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The Compulsive Reader: 17 & Gone Blog Tour!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

17 & Gone Blog Tour!

I have Nova Ren Suma on the blog today to talk about her newest book, 17 & Gone, and some of her inspirations for the story!
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Last year, when I was deep into writing 17 & Gone, I discovered an exciting new distraction and way to collect images that fascinated me: Pinterest. What started off as maybe one more thing to keep me from writing turned into a great source of inspiration, and my 17 & Gone inspiration board was born. I’d often write with the images up on my screen, staring at them in pauses between paragraphs. On each stop on this blog tour I’m highlighting one of the photos that spoke to me and helped me find my way through the darkness of writing this book.


Source: flickr.com via Nova on Pinterest


This photo, “Everything Escaped Me” by Brooke DiDonato, turned out to be integral to the shape and feeling of the story I was writing. My narrator, Lauren, is often confused between the world she’s walking around in and the dreamscape marring up her head, which feels just as (and sometimes even more) real to her.
Soon I’d know this dream wasn’t about anyone dying—it was about living on, forever. The house was a place where you could be remembered, even visited. A home for you when you lost your own. If you ran away. If you got taken. If you steered your bike down the wrong dark road.
—from 17 & Gone, page 27
It’s the force of motion in the photo that spoke to me, the way she’s trying to shake something loose out of her head. I could see Lauren doing that, trying to see straight, trying to decide once and for all what she should believe. But she’s still surrounded by this dark cloud made of her recurring urgent dream. Not even waking up in the light of day will make it stop.

For spotlights on more images from my 17 & Gone inspiration board on Pinterest, keep following this blog tour!

Blog tour schedule:
Monday, 3/18: Mundie Moms
Tuesday, 3/19: Confessions of a Readaholic
Wednesday, 3/20: The Compulsive Reader
Thursday, 3/21: The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Friday, 3/22: Anna Reads

Monday, 3/25: The Story Siren
Tuesday, 3/26: A Good Addiction
Wednesday, 3/27: Radiant Reads
Thursday, 3/28: Presenting Lenore
Friday, 3/29: Book Chic

To learn more about 17 & Gone, read on!
"Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And . . . is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything."

1 comment:

LinWash said...

Sigh. I've been avoiding Pinterest like the plague, though several family members and friends keep trying to lure me. And here you are, tempting me again. I really love the idea of an inspiration board so I might have to bite the bullet and sign up. I wouldn't mind compiling an inspirations board for my WIP.