Today I am kicking of my YA/MG month. I did something like this last year and decided to do it again as it had a really great response. Each day I will be talking about a different YA/MG author with Q&A's, extracts, giveaways, reviews and more. I really enjoy doing this as I get to talk to some of my favourite authors and I just love it.
Today, I have the wonderful Cecilia Vinesse on my blog with a Q&A. Cecilia is the author of Seven Days of You and recently released The Summer of Us. Both are the perfect read for the summer and I adored them both.
1. Can you tell me about your new book The Summer of Us?
Of course! The Summer of Us is about a group of American high school seniors living in London who celebrate their graduation by going on a whirlwind train trip around Europe. It’s narrated by best friends Aubrey and Rae, and it’s about a) their friendship, b) their two very different, very complicated love lives, c) long summer days in European cities and c) the joy/stress/excitement/frustration of traveling somewhere new with a group of your favorite people.
2. In the book we visit a few European countries. Have you visited any of these? Any of them your favourite place to visit?
When I started writing the book, I had never been to either Prague or Barcelona, but I did manage to visit them both over the course of drafting and editing. In terms of a favorite, that’s such a tricky question! Paris is a city of my heart, because my dad is from there, and I have so many memories of visiting with my family over the years. I went to Barcelona in the springtime and was overwhelmed by how beautiful Park Güell and the Sagrada Família were bathed in the warm sunshine. But Prague had this particular, fairytale magic to it I will never forget. I guess my favorite thing was visiting all of these cities and discovering each of their distinct characters. Which, in terms of an answer, is kind of cheating, I know!
3. Rae and Aubrey are fantastic characters. Do you relate to either of them? Or to any of the other characters within the book?
First of all, thank you so much, Beth! It really means a lot to me that you thought so.
I think my friends and family would tell you I’m definitely more of an Aubrey: I love to obsessively plan and worry about everything—well, “love to” is maybe a bit of an overstatement—and I really struggle with letting go of and moving on from the people and places I connect to. But even though Rae and I are pretty different in terms of personalities, her relationship with Clara was deeply personal and important for me to write. Actually, Clara is another character I related to! I felt such a strong connection with her desire to pursue her artistic ambition but also her fear of putting herself out there and not succeeding. If I could have added in one more POV, I would have loved to explore hers.
4. Are working on anything at the moment you can tell us about?
I’m playing around with a few new ideas right now, which is such a joyful place to be. Everything is too vague to say much about, but I can guarantee that anything I write next will include: romance, friendship, probably travelling, and definitely—definitely—food.
Thank you Cecilia for coming on my blog today and for this wonderful interview!
Cecilia Vinesse was born in France but grew up between Tokyo, Japan and Greenville, South Carolina. Her obsession with Nora Ephron movies led her to New York City to attend Barnard College and then to live in New York for three years afterward, working in children's book marketing and living in an apartment furnished mostly by stacks of novels.
Now she's in the UK where she splits her time holding late-night writing sessions, daydreaming in libraries, and having Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathons with her girlfriend Rachel and a pup named Malfi. She writes books about teenagers who wander around cities and fall in love and eat really delicious food.
It's Sophia's last week in Tokyo, and she's going to make it count...
Sophia has spent her life ping-ponging between different countries and schools, so, in theory, saying goodbye should be easy. But now she's leaving Tokyo - the place that finally felt like home. The only way she can get through this is to make her final week perfect.
Then Jamie Foster-Collins shows up, just in time to ruin everything. Jamie and Sophia used to be friends . . . and his return stirs up feelings she thought she'd forgotten.
Suddenly, hours and minutes become meaningless. Only time spent together, exploring the hidden streets of the city they love, is real.
Five friends. Five cities. Two complicated love stories . . . The perfect read for fans of Jennifer E Smith and Sara Barnard.
Aubrey and Rae have been planning their European tour since the moment they met. It was meant to be the perfect way to spend their last summer together before university, but now it's not just the two of them . . .
There's Jonah, Aubrey's seemingly perfect boyfriend, and Gabe, who Aubrey may have accidentally kissed. Then there's Clara, the friend Rae is crushing on, hard, even though there's no hope because Clara is into guys, not girls. And on top of all that Aubrey and Rae's friendship appears to be falling apart. Things are more complicated at eighteen than they were at ten.
Set off on a romantic adventure that embraces warm summer nights, the thrill of first kisses and the bittersweet ache of saying goodbye to the past.