Today we're excited to chat with Heather Cumiskey, author of I Like You Like This. Read on for more about Heather and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Heather Cumiskey!
1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
For an online writing class, we were assigned to create a piece about a character regretting a past trip. Most wrote a vacation-gone-wrong story. I decided to write about a teenage girl taking LSD alone in her basement. From there I started to ask questions about her friends, her family, and what led her to that point.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
I guess Hannah. I see her so clearly and she holds my heart throughout the book as she tries to figure it all out and still gets crushed in the process. I definitely experienced moments like that growing up.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The book. The title actually changed during the publishing process to a line Deacon says in the book. I love it. It sums up the story’s predominant theme of self-acceptance so wonderfully.
4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I love the scenes of Hannah standing up to The Coven, because that definitely was not me growing up. Putting brave words in your character’s mouth is quite exhilarating.
5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
When you’re ready to sit down and write, tell yourself that you’re just there to play. It takes the pressure off and quiets those inner voices.
6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the look in the girl’s eye. We reviewed a lot of possible Hannah’s for the cover. It was this model’s expression that drew me in and left me wondering whom she’s looking at and what is she thinking?
7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
I’m excited to read Krystal Sutherland’s new book A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, The Wonder of Us by Kim Culberton, and American Street by Ibi Zoboi. So many juicy reads this year!
8. What’s up next for you?
I’m in the throws of writing the sequel to I Like You Like This. Stay tuned!
9. Is there anything that you would like to add?
Forget about being unique or original with your writing. Instead focus on being genuine.
10. Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The first flashback where Hannah is thrown out of her dad’s car for wearing the wrong skirt to church. Also the scene with young Deacon being taken away from his childhood home. It still gets me.
11. Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Hannah’s mother. I didn’t grow up around addiction and I really wanted to be accurate in my portrayal. I gathered a lot of research, watched YouTube videos of addicts, and interviewed friends who grew up around substance abuse.
12. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I really love it all. I won’t lie. The first draft is the hardest, but it holds the biggest opportunity for discovery.
13. What would you say is your superpower?
Observation, intuitiveness, and lots and lots of hair.
14. Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Athletes Serving Athletes based in Maryland. They help special needs athletes compete in mainstream races from road races to triathlons. It’s the coolest organization. The athletes and their families are amazing. It’s been a life changer.
I Like You Like This
By: Heather Cumiskey
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Three winners will receive one copy of I Like You Like This(US only).