Hey everyone! I'm here today with Alexandra Coutts, author of the marvelous Tumble & Fall, as part of the Tumble & Fall blog tour! This book is fantastic, and I'm so happy to have Alexandra on the blog for a Q&A!
1) If you knew you only had one week to live, how would you spend that week?
If I had one week left, I would insist that everyone I love make their way to the island where I live. We would spend our days at the beach and our nights in front of a fire, talking, playing music, cooking delicious homemade dinners (and baking lots of brownies!) I think in a scary, stressful time, the comforts of home – and family - would be what I’d crave most.
2) Where did the inspiration for Tumble & Fall spring from?
I usually get my inspiration for books from characters, first. In this case, I had been dreaming of the character of Sienna for a long while. A girl who had struggled with depression, spent time in a rehab facility, and was then confronted by the challenge of coming home and fitting back into her old life. Gradually, I started asking myself: What would make the transition of coming home even more complex? And that question led to another question: What would the end of the world be like for somebody who already wanted to die?
Those questions led me to the asteroid, Persephone. And I quickly realized that as the story grew, I’d need more characters to tell it. From there, TUMBLE & FALL was born!
3) All three characters were different in their own unique way - which was your favorite to write about?
Although I was most connected to Sienna’s story, since it was my way-in to the book, I had the most fun writing about Caden. His adventure is the most dramatic of the three, and I’ve never written anything like it before. There’s kidnapping, bodyguards, a secret bunker…it was where I really gave myself permission to get a little bit crazy. Because if ever there’s a time to get crazy, it’s got to be the end of the world, right?
4) Describe Tumble & Fall in five words - go!
Second chances. Love. Forgiveness. Hope.
5) Are you working on any new projects you can share with us?
I do have a new YA book in the works, but it’s too soon to talk about it! I can say that it takes place on Martha’s Vineyard, and that it’s totally, 100% asteroid free!
Thanks so much for those answers, Alexandra!
Make sure to stay connected with Alexandra and Tumble & Fall!
-Alexandra Coutts is part of the September Fierce Reads Tour with Leila Sales, S.A. Bodeen and Marissa Meyer. The tour schedule is on our blog: http://www.macteenbooks.com/events/september-fierce-reads-tour-info/
-All Fierce Reads book and tour info can be found on our Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/FierceReads
-Follow Alexandra on Twitter: https://twitter.com/abcoutts
-Find Alexandra online and read her blog: http://alexandracoutts.com/
-Read an excerpt of Tumble & Fall on Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/159831039/EXCERPT-TUMBLE-AND-FALL-by-Alexandra-Coutts
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