Welcome to my stop on the The Trouble With Goodbye blog tour hosted by AToMR. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!
The Trouble With Goodbye
by Sarra Cannon
Release date: May 2013
Publisher: Dead River Books (self-published)
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
One night can change everything…
Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.
Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.
With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.
That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.
Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.
Interview with Sarra Cannon
Q: You are known for your YA paranormal romance books. What made you decide to write contemporary romance?
The first few books I ever wrote were actually contemporary romances and I've always loved reading them, but when I started self-publishing, it was Harper's story that was nagging at me to be written. Once I'd finished the Peachville High Demons series, though, I couldn't get Leigh Anne's story out of my head. Sometimes I think characters speak to me more than specific genres, and when their stories get in my head, I can't rest until they are told. Moving forward, I really hope to keep writing both paranormal and contemporary stories without being limited to one or the other. I love them both!
Q: What were the challenges (research, psychological, and logistical) in bringing this story or characters to life?
This story is based on something I experienced in my own life. As I was writing, I had to face a lot of those old memories and feelings, which was both difficult and healing at the same time. With paranormal, a lot of the plot and emotions can rely on spells and magic and action, but with a contemporary romance, the story is more naked and real. It was tough to face those emotions without any kind of armor or magic to hide behind. I wanted the story, and Leigh Anne, to seem as real as possible.
Q: What was the easiest part of writing The Trouble With Goodbye?
Knox was such an easy character to write. For some reason, he just appeared in my head and I felt like I knew him inside and out. Everything from his expressions to his dialog came flowing out of me while I was writing.
Q: What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why.
I loved writing the rope swing scene between Knox and Leigh Anne. For the last year and a half, Leigh Anne has been so guarded, scared to let herself just have fun. With him, though, she's finally able to let go for a little while and forget the pain of her past. It's such a freeing moment for her, and I loved writing it. There are so many scenes in this book where I felt so proud of Leigh Anne. I loved writing the scenes where she grew and finally let down the walls around her heart. And I loved the scenes where she finally learned to stand up for herself in new ways.
Q: What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us?
So many things! After taking some time off last year to have my first baby, I am finding myself full of energy to write. Later this month I am releasing the first book in my new YA paranormal trilogy, Death's Awakening, about a group of teens struggling to survive the zombie apocalypse. I am really excited about this new series because there is a lot of magic and action, but there's also a beautiful romance that I've had so much fun writing. This month I'll also be releasing a Demons short story written from Jackson's point-of-view.
In July, I hope to start a 6-part novelette series called Sacrifice Me. This will be a New Adult paranormal romance. A very sexy take on angels and demons!
In the Fall, fans of The Trouble With Goodbye will be able to read the second book in the Fairhope series. The book is titled The Moment We Began and will be Penny and Mason's story.
Sarra Cannon grew up in a small town in Georgia where she learned that being popular always comes at a price. She is the author of the young adult paranormal Peachville High Demons series, which she first began self-publishing in October of 2010. Since the series began, Sarra has sold over 120,000 copies and recently signed a contract with Sea Lion Books to create a graphic novel adaptation of Beautiful Demons, the first book in the series.
Sarra lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband, her new baby boy, and her teeny tiny Pomeranian, Snickerdoodle.
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