Hi! Today we’re celebrating Annie Cardi’s debut, THE CHANCE YOU WON’T RETURN.
Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…
They say: When your mom thinks she’s Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map.
Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school — and she is. But what’s really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad’s baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart? Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it’s easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia’s flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight — the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom’s delusions, and how far will they take her?
I say: This sounds like a really unique, fascinating premise, and I’ve heard amazing things about it! Plus, it got a starred review from Kirkus, which is kind of a big deal because they’re notoriously tough! Also, Annie is awesome and we bond over being YA writers married to playwrights.
Now for our interview with Annie:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Alex is a sharp, protective, thoughtful girl.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
THE CHANCE YOU WON’T RETURN is a hopeful, heartbreaking, contemporary YA novel.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I’m a chocolate-fueled, loyal, witty redhead.
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Denmark, Japan, and New Zealand
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
French, violin, and computer science
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Casting director, baker, and professional gif-sharer. (That’s totally a thing, right?) (JS: It should be. I love these choices!)
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Sunflowers, violets, and tulips
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Chocolate, bread, and coffee
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
THE GIVER, MRS. DALLOWAY, and OUR TOWN
Thanks for stopping by, Annie!
Annie’s generously giving away one signed copy of her book to one winner in the US or Canada. The contest is open until next Mon (April 28) at midnight EST. Please fill out the Rafflecopter to enter.