Marci Lyn Curtis wrote The Leading Edge of Now, which is now available! I love this book, and you should all read it.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he’d spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn’t mean returning to New Harbor.
Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she’s lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever.
People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn’t sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find — and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?
Marci Lyn Curtis, the critically acclaimed author of The One Thing, has crafted an honest and emotional story that will resonate with the wide range of readers impacted by sexual assault.
Sexual assault does not define this story, however, just as it does not define Grace. Wry humor and true love emerge as Grace, like many in the #MeToo era, seeks to find her truth, face her truth, and speak her truth.”
She was ALSO nice enough to come on and discuss this book, her next one (sort of) and her writing process, among other fun topics.
1) What was the inspiration for this book?
Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for this interview!
This story came to me like all of my stories do—it just landed in my head, picked at me, invaded my sleep, whispered in my ear while I was driving, etc. etc. etc., until I finally broke down and wrote it. (Which is totally normal, right? RIGHT?!)
2) Every character in this book is supportive of Grace. How did you decide to have every character believe her? Was that a conscious choice or did the characters just react that way?
My stories are completely driven by my characters. Like, I have practically zero say in what they say or how they react. So this wasn’t a conscious choice at all, though I’m really glad that the story veered in this direction!
3) Do you have any advice for people who are trying to start writing?
Just write. Write what’s in your heart. Write for nobody but yourself. Write like it’s the last thing you’ll ever do. Just write.
4) Can you say what you’re working on now? (If not, see other question four)
I can’t give too many particulars about my next story, but I can tell you that it’s lighthearted, fun, and there’s an awesome love-hate relationship involved.
4) How was writing this different than writing your first book?
The process itself was the same, actually, which is unfortunate because it’s ridiculously slow: after the basic premise comes to me, I go into this long incubation phase (I’m talking months, sometimes even years), where I take notes, bounce around plotlines, start drafts, throw said drafts in the trash, take notes on characters, ask the characters what they need to say/do/feel, dig around for the heart of the novel, and so on. Once everything comes together, though, the story practically writes itself.
And the questions I ask everyone:
5) What are you reading right now?
I just got my hands on an ARC of The Impossibility of Us, by Katy Upperman, and I’m LOVING it.
6) If you could make one book required reading, what would it be?
Okay, this question is just plain mean. There are so many important stories out there. I’m going with the first one that came to mind, Every Last Word, by Tamara Ireland Stone.
7) What are your five favorite books? (You can do authors if that’s easier)
(Another mean question, FYI.)
Laurie Halse Anderson.
Oh, that’s more than 5? I must’ve lost count. My apologies. :)
Me again. Remember, The Leading Edge of Now is available in print and electronically. You need this book in your life.