Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Blog Tour and Author Interview: Breakable by Tammara Webber
About the Book:
He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.
As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…
As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.
About the Author:
Tammara Webber is author of the New York Times bestselling New Adult novel Easy, the first novel in her Contours of the Heart series, and the Between the Lines series. She is a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life. Before writing full-time, she was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon. She married her high school sweetheart, and is a mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.
Connect with her online: Website, Twitter, and Facebook.
Your original intention was for Easy to be a stand-alone novel. What inspired you to write a companion novel from Lucas’s point-of-view?
I still consider Easy to be a stand-alone novel, because readers aren’t left with a cliffhanger ending and aren’t required to buy/read another book to finish the story I began in Easy. When I wrote Easy, the story came to me from Jacqueline’s perspective only. I saw everything through her eyes. The focus needed to be on her, fully, and I believed then and still believe that single-POV was the right way to tell her story. About a year after I published Easy, however, Lucas began “speaking” to me – telling me Landon’s full story, as well as his feelings about his relationship with Jacqueline. I had to write it.
Both Easy and Breakable deal with very difficult subjects. Was it harder for you to write Jacqueline’s or Lucas’s story based solely on the subject matter?
Jacqueline’s was more emotionally difficult to write.
Easy was my introduction into the world of new adult literature. As an adult fan of young adult books, I was ecstatic to find this middle ground. What led you into this relatively new genre as opposed to writing YA or adult books, which already had an established audience?
It wasn’t a category when I began writing it. My earlier series had main characters that were all in the 17-20 age range. I began writing it in 2009 and self-published in 2011. By the end of 2011, I was writing Easy. I self-published it in May 2012, and I called it “mature” young adult, because there was no NA category, and no one would have had a clue what I meant if I’d called it that before late summer 2012. (Note: In the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, Easy came in second behind John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars for “Young Adult Fiction” novel of 2012.) Penguin acquired and republished Easy in October 2012 – as a YA novel (I was assigned a YA editor and editorial director), just before “New Adult” began to gain ground as a literary category. “NA” wasn’t on Amazon as a category until May 2013, and wasn’t part of the BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications) code – which publishers and booksellers use to categorize books – until December 2013.
Where do you like to spend most of your time writing and why? ( Perhaps your local Starbucks since that is where Lucas works?)
I write almost exclusively at home. Occasionally, when I’m having trouble focusing or if work is being done on/near my apartment, I’ll go to a little diner nearby with my laptop. I don’t like trying to work in coffee shops – too busy and loud for me.
Now that the final books in your Between the Lines and Contours of the Heart series are complete, can you tell us anything about what you will be working on next?
Oh, don’t be so sure the Contours of the Heart series is complete. A couple of secondary characters are rattling the cage, wanting to tell their stories. Meetings and discussions with my agent and editors will be required before anything is decided, of course. I’m brainstorming and researching right now.
OMG!! Can you believe Tammara's answer to the final question? That is the best answer she possibly could have given. I love this series and was ecstatic when she announced she was publishing Breakable. I can't imagine what secondary characters she is referring to, but I sincerely hope this isn't the end of the series.