Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hushed Blog Tour Stop: Kelley York Interview

Hello everyone! I am happy to be apart of the Hushed blog tour hosted by Entangled Publishing! Today Kelley York is stopping by my blog for an interview! 

He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her. 
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed. 
Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is. 
But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

1. What inspired you to write this story?
Archer. I wanted to write about a boy who killed people for the girl he loved. I don’t know if there was something in particular that sparked the idea for Archer, but he was what came first. I abandoned all the other projects I had going at the time and threw myself completely into HUSHED.

2. Which character do you relate to the most in Hushed?
Probably a combination of Evan and Archer. I spent a lot of time in high school being the friend who was the voice of reason, trying to get others out of bad relationships and situations. I was also the friend who got used a lot, who people ran to when it was convenient for them.

3. Do you have any other novels in the works?
I have another contemporary book with a male/male romance. I don’t want to say too much more than that, especially since it’s still in its early stages!

4. Which 5 books would you say are your absolute favourites?
(1) HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones
(2) MRS. FRISBY & THE RATS OF NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
(3) A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness
(4) GONE, GONE, GONE by Hannah Moskowitz
(5) WARM BODIES by Isaac Marion
Hard narrowing it down like that, but those were the first ones that came to mind.

5. Your house is ON FIRE and you only have time to grab three things, what are they??
Assuming my family doesn’t count... MY PETS!! Do they count as one thing? (Growing up, when Mom tried to talk to me about what to do in case of a fire, she always worried I’d end up dying because I insisted I would not leave the house without my animals.) Computer. Probably my sketchbooks.  

Kelley was born adn raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.
Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.

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  1. I cant wait to read this amazing book. I went to the book store on the 6th and was unable to find it. Im going to have to break down and order it. I have not heard one bad thing about it! Great interview Liza!!

  2. I've already ordered this book on Amazon - can't wait for it to get here - thanks for the interview!

  3. This is an awesome interview. I'm curious about this one as well. I'd love to see how Kelley York will portray Archer to make us sympathetic towards him since he's a killer.

  4. Great interview! I keep hearing how A Monster Calls is great I really want to read it! Hushed was fantastic! :)

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  5. Great questions! I absolutely adored Hushed, I had to have a print copy. I'll be reading everything Kelley puts out.

  6. I really need to read this book. Great interview!

  7. I've had this book forever, but this interview makes me want to bump it up my list! What a great post. I really like KY's picks for her favorite books in particular.

  8. Fab interview, Liza! Hushed was such a fabulous book and it's so cool to get inside the author's head and get to know her a little better.