Friday, January 22, 2016

{Blog Tour} THE MEMORY OF LIGHT by Francisco X. Stork—Author Interview + Giveaway

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The Memory of Light
by Francisco X. Stork

When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: She can't even commit suicide right. But for once, a mistake works out well for her, as she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she's never had.

But Vicky's newfound peace is as fragile as the roses that grow around the hospital. And when a crisis forces the group to split up, sending her back to the life that drove her to suicide, Vicky must try to find the strength to carry on. She may not have it. She doesn't know.

Inspired in part by the author's own experience with depression, The Memory of Light is the rare young adult novel that focuses not on the events leading up to a suicide attempt, but the recovery from one -- about living when life doesn't seem worth it, and how we go on anyway.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
 Publication: January 26, 2016
 Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • KoboiBooks • Audible • IndieBound

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with Francisco X. Stork


LM: What inspired you to write The Memory of Light?

Francisco: I suffered from depression when I was sixteen-years-old (the age of Vicky, the main character of the book) and I wanted to write the kind of novel that I would have found interesting and helpful at that time.

LM: Why did you choose to write a book with heavy issues such as depression/suicide?

Francisco: Depression and suicide among young people are a fact of life in our American society. I thought I could write about depression and suicide in a way that hadn’t been done very much before – namely, a book that would focus on the journey toward recovery and healing after the suicide attempt, rather than on the downward spiral of depression that ends up in suicide. That kind of book would be suspenseful and hopeful.

LM: Was there anything particularly challenging about writing The Memory of Light?

Francisco: The challenging part was making sure that Vicky was someone readers could identify with and relate to and care for enough to stay with her throughout the book. She had to be a strong character despite her illness and her thoughts had to be unique, complex and familiar enough to make us want to know more about her.

LM: Describe your main character, Vicky, in just three words.

Francisco: Loving, honest, funny.

LM: What message would you like readers to take from The Memory of Light?

Francisco: Hope is the book’s message. The book is a vehicle for hope to enter the reader’s heart.

LM: Give us a glimpse into your book—share one of your favorite quotes or scenes from the story!

Francisco: One of the things that Vicky quickly discovers from the other kids she meets at the hospital is that they don’t mince words and feeling sorry for themselves or for each other is not something they do. One of these patients, E.M., is constantly pushing Vicky toward self-honesty and courage. E.M. never finished high school because his family needed him to work. In one scene Vicky (who has not yet committed to never trying suicide again) suggests that maybe E.M. could find a way to go back to school in the future. E.M. responds: “You shouldn’t talk to people about the future if you don’t believe in one for yourself.”

LM: Tell us what you enjoy doing when you aren't writing!

Francisco: I enjoy playing and being bossed around by Charlotte, my four-year-old granddaughter. I also love to play tennis and go for long walks.

LM: Thank you so much for answering my questions today! Is there anything you'd like to add; anything you'd like to say to your readers?

Francisco: This is a book that personally very meaningful and one that I spent a lot time (four years) making sure that I got right. More than anything I hope that it finds it’s way into the hands of the young person who will find it inspiring and helpful.

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Francisco X. Stork is the author of the acclaimed Marcelo in the Real World which received five starred reviews and won the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens; The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, named a New York TimesEditors’ Choice selection; and Irises. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico, spent his teenage years in El Paso, Texas, and now lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, with his family. Visit him online at www.FranciscoStork.com.

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Thank you so much to Francisco for answering my questions today! :)

Readers, please continue on for giveaway details! ~


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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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