Saturday, April 8, 2017

0 Kelley York and Rowan Altwood, authors of OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS, on having something human to explore

We are pleased to be joined by wife-duo Kelley York and Rowan Altwood to learn more about their new novel OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS.

Kelley and Rowan, what was your inspiration for writing OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS?

Kelley: After talking Rowan into co-writing something with me, we both stumbled onto the plot of what was, at the time, titled Car Crash Hearts. As happens with most of my books, the characters came first. Rowan had the image for Luc and said, “All right, figure out a girl for him. Someone sweet to balance him out.” Thus, Evelyn was born.

Rowan: Luc’s character had kind of been floating around in my head for a while. As for the plot, we had been reading various articles about the right to die law and I thought it was something that would be very interesting and very human to explore.

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?

K: Aside from what might be considered obvious, I really enjoyed writing Evelyn’s interaction with Robert and her mom at the hospital. It’s a bittersweet wrap-up to her character arc that gives her a little bit of closure, though can’t possibly fully prepare what’s been done.

R: The ending. Mainly because I really hate writing endings. Wrapping everything up, saying it’s done with… that’s not something that comes easy to me. I’d prefer to go on and on.

How long did you work on OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS?

K: Well, obviously long enough that California legalized euthanasia during our writing process, ha.

R: I would say we worked on it off-and-on for about a year before submitting it to Entangled. At which point, it was mostly finished save for the ending because we wanted their input on the direction it would take.

K: From there, I’d say another two months or so (not counting edits), if I’m remembering right. The ending was tough.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

R: That it’s definitely a very complicated, very pain-staking process. It wasn’t the dream of just sitting down for a weekend and popping out a masterpiece, haha.

What do you hope readers will take away from OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS?

R: That life is imperfect and things often don’t go according to plan, but there’s always light in the darkness.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

K: I need complete silence, which is hard in a small home with a kid, a dog, several cats, and loud neighbors! I started using a white noise app with my headphones in order to tune everything out and be able to focus.

R: Meanwhile I need background noise. I usually have the television on and I’m just curled up in my chair with my laptop.

What are you working on now?

K: I always have multiple projects going and bounce around depending on which one has my attention. Currently, I’m alternating between another New Adult LGBT contemporary, and the first book in what I’m hoping will be my first YA/NA fantasy series.

R: I’m on a never ending quest to find out why I can’t find images of dolphins in sweaters on the internet… (Meaning, I’m not actively working on anything at the moment.)


Other Breakable Things
by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood
Entangled: Teen
Released 4/4/2017

According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.

Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.

And now it is.

Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.

And she’s not giving up so easily.

A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.

Right down to the thousandth paper crane.

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photo of kelley yorkKelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan’s debut.


Have you had a chance to read OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS yet? Have you collaborated on a project with someone? What was your writing process like? Were you able to work in the same environment or very different ones? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

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

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