Monday, 17 September 2012

Q&A with Katie McGarry and Giveaway of Pushing the Limits (US/CAN) (Stuck in a Good Book hop)

I finished Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry about two weeks ago, though I still hasn't gotten around to write a full and good review of it yet due to exams, my review will come very soon! I do have something special to share with you all here. Many thanks to Katie and her publicist Karen from Media Masters. I have here a fun Q&A with Katie McGarry! Oh, and many thanks also to Karen and Katie for providing a HARDCOVER copy of Pushing the Limits for this giveaway! *squeal!* I want it too!! It was an awesome read. But, it's only open to US/Canada residents as it can only be shipped there. Sorry my lovely international followers, just like me, you'd have to wait for the next time! But don't worry, I've got another giveaway for you coming up soon! Anyways, enjoy!

 KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

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Q&A With Katie McGarry

Q: What was your inspiration for writing Pushing the Limits?
A: I had two main inspirations: One, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to write a story in which my characters felt strong enough to leave their pasts behind and create new futures for themselves. The first scene I ever saw in my mind was Echo and Noah leaving town after graduation. Two, I wanted to write two characters who were facing overwhelming issues and who, through battling these issues, found hope at the end of their journey.

Q: How did you come up with Echo’s name?
A: Echo went through several name changes as I wrote the manuscript. For a while, she had a very normal name, but it always felt off. It wasn’t until I looked at Echo from her mother’s point of view that I found her name. Echo’s mother loved Greek mythology so it made perfect sense that she would name her children after the myths. I read several Greek myths and the moment I found Echo’s, I fell in love. Echo, to me, was the girl who lost her voice. Thankfully, she finds it by the end.

Q: Which character is the most “like” you?
A: All of them. I gave each character a piece of me (though some have larger slices of me than others). Overall, I’d say I’m a strange combination of Echo, Lila and Beth. Echo has my need to please, Lila has my unfailing loyalty to my friends and Beth encompasses my insecurities.

Q: Did you experience friendships with Grace types when you were in high school?
A: Yes. And the more people have read this story, the more this question comes up. Grace has struck a stronger nerve in people than I ever would have imagined. It seems most of us have unfortunately experienced a relationship where a person wants to “like” you and wants to “be your friend,” but only if it serves their needs. In case anyone is wondering, that isn’t friendship.

Q: Are there any parts of the story you feel particularly close to?
A: Yes. The relationship between Noah, Isaiah and Beth. Beyond my parents and sister, my nearest family members were over fourteen hours away. My friends became my family. The peopleI grew up with were more than people I watched movies with or talked to occasionally on the phone. These were people with whom I shared life’s most devastating moments, but also my hardest laughs. These were people who I would have willingly died for and I know they would have done the same for me. They shared my triumphs with smiles on their faces and congratulatory hugs. They held me when I cried and offered to beat up whoever hurt my feelings. These were also the same people who were more than happy to get in my face if they thought I was making a wrong decision.

Q: Did anything that happens to Echo happen to you?
A: Sort of. I was bitten by a dog when I was in second grade and repressed the memory. It felt very strange to have no memory of an incident that other people knew about. It was even stranger to have injuries and not have an inkling where they came from. In college, I finally remembered the incident when a dog lunged at me. I relived the horrible event and sort of “woke up” a few minutes later to find myself surrounded by people I loved. Even though I “remember” the incident, I still don’t remember the whole thing. I only see still frames in my mind and there is no blood in any of the memories.

So now, onto the giveaway! I'm giving away a Hardcover copy of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. This was a book I couldn't put down. This giveaway is also part of the Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy from I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Valerie from Stuck in Books. To hop to other blogs in this hop, find the list here. This giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only, due to shipping costs. The winner must reply within 48 hours after I've contacted he/she, otherwise a new winner will be selected. I do retain the right to disqualify any entries that are unfit. Anyway, other than that, GOOD LUCK!

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  1. This is so cool! Q&A with the author w:ow great way to feature everything I'm so happy I got to know you more & some of the story.I'm looking forward reading this book XD

    1. Thanks Kim! Good luck to you for the giveaway! :)

  2. I always enjoy learning background info about books. Enjoyed the interview.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    1. You're very welcome Sophia! I'm glad you enjoyed the Q&A. It's always fun to get to know about the author and the story a little more :)

  3. Great Interview! I love learning about how characters developed and if an author resembles the characters they write about.
    Thanks for the chance to win!