Welcome to day number two of the You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone Blog Tour AND day number two of this book baby being in the world! Thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for putting this amazingly diverse tour together! We are absolutely ecstatic to have author Rachel Lynn Solomon with on the blog today. She was generous enough to take the time to answer questions about her book, her writing process AND give a pep talk for all those writing books in the new year (we even made her decide which characters she likes best!). You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is a YA contemporary story about teen sisters dealing with their mortality, their relationship, and teen life, in general, the firsts, the good and the bad. Find out more after the jump!
ABOUT THE BOOK
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
A moving, lyrical debut novel about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and opposite results from a genetic test that determines their fate—whether they inherited their mother’s Huntington’s disease.
Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.
But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.
When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.
These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?
From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Lynn Solomon is a Pacific Northwest native who loves rainy days, tap dancing, red lipstick, and new wave music. Her debut contemporary YA novel, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, will be out from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse in spring 2018, with a second book, A Year of Bad Ideas, to follow in 2019.
Rachel has written for newspapers, produced a radio show that aired in the middle of the night, and worked for NPR, and she currently works in education. Rachel lives in Seattle with her boyfriend and tiny dog. She’s represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.
1. Can you give us your 30-second elevator speech for You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone?
Thank you for having me! Absolutely. YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE is about twins who receive opposite results from a genetic test for Huntington’s disease. Over the course of their senior year, these results push them farther apart before they learn how to come back to each other.
2. This novel has such a unique premise. What sparked the idea?
The idea first sparked when I was browsing through Wikipedia and landed on a page about Huntington’s disease. I knew a little about the disease from the mid-2000s WB show Everwood, which had a plotline where a character debated getting tested, and as I continued researching (beyond Wikipedia!), I learned that a child of a parent with Huntington’s has a 50/50 chance of developing it themselves. It made me wonder: what if sisters—twins, even—received opposite results from a genetic test for HD? It was a staggering, heartbreaking thought, and I knew I wanted to explore all the complicated feelings associate with it in alternating POVs.
3. Who was your favorite twin: Adina or Tovah?
Aaah, that’s like asking a parent to choose a favorite child! I relate to them in different ways, but Adina was the more fun twin to write because she’s so extreme in her emotions and actions. I loved taking risks with her character.
4. Could you tell us a little bit about what your writing experience like?
The past few months have been wild and surreal in the best possible way. Seeing readers connect with my book is beyond anything I could have imagined when I started writing it about four years ago.
5. What advice would you give aspiring writers about the reality of publishing their first book?
There’s just no “standard” in publishing. Because something happened one way for one person, that doesn’t mean it will necessarily happen that way for you. There isn’t a lot of transparency in publishing, either—the number of resources out there explaining what happens post-signing with agent is slim—so I recommend asking questions at every stage of the process. I swear, I email my editor every week with the subject line “another quick question.”
There are so many different paths, and I’ve never heard two similar stories. Stubbornness—and always, always working on the next book—is crucial, and we have to be our own best advocates.
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