Other Breakable Things by Kelley York and Rowan AltwoodPublication Date: April 4 ,2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.
Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.
Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.
And now it is.
Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.
And she’s not giving up so easily.
A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.
Right down to the thousandth paper crane.
At the time of filling this out, I’m two days away from surgery so I’m on an all-liquid diet, so…good, but that level of hungry where it’s making me cranky. 😉
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I’m really big on characters, so usually they come first. They form in my head and I start asking questions to figure out their story. What are their hobbies? Who do they like? How’s their relationship with their friends/family/themselves? Typically a plot builds itself when you start asking your characters questions.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I’ve written since I was in grade school. Short stories, poetry (that will never see the light of day because wow no), fan-fiction… I used to write a lot of fan-fic, and that eventually evolved into original stuff. I started several books throughout my early 20s, but didn’t finish one until 2009-ish, and that book was Hushed.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Video games are my big things, particularly RPGs. The Final Fantasy series, Kingdom Hearts, the Tales of games, Resident Evil, Dragon Age, Witcher… Those are some of my faves. I also spend a lot of time with my animals. I have several cats and a big dumb dog, all of who are incredibly spoiled.
What does your family think of your writing?
Most everyone in my family is hugely supportive. My grandpa, who passed away almost a year ago, suffered from Alzheimer’s. My grandma brought him to one of my book signings, and he was very indignant that the store didn’t have every single one of my books because he wanted to buy them all, not remembering that he already owned them.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I have the attention span to finish a book, ha!
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Other Breakable Things makes 7. To this day, Suicide Watch is the story I’m most attached to. A lot of myself went into that book—a lot of emotions and experiences. It’s very close to my heart.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do! I have a few “regulars” who message me, comment on all of my stuff, and are always eager for the next release. They’re amazing people and it’s an ego boost I need now and again when I’m feeling down about my writing. I’ve gotten a fair amount of letters about Suicide Watch and how it helped them through a rough time and gave them hope, and helped them realize the things they were feeling were things others felt, too. Those kinds of letters mean a lot to me.
Have you even been sent fan art?
A few times, and I was so overjoyed! I would love more fanart of my characters.
What do you think makes a good story?
It depends on what a reader enjoys in a story. For me, I need good characters, first and foremost. The plot can suck but if there’s a good cast of characters, I can see it through.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
For the longest time, I wanted to work with animals—and that’s a passion I’d still love to follow someday. I also wanted to be an artist, but I think my strength lies more with writing than with art.
What is that one weird quirk about yourself, that no one else knows?
I don’t know if it’s a quirk, but I don’t drink alcohol, tea, or coffee. People tell me I’m weird. Also, I’m a huge zombie movie buff.
If you had your time back what would you tell yourself about writing?
To keep at it, and not to listen to those who told me a book with a bisexual main character wouldn’t sell.
Last but not least,
Do you believe in ghost? Or have you ever had an encounter with the other kind?
This is a hard one. Yes and no? I believe that a person’s energy from an intense, emotional situation can leave a kind of imprint on our world that we don’t understand. But as for actual spirits walking around and interacting…not so much.
Thank you for answers my questions :)
- Other Breakable Things Prize Pack: Signed copy of Modern Monsters by Kelley York and an origami crane kit (US) OR
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Kelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan’s debut.
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