Today I am joined for another day of celebrations by the amazing Karen Fortunati. As you guys know I am a huge sucker for hard topic books, so when I stumbled across The Weight Of Zero I simply knew it was perfect for me. I got an ARC sent all the way over to me and I LOVED it. Of course I invited Karen for an interview, that you can check out here, and wrote a raving review for her book right here. Also, over these past months I've had the chance of working with Karen a bit on my WIP, which was an amazing experience, and I'm truly happy to call her my friend now.
But now, enough of my blabbing and telling you how much I loved Karen's book and everything, let's get right on to her A's to my Q's:
1) What does YA mean to you?
I love writing in this genre because it's a period of tremendous awakening. There's so much going on and such huge changes in a few short years. Ask anyone and they'll remember their high school years with both good and bad memories. Seeing my kids go through school, I'm intrigued and also worried by challenges that I never had to face - specificially social media and the intense pressure to have your career planned by age sixteen. I really enjoy exploring these challenges through writing.
2) Since this is a blogversary, is there anything you'd like to say to the blogging community and are there any blogs you like/follow?
I'm relatively new to the writing and blogging communities and am pretty stunned and grateful at how supportive they are. A few bloggers in particular have made my debut year really special: Jess at the Reading Nook Reviews who educated me on how blog tours work and made me the best gift ever. (See photo of pendants with The Weight of Zero cover.) Kirtida Guatam, a writer and psychologist, has been a huge suporter of The Weight of Zero and I'm so grateful to have met her. Rachel at A Perfection Called Books is just a powerhouse and will rule the world someday after taking control of Schreyer and of course, Alice Reeds. She was the very first blogger to contact me about The Weight of Zero so she has a special place in my heart!
3) Could you tell us something about yourself and your book?
Me: I'm a former attorney turned writer with a passion for history and mental health advocacy. In between writing and family and dogs, I'm finishing up a degree in American Studies and hope to get a job in a museum when I grow up!
Book: The Weight of Zero: Contemporary Young Adult, Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life before Zero can inflict its own living death on her again.
But Zero’s return is delayed due to unexpected and meaningful relationships that lessen Catherine’s sense of isolation. These relationships along with the care of a gifted psychiatrist alter Catherine’s perception of her diagnosis as a death sentence. This is a story of loss and grief and hope and how some of the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – impact a young woman’s struggle with mental illness.
Thank you so, so much to Karen for stopping by, answering my questions, and for helping me make my WIP a better version of itself with her comments and critiques, I seriously appreciate it a lot. I highly recommend you guys checking out Karen's book once it'll be out because it was a brilliant, honest and entertaining read all in one with amazing characters.
What do you guys think so far? Tell me below!