Author Chat with Brittney Morris (The Cost of Knowing), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Brittney Morris author of
The Cost of Knowing.
Read on for more about Brittney, her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Brittney Morris!
Brittney Morris is the author of SLAY. She holds a BA in economics from Boston University because back then, she wanted to be a financial analyst. (She’s now thankful that didn’t happen). She spends her spare time reading, playing indie video games, and enjoying the rain from her house in Philadelphia. She lives with her husband Steven who would rather enjoy the rain from a campsite in the woods because he hasn’t played enough horror games. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @BrittneyMMorris, and online at authorbrittneymorris.com [authorbrittneymorris.com].
Meet The Cost of Knowing!
Dear Martin meets They Both Die at the End in this gripping, evocative novel about a Black teen who has the power to see into the future, whose life turns upside down when he foresees his younger brother’s imminent death, from the acclaimed author of SLAY.
Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes up short.
It’s hard to for him to be present when every time he touches an object or person, Alex sees into its future. When he touches a scoop, he has a vision of him using it to scoop ice cream. When he touches his car, he sees it years from now, totaled and underwater. When he touches Talia, he sees them at the precipice of breaking up, and that terrifies him. Alex feels these visions are a curse, distracting him, making him anxious and unable to live an ordinary life.
And when Alex touches a photo that gives him a vision of his brother’s imminent death, everything changes.
With Alex now in a race against time, death, and circumstances, he and Isaiah must grapple with their past, their future, and what it means to be a young Black man in America in the present.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I was inspired to write The Cost of Knowing after attempting to write a Black Boy Joy book and realizing how difficult it was. This is my “Black Boy Joy Despite” book, and it talks largely about the emotional tax that all kinds of racism takes on Black people, specifically Black men, every day.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Probably Talia - I love female characters who aren’t afraid to take on the world and make it better.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The original title came first - The Curse of Knowledge. The title was changed after the novel was written.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Probably coffee and some kind of pastry— a croissant, danish, or cookie.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The EKG city skyline. Laura Eckes is an incredible designer!
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Ace of Spades, and Amari and the Night Brothers!
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
Joy at Work by Marie Kondo!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
The Jump! It’s a novel about four Seattle teens who take on a city-wide cryptology puzzle posted by a mysterious group called The Order, which promises the winners high-tech resources and political influence that the teens plan to use to take on an oil refinery in their neighborhood.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Drafting. I could draft all day and all night!
The Cost of Knowing
By: Brittney Morris
Release Date: April 6th, 2021
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Five winners will each receive a copy of The Cost Of Knowing (Brittney Morris) ~ (US Only)
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