Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Nothing much ever happens in Redbridge. Nothing, until Nate, a bright young man who is visiting his family during his freshman year, drives over the town bridge and onto his death.
Casey watches as her high school sweet heart leaps to his death. Together with Alex, his best friend, she will look into what happened. How far are they willing to go for someone they may not have known at all?
Casey has always been an outsider in the small town of Redbridge. Her only tether was Nate. When he died, she turned to the person who had been closest to Nate when they were in school, best friend Alex. Casey doesn't know that Alex has a few secrets of his own... secrets that are about to affect her life in unimaginable ways.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know you wanted to be a writer?
I've always wanted to be a writer, ever since I learnt to read.
What inspired Five Years?
I was reading the Barthes essay about the Death of the Author and thought, what if the author actually died?
What if you couldn't ask them any question?
Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?
The characters always come first for me, and the plot kind of followed from there.
Is there anything you found particularly challenging when you were writing Five Years?
Yes, the time span was a particular challenge, along with the narration. The narration was a risky style choice but it made sense to me, so I kept it in.
If you could be one of your characters from Five Years, who would you chose? Why?
Probably nobody inside the story, since they are all very difficult people going through some absolutely horrible things. Maybe Alex's sister? I don't think I'd even like to live anywhere near their town
When writing Five Years, was there anyone or anything specific that inspired the character Casey?
Not in particular. I wanted someone that was really complex and very much about to start her life as an adult but not sure where to go. She kind of unravels through the story and she did for me as the narrator, as well.
In your opinion what three words best describe Alex?
Confused. Scared. Insecure.
Coffee or Tea?
I love coffee, actually.
Milk chocolate or Dark?
Give me milk chocolate any day!
Favorite novel and why?
The Lord of the Flies is my favorite novel, because the narration is amazing, the themes are very thorough and I love the idea of stripping away society and losing innocence. It's one of my favorite themes.
Hard copy books or e-books? Why?
I prefer hard copy books but I love reading on my e-book reader, so both?
What kind of weather do you write best in?
Is inside a weather?
Favorite author and why?
My favorite author is probably old school Stephen King. He isn't great at plotting, but I love his character development. If you could turn one book or series into films, what would you pick and who would you cast as the main characters?
Right now, I would turn Diary by Chuck Palahniuk into a film adaptation. The grandmother would be Jessica Lange, Misty would be played by Marisa Tomei and Tabby would be played by the girl who plays Primrose Everdeen. Angel would be played by Kevin Bacon and young Peter would be played by Avan Jogia. I don't know how they would adapt it to film, but it would be very good!
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