During the month of March I’ll be doing interviews and guest posts on some fabulous blogs, as well as featuring some of my author friends right here on my site. This is a month of giveaways, SWAG, and great conversations. In honour of Second Skin’s major theme, FACING YOUR DARKEST FEAR, we’ll look at what scares us – from horror films, fiction, phobias, folklore and the beasties that haunt our dreams. For the full roster of posts, click on the blog tour image.
Today we have Jennifer R. Hubbard, another fellow classmate from the Class of 2k10 debut author collective. I can’t say enough about 2k10, the experience has left me with friendships and a network of authors that will go the distance. Without further ado, here’s Jenn’s guest post:
What Scares My Characters
by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Try Not to Breathe is the story of Ryan, a 16-year-old recovering from a suicide attempt. He meets Nicki, a girl who is trying to reach her dead father via psychics. The book follows their growing relationship, and their search for answers about Nicki’s father’s suicide.
Ryan doesn’t have many physical fears. He likes to stand under a strong waterfall despite the danger of drowning, even after it knocks him down. He fantasizes about skydiving. His fears revolve around not feeling connected to other people, not feeling worthy, not belonging in the world or having the energy to participate in it. He is afraid to get too close to Nicki—and he is afraid for her to get too close to him, because then she might discover a few guilty secrets he has been hiding. He’s mortally afraid of rejection.
The secrets come out, of course. And then Ryan learns things about Nicki that threaten his newfound ability to trust people. Because a fear of death has never stood in Ryan’s way, he has to overcome his fear of life, and the pain that living inevitably brings.
The counterpoint to the fear and pain of living is hope: the belief that things change. That they get better. Life brings us nasty surprises, but it also brings us joy. The challenge for Ryan is to learn that, and to keep believing it.
Jennifer R. Hubbard (http://www.jenniferhubbard.com/) is the author of the contemporary young-adult novels The Secret Year and Try Not to Breathe, both published by Viking. She is on Twitter @JennRHubbard.
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED: Comment on this post, sharing your BIGGEST fear to enter to win a copy of Try Not To Breathe. WINNER IS: AMY G
I did say this was an author exchange, check out my guest post on Jennifer’s blog today!