Oh, you've heard of that little ol' book that's generated quite the buzz lately? Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry has been cementing a name for itself, with incredible reviews by some of the best bloggers in the 'sphere. Today, thanks to the too-amazing-for-my-lowly-mortal-words, HarlequinTEEN Australia and Morey Media, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to pick Katie's brains!
So whether you've read the book or are pawing at the screen every time you see the cover posted, read on to find out more about the author who has everyone talking. I especially love her answer to the last question!! Aww! <3 (And thanks to the awesome folk on twitter who helped inspire a couple questions!).
Introducing the lady of the hour...
Was it difficult channeling the differing personalities/emotional baggage with Noah and Echo or did writing from each perspective come easily to you?
Katie: Echo and Noah were definitely challenging characters to write. Their hurts became my hurts and I often cried while writing them. At the same time, the two of them could make me laugh, especially when they were together. Echo and Noah have unbelievable chemistry and I love their banter.
Some writers are strict with plotting, others let the story flow naturally. How did Pushing the Limits develop? Was it all planned from the beginning or did anything take you by surprise while writing?
Katie: I plotted Echo and Noah’s journey. The ending happened as planned, but there was a pivotal moment in the book I had plotted that Noah adamantly disagreed with. I spent days trying to get him to do what I wanted, but he dug his feet into the ground and gave me writers block.
I eventually gave in and let him go where he wanted. I’m glad I did. Once Pushing the Limits has been out for a bit, I hope to let my readers know what Noah refused to do.
So often counsellors and social workers are painted in a very stereotypical light and it's true, there are some less-than-stellar ones out there, but there are also some gems like Mrs. Collins. I love that the approach you took with her! Did you consciously set out to write her this way? Was she modelled on anyone you know?
Katie: Yes, I purposely wrote Mrs. Collins they way I did. She isn’t based upon anyone I know. If anything she is bits and pieces of adults in my life that listened to me and helped me out when I was a teenager.
Will we be seeing lots more contemporary from you or do you have any plans to tap your fingers into other genres?
Katie: Right now, I’m a contemporary type of gal. I’m currently working on revisions for DARE YOU TO, a companion novel to PUSHING THE LIMITS. DARE YOU TO follows the story of Beth, a secondary character from PTL.
What are some of your favourite good girl/bad boy romances? (fiction or movies!)
Katie: Casablanca is one of my favorite movies and I love anything by Simone Elkeles.
Do you go for the seemingly "bad" boy who can push your limits in real life, or do you prefer the "good" guy?
Katie: Funny you ask. When I first met my husband, I thought he was the bad boy. He was mysterious and his outside appearance screamed that he’d be problems for me. As we got to know each other and as we eventually fell in love, I discovered that he actually is the “good” guy. Honestly, he’s the best.
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SO WRONG FOR EACH OTHER...AND YET SO RIGHT.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.
But when Noah Hutchins--the smoking hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket--explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.