February 1, 2013

Interview with Kristin Halbrook, Author Of Nobody But Us And A Giveaway

Hey guys! Today I'm pleased to welcome Kristin Halbrook, author of Nobody But Us!

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook
Release Date ~ 1/29/13
Publisher ~ HarperTeen
Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.
They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.
Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....
When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.
Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.
Hey Kristin!
First of all, a big thank you to Benji for featuring me! He's one of my favorite bloggers. Just check out his About Me page if you need proof why. :)
Does the content in Nobody But Us draw from life experience at all?
I have never run away with my boyfriend at the age of 15, nor have I committed the crimes my characters did. So in that sense, no, Nobody Buy Us doesn't draw from life experience. But in other way, it does. Knowing people who have struggled under a system that didn't serve them, or creating voices that are reminiscent of people I know in real life, or writing the setting because I have, actually, driven several parts of the route Will and Zoe take are things that I drew upon to make the story more realistic.
Did you ever get emotional while writing scenes from Nobody But Us?
Definitely! ALL THE FEELS. I've laughed at something Will has said or felt frustrated at knowing what a consequence should be realistically, even though I didn't want to write it that way. And yes, I've teared up. The worst was when I was working on a scene and listening to the playlist at the same time and the emotions from book and music combined to make me a blubbering mess. There are still songs on the playlist that make me teary, even when the book is nowhere near me.
How did you celebrate the release of Nobody But Us?
Release say itself was kind of weird, lol. I woke up to a lot of good thoughts in my email inbox, on my facebook pages and in my twitter feed. It was intense, overwhelming and really amazing. It was also a quiet day in every other respect. The bigger celebration comes this weekend during my launch party and hanging out with friends and family afterwards. I'm looking forward to it!
How has your life changed after the book deal?
It's been really good in so many ways. Most notably, the book deal allowed me to cut back on other work so that I had more time to write.
What projects are you working on now?
I always have lots (too many? lol) projects going at once. I'm working on my next contemporary, about a girl desperate to cut all ties to her town--and the people who hate her--before graduating high school and have started yet another contemporary that takes me back to dual narrative. I'm also putting some revision touches on a gothic retelling of an old French tale and on a middle grade magical realism. I'm even toying with the idea of a picture book. So yeah, lots of things going on!
Describe Nobody But Us in three words. GO!
Raw, unflinching realism.
I have two signed ARCs of Nobody But Us to give to two lucky winners! Terms and conditions and entry can be found after the page break!

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  1. Great job with the interview! I love reading about the people behind the books. :)
    Nobody But Us seems to be an interesting read so I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the chance!

  2. I absolutely cannot wait to get my hand on this!! I sound soo good!!!! Raw, unflinching realism you say? Yay!! :D Thanks for the giveaway

  3. Thanks for the interview. I am glad your book deal allows you more time to write.

  4. I have got to get my hands on this book! It looks fantastic! The author seems pretty awesome too.
    Emilee from Fantastical Paper Realm

  5. I love this: "Raw, unflinching realism."
    I love these kinds of books :) Even if I read reviews about this are pretty mixed, I wanna read it still :D

  6. I love a book that has all the feels! Great interview, Kristin and Benji!

  7. Raw, unflinching realism? Goosebumps. Contemporaries are my new love obsession!

  8. I in its entirety are not able to wait to get my give concerning this!! I appear soo good!!!! Uncooked, unflinching realism you assume? Yay!! :D Thanks for the giveaway

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