Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2 Marieke Nijkamp, author of BEFORE I LET GO, on ignoring all advice that doesn't work for you

Happy New Year! We're excited to have Marieke Nijkamp here for our first interview of 2018!

Marieke, what did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

That every book is different and that's okay. The process of writing this book was intense and in a lot of ways, entirely different from writing TIWIE. Part of that was not just writing for myself anymore, but part of it was also writing an entirely different type of story. And that's okay, as long as I show up and put the work in and, no matter how much it scares me, sit down and WRITE.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Ignore all advice that doesn't work for you, embrace what does. But on that spectrum, don't be afraid to experiment. Don't be scared to try to find what works for specific stories, either. Sometimes, what doesn't work for one book, works wonders for the other, and vice versa.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

I've been recommending Francesca Zappia's ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS far and wide this past year; it's one of my very favorite YAs. I also love, love, love Amy Rose Capetta's ECHO AFTER ECHO. It's queer, it's theatry, and it's full of murder. What more could you want? For 2018, I hope everyone has Mark Oshiro's ANGER IS A GIFT on their radar. That book blew me away. It's so necessary. So painful. So, so, so, so, so good. Speaking of 2018 debuts, can I also just say how much I'm looking forward to Candice Montgomery's HOME AND AWAY? I love Cam's writing and I cannot waaaaait to read this.


Before I Let Go
by Marieke Nijkamp
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 1/2/2018

Days before Corey is to return home to the snow and ice of Lost Creek, Alaska, to visit her best friend, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. Lost is keeping secrets--chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter...

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Marieke Nijkamp a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She's the author of THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS and the forthcoming BEFORE I LET GO.



Have you had a chance to read BEFORE I LET GO yet? Do you ever change up your writing habits to get "unstuck"? If so, what worked best? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Charlotte, Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Anisaa, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann


  1. I have not had a chance to read this book yet and I do change it up. I hate change in real life but for some reason with writing I feel like I need to in order to challenge myself. Congratulations to Marieke :)

  2. I have not read Before I Let Go yet, but I have it on my list! Great interview and sound advice. Change is not something I am good at, but I will try it next time I find myself stuck in my writing.


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