Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Author Interview with RJ Garcia

Hey all! In partnership with RockStar Book Tours, I interviewed RJ Garcia, author of Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced. This YA debut comes packed with horror, mystery, and romance, so I was stoked to have a chance to talk with RJ about the book and her writing. RJ has also worked as a social worker and foster parent, and as a fellow social worker I was interested to see how the job influenced her writing. Please help me welcome RJ, then check out the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy of Nocturnal Meetings (US only.)

1) What was your inspiration for Nocturnal Meetings? 
Nocturnal Meetings was inspired by some kids I met as a social worker. They had parents who were either addicted to drugs, alcohol or mentally ill. These kids had to take on adult roles to keep their families together. I don’t think you see this dynamic in YA very often. It was also inspired by my fascination with true crime and cold cases, in particular.

2) What motivates you to write for kids? 
 I have always been drawn to coming of age fiction and movies. I think it is an interesting time in your life to explore.  I also write about some dark and heavy subjects. Nocturnal Meetings would be good for kids 12 and up. I hope to show that just because something bad happens to you, it doesn’t define you.

3) How do you think working with foster kids has influenced your writing?
I met a lot of amazing kids who ended up in the foster care system.  Their resiliency definitely inspired me. It also made me want to give a voice to this fringe group.

4) What has been your greatest struggle as a writer? 
Having dyslexia was probably my hardest obstacle and a lack of confidence at times.

5) Are you a planner or a pantser with your writing? Do you prefer to outline or just dive right in?
If I’m writing a short story, sometimes I will just sit and write. When I wrote Nocturnal Meetings, I did have this story in my head and certain scenes planned out.  I scribble some story ideas down or cool descriptions from time to time. I guess I am a planner and a panster.

6) What's your highest hope for Nocturnal Meetings? What would be your "dream come true" moment?
Just to find a small home for it was the original dream. Now, I would love for people to connect with these characters.

7) What's your favourite part of writing? 
I like the act of writing much more than the editing and querying process. So basically, the whole make-believe part.

8) What advice would you give aspiring authors? 
Don’t give up. I know it is said a lot, but you have to keep going if you really want it. If you’re going to query a small publisher invest in one of their books or what they are looking for to see if your works are a good match.

About the Book:

Author: R.J. Garcia
Pub. Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: The Parliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: ?
Find it: Amazon, Goodreads

Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.
Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

About R.J.:

I’m a writer, avid reader, and HufflePuff, who wants a re-do at the sorting hat. I am a wife and proud mom, too.

I’ve earned my MSW and have worked with foster kids. Writing has been my other great love.

I have published several non-fiction pieces about teen issues and wrote short stories since I was a kid. A longer story began keeping me up at night, and I finished my first novel! I am now thrilled to announce that this story, Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced has found a home at The Parliament House! Parliament House Press

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced (81,000 words, mystery, suspense) – Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where a group of teens must unravel secrets in order to expose the town’s dark past.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
April 23, 2018: A Dream Within A Dream Excerpt
April 24, 2018: Literary Dust Review
Today: The Underground Interview
April 26, 2018: Literary Meanderings Excerpt
April 27, 2018: BookHounds YA - Interview

Week Two:
April 30, 2018: Malanie Loves Fiction - Review
May 1, 2018: Owl Always Be Reading Excerpt
May 2, 2018: Novel Novice Guest Post
May 3, 2018: A Gingerly Review Excerpt
May 4, 2018: K.L. Knovitzke – Author Spotlight

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