Thursday, March 6, 2014

SP Library: Learning To Swim by Annie Cosby + An Author Interview

Love a paranormal YA read? We've got another self published wonder for the SP Library today!

And you're in for a real treat - I adored this interview with Annie!

Learning To Swim
by Annie Cosby

Blurb: When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.

Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?

As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.

Talking With Annie

Can you give us the Twitter pitch (under 140 characters) of LEARNING TO SWIM?

One magical summer, Cora must enlist the help of a boy called Ronan to unravel the truth about an old woman who claims to be a selkie.

Can you describe Cora in three words?

Snarky, self-conscious, daydreamer

What's the first thing Ronan notices about Cora?

Her eyes! They're sparkly and way more expressive and gorgeous than Cora realizes. But he also realizes quite quickly that she must be a sweet girl under all her sarcasm since she visits and chats with a lonely old woman in her free time.

What books are on Cora's nightstand?

Her nightstand at the beach house is currently holding The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester and The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton. She dreams of falling in love, though she wouldn't admit to that out loud.

Her room at home holds the bulk of her book collection--a lot of Jane Austen and YA romance.

What inspired the story of LEARNING TO SWIM?

I grew up in the Midwest, so the ocean was always a bit scary and whimsical to me. Then after college I moved to the west coast of Ireland, and the place is absolutely steeped in folklore and mythology. So for a while now I've wanted to do a modern-day twist on a Celtic myth.

On top of that, I grew up in a very segregated area where the line between classes was very clearly drawn, so story arcs with class struggles à la Pride and Prejudice always seem to creep into my writing.

How would you describe your writing process?

Sporadic and ... chocolatey! I'm not one of those writers who can sit at a desk for hours, I have to move around: from my bed to the couch to a hammock to a coffee shop to the library to the park, I move around a lot. And no matter where I am, I go through a ridiculous amount of chocolate!

What about YA excites you to write it?

I've been writing my whole life, and I've been reading YA, well, since I was a young adult. And, honestly, even though I go to work and pay rent and do all these "grown up" things, most days I feel just the same as I did when I was 16--just as vulnerable, just as in love with fairytales and happy endings, and learning just as much every day.

I'm not sure I could write an adult contemporary or a scary thriller even if I wanted to, because I don't feel that way. I love to read YA, so it's no wonder, really, that it's what I write.

If you could only reread one YA book for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

I think I would have to go with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because it fills me with such nostalgia! It's insane the amount of time I spent reading/waiting to read/watching/thinking about/etc. the Harry Potter books and movies over the course of the series!

If you were a mythological creature, which would you want to be?

This is tough. I'm going to feel like such a traitor if I don't say selkie, but I think I have to go with elf! Who wouldn't love to live at Lothlórien or Rivendell?

And for a very important question: who's your favorite book boyfriend?

This is a very close tie, and I could not choose between the two if you were holding a knife to my throat or a lighter to my bookshelf!

1: Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables, because he was my first book love! I swooned over Gil from the very first time he called Anne "carrot top."

2: Peeta in The Hunger Games. In a genre saturated with tough guy love interests, I just think Peeta is so sweet and refreshing! (And gorgeous, of course!)

About The Author: Annie Cosby
I'm a YA author and editor from St. Louis, Mo. I split my time – and my wardrobe – between St. Louis (where my dog is) and Galway, Ireland (where my boyfriend is).
I'm currently working on the second Hearts Out of Water novel, Learning to Live, and would absolutely love to hear from some YA readers!
Thanks for talking with me Annie! I might have to sway my mythological creature choice, because Lothlórien? Yes please! 

Kristen is the co-founder of Pen and Muse Press, and mostly writes YA + NA.  You can find her at Twitter (likely discussing author marketing, bacon or book boyfriends), Facebook, or her website

1 comment:

  1. Annie,
    I enjoyed reading interview with Kristen!