Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Spotlight & Author Interview: THE FIX by Natasha Sinel + Giveaway

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The Fix
by Natasha Sinel

One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open.

Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone.

On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as a superficial gym rat, she’s thankful to have allies in her loving, laid-back dad and her younger brother.

But a conversation with a boy at a party one night shakes Macy out of the carefully maintained complacency that has defined her life so far. The boy is Sebastian Ruiz, a recovering addict who recognizes that Macy is hardened by dark secrets. And as Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her secret could ruin her seemingly perfect family, keeping silent might just destroy her.

The Fix follows two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were dealt. It’s also about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets and the hope and fear that comes with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary 
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • KoboIndieBound

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with Natasha Sinel


LM: What was your initial inspiration for writing The Fix?

Natasha: I took one meaningful moment from my own high school experience—a girl and a guy have an intense conversation and then he disappears the next day—and then I built a new story from there.

LM: Tell us a little about your main character Macy; who is she?

Natasha: Even though Macy has the trappings of a happy life—a best friend, a cute boyfriend, wealth, decent grades—her past experience has made her tough on the outside and vulnerable inside. She’s gifted at hiding her pain, and resists exposing it, but when she does, her bravery shines through.

LM: What was the most challenging part of writing The Fix?

Natasha: The confrontation scene toward the end. In real life, I’ve always been pretty good at avoiding uncomfortable confrontations. Writing this one was challenging for me, but I’m really proud of how it turned out. Also, during revisions, I scrapped a pretty major plot line that I really liked! Ultimately, letting it go made the story better.

LM: Tell us a little behind-the-scenes story about this book!

Natasha: When I first started writing THE FIX, I knew Macy was angry about something that made her pretty much despise her mother, but I wasn’t sure exactly what that thing was…and then, once I figured it out, it became what the book was really about!

LM: If The Fix had a theme song, what would it be?

Natasha: Since I don’t write with music, I feel out of touch when it comes to the writing playlist and theme song questions, but my friend Laura Hughes (an amazing writer—keep an eye out for her), helped me out with this question…

Need The Sun To Break by James Bay

The lyrics, especially the chorus, scream Macy to me:

I need the sun to break, you've woken up my heart
I'm shaking, all my luck could change
Been in the dark for weeks and I've realized you're all I need and
I hope that I'm not too late, I hope I'm not too late

LM: What do you enjoy doing when you aren't writing?

Natasha: Reading, of course!

Thank you for having me here!

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Natasha Sinel is a writer of young adult fiction. She graduated from Yale University with a BA in English and from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with an MBA. Before beginning her career as an author, she was director of business development at Showtime Networks. Born and raised in Washington, DC, she now lives in northern Westchester, New York, with her husband and three sons. You can find her online at natashasinel.com/ and on twitter at @natashasinel.

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Thank you so much to Natasha Sinel for answering my questions today! ^-^

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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