Welcome to the blog tour for Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson, hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! I was so lucky to have the opportunity to interview Danielle, and I can’t wait for you to read it! Stick around till the end, because there is a giveaway for a copy of Before I Disappear!
Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson, to be published July 23rd, 2019 by Feiwel Friends. Recommended reading age is 13+
Rose Montgomery parks her family’s trailer in Fort Glory, Oregon with one goal: to carve out a new life for herself and her little brother, Charlie. They need a fresh start for their family, and she thinks she’s finally found it in a town where nobody knows them.
But Rose’s plans come crashing down when, in an instant, Fort Glory disappears and every person in town vanishes into thin air—including Charlie.
Rose and four other teens become trapped in the Fold, a patch of woods caught halfway between the real world and the lost town. In the Fold, a mysterious force suspends the laws of physics, and everyone’s inner darkness has the power to kill.
To survive the Fold, Rose must unravel the clues Charlie sends her from the missing town. And Rose has to find Charlie soon—or he’ll be gone forever.
Stories were a central part of Danielle Stinson’s childhood. Growing up in a military family meant frequent moves across the US and abroad. She spent many summers in her room surrounded by unpacked boxes and stacks of library books. She currently lives with her husband and four boys in Virginia, where she writes fiction for young adults. Before I Disappear is her debut novel.
Are you ready for the interview? My questions are indented with the bullet point, and Danielle’s answers are in italics!
- That’s such a cool cover! Who did it, and did you get to have any input in it?
Thank you so much, Sam! I don’t think I’ll ever forget the way I felt when I saw the cover for the first time. It was so perfect and beyond anything I could’ve dreamed up. The cover art was done by the super talented David Curtis. I feel really lucky to have his gorgeous artwork on my cover. Katie Klimowicz was the Art Director and also did the gorgeous jacket design. I am very grateful to both of them.
- What helped to inspire this book? It has such an interesting concept!
Thank you! I actually fell in love with the characters of Rose and Charlie and created some of their backstory first. I knew they needed their own book. Something that would put their bond to the test. I remember we were watching something bizarre one night before bed (I don’t even remember what it was), and I had the weirdest dreams about things disappearing and that desperate feeling of trying to find something lost. The next day I had my story.
- If your characters had to interact with the characters from another book for a day, who would they be and what would they do?
This one really makes me think. I’d probably have to go with Jimmy and Rosie and Martha and Frankie and the rest of the crew from Melina Marchetta’s The Place on Dalhousie, which I just read and which blew my mind. All of the characters were so real and flawed with incredible humanity and love for one another. I feel like they’d get along perfectly with Rose, Charlie, Ian and the gang. They’d probably just hang out on a porch with food and fellowship, relishing the joy of found family.
- What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?
To follow up with the last question, my answer is The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta. I fell in love with this cast of characters many years ago when I randomly picked Saving Francesca off a library shelf. The Piper’s Son touched me to the core, and ever since, I have been waiting for Jimmy’s story. These characters feel like flesh and blood to me. I love the way Marchetta connects people across backgrounds and generations. Her gift for characterization is second to none. This book was everything I had been hoping for and more.
- If you had to describe your main characters by assigning them board games, what would each character play?
Rose would play Jenga. Old school and hands on, involving lots of pieces fitting together. Ian is Trouble because the name of the game makes it sound a lot worse than it actually is. Blaine is Scrabble because words are something he has in abundant supply. Jeremy is a medic, so I’ll go with Operation. Becca is definitely Candy Land because she makes me think of cotton candy and grape bubble gum. Charlie is a bit tougher to assign, but I think I’d have him play Chutes and Ladders for reasons that might become clear to anyone who reads Before I Disappear.
- Can you talk about what you’re working on next?
I’m usually working on a few things, but right now, I’m particularly excited about a project that’s sort of a YA Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It’s a about a girl who sees something in the sky when she is 7yo that changes her life forever. She’s only just starting to pull herself out the downward spiral at 17, but then the Lights in the sky come back. Only, this time she isn’t the only one who sees them.
- What do you think was the hardest scene to write?
Time wise, the cabin scene took me forever to get right. Blaine introduces a few mind-bending concepts, and I wanted them to be clear and interesting and totally grounded in the possible. Emotionally, the scenes between Rose and Charlie at the very end took a lot out of me. So few words and I wanted them to say a great deal.
Sam, thank you so much for having me and Before I Disappear on Some Books & Ramblings! These questions were really fun, and I had a great time answering them!
If you enjoyed my interview with Danielle and are interested in reading Before I Disappear, then today is your lucky day! The FFBC is hosting a giveaway for one copy!
Rules: Must be 18 or older, or have a parents permission to enter. Must live within the United States.
Click the link below to enter, and good luck!
I want to thank The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Danielle Stinson for allowing me to participate on this tour and interview Danielle! I had a fun time coming up with questions and I loved the answers I received!