I have been terrible at blogging this year, but I am excellent at giveaways! My imprint sister, Marci Lyn Curtis, has an outstanding novel releasing on September 4th. Trust me, you’re going to want to read this book. And if you’re lucky, you might win it in my ARC giveaway below! Check out this interview with Marci, and then find the giveaway link below.
Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he’d spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn’t mean returning to New Harbor.
Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she’s lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever.
People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn’t sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find — and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?
Marci Lyn Curtis, the critically acclaimed author of The One Thing, has crafted an honest and emotional story that will resonate with the wide range of readers impacted by sexual assault.
Sexual assault does not define this story, however, just as it does not define Grace. Wry humor and true love emerge as Grace, like many in the #MeToo era, seeks to find her truth, face her truth, and speak her truth.
Your new novel, THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW, releases on September 4th from KCP
Loft. Tell me how you first got the idea for the book.
The basic idea for THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW came to me like all of my ideas do—it
just landed in my head and invaded my thoughts until I finally broke down and started
making notes. Eventually those notes grew into a folder, which grew into a clumsy first
draft, which grew into a story that has become extremely close to my heart.
This book deals with powerful subjects and is heartbreaking and yet empowering. How
did you handle writing such tough topics?
Not going to lie, this was a tough book to write. But I found that if I let the story slide
between heartbreak, humor, and heart, it helped take the edge off.
(And when that didn’t work, there was always wine.)
How long did it take you to write the first draft? Are you an outliner or a wing-it kind of
Oh God. I’m a total failure at outlining. I never actually know how a storyline will jive
until I start writing it. So I definitely wing it, at least at first, so I can play with the plot
and the characters to see how everything comes together. It’s totally inefficient—it takes
me a full year, sometimes longer, to produce a first draft—but it’s the only system that
works for me.
How long have you been writing, and when did you first know you wanted to be a
While I’d played around with some poetry and short stories just for fun, I didn’t really
start writing until 2012, when I wrote my first book, The One Thing. The premise for
that story had been bugging me for years, and I just couldn’t shake it, so I started
making notes, just to get it out of my head. Once I was finished, though, I was surprised
that it actually resembled a book, so I showed it to a few friends and some family
members, who encouraged me to try to find an agent. So I never actually set out to be a
writer in the beginning—I just sort of fell into it. I consider myself very fortunate.
Where’s your favorite place to write?
At my kitchen island, because it allows me to vary between sitting and standing when
I’m writing for long periods of time. (Also—hello—my M&Ms are always within reach.)
If you could steal a fictional character and put them in one of your novels, who would it
Oh man, I would love to steal Luna Lovegood. Because, honestly. I adore that girl.
What’s next for you?
I’m knee-deep in this truly fantastic project right now. I can’t say much about it, except
that it’s totally (terrifyingly) different from anything I’ve ever written.
I want to thank Marci for giving me this interview! Make sure you add The Leading Edge of Now to your Goodreads TBR list!
About the author
Marci Lyn Curtis is a critically acclaimed author of young adult dramedies THE ONE THING and THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW. She lives near Tampa, Florida with her husband. You can find out more about Marci on her website (marcilyncurtis.com), on Twitter (@Marci_Curtis), on Instagram (@marcilyncurtis), or on Facebook (marcilyncurtis).
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