Today we're excited to chat with Estelle Laure, author of But Then I came Back! Read on for more about Estelle and her novel, plus a giveaway!
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I was trying to write a love book and it wasn't coming together the way I wanted. Then one of my best friends committed suicide and all my questions about life and death took over. In the end I was able to combine both love and more existential questions, but I think I processed a lot of my grief in writing this book.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I have a special soft spot for Gigi, who is based on my grandmother's best friend George, a woman who read cards and had owls all over her house. She seemed completely magical to me when I was a kid so she was a natural choice when I needed a witch.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Ha. Funny you should ask. It was titled These Mighty Forces until it got to marketing. They thought it sounded like a military thriller. In the end I like this one better and I'm totally in love with the cover design. I think they did an incredible job.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
This was a really challenging process. I think most writers will tell you that the second book is the hardest. I hope that's true. So I think what I've learned is that something can be hard and you can still be proud of the results. I love this book, but it was a real path through hell to write it. So, I don't know...just keep swimming?
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Everything. I love it so much I had it tattooed on my arm and have my nails that shade of pink. I think it's gorgeous.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2016?
My favorite of 2016 YA was The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. I could go on all day about why, but basically I love books that do friendship well and the teen age experience honestly and that, plus a ton of spectacular writing, put it at the top of my list. Oh, and also all my tears. For 2017 I am currently dying to read Becky Albertalli's new one THE UPSIDE OF BEING DOWN. I almost mauled someone for the ARC before deciding to be a decent person and wait for the release date.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I'm inching toward more magical subjects. I can't say much but it's about girls and power and what happens to really powerful females.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
I love YA Books Central!
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I think the toughest was where Eden communicates with Jasmine. I wanted to make sure those scenes didn't feel cheesy or overly sentimental. I wrote them about a thousand times.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Jasmine. I wanted her to feel real even though she's mostly a ghost presence. I spent a lot of time figuring out her backstory and trying to make her whole within the story.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Revising. Nothing is more daunting than the blank page. I like moving things around until they're right. There's a magical moment when it becomes an entity instead of disconnected parts. That's a beautiful thing.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Mind reading. I see what's going on in there. Don't even try to hide it.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Yes. I am very proud to work with Help Outreach Taos in my hometown which is making resources available to suicidal teens and teens dealing with domestic violence, two issues that stress me out to the point of distraction.
Meet Estelle Laure!
“Something does exist. I saw. It’s a place. Like this but different.”
“Okay, so let’s say we do reach her, that something like that is even possible. Then what?”
“Then we ask her to come back.”
Eden: As far as coma patients go, Eden’s lucky. She woke up. But still, she can’t shake the feeling that she might have dragged something back from the near-afterlife.
Joe: Joe visits the hospital every day, hoping that Jaz, his lifelong friend, will wake up. More than anything, he wants to hear her voice again. But he’s not sure anyone can reach her.
Eden & Joe: Even though she knows it sounds crazy, Eden tells Joe that they might be able to talk to Jaz. Opening themselves up to the great unknown—and each other—Eden and Joe experience life: mysterious and scary, beautiful and bright.
But Then I Came Back
By: Estelle Laure
Release Date: April 4, 2017
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