Author Chat with Farah Naz Rishi (I Hope You Get This Message), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Farah Naz Rishi author of
I Hope You Get This Message.
Read on for more about Farah and her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Farah Naz Rishi!
Farah Naz Rishi is a Pakistani-American Muslim writer and voice actor, but in another life, she’s worked stints as a lawyer, a video game journalist, and an editorial assistant. She received her B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College, her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, and her love of weaving stories from the Odyssey Writing Workshop. When she’s not writing, she’s probably hanging out with video game characters. You can find her at home in Philadelphia, or on Twitter at @far_ah_way.
Meet I Hope You Get This Message!
"A superb story, told in an original and masterly way. Smedley navigates the novel's refreshing ideas about sexuality and religion with grace and intelligence." ―The New York Times For sixteen years, Nate was the perfect son―the product of a no-nonsense upbringing and deep spiritual faith. Then he met Cam, who pushed him to break rules, dream, and accept himself. Conflicted, Nate began to push back. With each push, the boys became more entangled in each others' worlds...but they also spiraled closer to their breaking points. And now all of it has fallen apart after a fistfight-turned-near-fatal-incident―one that's left Nate with a stab wound and Cam in jail.
Now Nate is being ordered to give a statement, under oath, that will send his best friend to prison. The problem is, the real story of what happened between them isn't as simple as anyone thinks. With all eyes on him, Nate must make his confessions about what led up to that night with Cam...and in doing so, risk tearing both of their lives apart.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
If I HAD to pick…it would be Adeem. There’s something very refreshing about writing (and reading) Good Boys Who Only Wanna Be Good™.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel! I’m terrible with thinking of titles.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The very last one. I wrote a lot of scenes out of order, but that final scene, I left at the end as a “reward” for myself. I happy-cried writing it.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Suffering does not invariably lead to good writing, but it’s okay to use it as a conduit to channel and understand your own feelings. It’s okay to write for yourself and be selfish with it. The best writing often is just that: selfish.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Oh gosh, an impossible question! I’m kind of obsessed with all of it. The colors, the line art, the overall mood—just, everything!
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
Rin Chupeco’s THE NEVER TILTING WORLD. I loved The Bone Witch, so I know I’ll love Rin’s newest work.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
The Poppy War by RF Kuang
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
REVISING. Gosh, I’ve never answered a question faster.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Making a cup or tea or coffee so soothing that it heals for 100+ hit points.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I love both The Trevor Project and Defenders of Wildlife.
I Hope You Get This Message
By: Farah Naz Rishi
Release Date: October 22nd, 2019
One winner will receive a copy of I Hope You Get This Message (Farah Naz Rishi) ~ (US Only)
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