Today we're excited to chat with Liz Kessler, author of Haunt Me.
Read on for more about Liz and her book!
Meet Liz Kessler!
Liz Kessler is the author of three novels about Philippa Fisher as well as the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling Emily Windsnap series. She lives in Manchester, England.
Meet Haunt Me!
Haunting and intensely romantic, Liz Kessler's latest novel features a teen girl for whom falling in love could mean losing her heart -- and maybe her life.
When her family moves after a rough year, Erin feels instantly at home in her new bedroom -- even after she realizes that she's not the only one occupying it. As Erin becomes accustomed to Joe, the spirit of the teenage boy who lived in the room before her, she starts to sense an inexplicable connection between them. Meanwhile, Joe's brother, Olly, is trying to find a new normal since his brother passed away. Before Joe died, Olly was king of the school -- and it's not until Olly meets a new girl that he realizes just how many ways he's changed . . . including the type of girl he could fall for. And when Erin finds herself caught between two brothers, and two choices, will her decision destroy her completely, or can she save herself before she's lost forever? From Liz Kessler, the best-selling author of Read Me Like a Book,comes a young adult novel about how love can overcome the ultimate divide.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I lived in a house for six months which we gradually realised was haunted! I had never really believed in ghosts, but lots of odd things happened that seemed to have no explanation other than that there was a ghost. Most of it took place in one room, and it gave me an idea to write a book about a house where someone had lived in that room when they were alive and someone had just moved into the same room - and that their lives somehow managed to connect.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I actually love all the characters and felt very deeply for them as I was writing it. Of course, my heart goes out to Joe the most.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. But when I thought of the title, I was really excited and glad people liked it!
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I don’t know about most proud - but there was a scene that played out in my mind quite a lot. Much of this book came about as I was walking my dog. I would put my headphones on and listen to a playlist that I made especially for this book, and I’d walk my dog along the coast path. There is a point along the path where there is a stretch of rocks, and many times I’d be listening to all these emotional songs and when I got to the rocks I could imagine really vividly the moment that Joe and Erin see each other there and kiss for the first time. During this time, I often came back from walks in tears!
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Gosh. That’s a tough one. I think I’ve learned quite a lot - I hope I have anyway! Maybe the most important thing I’ve learned is that every book has a part that’s really hard - but it doesn’t mean that I can’t do it. I used to get stuck halfway through and I’d be on the phone to my agent asking if we should tell my publisher I couldn’t write the book! She’d always tell me to take a few days off and see if I felt any better. (I always did!) Now I recognise it as part of the process and keep going!
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I have to say I absolutely ADORE everything about this cover. I think it’s my favourite cover EVER. It is perfect in every way!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m going back to middle grade next, and there is a new Emily Windsnap book out next year. I’m really excited about this as I love having adventures with Emily! But I would love to write more YA in the future as well.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I actually enjoy each part of the process about the same, in its own way. I spend a lot of time planning and plotting, and this is great because it’s probably the most creative part for me. Then I love the writing as it’s so satisfying feeling the book starting to grow and take shape. And I enjoy the editing/revising just as much as it feels like most of the hard work has been done and I have something solid to work with. So…all of it!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Gosh. I don’t think I have a superpower. My favourite quality is probably kindness, and I try to do small acts of that whenever I can. Does that count?
Author: Liz Kessler
Publish Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: Candlewick Press