Author Chat with Nita Tyndall (Who I Was With Her), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Nita Tyndall, author of
Who I Was With Her.
Read on for more about Nita, the book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Nita Tyndall!
Nita Tyndall is a passionate queer advocate and literary translator who writes the kinds of books they needed in high school. They have previously written for outlets like Autostraddle, and were part of the Lambda Literary Writer's Retreat in 2017. This is their first book. They live in North Carolina and can be found online at nitatyndall.com [nitatyndall.com]
Meet Who I Was With Her!
There are two things that Corinne Parker knows to be true: that she is in love with Maggie Bailey, the captain of the rival high school's cross-country team and her secret girlfriend of a year, and that she isn't ready for anyone to know she's bisexual.
But then Maggie dies, and Corinne quickly learns that the only thing worse than losing Maggie is being left heartbroken over a relationship no one knows existed. And to make things even more complicated, the only person she can turn to is Elissa—Maggie's ex, and the single person who understands how Corinne is feeling.
As Corinne struggles to make sense of her grief and what she truly wants out of life, she begins to have feelings for the last person she should fall for. But to move forward after losing Maggie, Corinne will have to learn to be honest with the people in her life...starting with herself.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Corinne, my main character, for sure. When I was writing her I wanted to keep in mind specifically the type of girls I didn’t like in high school, the “popular” girls who seemed like they had everything, and writing her really gave me the chance to dig into that type of girl because I think they can be dismissed easily (like I used to do.) I wanted to write a girl who was angry and messy and unsure about everything, because those were the feelings I had in high school, too. We’re completely different but she was definitely my favorite to write.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel! The title took me ages to think of—I tried out at least three different titles before it—but one day it just came to me and I knew that that was what it had to be called, and it hasn’t changed since.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
YES! I absolutely love Cheetos (hot and jalapeño cheddar) even if they aren’t very conducive to typing, and I also really love any type of chocolate as a reward for if I hit my word count.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Am I allowed to say everything? I adore how bright and pink the cover is, and I think the illustration Max Reed did of the two main characters, Corinne and Maggie, is absolutely stunning. I love the little detail of Corinne wearing Maggie’s scrunchie as well, as that’s a significant image throughout the book.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
A lot of stuff, as my TBR pile is perpetually growing! The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, which is a translated book by a Dutch nonbinary author is my current adult read, and for YA right now it’s Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez.
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I just finished reading Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson and honestly it gutted me. The writing is immaculate and also so raw and honest and every single character is so well-crafted and thought out—and the twist! The plot! Honestly incredible.
YABC: Are there any film adaptations, tv shows, audiobooks, or other adaptations in the works for this book?
There is an audiobook, narrated by Jesse Vilinsky, which I’m super excited to listen to as I love audiobooks and I think her narration is going to be absolutely amazing.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I absolutely enjoy revising more than drafting; I love taking something I’ve already written and making it better, and for me it’s easier to do that once everything is on the page—there’s something satisfying to me about watching a story really take shape that I don’t get with drafting.
Who I Was With Her
By: Nita Tyndall
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
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As a queer young adult, I struggled with being rejected by my first love while in the closet; so I couldn't go through it with any friends! This book is very necessary and tells a tale of bearing pain alone, when it shouldn't have to be that way. Also, the cover is very eye-catching!