Welcome to The Cover Contessa's stop on the Can't Look Away blog tour!Title: CAN'T LOOK AWAY
Author: Donna Cooner
Pub. Date: August 26, 2014
Donna Cooner establishes herself as our own Jodi Picoult in this timely tale of sisters, loss, and redemption.
Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey's sister is killed in an accident -- maybe because of Torrey and her videos -- Torrey's perfect world implodes.
Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn't know who to trust. Is queen bee Blair only being sweet because of Torrey's internet infamy? What about Raylene, who is decidedly unpopular, but seems accepts Torrey for who she is? And then there's Luis, with his brooding dark eyes, whose family runs the local funeral home. Torrey finds herself drawn to Luis, and his fascinating stories about El dio de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.
As the Day of the Dead draws near, Torrey will have to really look at her own feelings about death, and life, and everything in between. Can she learn to mourn her sister out of the public eye?
Tell us about your writing process while writing this book. Was there a lot of research? Did you pull from your own experiences?
My writing process involves a lot of procrastination and randomness. I wander around from room to room-like the Facebook room and the Twitter room and the email room-before I finally settle in to actually write. The puttering around also involves cleaning the vents in the laundry room, taking bubble baths, drinking lattes, and staring at people in the coffee shop. Some days I avoid the blank page with almost any distraction. I also don’t write every day. I write in chunks of time when I can squeeze it in between a full time job and everything else in life. Most Tuesday/Thursday mornings, before I head into the office, you'll find me at a coffee shop in Old Town Fort Collins. I love the fact they know me by name and keep my account on an index card in a box by the register to settle up at the end of the month.
There is always something central to a new story that comes from my own experience, but I love doing the research to learn something completely new. I understood very little about teenage beauty vloggers when I started writing CAN’T LOOK AWAY. I found it amazing that some had millions of followers watching their every move. It was fascinating to think of being under that kind of scrutiny and to create a character living in that world.
Donna is the author of over twenty picture books and was a founding member of the Brazos Valley Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators. She has also written children's television shows for PBS and textbooks for future teachers. SKINNY is her debut novel for young adults.
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