Author Chat with Rebekah Crane (Postcards For A Songbird), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Rebekah Crane author of
Postcards For A Songbird.
Read on for more about Rebekah and her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Rebekah Crane!
Rebekah Crane is the author of several critically acclaimed young-adult novels, including The Infinite Pieces of Us, The Upside of Falling Down, The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland, Aspen (currently being adapted by Life Out Loud Films), and Playing Nice. Crane is a former high school English teacher who found a passion for writing young-adult fiction while studying secondary English education at Ohio University.
After living and teaching in six different cities, Crane finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to write novels and work on screenplays. A yoga instructor and the mother of two girls, Crane spends many of her days tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 feet, where the altitude only enhances the writing experience. Visit www.rebekahcrane.com, follow her on Twitter, or like her on Facebook at authorrebekahcrane.
Meet Postcards For A Songbird!
Everyone eventually leaves Wren Plumley. First it was her mother, then her best friend, and then her sister. Now living with only her cop father and her upended dreams, Wren feels stranded, like a songbird falling in a storm.
When Wilder, a sickly housebound teen, moves in next door, Wren finally finds what she’s always wanted—a person who can’t leave. But a chance meeting with Luca, the talkative, crush-worthy boy in her driver’s ed class, has Wren wondering if maybe she’s too quick to push people away. Soon, Wren finds herself caught between the safety of a friendship and a love worth fighting for.
Wren starts to dream again. But when postcards begin arriving from her sister, Wren must ultimately confront why her mother left fourteen years before and why her sister followed in her footsteps. For her new life to take flight, Wren will have to reconcile the heartbreaking beauty of lost dreams and the beautiful heartbreak of her new reality.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
This book came from a lot of different places. Most influential was Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, a truly extraordinary book that examines feminine archetype. The story of the ugly duckling is Wren. That archetype is her journey in Postcards for a Songbird. While I was writing, I kept Women Who Run With the Wolves next to me and if I was struggling, I’d pick it up and read a story. A lot of the imagery in Postcards for a Songbird is inspired by that book.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
In truth, there are a lot of scenes I’m proud of in this book. There’s a chapter called “The Bus Stop to Nowhere” that I absolutely loved writing. The scenes with Baby Girl and Leia were particularly fun. But possibly the scene I’m most proud of is the third chapter “Hope Through the Trees”. There’s just something about the way Wren and Lizzie see life in the scene that makes me love them so fiercely.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Keep writing. Keep writing. Keep writing. Also, comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t waste your time on it. Kissing scenes make the world a friendlier place, so write one, even if you delete it. And recently a friend reminded me—you can’t edit a blank page. So… keep writing.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Typically, I keep my nose out of cover design. I am not visually artistic at all. At all. But I had a vision for this cover from the beginning—two people sitting like birds on a wire. Luckily, my publisher was on board with my concept and they went with it. And I love it! I also love the Monet-like clouds in the background.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. It comes out on August 13. I read Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, one of the most important and educating books I’ve ever read. I can’t wait for his next one.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I wept writing the end of this book. I still can’t read it without crying. There is something about the last scene that gets me every time, particularly the last few paragraphs.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Wilder. I don’t want to say too much, only that his role in the novel changed a few times while writing and editing.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
My women’s intuition! My inner wolf can be pretty loud sometimes, and I really try to listen to what she’s telling me. Most notably, my intuition pushed me into writing. I just had a feeling it was what I was meant to do. And now here I am!
Postcards For A Songbird
By: Rebekah Crane
Release Date: August 6th, 2019
Publisher: Skyscape Publishing
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