Author Of The Week: Chat with Jessica Taylor (A Map For Wrecked Girls), Plus Giveaway!!
Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!
Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!
We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!
Introducing Jessica Taylor, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Jessica Taylor adores atmospheric settings, dangerous girls, and characters who sneak out late at night. She lives in Northern California, not far from San Francisco, with a law degree she isn’t using, one dog, and many teetering towers of books.
Meet A Map For Wrecked Girls!
Emma has always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two have always been best friends. Until something happens that wrecks them.
Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in a gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
A Map for Wrecked Girls actually started as a free writing exercise. I would begin every day by spending twenty minutes free writing about whatever topic came to mind. A couple weeks later, I had a collection of scenes between the two sisters, Emma and Henri, but no plot. There wasn’t even an island. What was particularly interesting to me was Emma’s story—a girl who came into her teenager years more slowly than most and after her older sister, Henri. It wasn’t a story I’d read before, but it was something I see in real life often. What I had was a mess, but I loved writing about these girls and knew I had to dig down deep inside myself and find their story.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
This is going to be an unpopular opinion, but my favorite character is Emma’s sister, Henri. She’s stubborn and selfish and drags everyone down with her. She’s also based on a few girls I’ve known. I’d like to believe there’s nothing so bad a girl can do as a teen that she’s beyond redemption. I hope teens out there will read my stories and know their self-worth isn’t defined by the worst things they do or say at fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
You have to support each other. When you love someone’s work, let them know and help spread the word about the book to the world. The only part of my writing career that’s been consistent has been a wonderful group of writing friends.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi, The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker, The Breathless by Tara Goedjen, and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2016?
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
YABC: What’s up next for you?
My next book is about two girls who make a selfish decision one night that costs another girl her life. It’s partly about how they turn on each other to hide their crime and about how they live with the people they’ve become. I love a light-hearted tale! Publication date coming soon!
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
There’s a scene where Emma, the main character, is feeling vulnerable and lets a boy kiss her even though she knows he’s not truly into her. It’s an emotional scene for her and still makes me tear up when I read it.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
The Trevor Project. It’s a non-profit focused on suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ teens. Their hotline is always open—I wish more hurting teens knew about this resource.
A Map For Wrecked Girls
By: Jessica Taylor
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: August 15th, 2017
One winner will receive a signed, finished copy of A Map for Wrecked Girls, a lapel pin, a luggage tag, a pair of sunglasses, and a lip balm ~ (US Only)
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This has been a book i've been looking forward to all summer! First, who doesn't love this cover?? Second, a book about sisters! Yes please. And I never thought about Henri for a girl but I actually like it
I love the cover - I'm a sucker for dark florals - and I LOVE sister relationships in books so I can't wait to get to this one!
The cover is so beautiful! I'm a sucker for bold letters and flowers. The synopsis makes me want to read more, and I think it's already relatable to those with sisters.
This cover is drop dead gorgeous! I think it would definitely be a cover buy for me. That being said, I've always had a soft spot for stories about sisters. So this synopsis sounds amazing!