Guess what? Today is the UK release day for THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M Parker!!!
For those of you who forgot, I LOVED THIS BOOK. My hope was that after you read my REVIEW, this would be you:
Anyways, today I am THRILLED to have Shannon on my blog, answering a couple of questions for me about The Girl Who Fell! Plus, she is being super generous and offering up a UK edition of The Girl Who Fell to ONE lucky winner!
Now, it’s time for the interview 😀
1. How did you come up with the name Zephyr?
Yikes. This is a fantastic question that I don’t have a fantastic answer for! Zephyr Doyle was always Zephyr Doyle. Her name came fully formed as I built her story in my head, and on the page.
2. While you were writing, were you ever worried that TGWF would be too dark?
Sure. I’m a worrier. But my brilliant editor and I did agree that the darkness of the book was necessary. The subject matter is dark. Abuse is dark. So the tone of the book had to match the serious subject matter; I could never make light of one person trying to control another person and silence their voice & strength.
3. Have you received any backlash?
I’ve been really happy that the direct feedback I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive. The most important feedback has come from women and girls who have survived a relationship similar to Zephyr’s and they have thoughtfully expressed the ways in which the book feels so authentic; that the subtle and insidiously slow manipulation, the guilt, the heady and intoxicating feeling of love really spoke to them because it was the same for them in similar relationship.
4. What do you want to say to girls who are in Zephyr’s shoes currently?
I want the book to remind people of all ages that love should never hurt. And that a girl going through a situation similar to Zephyr’s is never alone. Never.
5. If you had to describe Zephyr, Alec, and Gregg by songs, which songs would you choose?
Ah! GREAT QUESTION! So Lady Gaga’s The Edge of Glory is a song that kicked around in my head a lot while writing the story of Alec and Zephyr. It always pulsed through me as this anthem for pushing things to the limit, jumping in to something that felt both right and so wrong. As for Gregg, there are a million billion songs I could have for him, and they would all be love songs.
6. What was the hardest part of the book to write?
The hardest part of the book to write wasn’t a scene, it was the character of Alec. I needed to write him in a way that would allow the reader to fall alongside Zephyr when I knew all along that he wasn’t a good guy. That was a tricky line to walk.
7. What was something that shocked you during your publishing process?
People reading my book. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s the truth. For so long it was: find a great critique group. Then, get an agent…then find an editor. Then, edits, edits, edits. Then it was a book. With a gorgeous cover, sitting in bookstores. It is the craziest thing to actually have The Girl Who Fell in bookstores and a UK RELEASE THIS WEEK. Yay!
8. What did you learn from writing The Girl Who Fell that will help you with your next book?
So much! Mostly that it’s okay to be petrified and elated and everything in between. And that readers are amazing. That finding my people has meant everything.
Thank you SO MUCH again Shannon for allowing me to interview you!