I'm poking my head in to share with you a gorgeous book cover, a character who loves getting lost in fiction, and an author interview. What more could you be thankful for?
Forget Me Not
by Stacey Nash
Publication Date: 17th February 2014
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Blurb: Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. When the brooch and the pendant are worn together they're no longer pretty pieces of jewelry -- they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewelry's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device -- and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One.
She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.
Interview with Stacey Nash
What draws you to write young adult?
I’m a big reader, and I’ve always preferred reading YA. So when I started writing it made sense that YA is what called to me. It’s because of the faster pace, strong emotions, and that the characters tend to live more for the moment. Also, my writing voice is grounded in YA. Perhaps it’s just how I think.
Can you give us the twitter pitch of Forget Me Not?
When Anamae discovers advanced tech that turns her invisible, she learns that fiction is fact and the world around her is one giant lie.
Describe Anamae in three words.
Loyal, Rash, Tenacious.
Has Forget Me Not always been part of a series in your head?
I don’t write to a firm outline, so I happily wrote the first half of the book without thinking any further ahead. I just enjoyed the process. But by the time I reached the end of writing Forget Me Not I knew it wouldn’t be a standalone novel. The main plot for book 2 was already begging to be written, so I did just that not long after. The characters, bless them, wouldn’t leave me alone. They still won’t. Right now, I’m working on book 3 and there will be one more book in the series, for a total of four.
What do you think are necessary components of a realistic YA romance?
That’s a really tricky question because I think YA romance like any other romance, real or fictional, can come in many forms. For me, instalove isn’t unrealistic in YA, teens meet and fall in love quickly. I did. It happens in real life, so it can happen in fiction to. What I find unrealistic in YA romance is the number of 16 and 17 year-old characters that get married.
What YA book has affected your life the most?
John Marsden’s Tomorrow When The War Began. The series wasn’t classified YA when I first read it, because YA wasn’t really a thing yet, but it definitely fits into that category. The fast past and action packed plot really drew me in, as did the cast of characters. It was the first book of its kind I’d ever read. Ellie faced realistic life or death stakes that kept me turning pages. I devoured the entire series over and over. It’s affected my life in that it changed the way I read.
What's the one piece of advice that you'd like to give to YA writers?
Believe in yourself. You are the only person who can tell your story. No matter how many critiques, rejections, or setbacks you suffer, keep trying. Keep writing. It’s such a subjective industry and you never know when that anticipated call / email will come.
Can you name the biggest challenge you had in the publishing process?
Patience; it’s not really a virtue I possess. I had to learn to be patient, because publishing is an industry that takes time, from acquisitions through to covers and edits and everything in between. I’m still working on building that patience too.
How would Anamae describe you in one sentence?
Cruel. I continually torture her both physically and emotionally by putting her through life threatening situations and angst-ridden romance.
About Stacey Nash:
Stacey grew up in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards. Full of history and culture, it provides wonderful writing inspiration. After dabbling with poetry during her teen years, Stacey stopped writing until after university when she was married with young children. Now she loves nothing more than spending her days, being a stay at home mum with the flexibility of writing when inspiration strikes.
Thanks for the interview Stacey! It was a blast getting to know Anamae!