the time between Crushed and Haunted. Be warned, it contains spoilers for Crushed, so do not read if you haven’t read Tainted or Crushed.

Since the scene is six pages long, I’ve included it as a PDF. Enjoy!

Need a New Gym Bonus Scene

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Text Message Story – If This Was a Movie (Nora & Taylor)

Enjoy this text message story between Nora and her best friend Taylor from If This Was a Movie! It’s a retelling of the scene where Nora tells Taylor about meeting Eli Evans at the farmers market.

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Life After Lila Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to share the cover of my next YA Contemporary novel, Life After Lila, which releases on July 25, 2017. I hope you love it as much as I do!

After a fatal car accident leaves seventeen-year-old Coco Caraway covered in scars and kills her best friend, Lila Olivier, Coco struggles with depression and anxiety. She spends her days hiding behind a mask of makeup and layers of clothing, treating each day like another one toward her last. Because life without her best friend is a life she doesn’t want to live.

The arrival of Xander Romano, a new boy at school more scarred than she is, forces Coco out of her isolation when she stands up to school bullies harassing him. Her action sparks a friendship with Xander that Coco had no idea she wanted—or needed. He reminds her of Lila, and through him, she reflects on her life before and after the accident, trying to make sense of living a future without her best friend.

Despite the happy moments Coco finds with Xander, her strained relationships with her shallow mother, overworked father, and meddling, overprotective twin brother weigh heavy on her, and Coco can’t seem to hang on. Giving up on life seems a lot easier. As Coco’s world spins out of control and her home life nearly breaks her, she must decide what’s important in life and if she’s willing to live for it.

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Revived Deleted Scene

Miss Cami and Dylan? Here’s a glimpse at a deleted scene from Revived: Demon Within Book 5. It contains spoilers for the series, so read at your own risk. Also, this scene was cut from the very first draft and has not been edited.

REVIVED DELETED SCENE

Fog hovers over the sleepy town of Shadow Meadows as I watch the sun peak over the horizon from my place on the hillside. The world explodes with golden hues, covering everything in ethereal light. Tilting my head back, I soak in the warm rays. Sunrises never get old now that I know what life is like without them. I half expect the daylight prison realm to steal me away at any second, but it doesn’t. Not with Zach’s heavenly light swirling through my soul, anchoring me to this plane.

I cross my legs out in front of me and dig my dirty fingers into the dry grass that hasn’t seen rain in months. Somewhere down below, people are stirring, getting ready to face the world. Jealousy sneaks into my mind, catching me off guard. I’ve never felt so jealous for the oblivious in so long. It’s tempting to knock on everyone’s door and tell them who I am. Maybe I’ll discover something that makes me want to actually save the world.

A soft thud sounds from my right as someone lands nearby, interrupting my peace and quiet. Expecting that Zach would leave me alone for longer than an hour was wishful thinking. He always returns as my ever-present shadow. My protector of sorts. Funny to think that a demon would need an angel’s protection, but I never thought I made a very good demon in the first place.

“I’m starting to think you’re obsessed with me,” I comment, keeping my gaze trained on the small town below. I still want to tear off his head after last night.

The scent of dewy apples catches on the breeze, encompassing me in its familiar scent. “I thought we had already established that, love?”

Heat crawls up my cheeks as embarrassment grabs hold of me. “Oh, hey,” I say without looking at Dylan. “I didn’t know you were in town.”

He plops down next to me and bumps me with his shoulder. “Just got back.”

“How’s Faith?”

“She’s holding up.”

Like most of the demonic world, Faith believes that I sacrificed my life to save Malicevile. Even though she isn’t Hell-bound, she still remains in her demonic father’s care. The less she knows about me, the better. I feel guilty that she had to mourn me, but guilt is nothing new to me. I hope one day, when everything is said and done, I’ll be able to show myself to her again. You say that like you’re still willing to destroy your father…

I push the thought away. “Any other news?”

He shrugs. “Nothing important, and I haven’t seen him if that’s what you’re really wanting to know.”

Him. Dylan refuses to even speak Evan’s name. I don’t know if he thinks it hurts for me to hear it or if he just hates him so much he refuses to acknowledge he even has a name. Either way, it doesn’t matter.

Sighing, I lean back until I’m flat on the ground with a clear view of the crystalline sky. It’s so blue that I feel as if I could get lost in it.

“I miss him,” I say more to myself. I know it’s the last thing Dylan wants to hear, but I don’t care.

He ignores my comment and says, “I heard about the demi-demon.”

“So that’s why you’re here? Zach can’t bother to face me so he sends you in to try to reason with me. It’s not going to work, Dylan. You weren’t there. You didn’t see her. I—”

He cuts me off by pulling me from the ground and into his arms. His arms wrap around me in a hug that suffocates me with his scent despite how gross and crusty my clothes are—not to mention smelly—and rests his chin in the crook of my neck.

I’m too surprised to move, so I keep my hands pressed into his chest, feeling his rhythmic heartbeat under my palms.

“You don’t have to explain yourself. I went to Hell for you, remember? And I wouldn’t expect anything less from you, love. If my soul were bound to Malicevile, I’d hope you would be considerate as to what happened after he died. But Zach and the others? They’ll never understand what it’s like to be in love. I’m just lucky I’m only half angel. I couldn’t imagine life without being able to have experience what I do for you.” He squeezes me a little tighter, like his embrace has the power to stop the battle raging within me.

“You don’t think I’m selfish for dooming the world to Hell?” I ask, breathing into his neck.

He chuckles into my hair. “Of course not, but I also don’t think you’re solely responsible for the state of the world. You’d have to have a pretty extreme complex for that.”

I crinkle my nose, pulling back to stare into Dylan’s chocolate-brown eyes. He grins at me, flashing his dimples, and I reach up and rub his cheek. “You can thank that jerk, Zach, for that. Those were his words.”

Dylan leans forward, brushing his nose against mine for a split second before pushing from the ground with me still in his arms. Usually I’d protest, but the world doesn’t feel so heavy when someone else is holding me.

“Well, I don’t know about you, but I think the world will wait a few hours to combust. Want to grab breakfast?”

“Think we can make a quick stop first?”

“Whatever you want, love.”

With those words, Dylan bends his knees, launching us into the air. I keep my eyes trained on him instead of watching the world disappear below. I’ve had enough of the world. I’m sure it’s had enough of me.

***

I hope you enjoyed this deleted scene with Angel Boy!  Thanks for reading!

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Diving Under Cover Reveal

I’m thrilled to finally be able to share the cover for Diving Under: Spark of Life Book 1, my next YA paranormal romance. This book was one of my favorites to write because I’ve been obsessed with mermaids since The Little Mermaid came out when I was a little girl, and one of my favorite pass times is to look at all the amazing professional merpeople on Instagram. If you don’t follow them, you’re missing out! Any way, I hope you love the cover for Diving Under!

Book Information:

Release Date: June 27, 2017

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Pages: 286

Eight years after her older sister was swept out to sea, eighteen-year-old Ava Adair still swears off the ocean. It takes a promise of the best vacation of her life aboard the Ocean Jewel with her friends to get her even within reach of the waves. When she steps aboard the luxury yacht to sail the California coastline, the last thing she expects is to gain the attention of gorgeous Carter Stevens, the yacht’s deckhand, who becomes the perfect distraction against her fear of the open water.

On the yacht, a freak accident involving Carter reveals a secret he’s been hiding from Ava. She discovers that he’s a merman and by saving her, he changed her life. One misstep could reveal the new secret they share and ruin the life on land she’s desperate to maintain. Torn between a future on land with her family and a new life at sea, Ava must decide—is her former life worth fighting for, or can she accept that she belongs to the ocean?

Links to pre-order: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes&Noble

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Demon Within Series Cover Re-Vamp Announcement

Over the next few weeks, you’ll notice a change in the covers of the Demon Within series if you haven’t already seen them on Amazon. While the original covers will always have a place in my heart, and I’ll always love their colorful spines, I’m officially in love with the new covers and their portrayal of Cami Anders.

Why re-vamp the covers so soon after the release of Revived you ask (or didn’t ask)? Well, the simple answer is that the decision to change them has been with me since the release of Crushed, though I didn’t want to change the covers halfway through the series. The original covers were often misinterpreted by just looking at them, especially with an older man (who was portraying Malicevile—Cami’s demon), and people assumed he was the love interest, which is obviously not the case. Also, I believe the new covers better portray the YA Paranormal genre. Plus, now, “These covers are on fiiiiiiirrreeeeee!” (Imagine Alicia Keys singing).

Anyway, I hope you all love the new Demon Within series covers as much as I do! If you’re interested in purchasing a signed paperback with the original covers on them for a discounted price, please feel free to message me at Ginna @ GinnaMoran . com (there are no spaces) or shoot me a message here.

Have a great day!

XOXO,

Ginna

P.S. Tainted and Crushed are still on sale for .99cents! Get your copies today!

TAINTED LINKS: AmazoniTunes, Barnes&Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo.

CRUSHED LINKS: Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes&Noble, and Kobo.

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United by Heather Young-Nichols

I was thrilled to return to Heather Young-Nichols’ world of Grounded with the second book in the series, United. Picking up where Grounded left off, we jump right into action that leaves you eagerly turning the pages as some jaw-dropping drama unfolds.

I have to say, I loved this book! I just love Alyssum and her spontaneity and snark. I love the relationships she has with others, from her love interest, Jensen to her best friend, Aric, and also newcomer, Sloane. Heather has a way of creating such relatable characters that you can’t help but be engrossed in their lives from start to finish. Without spoiling anything, there’s a particular scene that shocked me, like I was yelling whoa!, and some might hate it, but I love drama and angst and being left with my mouth agape.

The unique premise of a war between Gremalians (gremlins) and Gobel (goblins) is an unexpected treat for those who like paranormal since books about these types of creatures are a rarity. I highly recommend United for those who enjoy sarcastic, witty female leads and a fresh take on paranormal stories.

Links: Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iTunes, Kobo

 

I was fortunate to be able to interview Heather about the Grounded series. I do hope you enjoy the interview!

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1. Would you rather be Gremalian or Gobel? Hmmmm…I think Gremalian but that may be because I’ve spent more time in their world than the Gobel world. But also the Gremalian were more accepting of a human in their world than I think the Gobel would be so, to me, that means they are more open.

2. Jensen or Aric? Gah! What a choice. I’m going to go with Jensen. Possibly because I picture Zac Efron when I wrote both of these stories but also, he’s just my kind of guy. Aric is great but it’s Jensen for me.

3. Who is your favorite Bramble brother? Stone. He made me laugh so much, even in scenes that didn’t end up in the book. For me Stone is that perfect combination of funny and serious where the other brothers are either too serious (Kale) or too laid back (Lake).

4. Describe Alyssum in three words. Stubborn, brave, growing

5. What was your favorite scene to write in United? I have 2. The first is when Alyssum is rescued by Sloane because I had no idea that someone was going to rescue her until I wrote it and I really didn’t know it was going to be a human who would become important. The other is when the group tries to teach Sloane to use a Taser. I’m not sure why that was so fun for me but I giggled when she had a much easier time trying to shoot Jensen with it than she did Aric. I think it told me exactly what was developing between the two.

6. Who do you think would protect you better? Jensen, Aric, or Alyssum? Aric. No question. Jensen focuses on trying to do what’s right which is why he didn’t go with Alyssum at the end of Grounded. He thought she wouldn’t go without him, which of course he was wrong, but that wasn’t protecting her. Alyssum is too spontaneous. She doesn’t think things through and sometimes gets people hurt. But Aric…whether he agrees with you or not he is going to be there to protect you or die trying.

7. What should readers know about the Grounded series? It started as a joke. A friend and I had just read a great book that featured creatures not really represented in books. As a joke I told her I was going to write a book about Gremlins and Goblins. We laughed and laughed then grew quiet. More seriously I said, “I’m going to write a book about Gremlins and Goblins.” By the end of the afternoon Grounded was plotted out as much as I plot anything.

8. Do you write with or without music? Unfortunately without. If I do have music playing it has to be instrumental because otherwise I spend my time singing the songs instead of writing.

9. When do you write? I write whenever I can. I have time set aside to do it but if the opportunity arises at a time I didn’t plan, I just go with it.

10. What’s next on your publishing calendar? It looks like a NA contemporary romance will be next. After the summer romance anthology I’m a part of for charity.

Special thanks to Heather for this interview!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heather Young-Nichols has been writing since she was little. After a life hiatus from all things fun, she returned in full force and hasn’t stopped since. It’s unusual to find her without her computer, a book or her kindle unless she’s spending time with her family. And the real fun comes out during baseball season. Then, all bets are off. Heather grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a degree in Sociology. Although she’s currently living in the country, she’s always been more of a city girl.

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Blues Harp Green by Nicole Schubert

All seventeen-year-old Francie Mills wants is to make it to nationals in tennis, because to her, tennis fixes everything. It helps her forget about her alcoholic father and timid mother, and a life where she feels so small. After a knee injury halts her budding tennis career, Francie finds her home life harder to deal with than ever, that is, until musician Chet Jones gives Francie something she didn’t know she needed, a safe person to talk to, one who understands what she’s going through.

In a story about finding friendship in unexpected people and coping with the affects of alcoholism, Blues Harp Green is a stunning debut novel from award-winning screen-writer Nicole Schubert that’ll linger with you long after you close the book.

I was sucked into Francie Mills’, aka FM on the Radio Dial’s, world from the first page, and it kept me up well into the night. I adored Francie and Chet’s friendship, particularly their emails and video chats and how well they connected. The characters came alive in a way that had me reminiscing about my own young adulthood, and the whole story messed me up in a good way. Schubert writes such likeable characters that you can’t even hate them when you want to. Even one particularly annoying character grew on me in the end.

If you love stories that shine light on dark issues, coming of age stories with a focus on new experiences, friendships, and love, and stories that refuse to let you go long after they’re over, then Blues Harp Green is the novel for you. Both young and young-at-heart will enjoy this story.

 

I had the pleasure of interviewing Nicole Schubert about Blues Harp Green and her writing life. I had so much fun getting a peek into her mind and how Blues Harp Green came to be. I hope you enjoy! You can get your copy of Blues Harp Green on Amazon.

1. Without spoiling too much, what was your favorite scene to write in Blues Harp Green?

I loved writing the last scene of the book, when Francie discovers a smidgeon of hope and writes about it in her diary (that she hates to write in). It’s bittersweet but personally cathartic as I can relate to Francie’s love and family experiences, so it was like I was finding a glimmer of hope too, which is why it was my favorite. I also loved writing the scene in Austin when Francie meets Chet. It was exciting to discover who Francie and Chet were to each other, the magic spark and why they connected.

2. Describe Francie Mills in three words.

Self-doubting, determined, dreamer.

3. Were there any particular musical inspirations behind Chet Jones and Blues Harp Jones?

Yes! Chet, the band, and their music are a mix of several inspirations. First, I was inspired by this pop band from Sarajevo (Bosnia) called Plavi Orkestar. I met them at a music festival in Sopot, Poland. They had an innocence about them but also the music spoke of love and a deeper emotional connection, a yearning, even though it was simple. They were wildly popular in their country. That combined with brilliant humor and how cute they were, made them easy targets for my imagination and Chet’s songwriting. The way I imagined Chet’s song “Louisa, Hey,” and how it was about a girl he loved, was inspired by Plavi Orkestar’s “Suada,”  “Kaja,” and “Bolje Biti Pijan Nego Star.” I also imagined Chet and the band’s music to have a little punk and ska—punk because Chet has a darker, angry side. And ska because it’s playful, has humor and adds depth to the music. Also, the inspiration for the Jones brother’s Uncle Pete, a music agent in the story, is the late Ian Copeland, who was the agent for The Police, Sting and a bunch of punk bands in the 80s (he was also the brother of Stewart Copeland, drummer of The Police), so I imagined that Chet got some punk and ska inspiration from Uncle Pete. Also, I think Chet is obsessed with studying the greats of guitar because he is so passionate about music, so he listens to Robert Johnson, which I got from reading the autobiographies of Keith Richards and Eric Clapton. Lastly, I have a crush on Jack White and his music so that also influenced how I wrote Chet and the band.

Here’s a video of Plavi Orkestar for your amusemement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zraVg1KU_Ac

4. What character did you most relate to in the novel?

Francie! I can totally relate to Francie. Falling in love with cute, deep boys in bands that I feel magically connected to and who I wish would take me away and save me and make everything fabulous and wildly fun too…right here! Also, I grew up in a family torn apart by alcoholism. Pretty much that’s why I even wrote this book…to get that out there and maybe connect with other people with the same experience and offer a glimmer of hope. Plus, I played tennis. So, yeah, I really relate to Francie!

5. Apart from Francie, who was your favorite character to write?

Stella! I loved writing Stella. She is so opinionated and says what she means and isn’t afraid and goes for what she wants. She’s also slightly weird, in a good way, like she’ll tongue kiss the phone when Facetiming her boyfriend or she’ll design cool weird music video sets, just because. Also, she gets Francie and knows when to give her space and when to push. Ultimately, Stella helps give Francie confidence by example and by being a loving friend.

6. What’s your favorite quote from the novel?

This is difficult! I guess the quote from Francie’s diary entry that is also the epigraph of the book:

 Sometimes you meet someone. And they look at you and it’s a thing. Like, somewhere inside you that is touched. Like your soul. That poetic memory thing. And it’s like you were always connected. You’ve always known each other. Now. And before. And forever in the future. And it’s like you were always traveling together through the galaxy and different universes. And your souls are connected always without time. And you love that person. And they love you. And sometimes they just make you happy for a minute. And then they’re gone. In this now, this life. But that knowing of the connection makes you know everything will be okay. ―FRANCIE MILLS

 7. Where do you find your writing inspiration?

Somewhere between and including my heart and my bellybutton. And whatever comes out of the ether. Also, some writers and books and movies in particular, like Oscar Wilde, John Hughes, JD Salinger, Neil Simon, Franny & Zooey, Loves of a Blonde.

8. When do you write? 

Late morning.

9. If you could tell your readers one thing, what would it be?

It’s hard to pick one thing, but I can get it in one sentence: Go where the love and laughter is, where life flows easily and doors open, and to concerts, and be in the space where your heart does a happy dance several times a day.

10. Which band mate from Blues Harp Jones would you have hung out with as a teen?

Chet! I would’ve been madly in love with Chet! And maybe still holding onto that.

Thanks so much to Nicole Schubert for writing this beautiful novel, making me fall in love with Chet Jones, and for participating in this interview!

 

About the Author

Nicole Schubert is a first-time novelist and award-winning screenwriter with a big soft spot for comedy and romance. She also dabbles in other behind-the-scenes activities, like producing the monthly Improv Diary Show at Santa Monica’s Westside Comedy Theater. She’s produced a music awards TV show and European-wide photo exhibition out of Brussels and enjoyed another side of storytelling working in the editing rooms of numerous Hollywood feature films.

Nicole lives with her family – including The Kid and pirate cat Biddy – in Santa Monica, by way of Brussels and New Orleans, where she was born during a hurricane…for what that’s worth.

You can follow Nicole on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on her blog.

 

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