Wednesday, 18 February 2015


Title: The Forgetting
Author: Nicole Maggi
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: 3rd February 2015

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Georgie's new heart saved her life...but now she's losing her mind.

Georgie Kendrick wakes up after a heart transplant, but the organ beating in her chest doesn't seem to be in tune with the rest of her body. Why does she have a sudden urge for strawberries when she's been allergic for years? Why can't she remember last Christmas?

Driven to find her donor, Georgie discovers her heart belonged to a girl her own age who fell out of the foster care system and into a rough life on the streets. Everyone thinks she committed suicide, but Georgie is compelled to find the truth - before she loses herself completely.



What Advice Do You Have for Aspiring Writers?

It may sound like a cop-out but one of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to read. Read a lot. And read outside your comfort zone. The majority of what I read is YA because, obviously, I love it but every so often I like to throw in something different, like a biography or memoir or literary fiction. Right now I’m reading Mistral’s Daughter by Judith Krantz which is a sweeping multi-generational romance novel written in the ’80’s.
The second piece of advice I have is to be careful about showing your work to anyone too soon. Sometimes we write something and we’re just so excited that we actually wrote something that we want to show it to the world right away. But once you show it to the world, you open yourself up for criticism. And that criticism might be constructive and well-intentioned, but if we’re not ready to hear it, it can be really damaging. I actually knew a beautiful writer who had her work critiqued by an agent at a conference and she never wrote again. I like to think of my writing like a glass ball. Until I’m absolutely certain that the glass is totally unbreakable, I won’t show my work to anyone. So keep it to yourself for a while, until you’re sure that you’re ready to listen to feedback.
A lot of people think you need to write every day to really be a writer, but I disagree with that. In fact, I think the edict to “Write something every single day” can actually be a little abusive because if we don’t write that day, we start to beat ourselves up and that’s pretty much the worst thing you can do to yourself as a writer. So my last piece of advice is to just do something creative every day. It doesn’t have to be writing. It can be painting, sculpting, baking, putting together a collage, writing a blog post, dancing, singing in the shower…whatever brings you joy. We all have a Well of Creativity within us and it’s important to keep that Well stocked so that we can draw on it when we need to. By filling it with all sorts of creative activities, we’re keeping ourselves primed so that when we’re under deadline, and we do need to write every day, we can do it.

And I guess my bonus piece of advice is to never lose faith. Don’t let anyone or anything shake you from your writing aspirations. If you believe you can do it, you can, and don’t let anyone ever convince you otherwise!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your site! Hope my advice is helpful to readers! :-)