I hope readers will take away a sense of how important it is to hold on to the people who are there for us in life when we’re at our worst as well as when we’re at our best. And even though it can take a lot of courage to reconnect with once-valuable friends we’ve lost touch with due to misunderstanding or some other reason, doing so can be life-changing, and maybe even life-saving. Time passes so quickly, and I’m a firm believer in connecting with and cherishing good people above all else.
What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?
While I consider my local libraries and book stores to be second homes in so many ways, I find it almost impossible to write in public places. I much prefer to cocoon inside my downtown office or at my dining room table at home. The same goes for music; while I’m not writing, I’m a total audiophile. But when it’s time to put words to page, silence is definitely golden. Of course, I always have a cup of coffee and (hopefully) some dark chocolate close at hand.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on another contemporary YA novel as well as an adult literary novel. Both are still in the draft stage, but I enjoy having multiple projects in development at once. That way, if I get bored with one, I can skip on over to the other for a while.
ABOUT THE BOOK
by Nicole McInnes
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Agnes doesn't know it, but she only has one hundred days left to live. When she was just a baby, she was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare disease that causes her body to age at roughly ten times the normal rate. Now nearly sixteen years old, Agnes has already exceeded her life expectancy.
Moira has been Agnes’s best friend and protector since they were in elementary school. Due to her disorder, Agnes is still physically small, but Moira is big. Too big for her own liking. So big that people call her names. With her goth makeup and all-black clothes, Moira acts like she doesn’t care. But she does.
Boone was friends with both girls in the past, but that was a long time ago—before he did the thing that turned Agnes and Moira against him, before his dad died, before his mom got too sad to leave the house.
An unexpected event brings Agnes and Moira back together with Boone, but when romantic feelings start to develop, the trio’s friendship is put to the test.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORNicole McInnes is the author of the contemporary young adult novels 100 DAYS (FSG/Macmillan, 2016) and BRIANNA ON THE BRINK (Holiday House, 2013).
A book and chocolate-obsessed mother of two, she teaches for Lindenwood University’s Creative Writing MFA program while dividing her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and the mountains of northern Arizona.
Nicole has spoken as a panelist and faculty member at events such as the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Tucson Book Festival, The Las Vegas Writer’s Conference and the Vegas Valley Book Festival. A member of The Class of 2K13 author group, she is represented by Stacey Glick of DGLM. Visit her on the web at www.NicoleMcInnes.com.
Have you had a chance to read 100 DAYS yet? Do you need a silent cocoon to write in? Do you work on multiple projects at once? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!
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