First things first, the winner of FIXING DELILAH:
Hannah S!!!! (Contact here.)
That's what I kept seeing about Courtney Summers' book, SOME GIRLS ARE. I read it. And it was so good. She has a way of capturing power dynamics and making them an intense, heart-wrenching experience - not to mention a page-turner.
So I'm really looking forward to her latest, FALL FOR ANYTHING, which comes out December 21st! (You can preorder it on IndieBound or Amazon.) And even more, I'm thrilled to welcome Courtney Summers to the blog today to chat about her story secrets...
FALL FOR ANYTHING is about a girl who is consumed by the question of why her (ex) famous photographer killed himself. She meets Culler Evans, a former photography student of her father's, and an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler just might hold the key to the mystery surrounding her father's death... but are some questions better left unanswered?
Holly Cupala: We'd love to hear the story behind FALL FOR ANYTHING. How did you come up with the idea?
Courtney: I've always been fascinated with grief and loss, particularly now that I've lost people who I've been extremely close to in my life, so that's pretty much where the idea stemmed from. I wanted to explore the space that kind of loss leaves behind and the lengths we'll go to so we can feel whole again.
Holly: Did writing this book take you anywhere unexpected?
Courtney: It sort took me to expected places, actually. When I was writing my second book, Some Girls Are, my maternal grandfather passed away and I was very close to him. I think I always knew my third book would be about death and grieving, as a response to that.
Holly: What was your writing process like for this book? How long, and how many drafts?
Courtney: The first draft of FALL FOR ANYTHING took a few months to write and then it underwent a major revision. The story evolved A LOT as I revised. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but Eddie and Milo's relationship underwent a big makeover and in the very, very original draft, Eddie' father wasn't a photographer. Both of these elements play a HUGE part in the novel as it is now. So needless to say, some substantial rewriting occurred!
Holly: Has anything in your life inspired your book?
Courtney: When I was 17--the same age as Eddie is in FALL FOR ANYTHING--my paternal grandfather died of an aggressive form of cancer. It took him quickly, but his quality of life from the time of his diagnosis on was severely diminished. The amount of suffering he endured as he was dying really shook us. When I was 22, my maternal grandfather became very seriously ill and passed away. His death was quite unexpected, so it didn't really hit until later that he was gone, and when it did, it hit hard. The heart of Eddie's story is about her unwillingness to accept what has happened and her determination to find out why it has happened. My personal experiences definitely informed the way I approached writing that.
Holly: Will you tell us a secret?
Courtney: When I was little, I'd take my Grandma's blush and put it all over my cheeks because apparently I thought BRIGHT red cheeks were very grown-up and becoming. When she saw me and asked how my cheeks got so red, I told her I had pressed my face up against the heating vent because... I guess having her think her granddaughter was a bit of a weirdo was preferable to having her discover her granddaughter was playing with her make-up without her permission!
Holly: I love that! So what are you working on now?
Courtney: My fourth book, like my first three, will be published by St. Martin's Press. It's in such early stages of plotting and writing that I don't want to say too much about it. So basically, it's in the works. :)
Thank you, Courtney!
Readers, check out this gorgeous trailer for FALL FOR ANYTHING: