I am excited to be part of the A Place in This Life blog tour! This is hosted by Stuck in YA Books!
A Place in This Life is a deeply touching book that you all should read and experience! Read my review HERE.
You guys wanna know what the awesome book is about? Well, keep reading!
For Natalie Miller, it’s just another family vacation. For someone else, it’s the opportunity he’s been waiting for.
With only a single peck from a guy named Frank, Natalie’s anything but experienced with boys. But when Todd pops out of the water, says hi, and tells Natalie he has leukemia, all of that changes.
She’s never had attention like this from a boy, let alone one who’s a real charmer with sex on the brain and the experience to match. Drawn to Todd like a magnet, Natalie gives him her friendship, her love, and her body. Even when she’s tempted by gorgeous, healthy schoolmate Alex, Natalie’s desire to love and care for Todd pushes her to see how far love can go in spite of the potential for death of the relationship — and death of the one she loves.
It sounds good doesn't it? A little sad, but good. You will all be torn between the gorgeous Alex and the humorous Todd!
I'm happy to tell you that I had a quick Q & A with Julie to show you all.....
How did you come up with the idea for A Place in This Life?
When I was 14, I went on a boat vacation with my parents and met the real Todd - the beginning of A Place In This Life is pretty much factual. It was such a scary, exciting and devastating experience. I held it in my heart for 25+ years until I thought I myself was sick, found a notebook with a short account of what had happened with Todd, and decided it was time to write fiction again.
Are any of the characters based on real life people?
Oh yes! Todd was very much real, but I did change some things. Nally is based off of a combo of me and a few friends.
Who is you favourite character from the book?
Todd. He is brash, crass, outspoken and daring. I wish I could be so bold - that's why I adore writing characters like him. It allows me to try out a behavior!
Will A Place in This Life be in print?
Yes - I am planning to make it available in print sometime in March. Hopefully before.
Twilight or Harry Potter?
Funny thing is I love Harry Potter movies, but haven't read the books. I've read Twilight, but don't like the movies! In fact, Twilight inspired me to write again. A neighbor had given me the book just before I went into the hospital for thyroid surgery. I let it sit for two weeks before I started reading. I almost stopped because the writing was mediocre. Then Edward made his move and I was hooked. However, I thought at the time, "If this woman can write a book, I sure as heck can, too!" Thank you, Stephenie!
When did you decide that you wanted to be an author?
In the third grade. I picked up Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder and fell in love with it. Up until that time, I was into drawing and painting. I put that together with writing and self-created my first book, Kittyland. Oh dear, it's hilarious.
Romance or Horror?
How about horrible romance? JK. I like both, but they're not my favorite genres.
What book do you wish you could have written?
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. That story conveys the type of deep, dark emotion and scenario I like to visit. Speak really broke barriers and brought to light a taboo topic.
Are you working on any other projects?
Always! I have two books that have been on traditional submission for way too long - SWELL and little rooms. I am probably going to take them back and publish them myself. I am also wrapping-up a male POV novella called The Joy & Torture of Joshua James. SWELL is so good, so dark, so lovely (can you tell it's my fave?).
Describe A Place in This Life in 10 words.
Oooh, that's hard. Hmmm -
It’s okay to love someone you never expected to love
Wow. That must have been a terrifying experience! So, thanks guys for checking this out! Make sure you check out all the other blogs on the tour and enter the giveaway at Stuck in YA Books.