Today we are chatting with Sacha Wunsch, author of
LIES MY MEMORY TOLD ME
Read on for more about Sacha and her book!
About LIES MY MEMORY TOLD ME
From the thrilling voice of Sacha Wunsch comes a heart-stopping psychological mystery in a world where memories can be shared—and one girl can’t trust any of them.
Enhanced Memory changed everything. By sharing someone else’s memory, you can experience anything and everything with no risk at all: learn any skill instantly, travel the world from home, and safeguard all your most treasured secrets forever. Nova’s parents invented this technology, and it’s slowly taking over their lives. Nova doesn’t mind—mostly. She knows Enhanced Memory is a gift.
But Kade says Nova doesn’t know the costs of this technology that’s taken the world by storm. Kade runs a secret vlog cataloging real experiences, is always on the move, and is strangely afraid of Nova—even though she feels more comfortable with him than she ever has with anyone. Suddenly there are things Nova can’t stop noticing: the way her parents don’t meet her eyes anymore, the questions no one wants her to ask, and the relentless feeling that there’s something she’s forgotten…
Meet Sacha Wunsch!
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
A friend was talking about how a relationship with another friend had deteriorated to the point where they had decided to part ways. My friend had this beautiful thought – that we all have these collections of memories in little, imaginary boxes. She pictured herself as a little ballerina in one of these jewelry boxes of memories, which her former friend would take out every now and then and remember all the fond memories they shared. I loved that image so much – and the ballerina even made it into the book!
YABC:Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love, love, love Andie, who is Nova’s best friend. She is a firecracker, and I would love to know her in real life.
YABC:Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first, as the working title was a bit more sci-fi and didn’t quite fit the finished novel. My publishing team and I didn’t come up with the final title until well into edits.
YABC:What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I love the scene where Nova and Kade are on the swings. There’s so much tension in the moment, and I love the way the memories they are making become almost a living thing.
YABC:Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Keep learning! I truly feel like nobody is ever “done” figuring out how to write. Every book I read, whether it’s a book about the craft of writing or a great novel (or even a not-so-great novel), helps me find new techniques or new nuances of language that I may not have noticed before. I am forever grateful to all the writers out there!
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love my cover so much! The tangled ribbon is such a great representation of the tangled memories in the book, and the red just pops! Thank you so much to Erin Craig who did the art direction and Elita Sidiropoulou who did the cover design!
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2020?
I loved The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I remember when she published her first book years ago when we were both on the same kidlit chat board and she has just gotten better and better!
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Actually, my favorite part of the writing process is the outlining. I am a VERY heavy outliner, often having a good idea what’s going to happen on every page before I even write a word. Of course, this definitely has a tendency to change, but I still love the process.
LIES MY MEMORY TOLD ME
Author: Sacha Wunsch
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publish Date: October 19, 2021