23 June 2016

Blog Tour: If You're Gone by Brittany Goodwin

If You're Gone by Brittany Goodwin
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: June 20th 2016 Edge of 22 Publishing
Summary: If You’re Gone traces a trying summer for rising high school senior Lillian White as she struggles to cope with the sudden disappearance of her boyfriend, Brad Lee - reported missing the morning after his graduation ceremony. When law enforcement dismisses the case and classifies Brad as voluntarily missing, Lillian becomes desperate to prove that he couldn’t have just walked away. Not from his friends. Not from his family. Not from her.Launching her own investigation into the darker side of her small North Carolina town, Lillian begins to uncover secrets from Brad’s past that force her to question everything she thought she knew about him and their relationship. "Soul-stirring... Truly one of the most innovative voices to come along in a while. Goodwin has weaved an engaging web of deceit and intrigue that embodies not only her storytelling prowess
but highlights her visionary filmmaking abilities in novel form." (Justin Price, creator of 'Future' SVOD channel) If You're Gone will be available June 20th, 2016 from Edge of 22 Publishing.

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Meet The Author:
About the Author Brittany Goodwin is an author, screenwriter and director, best known for the internationally distributed faith-based feature films, Secrets in the Snow and Secrets in the Fall, which have both been awarded the highest honor of five Doves from the Dove Foundation. Brittany lives outside Nashville, TN with her husband and every growing number of rescue pets. She enjoys traveling with her husband and dogs, DIY projects, quoting John Hughes films, playing (and winning!) movie trivia games, and binge-watching Investigation Discovery Channel. A self-proclaimed armchair detective, Brittany is an active member of many Missing Persons blogs and Facebook pages, which inspired the topic of her debut YA novel, If You're Gone.

Author Interview:
1) what inspires you to write?

I love stories that make me feel something, whether it is books or movies, and I’m always coming up with new ideas for characters and situations I think people will relate to or take something away from. I’m not sure if that really answers the question… but I guess I am inspired by human emotion!

2) what is the hardest thing about being a writer?

For myself, and probably many other writers, I have to say rejection. It can be so discouraging and stifling. You feel like you have created a beautiful product only to send it off to literary agents and publishers who won’t give it the time of day, or who give you generic reasons why they aren’t interested in it, and it can be so frustrating! When submitting If You’re Gone I received about a dozen full and partial requests out of nearly EIGHTY agents and publishers I sent it to. (I’m almost embarrassed to admit that number, but I don’t think I am the only writer out there who has nearly hit- or exceeded- triple digits on their list of submissions!) Every day as those rejections kept rolling in I had to force myself to keep editing and keep working on new projects, despite the lack of interest. It was tough but my persistence paid off in the end!

3) what do you do when you get writers block?

My biggest struggle has been what I call “writers paranoia”. I always have a story running through my head, but sometimes I am scared to put it down on paper because I worry it won’t come out as good as what’s in my mind. It sounds crazy, but it has affected me so many times. I have finally gotten to the point where I just force myself to start writing, almost like stream of consciousness, and then I’ll walk away from it and re-read it later. At least if it’s terrible I know what went wrong and I can try again.

4) what advice would you give to aspiring writers

When I had an inbox full of form rejections I had to keep reminding myself “it only takes one”. After a LOT of patience and perseverance, I was lucky enough to get contract offers from a few different indie publishers! I have found that a lot of writers put their novel on a shelf when they hit their target rejection number (or just can’t stand another “No”) and move on to something different. My advise to aspiring writers is- don’t let anyone else’s opinion about your work change how you feel about your work. If you took the time to write something because you felt it was important enough to be written about- self publish it, blog it, just put it out there! A lot of writers might disagree with me, but I encourage all writers to remain passionate about their writing regardless of what Agent X has to say about it. 

5) do you have a street team or an email readers can subscribe to receive updates on upcoming releases, etc.

Yes! I don’t post on Twitter a lot but anytime something exciting is happening you better believe I will blow up your news feed! ☺ My Twitter handle is @thewritebritt. Also, if you go to edgeof22publishing.com you will be prompted to enter your email address to join the mailing list, and you can receive promotional offers as well as announcements for upcoming work from myself and other amazing indie authors!

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