Today I'm welcoming Linda Kage on Fictional Distraction, who is the author of the Young Adult contemporary novel The Color of Grace. You can read the book's summary below and add it to you to-read list, as well as check out the interview with Linda and enter the tour-wide giveaway by commenting on this post.
Goodreads Summary:When my mother remarried after thirteen years of being a widow, I had to move to a new town and enroll in a new school. Suddenly thrust into an entirely different kind of life, I just wanted to go home. I didn’t want to meet new people, didn’t want to leave my old friends, didn’t want to become a third wheel to my mom and her husband….and I really didn’t want to see Ryder Yates again. Ugh, I still don’t know why I turned down that too-good-to-be-true boy who flirted with me when we were attending separate schools.
But honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It was worse.
Who knew becoming lost in a new life could help a girl find her true colors?
30-something Midwest USA geek girl with hubby & 2-yr-old & luvs anything romance!
What inspired you to write The Color of Grace?
There were two cases of accusations made against men for taking advantage of their new stepdaughters in my neighborhood. These two cases happened a lot closer to home than I felt comfortable with. And since both instances happened within a few months of each other, it shocked and horrified me to learn how often this really occurred. Made me wonder what a girl was supposed to do when she found herself in a similar situation. Then more what-ifs cropped up until Grace’s story formed and The Color of Grace was born.
What was your favorite part of writing The Color of Grace? What was the hardest part?
My favorite part was writing the color symbolism project at the beginning of so many chapters. It was something different and fun to do. I liked thinking up a color that would kind of/sort of match its corresponding chapter. The hardest part was trying to make the story feel real enough so someone reading it wouldn’t snort and mutter, “that SOOO would not happen!”
Do you have any certain approach to create your characters or do they just “happen?” Do you have a favorite among your characters?
I’m going to go with “they just happen.” I think up a little scene or situation first, and if I want a character to react a certain way to that scene, then their personality pretty much emerges from the way they respond…which makes my favorite character Ryder in this book because of the way he reacts to meeting Grace in the beginning of the story.
Yes, I have wanted to write since the first grade. My little, short stories I wrote in grade school turned into full novels by high school, and I just kept going from there. I love completing a story that’s been stuck in my head for a while. Not only does my brain feel relieved from all the story ideas getting out, but I feel this amazing sense of satisfaction from typing down “THE END.”
Despite dealing with the lives of teenagers, many people from various age groups love the Young Adult genre. What made you decide to write a YA novel and what do you like most about this genre?
I love reading YA and watching teen movies. There is just something clean and fresh about them. They don’t have to worry so much about paying bills, or dealing with child custody, or all those ‘ugh’ adult problems. I like watching them deal with teen issues that can be resolved by the end of the story.
If you were told that you could buy five 2012 book releases right now, which ones would you choose? Why?
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Fracture (Fracture #1) by Megan Miranda
Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Why: Because I’ve heard really good things about them and haven’t read them yet!
So many authors have created amazing settings for their stories. If you could live in any fictional world for one day, which one would that be?
I think Harry Potter’s world would be the best. I would kill to attend Hogwarts for just one week!
As a tour-wide giveaway, Linda Kage is giving away a $30 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. For that you just have comment on any of the blog tour stops (check out Linda's website for more tour stops here). If you comment on more than one blog tour post, you have more chances of winning. So, good luck!
Are you intrigued by The Color of Grace? Or have you already read it?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!