Author Chat with Heather Cumiskey (I Like You Like This), Plus Giveaway!

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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!

 
 
Originally from Long Island, Heather Cumiskey is the daughter of a television veteran and a fearless homemaker. With three older brothers, she often turned to the teen book section in her town library in search of the answers when it came to girl stuff, boys, and coping with parents. 
She received her Bachelor of Arts in English at State University of New York at Albany where she also studied dance and choreography. For more than two decades, she has worked as an advertising and marketing copywriter. 
When she’s not writing, she lends her legs, lungs, and heart in helping special needs athletes compete in mainstream races. Heather currently lives in Maryland with her husband and three sons. I Like You Like This is her debut novel.
 
 
 
 
 
Meet I Like You Like This!
 
 
In 1984 Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Hannah Zandana feels cursed: She has wild, uncontrollable hair and a horrid complexion that she compulsively picks, and as if that weren’t bad enough, her emotionally unavailable parents mercilessly ridicule her appearance and verbally shame her.
Wanting to change her pathetic life, Hannah attempts to impress a group of popular girls—an ill-fated effort, except that she captures the attention of Deacon, a handsome and mysterious boy who also happens to be her school’s resident drug dealer. Suddenly, Hannah’s life takes an unexpected detour into Deacon’s dangerous and seductive world—but when her relationship and family unravel around her, she is forced to reexamine what she believes about herself and the people she trusts the most.
Perfect for fans of Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, I Like You Like This is a poignant young adult read about addiction, sexuality, peer pressure, and first love.
 
 
 
A Chat with 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

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Comments 7

Tiffany Engler on Thursday, 09 November 2017 17:22

I'm not gonna lie, I miss the classwork and writing essays. I don't miss the kids I went to school with though

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I'm not gonna lie, I miss the classwork and writing essays. I don't miss the kids I went to school with though :D
Dianna G. on Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:00

I miss the fun of seeing my friends every day, and that I didn't have adult pressures to worry about. I don't miss the self-consciousness that comes with being a teen.

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I miss the fun of seeing my friends every day, and that I didn't have adult pressures to worry about. I don't miss the self-consciousness that comes with being a teen.
Kelly G on Friday, 01 December 2017 15:45

I miss all the friends I had in high school.

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I miss all the friends I had in high school.
Danielle Hammelef on Thursday, 07 December 2017 20:09

I miss my friends and hated the uniforms.

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I miss my friends and hated the uniforms.
Penny Olson on Thursday, 07 December 2017 23:37

I miss the 80s music and my friends. I don't miss the cliques and the anxiety.

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I miss the 80s music and my friends. I don't miss the cliques and the anxiety.
Dan Denman on Friday, 08 December 2017 10:31

I don't miss anything. I was so ready to get to college.

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I don't miss anything. I was so ready to get to college.
wendy rinebold on Friday, 08 December 2017 18:44

I miss the lack of responsibilities.

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I miss the lack of responsibilities.

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