THE SOUND OF LETTING GO Blog Tour: Author Stasia Ward Kehoe chats with Martha Brockenbrough about death, dinosaurs and reading novels in the shade
I’ve just wrapped up a fabulous week at NOVELNOVICE.COM, during which I discussed what happens FIVE MONTHS AFTER a novel is published, the writing process, my over-expressive eyebrows and other vital topics. Now, I’m thrilled to be taking my THE SOUND OF LETTING GO Summer Blog Tour (click that, you know, ‘cuz there are giveaways) on a virtual summer road trip with some of the most talented, wonderful and hilarious writers I know.
Today, I'm soaking in the
computer monitor luminescence sunshine with MARTHA
BROCKENBROUGH, author of everything from YA novels about
lost souls to picture books about loose-tooth-coveting prehistoric critters.
(Note that I’m worried Martha will see this introduction with its
strike-throughs, hyphens and parentheticals as (since?) she is also a
grammarian of the highest order. Moving on…
SWK: Where have we set up our fantasy beach chairs?
MARTHA: Why, Stasia, I thought you'd know from the marble statue that washed up on the beach that we're in Santorini.
SWK: Ahhh. Greece. I hear it’s hot there in the summer. What are we drinking?
MARTHA: It's late afternoon, so we are drinking seltzer. But later tonight, we're going to a rooftop club with a lot of German tourists and we're going to drink white Russians with them and explain that America is not like a Transformers movie. Usually.
SWK: I’m going to have to argue with you on that point. My life is EXACTLY like a Transformers movie. Especially the most recent one with Mark Wahlberg. Yeah, we hang out together all the time. But, I digress. On to angsty author questions. What is writer-you doing to drain the joy from your summer?
MARTHA: Right now, I am supposed to be finishing line edits for my book that comes out next summer, THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH. It's about two young jazz singers in Seattle who fall in love in 1937, without realizing they're pawns in a game played by Love and Death themselves.
SWK: Holy, jazz plus my favorite city plus 1937 (the year Amelia Earhart disappeared and the Hindenburg blew up)! I know it’s stressing you out but I MUST read that book. But, if you do need a break, what puts some joy back into your summer?
MARTHA: Long, warm days filled with hours spent outside, reading novels in the shade.
If you must know more about imperfect angels, prehistoric fairies and 1937, consider stalking Martha on Facebook or Twitter!
About THE SOUND OF LETTING GO:
For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave.
But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How can she know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?
About Stasia Ward Kehoe:
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