Hey guys, today I have author Sarah Crossan with a Guest Post. Her newest novel One, will be released by Harper Teen on September 15. Which by the time you’re reading this will have passed, so go and get it, or keep reading for a chance to get a copy (: Also, make sure to check out my blogger twin Arlene’s Review on this, it’ll be linked below.
Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.
Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.
But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.
Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.
She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.
She currently lives in NYC.
How to meet deadlines and remain sane:
1) Pretend there is no deadline
I’m serious. One of the very worst ways to slow down the writing process is to listen to a clock ticking. It creates fear—fear of not completing the novel; fear of its not being good enough; fear of getting dumped by your agent, publisher, and hot new boyfriend. Write as though you’ve all the time in the world, and focus on the story and the characters rather than living by a “I must write 1000 words a day” mantra.
2) Don’t be a lazy Breaking Bad day waster
When fear does strike, and it always does, keep your ass firmly rooted to your writing chair. If you must, make tea and go for a walk. Get your limbs moving. But DO NOT sit in front of the TV, watching reruns of Buffy and The Walking Dead. This will not get your book written and will only make you feel guilty for having wasted hours/days/weeks.
3) Have balance
When you’re on deadline, it’s easy to stress out and cancel everything else in your life. No gym. No showering. No lunch with friends. The plan is always to write way more than is possible, but what usually ends up happening is that you write the same amount in double the time and feel like a big loser. Decide when you do your best work and do it then. The rest of the day should be spent living!
Make sure to also go check out Arlene’s Review on the book!
Harper was also kind enough to offer a giveaway! One US Resident will win a finished copy of the book.