Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Published on April 5th 2016
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Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can’t quite seem to catch a break. It’s not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells “Prom” in sparklers on her lawn…and nearly burns down her house.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac, witnesses the whole thing. Much to Hank’s dismay, Peyton takes an interest in him—and his “work.” The two are thrust into an unusual friendship, but their boundaries are tested when Hank learns that Peyton is hiding some dark secrets, secrets that may change everything he thought he knew about Peyton.
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Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?
Definitely the first line. Finding that perfect entry point into a story is so critical for engaging a reader, and I will often have many false starts before I settle on the one that feels like the right choice. The one exception to this rule for me actually was MY KIND OF CRAZY. Hank just showed up in my head one day and that first chapter flowed right out of me. I was grateful he was so clear about where his story started. I don’t usually get that lucky!
What 3 words would you use to describe your book?
Peace love and pyromania
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, Prozac?)
Ha! I am all about pens, post-it’s, coffee and chocolate. I drink a whole pot in the morning and then support my local Starbucks profit margin in the afternoons over ice. Basically, there’s a whole lotta snackin’ and caffeination happening.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sushi. There is no such thing as “too much sushi.” It’s a fact. I’m pretty sure you can Google it.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your books? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
It’s different every time. Sometimes a name just presents itself and speaks to me and I know I need to use it. I will always try and work in friends’ first or last names because that’s fun to do. In the case of MY KIND OF CRAZY, the name Hank just came into my head when I started writing, but I didn’t know his last name. I actually scoured my Facebook friends list in search of the perfect fit and made a list. Hank’s last name is borrowed from my fellow YA author friend Jessi Kirby, who has had such a huge impact on my writing life. I often jot down great first and last name combinations and I keep them in a journal. If I am writing in a specific time period, I will Google the Social Security Administration names database for what names were most popular within a specific year. Anytime I start a new project I will always look back and see if any of them feel like they fit the characters.
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
I just recently finished up SIMON AND THE HOMOSAPIEN AGENDA by Becky Albertalli and absolutely LOVED it. What a voice! I also was gutted by S.M. Parker’s heart-wrenching debut THE GIRL WHO FELL and laughed to the point of tears at Kurt Dinan’s DON’T GET CAUGHT.
Do you have a favorite place to write? Tell us about it!
I like to write in the space formerly known as my dining room. It’s in the center of my house and it’s super light and bright with three big windows that face the street. I used to write with my computer on the dining room table, but one Christmas morning I woke up and my family had somehow managed to replace the table with a beautiful oak mission desk and chair and made that my dedicated workspace. I still have no idea how they pulled that off!
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