Author Chat with Kate McGovern (Fear Of Missing Out), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Kate McGovern author of Fear Of Missing Out.
Read on for more about Kate, an interview, plus an giveaway!
Meet Kate McGovern!
Kate McGovern is the author of Rules for 50/50 Chances, which was called a “standout contemporary read” by Booklist. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a house full of booksKate McGovern is the author of Rules for 50/50 Chances, which was called a “standout contemporary read” by Booklist. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a house full of books.
Meet Fear Of Missing Out!
Everyone has a fear of missing out on something―a party, a basketball game, a hangout after school. But what if it’s life that you’ll be missing out on?
When Astrid learns that her cancer has returned, she hears about a radical technology called cryopreservation that may allow her to have her body frozen until a future time when―and if―a cure is available. With her boyfriend, Mohit, and her best friend, Chloe, Astrid goes on a road trip in search of that possibility. To see if it’s real. To see if it’s worth it. For fear of missing out on everything.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Like most of the things I write, the inspiration came from a story I read in the newspaper. It was about a woman in her twenties who was facing death and exploring the option of cryopreservation. She was getting pushback from a lot of people, but her boyfriend stood by her. It was fascinating, and sad, and she was incredibly inspiring. I'm always interested in how the possibilities of science can shape and inform and complicate our lives. So her story stuck with me.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Well, I hate to play favorites…but I think I feel especially close to Astrid’s mother, in part because I became a mother while writing this book. I really feel for her. She has to grapple with how to let her daughter make her own choices, even when those choices are so painful for her. As the mother of a toddler, I can only imagine how hard that is.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel! It had a different title for a long time. Then my brilliant editor had the idea to call it FEAR OF MISSING OUT, and I knew immediately that it was perfect.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I love the end of the book. I don’t want to say too much and give it away, but it was hard to write, both in terms of figuring out the characters’ experiences, and getting the form and structure right for portraying those experiences. I’m proud of how it came out.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the colors! And I love the twinkly stars. And I love the city scape. I love a lot of things about the cover.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
The year is just beginning, but right now I’m excited about the fourth (and final? Boooo) installment of the Charlotte Holmes novels by Brittany Cavallaro, A QUESTION OF HOLMES. I love mysteries. I have such mystery writer envy, too!
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
2018 was a good reading year for me. My favorite read of the year might’ve been LUCKY BOY by Shanthi Sekaran (which was actually a 2017 book). It was incredibly timely and quite hard to read (about a little boy who is separated from his mother, who is undocumented), but beautifully written. Hard as it was to read, it was equally hard to turn away from.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Drafting, without question. I really believe in writing lousy first drafts—drafting is about getting words on paper, and I find it very freeing to approach it that way. Revising is so hard.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
My first book, RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES, is about a young woman whose mother has Huntington’s disease. The Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization (HDYO) is a vibrant group that does great work supporting young people affected by HD. They were also very generous and supportive when I was researching that novel, so I’ll always appreciate their kindness.
Fear Of Missing Out
By: Kate McGovern
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: March 19th, 2019
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I wasn't so much interested until I read the blurb. Oh, this sounds so good. Stories about kids who are sick make me sad. The cover isn't really what I expected for such a deep storyline.
I love the colors of the cover. The synopsis sounds unique and emotional and promises a hint of science fiction which I love.