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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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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Author’s Corner: T.A. Brock

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We are so excited to be part of T.A. Brock book blog tour. We got to know T.A. Brock through our interview with her. I hope you all enjoy this interview as much as we did.

What is Fatal about?

Fatal, at its heart, is a story about learning to love yourself. A story about accepting others despite their differences. A story about what it truly means to be human. If you think that sounds heavy, it’s not. Expect bad jokes, sarcasm, an interesting encounter in the men’s bathroom *wink, wink* and everything you ever thought about zombies being turned inside out.

What was your inspiration for this book?

Well, I love the TV show, The Walking Dead. I like how it addresses the tougher issues of a zombie invasion, how it questions the character’s humanity. And at the time, there weren’t any zombie books out there that were DIFFERENT. You know, something other than slavering, rotting, reanimated corpses. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just thought it would be totally cool to have a new take on the typical zombie. That’s how Fatal was born.

We know this is a story about zombies but are any of the characters or parts of the story based on real people or events?

Sadly, no. Fatal hales from so far into my imagination that even the town the story takes place in is fictional. That being said, it is the type of story where everything seems kind of real. No high fantasy or anything like that. Even the paranormal parts (the zombies) are sort of real. Or at least more real than you might expect them to be!

Who was your favorite character to develop?

Definitely Peg. She’s so spunky and different and sure of herself. She’s the complete opposite of the book’s heroine, Cori, and I really enjoyed the juxtaposition. I loved Peg because I could personally relate to her so well. She likes color. I like color. She’s busy. I’m busy! You get the picture.

When did you become interested in writing?

It’s always been a dream of mine to write stories. Like from the age of… birth? I made up stories in my head when I was very little. Complete with characters, plot arcs, and sappy endings (apparently I was always going to be a romance fan, even at six years old). But it wasn’t until I was twenty six (four years ago—eek! Now you know how old I am) that I actually put any of my stories on paper. Prior to that they were just part of my congested mind.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Only one. I reeeeally need music to keep me on track. It’s my ultimate writing block breaker. Those times when I can’t seem to wrap my mind around what a certain character is thinking or how they might react to a situation, I reach for my sound files and suddenly I’m right there with them. It’s magic, really. For FATAL there was a song by Skillet (Never Surrender) that put me into Grayson’s perspective.

What word do you always have trouble spelling?

Oh geez, this one’s easy. For the life of me, I can’t seem to spell ‘necessarily’. Sometimes (like right now) I mess it up so badly that my spell checker doesn’t even recognize it. Also, while writing FATAL I misspelled Aiken’s name EVERY time. Like my fingers had memorized the wrong way to type it or something. I would spell it Akien instead.

What author inspired you to write?

Dude, there are so many. I find it hard to name just one. Early on, I was a huge fan of Francine Pascal and her Sweet Valley series. In high school I fell in love with the classics. Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Victor Hugo, and Jane Austen were some of my favorites. Later on, I became fascinated with the paranormal. Stephenie Meyer, Claudia Grey, and Gena Showalter. Oh my gosh, and Suzanne Collins. There are too MANY!!!

Which authors inspire you today?

I know this will sound icky but… every author bold enough to let others read their work is an inspiration to me. Now that I know how terrifyingly traumatic it really is to open your book to perfect strangers, I look at authors in a completely different light. My stories are my creations. Almost like I’ve given birth to a paper child (now I’m picturing my book cut into the shape of a baby… but whatever). I think it must be similar to letting your child go off to college. Once your story is out there, you can’t protect it anymore. You have to let it have its life.

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

The only advice I have to offer is the same thing I tell myself over and over: 1) write a lot. Even when you don’t feel like it. 2) Write what you want/like. Don’t think about what others will like. Write for you. 3) Make it fun. If you’re having fun writing, it will show in your work. AND you won’t ever get bored!

What are you working on now?

My priority right now is finishing up Lethal, the sequel to FATAL. This story follows Peg and Aiken (spelled it wrong AGAIN) and also answers some BIG questions about Grayson and Cori’s future. Buuuuut since I’m a bit of a spaz writer and can’t seem to stay focused on one project, I’m also working on a twisty turny choose-your-own-adventure style book!!!

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

Would the ability to make a baby sleep through the night count? Is that a superpower? If not, it should be. Can you imagine all the moms and dads around the world I could help out? They could call me Sleepywoman. But if I had to choose a REAL superpower I guess it would be flying. Because in the words of Eleanor (from Eleanor and Park), “I know it’s not very useful but… It’s FLYING.”

You can find T.A. Brock @:

Make sure to check out Fatal

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Our Review will be up soon.

Author’s Corner: Danielle Sibarium

We first met Danielle Sibarium when she contacted us about reviewing her first book For Always. We quickly fell in love with her writing and rushed to read her second book Heart Waves. We fell in love with Jordan from For Always and Reece from Heart Wave. We honored both by choosing them to be our boyfriend of the week. Ever since we finished reading Heart Waves we have been counting down the days until Breaking Wave was released. Our wait is finally over. We will bring you our review of Breaking Wave in February when it’s our turn to host Danielle’s blog tour. Until then we are excited to bring to you our interview with Danielle Sibarium.

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For those who don’t know, what is Breaking Waves about?

Breaking Waves is the sequel to Heart Waves. From the moment they met, Jenna knew Reece would break her heart, but she never dreamed it would happen like this. Jenna is left shattered and broken. When life becomes too painful to deal with and she feels completely alone, there’s only one person to help her pick up the pieces and move on. The one person she doesn’t want to turn to. The one person she promised to stay away from. Tyler.

Can Jenna put aside everything she knows about him and let Tyler help heal her broken heart?

What was your inspiration for this series?

A long time ago when I first started writing For Always I thought this was the story I wanted to write, Reece and Jenna had been friends since childhood and I needed backstory.  As I created the backstory I realized they were two different books. I continued For Always with Stephanie and Jordan, made them meet when she was young, and held off on the idea of Heart Waves. When I started writing this series, I wanted Reece and Jenna to meet for the first time when they were older.

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

Little things in series are based on real people and events. The instant connection Jenna and Reece feel is based on my husband and I and the first time we met. The Point Pleasant setting is real. I loved spending summers there. The little beach Jenna goes to in Heart Waves was one of my favorite places to go to on summer nights, the boardwalk another.                .

What advice would you give Jenna about love?

Love can be a double-edged sword but it’s not something you can do half way.

Who was your favorite character to develop?

This might be cheating, because it’s really based on Heart Waves, but so far in the series I had the most fun with Reece. I often found myself smiling while writing the scenes between Reece and Jenna in Heart Waves.

The biggest surprise for me was Tyler.  He was just supposed to be mentioned in Heart Waves, but he intrigued me and his role grew until he became an integral part of the entire series.

When did you become interested in writing?

I fell in love with writing literally as I learned to write. I remember the day I learned about brainstorming in first grade. I went to a birthday party later that day and lost a game of Hot Potato because my mind was preoccupied with the idea of brainstorming. I envisioned a topic with a brain spitting out all sorts of words related to it. It was an actual storm of ideas. How cool! Right then and there I was hooked. In the sixth grade we were required to write one creative writing every month. My teacher would often read my stories out loud to the class, and my classmates enjoyed them. I knew then whatever my future held; writing would be a part of it.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Basically I try to find some quite time and a quiet place in the house.

What word do you always have trouble spelling correctly?

I always spell lose wrong. Always!

What author or book inspired you to write YA?

I’d have to say the Twilight and Immortal series’ inspired me to write YA. For Always had been written for years. But I really didn’t know where it belonged. It wasn’t for children, but I wasn’t sure how adults would respond to it. I entered it in a contest as a single title contemporary and won Honorable Mention (It had a different title at the time). After that I shelved it for about six years. Seeing the excitement of this new YA genre, I decided to pull For Always out, give it a facelift and change it to YA.

Which authors inspire you today?

There are so many authors that inspire me. Authors I read, as well as authors in my writing group. What truly inspires me is the camaraderie I’ve found amongst authors on Twitter. There are many authors that help promote and help each other. It is a community I am proud to be part of.

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

Read incessantly, write daily, and revise, revise, revise. Write what you are passionate about, not what you think the market is currently dictating. Markets change. Be open to the ever fluid times. The publishing industry has and will continue to transform. We have not seen the finished product, so don’t get hung up on the traditional ideals.

What are you working on now?

Aside from the final book in the Heart Waves series, I am also working on a single title NA Contemporary Romance.  This book is a tuff stuff book that deals with date rape and the aftermath.  And no the romance isn’t between the heroine and the rapist. Just wanted to clarify. I’m very excited about this book.

And our final question, if you could have one superpower which one would it be?

I’d want to fly. I don’t really know why, but I think it would be amazing to leap and take off, not having to fall back down to earth, and be weightless, just soar through the air, silent, out of the detection and to the surprise of most people.

We would like to thank Danielle for a wonderful interview.

Check out Breaking Waves now available on Amazon.com

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