Author’s Corner: Tracy Hewitt Meyer

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We here at Forever YA fiction love to interview authors. It’s a way as readers to get to know the minds of these amazing writers. Today we are excited to bring to you our interview with Tracy Hewitt Meyer author of the book My Life, Redefined (A Rowan Slone Novel.) This book sounds amazing. Just read our interview with her.

Before we start, I’d like to thank you for having me!

Please tell us what is A Life, Redefined about?

I’ll start with the back cover blurb:

Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she’s lived with the burden of her baby brother’s death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself. When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan’s younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?

This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is edgy, gritty and raw. But it is also hopeful, which is the most important thing about it.

What was your inspiration for this story?

I wish I had a better answer for this, but all I can say is the mind fascinates me. I like to write characters who deal with psychological issues. Rowan Slone, the 17 year-old heroine, has many psychological issues she has to work through in order to find her happiness, and her future. The story is about Rowan’s journey through Hell and back.

Are any of the characters or the story based on any real people or events?

No. I do take inspiration from people, but usually from acquaintances or people I see on the street. I don’t write about folks close to me. Rowan’s physical appearance mimics an anonymous young woman I see around town on a regular basis, but I tweaked it to fit my idea of who Rowan is. Dan, Rowan’s boss, is tailored after a friend of a friend’s relative who had a similar-type boss.

Who was your favorite character to develop?

Definitely Rowan. She is very fragile but tough at the same time. She is a manifestation of the type of character I hope we can all learn from-even though life sucks sometimes, there is hope and we all hold the strength to move on.

When did you become interested in writing?

I have always been an avid reader and becoming a writer was the next logical step for me. I started writing stories way back in elementary school, or middle school-sometime when I was much younger. In high school, I was in an AP English class and wrote two short stories. Both received high marks and I thought, Hmmm, I really like this. Writing moves me in a way nothing else does.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Other than typical OCD stuff like needing to have the house, office, desk cleaned before I can write? I don’t. In the coming months I’m going to commit to a writing schedule; or should I say, I’m going to try to commit. I am an impulsive somewhat spoiled creature. I do what I want when I want. But I want the sequel to A Life, Redefined to release in the fall so I need to get a’writing, if you know what I mean!

As for the one sure thing to help my scattered mind focus, it’s a Pandora Radio station that I created based on Sarah Brightman’s music. It is a melodic, soothing mix of hauntingly beautiful songs. Within a few notes, my blood pressure drops and my mind slides into creative mode. Other than Sarah Brightman, I like Enya, Hayley Westenra and Blackmore’s Night. They are all on my Pandora channel.

What word do you always have trouble spelling correctly?

There is a word, I swear! But I can’t remember what it is right now. I mix up the two vowels in the middle and it was all through A Life, Redefined. I guess I’ve blocked it out of my memory.

Which author or book inspired you to write? And which authors inspire you today?

I love these questions! And I’m going to answer both in one long paragraph if that’s okay. I always go back to my favorite authors like Marion Zimmer Bradley (The Mists of Avalon) and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), so I’ll mention new ones here. I devoured Sweet Valley High books by Francine Pascal when I was younger. I read through every Sydney Sheldon book in late high school, went through a stint of only classics in college and I still adore Edgar Allen Poe. Most recently I’d say Laini Taylor. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone was almost too much for me to handle, it was so well written. I also love Rachel Caine and am currently reading The Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and On Writing by Stephen King. I see I have a problem with naming just one. Oops.

What advice do you have for anyone who would like to be an author?

It’s not easy and expect it to be ten times harder than you think it’ll be. This may not be the case for every writer, but it is a tough business. And getting published can take far longer than you’d like. Earning a living off writing can likely take even longer than that.

But…do NOT give up. Never. You’ll never succeed if you throw in the proverbial towel. And if you’re a true writer, you can’t stop anyway.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing the sequel to A Life, Redefined, titled A Life, Forward. It picks up where the first Rowan Slone novel ends. I hope to have it ready come fall.

If you could have one superpower which one would it be?

I’d want x-ray vision. I’d love to spy on people. Is that weird? Probably. But people and human nature fascinate me. Real people are the greatest source of inspiration. We all try, some more than others, to be someone we’re not. Or to be a better, more ‘acceptable’ version of who we are. If I had x-ray vision I could see people for who they really are. And if not x-ray vision then I’d want to read minds for all of the same reasons.

We like to thank Tracy for joining us in our Author’s Corner.

Make sure to check out her book A Life, Redefined:

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Cover Reveal: Because of You by Maria E. Monteiro

When we first started our blog one of the first authors we met is Maria E. Monteiro. We quickly became huge fans of her Hold on Tight series. Now we are excited to bring you the new cover for her next book Because of You, which is coming out September 17th. We will be counting down the days until then. So without further or do we present you the cover for Because of You.

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Synopsis:

No one ever forgets their first love.

Six years ago Austin broke Jade’s heart. On that day he went from being her best friend to the person she hates the most.

Now six years later Jade’s life has been turned upside down, the family she once knew no longer exists. Her father’s infidelity has made it hard for her to trust anyone.

That is until she reconnects with the one person she’s despised the most.

Will Austin be able to break through Jade’s wall of anger to get her to trust him again?

Or will she always see him as the boy who first broke her heart?

Together they will learn what love is really all about.

Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17287736-because-of-you

Author’s Links:

Blog link: http://mariamonteiro.net

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/MMonteiro33

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Rebelroadbooks?ref=hl

Other books by Maria E. Monteiro:

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Boyfriend of The Week: July 15th to 21st

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Our new boyfriend of the week is Jordan from Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt. Jordan might break your heart, but he has his reasons. He will travel with you across the country. He could become a bit jealous but only if you give him a reason to. Jordan is sweet and will sacrifice his happiness to protect you. He will hold your hand when you need him to and his kisses will drive you wild. Above all, Jordan will make you fall in love with him. Get to know Jordan, he’ll make your heart skip a beat.

To My Hero: A Blog of Our Journey Together By Danielle Sibarium

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Story: It would’ve been different if I had courage, even an ounce of it. But I was a coward from the day I met you, Ryan Crowley. I still am. In the end, it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is the same. It’s my fault. When the unthinkable happens, Carly Cavanough is left beaten, betrayed, and devastated. Her best friend doesn’t understand. Her parents won’t listen. Everyone in her life turns against her. She’s completely alone, except for Ryan Crowley, the boy she’s been crushing on for years. She won’t admit to him what she can’t admit to herself. But he understands without words. He knows more about what she’s going through than she can possibly imagine and he knows what it will take for the healing to begin. With Ryan’s help, Carly begins to piece together the fragments of her once perfect life and embark on a journey of love and healing, just long enough for the rug to be pulled out from under her again. Can she find the strength and will to pull herself together to save Ryan and herself when their lives are on the line?

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 Heroic Stars

Review: Danielle has done it again writing a story with so much emotions. Rape is a rough subject to talk about and we imagine it’s just as hard to write about. The way Carly is raped and beaten took our breathe away and brought chilling tears to our eyes. Too many of us know someone or is someone who’s been rape. As hard as it is to read about the rape it is a wonderful ride to read what comes next. We are not saying that all that comes next is roses in fact it’s the oppisite. We get to see Carly struggle with the aftermath of her attack. Her issues with trust is such a great representation of what many women go through after such an attack.We also get to see what an amazing and loving character Ryan is. Give us a moment to swoon. Ryan will take over your heart and you will be thinking about him even when you are not reading the book. Look for him to be our boyfriend of the week soon. We will say it does take a while to get used of reading the POV from 1st person to 2nd person, but before you know it you’ll find yourself not noticing. This a heart wrenching, tear jerker, wonderfully written story.

So grab your tissue box and read To My Hero: A Blog of Our Journey Together

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**We received this book for free by the author. We were not bribed or paid in any way for this review. **