Monthly Archives: July 2016

Monthly Recap: July ’16

~My Life~

Hi everyone! Life is just, a lot, lately. I know, I’m being vague. Anyway, I thought I’d talk a little about my job. So I’ve been a little over a month and a half into my new job. It has a couple setbacks though:

1. I’ve had to miss almost every Bible study for this past “semester”. I’m really disappointed since I was really looking forward to it.

2. It’s getting to be a little expensive getting to and from work. This is because I generally only work four hours and if I work until after 5, I have to either 

A. Get a cab or

B. Find someone to pick me up.

This is because buses stop running around 6.

I’ve only had to take a cab once so far, but I’ll have to take one to work tomorrow, as buses don’t run on Sundays either. Then I’ll have to take one twice next week, unless I find someone to give me a ride.

This is a bit of added stress on me.

Other than that, the job is going pretty okay. Except I’m really bad at talking to customers and finding things they want. Oops. I still haven’t found my way around the store quite yet. Every once in a while, I will actually know where something is.

I finally managed to get a list of tasks to do. This is super helpful because now I have a much better idea as to what I’m supposed to be doing. Before, it was just like, definitely do this and this and then make like you’re busy doing this other thing.

So it sucked as I’d run out f things to do unless I got called to bagged, which I still need to get better at.

I’ve been super addicted to Swag Bucks. I made an account a super long time ago, but forgot about it or whatever, so I made a new one. So far I’ve earned roughly 1500 Swag Bucks which I’ve turned in for three $5 Itunes gift cards. I’m still waiting to receive the other two. Sigh. The first time it only took two days, but now it’s been like three, going on four days. I’m kind of sad, but whatever. I’ll be buying the rest of season 2 of Veronica Mars with them. Hopefully it will still be on sale when I get the cards…


~Stats~

WordPress Followers: 231

BlogLovin’ Followers: 165

# of Views/Visitors: – / –

# of Blog Posts: 9

Features:

I did Wondrous Covers Wednesday – Cover Battle Edition

Memes:

I shared some books I Like Under The Goodreads Radar for Top Ten Tuesday.

I talked about the top ten-ish things books have made me want to do for Top Ten Tuesday.

I talked about All Those Bookish and Non-Bookish Facts About Me for Top Ten Tuesday.

Weekly Recaps:

A Weekly-Ish Recap

Weekly Recap

Sunday Street Team:

I interviewed Emily France (author of Signs of You) for the Sunday Street Team.

Other:

I celebrated my second blogoversary with a giveaway ending August 31st.

I did the Cover Reveal for Nowhere Near You (#2) by Leah Thomas.

# of Likes: 36

# of Comments: 56

Most Viewed Post: Oh, interesting, my Buying & Selling ARCs: Is It Ever Justifiable? post made an appearance! I didn’t even notice.

Most Viewed Review: Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman


~Book Stats~

# of Books Read:

Nowhere Near You

I finished this book in 24 hours and I realize I should have savored it. 😦 I just could not stop reading, much like with Because You’ll Never Meet Me. It was great. I’ve been thinking non-stop about Ollie and Moritz. Like, non stop. I can’t remember the last time I thought about characters so much.

# of Books Started:

Ripple PS_I_Like_You Spontaneous

I need to finish Spontaneous today so I can mail it out tomororw, so far I like it a bit. I’m still getting used to the writing style which reminds me of Kill The Boy Band. After that, hopefully I’ll finish Ripple as it just got a little interesting.

# of Books For Review: 

ARCs:

Nowhere Near You 

From Bloomsbury! I died, oh my gosh. A physical ARC. I am so unbelievably thankful for this ARC. No one even knows what this series means to me but oh my gosh, this book made my entire year.

eARC:

PS_I_Like_YouAll_We_Have_Left_Wendy_millsThe_Possibility_Of_SomewhereThe_Dead_Boyfriend The_Memory_of_Things

P.S. I Like You from Scholastic via Edelweiss

All We Have Left  from Bloomsbury via Netgalley

The Possibility of Somewhere from St. Martin’s via Netgalley

The Dead Boyfriend from St. Martin’s via Netgalley

The Memory of Things from St. Martin’s via Netgalley

# of Books Won: 

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I won an ARC of Ripple from Michelle as part of the Debut Authors Bash hosted YA Reads.

I won an ARC of The Weight of Zero from Alice as part of the Debut Authors Bash hosted YA Reads.

# of Books Traded/Given: 

I still need to mail and receive a few books, but so far:

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful from Rose for trading The Edge of Everything

All In Pieces from Stephanie for trading Three Dark Crowns

I’m waiting to send out Spontaneous, Frostblood, Run (HC), You Know Me Well (HC) and The Graces in exchange for Still Life With Tornado, Nowhere Near You, Vicarious, Who It Ends and When The Moon Was Ours.

This will bring me up to having Ripple, The Weight of Zero and Still Life with Tornado all in roughly one month. AKA, three/fourths of my most anticipated books for the Fall.

And yes, you did read about two Nowhere Near Yous. I made the trade before I requested the book and didn’t want to cancel just because I already had it.

I just love the book so much I need two ARCs!

Just kidding (not really though), I’m going to be doing a giveaway with my second copy. Sometime. Most likely in October as I already have my Blogoversary giveaway going on.


~What I Posted~

Excluding Weekly Recaps

Features:

Wondrous Covers Wednesday – Covers Battle Edition

Memes:

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Under the Goodreads Radar

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish and Non-Bookish Facts About Me

Top Ten Tuesday – Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do

Other Posts:

I celebrated my second year blogoversary with a giveaway!

I revealed the cover for Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas!

Sunday Street Team:

I interviewed Emily France (author of Signs Of You)

~Favorite Post~

If you have to ask, you don’t even know me. My favorite post was of course the cover reveal for Nowhere Near You.


~Blogosphere Participation~

I tried to participate in Val and Ely’s Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon, but I just couldn’t, I don’t remember why I didn’t now. 😦 I was distracted or busy or in a reading slump. I have some excuse, sadly.

I signed up for #OTSPSecretsister again! I participated in round three and it was my first time, then I took this past round off to save up for BEA. However, now I’m totally ready for round 5. I can’t wait! It’s such a happy part of my life, I love it.

~Songs That Represented My Month~

Anybody Out There by Digital Summer

~Music Videos~

Jojo’s back. ❤


~Music News~

Holy crap, a ton of artists announced albums:

Bad Suns, Jojo, Banks, Regina Spektor, Wilco, Jagwar Ma, AlunaGeorge, Crystal Castles, Twin Atlantic, The Naked and Famous, Suzanne Vega, Pixies…

My Chemical Romance is doing a ten year anniversary album.

David Bowie’s band will be doing a tribute album of sorts.

Temple of The Dog’s self-titled album will be re-released for it’s 25th anniversary.

Bright Eyes are putting out a box set of their studio albums from 2000 to 2011.


~Musical News~

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo and Leslie Odom Jr. have erased themselves from the narrative.

Let future watchers of Hamilton wonder how they would’ve reacted with the original cast.


~Fantastic Videos~


~TV Show/Movie Purchases~

  1. Zenon
  2. Zenon The Zequel
  3. Zenon Z3
  4. Tru Confessions
  5. The Hunger Games
  6. Rented Mockingjay
  7. Legally Blonde
  8. Rent
  9. Les Miserables
  10. Invader Zim – Complete Series
  11. Rugrats Season 1
  12. Rugrats Season 2
  13. Veronica Mars Season 3
  14. Veronica Mars Partial Season 2

Yes, you read that right, Rugrats. It was on sale, okay? It was $4.99.


~What I’ve Been Watching~

I finally finished the first season of Veronica Mars earlier this month. Maybe it was last month, I can’t remember. Anyway. I started watching Bojack Horseman on Netflix and I really like it. I keep picturing Bojack as like….Charlie Sheen in horse form.


That’s it for my month. How has yours been? Is it really hot where you’re at? It was ridiculously hot last week, there was a week long heat advisory. It was horrible. Have you watched any new shows? I know Stranger Things is really popular, I want to watch it soon. Are you participating in #OTSPSecretSister? Is it your first time or are you a repeater?


Wondrous Covers Wednesday – Cover Battle Edition

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Hi everyone. I’m bringing you Wondrous Covers Wednesday, but not my normal type of post today. Well, I suppose it is like my normal type, but it’s a little more battle esque.

Wondrous Covers Wednesday is a weekly feature where I choose to showcase three covers with similar attributes and themes. To see past editions, you can check out my page for them here

In the past, I did a post on two covers that were really similar to each other. i’m going to do the same thing this time.

The covers?

We_Were_Never_Here Meet_Me_Here 

The_End_Of_Our_Story

All three of these covers have a lot of similarities to each other. They all focus on either the twilight time or a bit after that with a lot of empty space at the top. They all share silhouettes in the covers. We Were Never Here and The End of Our Story both focus on people, to be more specific, a couple.

Meet Me Here is the brightest of the covers and also features stars, along with The End of Our Story. I think the lightness of Meet Me Here gives an indicator of how bright it will seem, in that it’s not as dark or sad as We Were Never Here or This Is Our Story. Meet Me Here seems like a possible title, especially when the other two as if they’re about the end of something. The arrow pointing down to the tagline helps with this idea.

I think the cover that does this scene the best is The End of Our Story just because it’s more interactive. Whereas the other two are just pretty static focusing on basic silhouettes and sunsets. The cover for We Were Never Here looks more ominous to me, which makes sense given the title and implications that the summary gives. 

I think my favorite cover would be The End of Our Story just because I’m really interested in the light action going on behind the couple as well as the motion going on with them moving closer.


What is your favorite cover out of the three? Did you notice anything about them that I didn’t mention?


Top Ten Things Books Made Me Want To Do

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is the weekly meme created and hosted at The Broke and The Bookish. You can visit this link for more information.

Today’s topic was. . .

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them (inspired by Jamie’s post)

This week’s post was a real struggle for me. Books don’t really make me want to do many (realistic) things, so a couple things that popped into my head was originally:

End up on a long distance flight with a guy who’s going to London and kidnap a boy band, because why not?

Now, neither of these things are plausible and the second one isn’t really legal, ergo, I was professional and made an actual realistic list.

~One~

Anna And the French Kiss

Anna and The French Kiss made me want to go to boarding school.

I’ve wanted to do this since watching Zoey 101 forever ago (Ten years ago?) and after reading Anna and The French Kiss, I wanted to do it ten times more.

Of course, I read this book after coming home from college which was essentially “boarding school”

Still though. There was no built in friend or guy I was destined to date, so.

~Two~

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games made me want to earn archery. And prepare to take the government down.

Haha, just kidding. Why would I do that?

I think it would be cool to learn archery just because. 

I guess I could also thank Degrassi for this. They had a Archery CLUB. What even?

Degrassi

~Three~

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight did make me want to go on a flight to London.

I had to include this one because it really did make me want to travel, even if most of the book wasn’t real focused on the sights in London.

Other books that made me want to visit places:

Making Pretty – I want to visit New York.

Lola and The Boy Next Door – I want to visit San Francisco.

~Four~

Run Cover

Run by Kody Keplinger made me want to go on a road trip.

This is the first book involving a road trip that I actually enjoyed (I’ve only read two really) and made me want to go on one. Maybe not under the same circumstances though.

~Five~

Kill The Boy Band All The Feels Gena_Finn

Kill The Boy Band, All The Feels and Gena/Finn have made me want to get back into reading Fanfiction and into fandoms in general. I used to be super into reading fanfiction and writing in general, so reading these three made me want to get back into that.

All The Feels and Gena/Finn also made me want to go to Comic-Con or a similar conference.

~Six~

I'll Meet You There

I’ll Meet You There made me wish I had artistic talent like Sky who creates collages throughout the book.

~Seven~

Emmy and Oliver

Emmy & Oliver made me wish I were able to surf. There’s a couple problems with this though: 

  1. I’m not very good at swimming.
  2. I’m short, so I don’t like deep water anyway.
  3. I’m pretty sure I would get eaten by a shark. Or drown. See #1.

~Eight~

Maybe One Day

Maybe One Day made me want to have taken up ballet when I was young. Books have made me want to do a lot of sports, even if I haven’t read them. Like with Just Like The Movies and This Is Where It Ends? Two characters in these books do track for school. In Tiny Pretty Things, they do ballet as well. I just want to do that!

~Nine~

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist The Night We Said Yes Where She Went

Several books made me wish I would have some crazy one night affair appearing out of thins air. Or a reconnection with the past.

~Ten~

Scarlett Undercover

Scarlett Undercover, much like Veronica Mars, made me want to become a private detective because how cool would it be to solve crimes but not actually be in (possibly?) as much danger as the FBI/police.

~Eleven~

Romancing The Dark in the City of Light

And now we go a little dark.

Romancing The Dark In The City of Light made me want to possibly get help with some things internally. I could relate to the main character a lot which was just, a little bothersome knowing how she was doing.

~Twelve~

Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants Pretty Little Liars Perks of Being A Wallflower Fans of The Impossible Life

All of these books feature really close-knit friendship. Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants is from birth, but Pretty Little Liars is a little less so close-knit. Perks and Fans of The Impossible Life are friendships found at the start of the books. I always wanted some super close knit friendship group like is in these books, particularly during middle school/high school.

Wait for it…

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Okay.

~Thirteen~

Because You'll Never Meet Me Nowhere Near You

Don’t act surprised guys, you know this is my book (series/duology)<3. Nowhere Near You made me want to be a blunderkinder if it meant meeting Ollie. And Moritz. Both of them. Omg, let me stop…

But maybe not because of reasons that you’ll have to read Nowhere Near You to find out. ;D

Bonus Answer:

His Fair Assassin Trilogy – So I haven’t read this, but it involves being an assassin. I’d like to be an assassin. That would be pretty cool.

If I Stay – Play the cello and have a boyfriend in a popular rock band, yes.


What are some things that you want to do or learn about since reading books?


Weekly Recap

Weekly recap is a pretty self explanatory post. I recap what’s happened in my life, in the blogging world, on my blog and what’s coming up.

~My Life~

I have just been busy working. I had my longest day last week with doing eight hours. My feet are killing me and I’m wondering if that’s ever going to stop. I heard you eventually get used to it and I suppose I assumed everyone meant the pain, but maybe they just meant you get used to walking all day? Ha. I work tomorrow, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I don’t work too much, I just get tired easily. I need to start blogging on my days off, but it’s just kind of hard to get back into the habit. 😦 I apologize about the lack of commenting back, I keep meaning to do that but, I’m trying to get the energy too. Forgive me. I do read the comments I get and appreciate them.

In other life events, the news is depressing and I’m just trying to get through everything day by day. I started using Swag Bucks again and made enough to get a $5 Itunes card, which I’ll be receiving in around two weeks, since it has to process. Haha.

~What You May Have Missed~

I interviewed Emily France, author of Signs of You for the Sunday Street Team.

I revealed the amazing cover for Nowhere By You by Leah Thomas.

I ‘celebrated’ my second blogoversary with a giveaway.

~Reading Progress~

Ripple Nowhere Near You

I read and finished Nowhere Near You in only a day! I started it about an hour after I received it, since I had to go to Bible Study, then read through the rest of the day, long into the night and finally finished after waking up.

Before that, I read a bit more of Ripple and I like where things are going now. I’m going to hopefully go back to that one this week and finish it. I don’t know though because Nowhere Near You gave me the hugest book hangover ever. I don’t know how any other books are going to compare to it, I just don’t. Like, I read my most anticipated book of two years in July…I don’t know how I’m supposed to give any books a fair chance for next year. Since I’m pretty sure I read my ‘favorite’ book of 2017. Also my first read of 2017.

~Coming Up Next Week~

Let me see, what to expect next week. . .

I’m going to try to do a One Day More or I may kick off another feature that I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

I’ll most likely do Top Ten Tuesday.

I have an idea for Wondrous Covers Wednesday, but need to get a couple more things for it.

I’ll try to post up some review as well.

~Highlights~

A highlight was of course celebrating my 2 year blogoversary, doing the cover reveal for Nowhere Near You and then receiving Nowhere Near You in the mail!

~What I’ve Been Watching~

Since I’ve been working, I don’t really ever watch my shows on the nights they come on. Tonight I watched Girl Meets World and a bit of Backstage, which I really like. I need to watch Pretty Little Liars again, but I’ll probably push it off until tomorrow.


It’s My SECOND Blogoversary

Guess what?

It’s my blogoversary! I can’t believe it’s been two years already. I just want to thank everyone who’s read or commented on my blog or followed me on Twitter. 🙂

I’m not doing anything super special this time around, like my series of posts last year, but I will be doing a giveaway. The giveaway? Here you go!

It will end August 31st!

The prize?

Any book you want from Book Depository for under $20.

Giveaway Rules:

  • Don’t cheat, I’ll be checking entries (and you’ll be banned from future giveaways).
  • Respond to my email/Twitter DM within 72 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

What has been YOUR biggest blogging related moment during your entire time of blogging? I think mine would be getting my most anticipated book of next year (Nowhere Near You, which I cover-revealed!) in mere days from the publicist! Oh and of course going to BEA just a couple months ago! Very exciting.


Cover Reveal: Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas (Because You’ll Never Meet Me #2)

Hi everyone! I am beyond ecstatic to be doing the cover reveal for the sequel of my favorite book last year. Today I’m revealing the cover to Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas. This is the sequel to Because You’ll Never Meet Me. Nowhere Near You releases early next year on February 7th. I also have something else to share at the end.

Of course, there will be information before the actual reveal. 🙂

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If you haven’t heard of Because You’ll Never Meet Me, here’s the information:

Because You'll Never Meet Me

Because You’ll Never Meet Me (#1)

Leah Thomas

Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Contemporary

Published: July 2nd, 2015 (Bloomsbury Children’s)

Goodreads Summary:

In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.

A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.

I loved this book an unbelievable amount, it’s received a ton of mention on my blog between an interview with Leah Thomas, my five star review, of course, as well as making several Top Ten Tuesday lists. Nowhere Near You is my most anticipated book of next year and I’m so happy to be saying I’ll be receiving an Advanced Reader’s Copy in mere days. I’m sure to devour it.

If you’d like to avoid spoilers, you can just look at the pretty cover below and bypass the Goodreads summary.

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Nowhere Near You

Nowhere Near You (Because You’ll Never Meet Me #2)

Leah Thomas

Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Contemporary

Published: February 7th, 2017 (Bloomsbury Children’s)

Goodreads Summary:

Following her acclaimed debut, Morris Award finalist Leah Thomas takes Ollie and Moritz’s unique friendship in exciting new directions.

In this compelling story of unusual friendship, Ollie and Moritz will once again charm readers with their humor and wit as they search for their place in the world.

Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters continue as Ollie embarks on his first trip away from the woods and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy.

Along the way they meet other teens like them, who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible: A boy who jokes about his atypical skeleton; an aspiring actress who hides a strange deformity. Suddenly the future feels wide open for two former hermits. But even as Ollie and Moritz thrive in new experiences, they can’t escape their past, which threatens to destroy any progress they’ve made.

Isn’t it a pretty cover? I really love how simple it is, how it incorporates the silhouettes again and how it displays the settings!

I am so excited to see where Ollie and Moritz go this book, as well as how their relationship flourishes given their new situations. I have been so hungry for this book since minutes after I realized there would be a sequel. I’m so excited for it, you guys have NO idea.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me was so unique with so many different elements, the characters were written so well, it was just amazing. Leah’s jumped to one of my favorite authors ever despite only reading one book by her.

Speaking of Leah, she’s going to be at COMIC CON this Thursday! More importantly, she’s going to be on a panel FOLLOWED BY A SIGNING.

I have the information on that:

1:00 – 2:00 PM                    Panel: Hey, You Got Science In My Fiction!  
Room 32AB

The best science fiction comes from a kernel of truth, something that makes readers think Wait…could this actually happen? From technology to medicine to space travel, distinguished authors J. Patrick Black (Ninth City Burning), Blake Crouch (The Wayward Pines trilogy), Christopher Farnsworth (Killfile), Patrick Hemstreet (God Wave), Leah Thomas (Because You’ll Never Meet Me), and Andy Weir (The Martian) will discuss with moderator Brendan Reichs (The Virals series) how they create believable sci-fi stories and just how much fact there truly is in their fiction.

Signing:
4:00 – 5:00 PM                   Autographing Area signing Table 9

Okay, so when you go to the signing (because how could you NOT after my raving? Do NOT throw away your shot), tell her Amber from YA Indulgences said hi and that I wish I were there. Just do that for me.

If you would like to pre-order Nowhere Near You (and I hope you do), you can do so at:

Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository


Are you excited to read Nowhere Near You? have you read Because You’ll Never Meet Me? Do you think you will now? Do you think you will if I bribe you? I’m willing to do so. 😉


Interview with Emily France (Author of Signs Of You)

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Hi everyone! I’m participating in Sunday Street Team. This one will be an interview with Emily France whose book comes out in only two days! It’s exciting so I’m glad to do this so close to the book release.

If you want some more information on Signs of You:

Signs_of_YouTitle: Signs of You

Author: Emily France

Published: July 19, 2016 (Soho Teen)

Pages: 240

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Magical Realism

Themes: Grief, Afterlife

Gooodreads Summary:

Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.

When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant.

When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.

~Interview~

Do you think being in law school and being editor-in-chief of the law review has affected how you write Young Adult fiction?

Yes! I’ve always been a writer, but the challenges of law school and of being the editor in chief of the law review improved my skills in countless ways. One of the greatest gifts to come out of those experiences was discipline. In order to write a legal brief or a law review article, you often have to read hundreds of pages of case law and distill those into your own written argument. Do that enough times and you can’t help but become a better writer!  I’m convinced that without the training I received in law school, it might have taken me another decade to finish this book. I’m really grateful I went. (Aw, I love reading about this! I can see how that would make you a better writer, it requires you to be thorough as well and most likely able to catch any plot problems.)

What is a secret fact about one of the characters that readers wouldn’t know?

Seriously, I typed a bunch of answers here and kept deleting them. I feel like I’m betraying my characters to tell their secrets! I really fell in love with these four. They are like family to me. (You could have told ALL of the secrets. 😉 I respect that you didn’t though, loyal to characters, I like that)

Why did you decide to include a support group in Signs of You?

I’ve seen the power of groups in my own life many times. Whether it’s an actual support group or just an extremely close group of friends, I’ve learned that reaching out, asking for help, and connecting with others are the greatest superpowers I have. So I knew my characters’ stories would be more powerful if they were in it together. Plus, one of the side benefits of finding others who can relate to a bit of your path is humor. Lightness in the face grief is one of the gifts that come when you find people who share it. And when Riley, Jay, Kate, and Noah got together, I loved the humor they found even in the depths of loss and struggle. (I just love this answer, there is a lot of power in groups.)

What character do you relate to most out of Riley, Jay, Kate and Noah?

I adore each one of them, but I relate most to Riley. I hope that, like her, I always keep seeking, keep listening, and keep my eyes fixed on the skies. (I love that last part)

What was the hardest and easiest part about writing Signs of You?

The hardest part was reliving several emotional scenes hundreds of times in the editing process. There are a few parts of this story that made me cry every single time I worked with them. Every single time! My heart and soul are in this story, so I had to feel all the feelings over and over again. At times, it was exhausting.

The easiest part was not giving up! Once the idea for this story arrived in my life, it wasn’t an option to quit. If I stayed away from it for just a few days, I would become really miserable. SIGNS OF YOU was my steadfast companion for seven wonderful years. No matter where I was, it was by my side, consuming my imagination and keeping me entertained. Finishing it was bittersweet. It felt like my best friend had gotten into a college far, far away. And of course, you want her to go because it will be awesome. But still, you’ll miss her deep down in your bones every single day. (I can imagine the emotional scenes would be so hard, especially when you have to read through them so many times throughout the editing process and everything. I love reading how much the story became a part of you! It makes writing sound even more important/good in that it’s there gnawing at you.)

If you were to choose a theme song for Signs of You or for any character, what song would you choose?

It would have to be “Dearly Departed” by Shakey Graves. Even though the song is about a romantic relationship, I think it still captures so much of the book. It touches on the feeling of being haunted, of feeling like a ghost yourself, of being lonely, of aching for the past. But it’s not particularly slow or maudlin. It has this upbeat feel and sound, just like Riley’s spirit. (I haven’t heard this song (yet), but I love your description of it! I need to listen soon.)

Did you do any research when writing Signs of You?

Oh, the research! It was one of the most wonderful parts of writing this novel. Early in the process, I happened upon a bit of history about a missing religious manuscript, and it captured my imagination. I dove into the writings of this 16th century mystic who founded the Jesuit order, and his writings fit some of my ideas about my story beautifully and at times, eerily. So my characters are on a quest to uncover the truth about this bit of history, as well as a quest to find answers in their own lives. Putting those two stories together was a thrilling adventure. (Oh wow, this is so fascinating! I love how you combined this mystic’s writings with the story, it sounds so historical and really meaningful)

What is your favorite part about being a debut author?

Peace! Until the moment SIGNS OF YOU went to the printer, I was unsettled. It’s like I couldn’t rest until I knew I had done my very best with every word and every moment of this story. Once it was really done, I felt this sense of peace in my heart that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Finishing this novel was one of my most treasured goals in life. (Peace sounds like it’s an excellent favorite part. I can’t imagine how hard it all is to make sure everything is the best it can be. :))

Thanks for having me.


It was definitely no problem having you on my blog! Thank you!

Wow, I am even more excited to read Signs of You. I love the talk about the founder of the Jesuit order, I’ll have to look more into that.

So, what did everyone else think? 🙂


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