Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway X2: One Broken Day by Melissa MacVicar @MelissaMacVicar @yaboundtourspr

One Broken Day
Melissa MacVicar
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: May 18th 2017


After a notorious school shooting leaves her a shadow of the girl she once was, seventeen-year-old Lizzie Beringer moves to Nantucket Island. There, Lizzie vows to hide her identity as the shooter’s sister. All her efforts to fly under the radar, however, are complicated by her P.T.S.D. and the attention she receives from two competing boys. While fending off the not-so-subtle advances of popular athlete Michael Wickersham, she must also deal with her growing feelings for her shy lab partner Gage Pike. Gage may act like he’s all wrong for her, but the pull between them is undeniable. 

Under the threat of discovery and the possibility of testifying in a televised trial, Lizzie fights to keep her secrets and start her life over.

One Broken Day is a brilliantly imagined story exploring the ways we are all broken and at the same time, offered redemption in the most unexpected of places.

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Interview with Melissa MacVicar

What inspired you to write One Broken Day?

I wouldn’t call it inspiration but an inciting incident. The incident was the terrible tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Sandy Hook sparked national conversation about so many issues from gun violence to mental health and more.

One part of the story that I became interested in was the family of the shooter. Many people felt that there were warning signs, and that the perpetrator’s family should have seen what he was capable of. In the days that followed, some blamed his family for not stopping him. His brother, in fact, was arrested at gunpoint in the aftermath.

As a result of my pondering this tragedy, I found myself considering what responsibility we all have for the actions of the people we are close too. Is everyone, in fact, culpable for the actions taken by those they love? Surely, we can distance ourselves and leave everyone in our lives if we don’t like how they act but does the world ever  let us leave our family-—blood or otherwise? Maybe we are always stricken with guilt by association when it comes to them. These are just a few of the  questions that led me to write this book.

Can you tell us a little bit about the next book you have planned for the future?

I am writing an adult romantic thriller tentatively titled Lesson Plans. The one sentence summary so far is: Both a precocious teenage girl and a dedicated teacher become embroiled in a texting scandal with a vengeful young man that could have dangerous consequences.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in One Broken Day?

I poured my heart into Lainey and Gage. They embody so much of my own emotion, it’s a bit scary. I had to really go there with how Lainey would feel, and I can tell you that it wasn’t always fun. Same with Gage. I love books with a ton of emotion so I tried to write one. I hope I succeeded.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

Ah! This is too hard. John Green, Anita Shreve, Gillian Flynn, and Jennifer Echols. I don’t have just one. Story plus characters. That is truly what does it for me. One thing I love about Anita Shreve is her strong settings, though, so I  can’t really say for sure. I guess they have to have all three elements for me to fall in love with a book and a writer. 

If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?

I would definitely go back in time because I love history.  My first novel Ever Near has a strong historical tie in. I would probably go back to the Victorian Era just to check it out, not to stay. I would not want to be a woman then.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

Yes, I have two rescue animals--a gray tabby cat named Puddy who is super friendly and a black and white rat terrier mix named Bandit who loves to lay around and snore in his old age.

About the Author
Melissa was born and mostly raised on Nantucket Island, and she currently lives there with her husband and two teenage children. When not being a wife and mother and teaching writing to seventh graders, she enjoys binge watching shows like Big Little Lies, House of Cards, and Outlander. Despite the rumors to the contrary, she does not actually wish she was a teenager again, nor does she see ghosts like the main character in her first novel, Ever Near. She does, however, love to hear from readers so send her a message on social media or at her email: melissa.macvicar@gmail.com

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Melissa MacVicar said...

Thanks for hosting me and One Broken Day!

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