Today we welcome back author Heather Davis to talk about her newest young adult release, WHEREVER YOU GO!
Hey, Heather! Tell us about your book in ten words or less.
Heather: Okay, can't do it in ten! It's about Holly, a teen caring for a grandfather with Alzheimer's. As he loses touch with this world, he's able to see the ghost of Holly's boyfriend Rob, who died in a crash, and becomes the boy's spirit guide -- helping both Rob and Holly to the light of letting go and understanding the true nature of love.
Sounds wonderful. Wait--I happen to know it IS wonderful, as I am reading it right now! Okay, other than your main character, who is a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
Heather: There are three points of view in the book: Holly, Rob the Ghost, and Rob's best friend Jason. I started out a fan of all three, but in the writing, I fell in love with Rob the ghost. He has the most to learn in the story.
Tell us something fun about WHEREVER YOU GO. It can be a character detail, something that inspired the story, or a behind the scenes story from the writing process.
Heather: I took sailing lessons three summers ago and I was able to use what I learned in writing the book. Jason's family has a sailboat, the Lucky Lucy, that they sail. My dad said, "That was a lot of sailing stuff," about that scene, which I took as a compliment.
What is a favorite comment you've ever received from a fan?
Heather: There was a middle school fan who wrote to me that she loved my books because when school and her family were giving here a hard time, she could escape into the stories. That touched me because I used to escape into books as a kid, too -- and now I escape into the writing of them. When writing gets hard, I remember the important thing I am doing -- creating a safe place for a teen to escape. It's the best career I could ever have found.
What are you working on now?
Heather: I'm working on a middle-grade novel that blends a contemporary world with a bit of fantasy and paranormal. There are cats in it! I'm really loving writing something fanciful and mysterious. It's giving me a break from the deep emotional stories I tend to write in YA.
Thank you, Heather!
And now for all our readers, Heather has generously offered a signed copy of WHEREVER YOU GO! To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us the title of a book that you escaped into as teen (whether you are one now or not). Best of luck, and check back here on Monday, January 9th, to learn the name of the winner.