Blog Tour: Finding It by Cora Carmack
I am so so so excited to be participating in the blog tour for Finding It! I loved the book (review should be up soon) so I’m thrilled I had the opportunity to interview Cora! And I think that you will love her answers! I know that I did. In addition to the interview there is also a fabulous giveaway so be sure to sign up for that too!
Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.
It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.
Tell me FIVE things you loved about writing FINDING IT!
1. Jackson Hunt (Duh).
2. The banter between Kelsey and Hunt (I love me some banter)
3. The locations (The only thing better than writing about Europe is being there)
4. The challenge (This wasn’t the easiest book to write, but that kept me on my toes)
5. The journey (This book has a bit more drama than my others, and that made for a fun journey for both me and Kelsey)
Tell me FIVE things that were difficult about writing FINDING IT.
1. Kelsey. Hands down she was the hardest thing about this book. Don’t get me wrong, I love the girl, but she’s very different from me, so it took some doing to get into her character.
2. The journey. As I mentioned above, I loved it. But Kelsey’s journey from the beginning to the end of book required balance. I needed her to grow and change, but if that happened too quickly it was inauthentic. If it happened too slowly, I risked losing readers. Most of my revisions were centered on that challenge. And unlike normal revisions, it’s not something that can be fixed by adding or changing a scene. It required me to read and re-read again and again to make sure the transition was smooth. Definitely the most challenging and time-consuming revision process I’ve ever had.
3. The locations. Loved these, too. But the research took a lot of time.
4. The specifics of their travels. Another thing that took a lot of time was planning out their travel routes. I had to keep track of how long it would take them to travel between places, what time of day it would be when they arrived, how many trains they’d have to take.
5. Lastly, choosing their destinations was difficult. Mostly because I had a list of like 20 places I wanted them to go, but couldn’t include them all. Sometimes when I came up with a scene, I would see it taking place in a particular city, but it wasn’t always realistically possible. For example, I had an idea for a scene in Berlin and another in Amsterdam. But the Amsterdam scene came first. To make that happen, Kelsey would have had to travel from Eastern Europe (where the book opens) all the way west to the Netherlands, and then backtrack to Berlin. Since she was taking trains, those trips would have been brutally long. In the end, I ended up having to let go of both the scene in Amsterdam and the one in Berlin in order to make Kelsey’s travels work on paper.
Romance seems to be your genre of choice, is there a genre that you would like to try or would that you avoid as a writer?
Before writing New Adult, I had been working on a lot of YA fantasy projects. I’m planning to return to that soon (though continuing my work in New Adult, of course). In contemporary, I like to write things that are light and fun. I like my fantasy dark and twisty. Two completely different worlds and styles. I’m looking forward to fitting both into my writing schedule.
I’m pretty eclectic in my reading, so I could see myself potentially writing in most genres. Though I would never write non-fiction. I embellish and exaggerate too much.
I felt like I was in Europe with Kelsey. Did you have personal experience visiting the places in the novel or was it strictly research?
A little bit of both. I studied abroad my Junior year of college, and spent some time backpacking. So, I drew heavily from those experiences. There were some cities and locations that Kelsey and Hunt visited that I’ve never been to though, so for those I did a lot of research. In particular, Google street view and I became really good friends.
What books are currently in your reading pile?
Oh, God. So many. I just keep buying more even though I don’t have much time to read these days. But here are some that I’m really looking forward to:
Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A Little Too Much by Lisa Descrochers
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Me and everyone else in the world)
Tease by Sophie Jordan
Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
Rock Bottom by R.K. Lilley
What songs are currently on your playlist?
Youth by Daughter
Burn by Ellie Goulding
Royals by Lorde
Chasing the Sun by Sara Bareilles
Tonight You’re Perfect by New Politics
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
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