Author’s Corner: Raelke Grimmer

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 Raelke Grimmer author of  Sleepwalking. 

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Please tell us what Sleepwalking is about?

Sleepwalking takes place in a world where people don’t sleep, because the water supply has been contaminated with a drug which makes it no longer necessary to sleep. Kyla is 16, and her father is the person who created the drug. But then the drug stops working, and people start falling into deep sleep and not waking up. The world blames Kyla’s father, and Kyla suddenly finds herself trapped between two realities.

What was your inspiration for this story?

I’ve always been fascinated by sleep, ever since I studied it in Psychology at high school, and the fact that while there are theories, no one really knows why humans need to sleep. It also seems to me that in today’s world, people are busier and busier and are trying to get by on less and less sleep. People want 24 waking hours each and every day- I started wondering what would happen if that became a reality.

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

No.

Who was your favorite character to develop?

I actually really enjoyed developing Ty, Kyla’s boyfriend, because of where the events in the novel take him, and it even surprised me as I was writing the direction his character went.

When did you become interested in writing?

I’ve always loved reading, and when I was still very young I got the idea that maybe I could one day write books, too. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Not really. I write pretty much anywhere, fitting it in wherever I can between work and study.

What word do you always have trouble spelling correctly?

Receive- I know it is “I before E except after C”, but somehow when I type it, I always reverse the letters, and Word always has to autocorrect me.

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

To be perfectly honest, the Little Sister and Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M Martin! I was fascinated by the elaborate worlds she created, perfected and wrote about in those books. Those two series are what got me into reading, and then made me want to be a writer.

Today, I’m inspired by so many different writers- Douglas Adams, Markus Zusak, Matthew Reilly, Melina Marchetta, Shaun Tan. I find David Malouf so inspiring- his prose is so beautiful. It flows along like poetry and the reader can’t help but be drawn into the worlds in his novels.

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

Sit down at your computer, or pick up a pen or pencil, and start writing. Write anything! And if you can’t write, read- and read everything.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a new young adult eSeries for BigWorldNetwork.com, which will launch on the website in mid December.

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

To know and be able to speak and write every single language in the world.

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

Make sure to check out her book Sleepwalkers

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Cover Reveal: Into You by Danielle Sibarium

Every time we here one of our favorite authors is coming out with a new book we become excited. It becomes even better when we get to reveal their cover. It’s a pleasure to bring you Danielle Sibarium’s cover for her next book Into You, which will be released December 27th. Just by the cover we know it’s going to be another swoon fest.

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“You start out with the best of intentions, but inevitably you hurt each other. I love you, but that didn’t stop me from hurting you last night, or this morning. Love sucks. It’s just the way it is.”

Falling in love is easy. But what happens when that love has been tossed aside and trampled on by the person who swore to cherish it? Can you ever trust again, or will the bitter taste of betrayal keep you from allowing anyone else in?

Carter and Elizabeth each have their own issues with love and trust. Both have had their hearts broken and carry the scars of the past into their relationship with each other. Is love ever enough? Can it overcome?

Carter faces his past with Elizabeth by his side, but it continues to haunt him at every turn. Can he let go and believe in her enough to leave his past behind him or will he push too hard and send her running into another man’s arms?

 

 

Because of You by Maria E. Monteiro

STORY: 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? Or will he break her heart again? Together they will experience the ecstasies and agonies of being in love.

OUR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 FIRST LOVE STARS

REVIEW: As Young Adult readers we have completely fallen in love with this book. It’s what YA is all about. We had a hard time putting this book down. In fact one of us even had to survive after only sleeping for three hours at work because she couldn’t put her Kindle down. We love that Jade and Austin actually fall in love at a slow pace, but at the same time not too slow where you’re banging your head on the wall. Jade is sixteen and acts sixteen. It was exciting to see her grow through the story. Our heart broke and cheered for her. Jade made us laugh and made us mad, but most of all she made us want to fall in love with Austin too. Okay lets talk about the new love of our lives: Austin Evans. Austin is the best boyfriend ever. We love how he doesn’t give up on Jade even when she pushing him away. Now what Jade and Austin go through with him deciding on a college, and Jade having to deal with it reminded some of us about being in high school and going through the same exact thing. We knew exactly how she felt. It brought us right back to that time. We also found ourselves wrapped in the story about Jade’s parents’ divorce. From the first chapter we thought we were gong to hate the father, but that didn’t happen. He actually dug himself into our hearts. Maria has an amazing talent for giving each one of her characters good and bad qualities which makes the reader hate them and love them at the same time. Because of You made us laugh, get mad, cry our eyes out, but most of all it made us fall in love. This is a very sweet story about falling in love for the first time that will touch your heart.

So take a minute and remember your first love, and then read Because of You

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