Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.
Until the accident.
Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it’s nothing compared to living without her.
She’s got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.
Abby is about to find out that truth isn’t always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could…
And now for the usual questions:
What inspired the plot for your book?
The very start of the idea actually happened back in 2007, when I was writing discussion questions for my first novel, Bloom–I was writing
a question about what readers felt the future held for all the
characters–and accidentally paired up two characters who weren’t
supposed to be! At the time, I laughed and changed it, glad I’d caught
my mistake–but for some reason the idea of those two characters
stayed in my mind and I actually wrote the first scene where they meet
and connect on an entirely new level. But at the time, I had a bunch
of other stuff going on, and I wasn’t sure if anyone would even want
to read a sequel to Bloom that wasn’t about Lauren and Evan.
So, I kept the idea of those two characters together, floating around,
and when I got the idea for Abby and her story–well, let’s just say
those two characters from Bloom were perfect for an important role in
the book. I was thrilled to be able to revisit them as I dove into
Abby’s world, and everything combined together to create a story that
I’m truly proud of.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I’ve always written about teens, and I can’t imagine writing anything but YA!
What is your writing process like?
Get up, wish there was more time in the day, then try to do all my
online stuff in three hours or less and then work until 6 PM.
What are you working on now?
My next book, As I Wake, will be out on September 15th and it’s about
Ava, who is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively
friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There’s only
one problem: Ava can’t remember any of them–and can’t shake the eerie
feeling that she’s not who they say she is.
Ava struggles to break d dog and my friends, read, watch TV, and sleep! through her amnesiac haze as she goes through
the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take
place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends
are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn’t
know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center
of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . .
but only in exchange for her trust.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Hang out with my husband and dog and my friends, read, watch TV, and sleep!
Who do you like to read?
I’ll read just about anything, but you can check out books I’ve read
and loved on Goodreads: