Cheyanne, what was your inspiration for writing THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE?
I knew I wanted to write a book that was specifically about two teenage best friends who were loyal to each other and didn’t fight or have any drama between them. I’d spent too much time writing strictly romance and I wanted something different. (of course there would still be romance in this book, because I love romance) I was having trouble figuring out the story for two perfect best friends, but once I realized one of the friends had to die, the whole plot just came together instantly.
What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?
My two favorite scenes are the prologue and epilogue. It’s ironic because before I wrote this book, I wasn’t a fan of prologues or epilogues (and I’m still not). I never ever thought I’d write one, but this book just called for it. It taught me that every book is different, and what works for one book might not work for another. I wrote the prologue on a scrap piece of paper the moment the book idea came to me, and it is largely the same in the finished version of the book. And the epilogue just makes me cry in the best possible way. Every. Single. Time.
What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?
I think you’ll like my book if you’re a fan of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, or Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why.
How long did you work on THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE?
I spent a couple days plotting the novel and then I wrote the draft in 27 days. I got my agent 2 weeks later. It sounds easy, but this came after 10 years, 35 books, and 300 rejections. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and sadly, neither was my writing career.
What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
The Internet is an amazing tool for finding everything you could possibly need to know about publishing. Use it well, but remember that no one can write the book you’re meant to write. That’s all you. Take the advice that works and ditch the stuff that doesn’t. When it comes to writing your own novel, you have to turn off the noise of the world around you, stay off Twitter, and forget about whatever writing plan works for an author you admire. Do you. Find your path. Find what works for you. Don’t compare your first draft to another author’s published novel. And most importantly: Make time for writing. You deserve it.
What are you working on now?
My next book hasn’t sold yet, so I don’t want to go into too much detail, but it’s a YA retelling of one of my favorite 90’s movies. I am completely in love with it and I promise it won’t make you cry as much as The Last Wish of Sasha Cade did.
ABOUT THE BOOKThe Last Wish of Sasha Cade
by Cheyanne Young
Kids Can Press
The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world, has died of cancer. Overwhelmed and brokenhearted, Raquel can't even imagine life without her.
And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from beyond the grave?
In fact, Sasha spent her final weeks planning an elaborate scavenger hunt for the friend she would have to leave behind. When Raquel follows the instructions to return to Sasha's grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There's a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha --- and now Raquel --- knows.
This boy, Elijah, might be just who Raquel needs to help her move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend's final wish?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cheyanne lives near the beach with her daughter and husband, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world. Her newest book, The Last Wish of Sasha Cade, releases October 2, 2018.
Have you had a chance to read THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE yet? Where do you fall on the prologue and epilogue debate? Are you making time for your writing? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!
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