Today we're excited to chat with Tara Wilson Redd, author of The Museum Of Us.
Read on for more about Tara and her book, an interview, plus a giveaway!
Meet Tara Wilson Redd!
Tara Wilson Redd, a graduate of Reed College, grew up all over the United States, including in St. Louis, Seattle, and Central Oregon. An impenitent dilettante, she is interested in everything, but especially language, travel, and animals. When she is home from her adventures, she lives in Washington, DC, where she works in libraries. The Museum of Us is her first novel. Visit her online at tarawilsonredd.com.
Meet The Museum Of Us!
Secrets are con artists: they trick you into letting them out.
Sadie loves her rocker boyfriend Henry and her running partner and best friend Lucie, but no one can measure up to her truest love and hero, thedazzling and passionate George. George, her secret.
When something goes wrong and Sadie is taken to the hospital calling out for George, her hidden life may be exposed. Now she must confront thetruth of the past, and protect a world she is terrified to lose.
"A teen learns to use her rich interior world to fight trauma, but is this the only way out? This honest, heartfelt tale is deep and mysterious as imagination itself." --Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied and Strings Attached
"You'll inhale as you skid into the first chapter and only exhale as you cling to the last. A beautiful book about longing and loss . . . and what is real." --Teresa Toten, author of The Hero of Room 13B, winner of the Governor General Award, and Beware That Girl
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. The title was changed pretty late in the game. It was originally called "George," in part because the file names for all the novels on my computer are things like "Egypt Book," "Boar MG," and "Detective Novel" and I just get used to thinking of them that way.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
It's a tiny thing, not even a full scene, but I love Sadie's definition of melodrama. I feel so very dorky, but also so proud because it's like, "Look! I did a literary thing with a name, and I put it in this book!" I was so proud of myself I'm pretty sure you can see me grinning on the actual page.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2017?
For YA, it was Turtles All The Way Down, no contest. I think it slid in right at the end of 2017, so I will say I also really liked The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily. Also, didn't the 4th Jackaby book, The Dire King, come out in 2017? That was awesome too.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I can't give it away, but the very last scene at the very end of the book absolutely gutted me. All the feels.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Every character that isn't Sadie, but particularly Henry. The book is completely skewed into Sadie's perspective, and so walking a line between presenting Henry as she sees him, and presenting him as a rounded and fully realized character was really difficult. This was also a serious problem when writing the adults in the book.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Revising, for sure. I hate writing drafts, actually. I think I'm an editor at heart. I feel like this would have comforted me as a young writer, so let me say: my first drafts are trash. They're such trash that I won't even acknowledge them as numbered drafts. I file them as "draft zero" on my computer.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I have a few, but the one I'm most proud of today is information organization. I'm really interested in things like note-taking and the ways we've historically encoded and organized information in an attempt to understand the universe, which turns out to be a really valuable skill when you're trying to, say, organize the plot of a novel or see a draft in a new way.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Oh, quite a few. I've working in libraries for more than ten years, and libraries need all the support they can get. I'd also say, support your local pet adoption charity! My cat Dudley came from Homeward Trails in DC, and she's a treasure. A monster, but also a treasure. But also a monster. Yeah, mostly a monster. You know what? Support thelibraries, books don't bite you and wake you up at 4AM. Jerk.
The Museum Of Us
By: Tara Wilson Redd
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Release Date: June 26th, 2018
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