Publication Date: January 12th 2016
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“Forgiving you will allow me to forgive myself.”
Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then herself.
But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.
When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.
I am so excited to be hosting Marisa Reichardt as part of the Meet the Newbies debut feature, organized by the one and only Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books! Stay tuned for an interview with Marisa + a giveaway!!!
Author Most Likely To Become A Recluse Writer In A Hard-To-Find Cabin In The Woods
Nickname: That Girl Who Wrote a Book
First Day of School: January 12, 2016
Grade: YA Contemporary
Extracurricular Activities: Newbies Spirit Club, Text and Twitter Typos, Eighties Music Appreciation, Classics and Contemporary Reading Circle
Favorite Class: How to Keep Track of All the Fictional Characters in Your Head
Favorite Quote/Motto: “It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion. It is easy in solitude to live after our own. But the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Morgan’s struggle with agoraphobia is a struggle that people face, yet it doesn’t appear in books often. What do you want to say to readers who have agoraphobia?
You are not alone.
What inspired you to write UNDERWATER?
First and foremost, I wanted to write a book that looked at a character dealing with anxiety. That was the seed for me. I’m not a stranger to anxiety and I wanted to put it on the page.
What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know 😉
Cake. My husband can literally convince me to attend less-than-exciting events with the promise that cake will be present.
If you could pick any character from any book, who would be your best friend or two?
Cath from FANGIRL. I totally get her.
What did you keep in mind while writing UNDERWATER in terms of switching between light and dark/heavy topics?
Since I don’t outline when writing, the book kind of carried itself. I knew I needed a balance because so much of what Morgan deals with is dark. To me, the lightness started with the characters of Ben and Evan. I knew they brought levity and actual joy to the page. And then the parts of Morgan’s former life did more of it. I definitely came out from writing certain scenes knowing the next one had to be lighter so I think a lot of it was intuitive.
Describe the first time that you saw UNDERWATER on the shelves of a bookstore!
The way I first saw UNDERWATER in a bookstore was a bit different. A friend and fellow writer in my writers group took me to a celebratory breakfast on my release day and we drove past the bookstore where my launch party would be that night. To my surprise, they had filled the entire storefront window with copies of UNDERWATER. It was surreal. I gasped and teared up. My friend took a picture and I have my hands over my mouth like I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It was an amazing moment.
And that’s a wrap for today’s MTN post! Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you, Marisa! 🙂
About the Author
I’m a SoCal native and high school writing instructor. I currently live in Los Angeles and can usually be found huddled over my laptop in coffeehouses or swimming in the ocean.
My debut YA contemporary novel, UNDERWATER, will be out 1/12/16 from Macmillan/FSG and 4/7/16 Macmillan Children’s UK.
I love all books and all genres. While I do keep track of all the books I’ve read on Goodreads, I generally don’t do ratings or reviews.
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