Hi everyone! Today, I’m here with Kathleen Glasgow, author of the much anticipated GIRL IN PIECES, for an interview about her writing process, the publishing bit, and a little about her next works. Make sure to read on about the book and enter a giveaway!
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
Tell us about your book in less than 140 characters.
Girl in Pieces is the story of a girl learning to live in the world.
Can you tell us a bit about your publishing journey?
The path to publishing a book is complicated, fun, amazing, and tiring. Sometimes it is all those things at once! I had published poems and stories in literary magazines and was trying to finish another novel when I decided to write Charlie’s story. After that, it was a lot of hard work, impatience, patience, and finally…the brass ring.
How long did it take you to write GIRL IN PIECES?
It took me eight years and thirteen drafts to find an agent and land a book deal. I worked full-time during this period and had two kids so when I did have free time, I took Cheryl Strayed’s advice and “wrote like a motherfucker.”
I love the cover for GIRL IN PIECES! Did you have any special requests that you wanted for the cover?
I didn’t have any requests! Can you?? Is this a thing?? (makes note to call agent, stat). I love the brave cover for Girl in Pieces—the vulnerable pink, the title font that is done in charcoal and smudged, just like Charlie’s drawings.
I love learning about how names are generated for books. How did you come up with the names of your characters?
Actually, Charlie’s original name was Cassie and Ellis’s name was Michelle. I changed the main character’s name to Charlotte/Charlie because I wanted to reflect two possible sides to her: the way she was born and the person she became. I had a lot of fun naming all the characters; Blue, Isis, Riley, Temple. A lot of characters in the book have assumed names—one subplot of the book is reinventing yourself to escape pain, which can begin with a new name. Also, I just love the name Charlotte, don’t you? So that part was easy.
Was GIRL IN PIECES your first choice title or were there any different possibilities? If so, what were they?
The original title for the book was The One That I Want, because the song “You’re the One That I Want” in Grease is an important subplot in the book, and also because Charlie is trying to figure out how to get the life she wants. As the book unfolded, it became The Tender Kit, which is how it sold.
Are you planning another novel soon? Is there anything you can tell us about it?
I signed a two-book deal with Random House/Delacorte, so I am busily working away on another young adult novel. I can give you some key words: a girl, a skateboard, a horse, grief, Landslide, “Seriously??”, a sister, and emojis.
What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
It’s finishing a first draft. Because that is the most painful part: getting all the words down, even if they are messy and terrible and laugh at you. But then, once you have everything down and you have pages, it’s kind of glorious to dive headfirst into a new world and set about figuring it out.
Thank you so much to Kathleen for participating in this interview! Go buy GIRL IN PIECES, out September 6th 2016!
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Kathleen Glasgow lives in Tucson, Arizona. She writes for the radio show The Writer’s Almanac and can probably provide you with some interesting anecdotes about historical literary figures if you asked nicely. You can find out more about Kathleen by following her on Twitter: @kathglasgow, Instagram, @misskathleenglasgow (where she posts about sunsets, depression, spirit circles, and books) or her website: kathleenglasgowbooks.com.
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