Today’s book promotion comes from Kristen Kehoe and her book called Life Interrupted. If you like Contemporary Young Adult novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!
Book: Life Interrupted
Author: Kristen Kehoe
Genre: Mature YA Contemporary
Release Date: 2/1/2014
Rachel Reynolds isn’t running from her past, but she wouldn’t mind if it stopped chasing her, either.
A senior in high school getting ready to graduate, Rachel is trying to look ahead toward her future, while forgetting the one night two years ago that set events in motion which altered the course of her entire life. Part of the future she’s looking for includes falling out of love with her best friend, an act she seems incapable of, especially when it appears he might just love her, too.
As Rachel tries to find her footing in a relationship that has baggage before it starts, a nightmare from her past reappears, upsetting the tenuous balance of Rachel’s life and threatening the one person she loves most.
(Mature Young Adult)
Q & A:
The best thing about writing this book?
Rachel is a strong female character. She has flaws, not the least of which is impulsivity and a lack of control at times, but she’s also determined. She fears and loves deeply, and those two things drive her forward every day.
Rachel is a blend of the girl I wish I could have been in high school, as well as the girl I was and see in so many–the girl who knows who she is but isn’t sure she likes herself, while also being the girl who makes enough mistakes to know that she can’t live underneath them. She’s a fighter who has her own downfalls and isn’t afraid to own them. There’s no pretense, no poor me, just the in your face, this is who I am, good and bad, so you can take it or leave it. She has a soft side, but she’s hesitant to show it and this made writing her a joy. She didn’t back down, she pushed through and she was ready to do it on her own if she had to.
Where did you get your idea for this story?
I’m a high school teacher, so every day I’m immersed in the world that is insecurity, drama, need, desire, and fear. My own time in high school was a tense one, with moments of greatness and moments of sheer terror as I thought about who I wanted to be versus who I should be, who I could be, etc..
I see the bad decisions that people make and pay the rest of their life for, but I also the good those decisions and consequences can have, the maturing of a young adult that brings them to their full potential and out of the darkness that beckons so many of us. I wanted to write a story where a character survived the bad on their own, not because someone gave them amazing sex, but because they knew, inside, that they wanted to live, and they wanted to live well.
What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Ah, such a tough question. I guess the best thing to say is keep writing. Lame, I know, but a real writer has to write, so whether we ever garner the attention and audience and accolades that we feel everyone else is getting, writing is a part of who we are, it’s very real and very necessary in order to live our lives happily. Write what you love, what you know, what you would want to read, and then hope even just one person enjoys it (and then they tell the whole world about it).
What is your favorite book?
Nora Roberts in her early years. Honest Illusions, Hidden Riches, The Sea Swept series
Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Coffee with milk, all day every day.
Anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you, for reading, for helping promote, for believing in authors enough to give them a chance. It helps and we are grateful.
I want to thank Kristen Kehoe for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Life Interrupted!