Author Chat with Rebekah Crane (The Infinite Pieces Of Us), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Rebekah Crane, author of The Infinite Pieces Of Us.
Read on for more about Rebekah and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Rebekah Crane!
Rebekah Crane is the author of several critically acclaimed young adult novels, including The Upside of Falling Down, The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland, Aspen—currently being adapted by Life Out Loud Films—and Playing Nice. She is a former high school English teacher who found a passion for writing young adult fiction while studying secondary English education at Ohio University. She is a yoga instructor and the mother of two girls. After living and teaching in six different cities, Rebekah finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to write novels and work on screenplays. She now spends her days tucked behind a laptop at seventy-five hundred feet, where the altitude only enhances the writing experience. Visit www.rebekahcrane.com [rebekahcrane.com], follow the author on Twitter, or like her on Facebook at /authorrebekahcrane.
Meet The Infinite Pieces Of Us!
From the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland comes a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about coming apart, getting it together—and moving on. It’s just a two-hour drive…
Pondering math problems is Esther Ainsworth’s obsession. If only life’s puzzles required logic. Her stepfather’s solution? Avoidance. He’s exiled the family to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, to erase a big secret from Esther’s past. So much for the truth. Now for the consequences: an empty swimming pool, a water-sucking cactus outside her window, a goldfish rescued from a church festival, and Esther’s thirst for something real.
Step one: forget about her first love. Step two: make allies. Esther finds them in Jesús from the local coffee bar; a girl named Color who finds beauty in an abandoned video store; Beth, the church choir outcast; and Moss, a boy with alluring possibilities. Step three: confess her secret to those she hopes she can trust. Esther’s new friends do more than just listen. They’re taking Esther one step further.
Together, they hit the road to face Esther’s past head-on. It’s a journey that will lead her to embrace her own truth—in all its glory, pain, and awesomeness.
~ Interview ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The book had quite a few iterations, but what I really wanted to explore was the idea of spirituality, across different faiths, ideologies, and personal expressions. Esther’s greatest question is one I think we all ask at some point in our lives—“What is the meaning of my life and where do I belong?” I ask myself that question regularly and it’s constantly changing, as it does for Esther throughout her journey.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
If I had to pick, it would be Jesús. His character, dialogue, and story arc came effortlessly to me. I wish I could drive through Hugga Mug so he could make me special coffees daily.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Interesting question! There are some scenes that no matter how many times I read them, I cry, still to this day. And yet, above those, there’s a flashback scene near the middle of the book between Esther and her mom, in which Esther’s mom tells her that “God is an axiom.” It’s possibly the honest scene I’ve ever written between a parent and a child, and for that reason, I’m really proud of it.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Everything! Ok, seriously… EVERYTHING. It’s gorgeous. Bright, representative, creative. I love everything down to all the intricate little cacti. It’s perfection.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The climax scene, which I won’t spoil, was difficult. Finding the right words between the characters, said and unsaid, making sure the emotional response was authentic, and also making sure that it wasn’t too tidily wrapped up was important. Life isn’t like that. Emotions linger, as do problems. Nothing is solved in a moment. The moment needed to reflect that aspect of relationships.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
I would have to say Tom, Esther’s step dad. In past versions of the novel, he was too much of a caricature and lacked a sense of depth. He needed to be finessed and his humanity exposed.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
My female intuition is strong. It feels like a superpower at times. There’s potential I was a druid in a past life.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018 or 2019?
ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas is top of my list. A PLACE FOR WOLVES by Kosoko Jackson is another. And Emily R. King has another series, The Evermore Chronicles, releasing in 2019. I can’t wait to gobble up the first book, BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR, this spring.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
My next release is POSTCARDS FOR A SONGBIRD. It’s about a sixteen-year-old girl named Wren, who’s forced to create a new life for herself when her older sister, Lizzie, mysteriously runs away from home. Wren has spent most of her life living within her imagination to cope with social anxiety, but with Lizzie gone, she has no choice to be begin engaging with the world around her. But just as Wren’s new life takes flight, she pieces together the truth about her sister’s disappearance, forcing Wren to expose familial secrets buried years ago.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Yes! I’m so glad you asked. is so near and dear to my heart. The organization founded the Mungere School, a secondary school focused on providing an equal education to females (and males) in the rural village of Mungere, Tanzania, a mostly male-dominated, paternalist society. My husband and I actually just returned from a trip to Tanzania where we visited the school. It was life changing. The work both the staff and students are doing is truly inspiring. Each memory lives in my heart so profoundly, so much so that my dedication and desire to help forward the mission of the Red Sweater Project keeps growing. As a former high school teacher, I know the importance of education. It is the most significant differentiator in changing the course of a person’s life and that of her community.
The Infinite Pieces Of Us
Author: Rebekah Crane
Release Date: November 1st, 2018
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The cover is unforgettable, and I love that the protagonist of this story has a secret in her past and a gift/passion for mathematics. She sounds complex and engaging. Thanks for this chance to win, Kara S