Thursday, July 8, 2021

Life and Other Complications by Heather Mullaly - Book Tour + Giveaway

This is my post during the blog tour for Life and Other Complications by Heather Mullaly.

Life and Other Complications is a new young adult contemporary book by Heather Mullaly in which a 17 year old girl can't bring herself to tell her friends the truth about how she contracted HIV so she writes to the one person who might understand, a girl she's never met.

This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours and runs from 5 till 18 July. See the tour schedule here.

Life and Other Complications book cover

Life and Other Complications
By Heather Mullaly
Genre: Contemporary
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 5 July, 2021

Seventeen-year-old Aly Bennett has been in love with her friend Luke for years. She hasn't told him how she feels for two reasons. 1) She's the girl with HIV. 2) She lied about how she got it.
Aly never meant to lie. The words just slipped out on her first day of a support group for kids living with life-threatening conditions. It was the day she met Luke and Caroline, who would become her best friends and the closest thing she has to a family. After so many years, Aly doesn’t know how to tell her friends the truth. So she paints and she runs and she tries not to think about the future she can’t have.

But when a Boston prosecutor asks Aly to testify in a trial—and her relationship with Luke intensifies—things become complicated. If she testifies, Luke and Caroline will learn the truth—that Aly has been lying to them for most of a decade. If she doesn’t, a monster could go free, again.


Author Interview
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
In both cases my advice would be the same. Don’t write in hope of strong critical reviews or high sales (though those are nice to have). Write because you love it. Anything you do from a place of passion will produce better quality and more enjoyment.


Favorite childhood memory involving books?
My uncle brought me a hardback of Ramona Forever inscribed with the words “For Heather, just for being Heather. Love, Uncle Butch.” It wasn’t a birthday or a holiday. He just thought I would enjoy it.


What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
The Princess Bride because anyone who hasn’t seen it should.


What is the first book that made you cry?
The Bridge to Terebithia


How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
There is no average! Life and Other Complications took me more than nine years. The Legend of Hobart only took a few months.


How do you select the names of your characters?
Some of my characters come to me already named. For the rest, I use baby name websites to get ideas and then make charts to make sure the names don’t sound or look too similar to each other.


What book do you wish you had written?
Graceling by Kristin Cashore. After so many years of reading, it’s unusual for me to find a book where the plot surprises me and yet ties together perfectly.


What is your favorite genre to read?
It depends on the day. I love contemporary novels, mysteries, fantasy novels, historical fiction, even the occasional thriller or science fiction book.


          When did you write your first book?
          Elementary School. My parents still love to talk about the first chapter book I wrote, a family saga about the Johnsons. (Those poor characters. They had a rough go of it.)


          What sparks your creativity/how do you get your ideas?
I pick up ideas everywhere: conversations, news articles, things I see.

          My struggle is to decide which ideas to pursue!


          Do you listen to music when writing?
Yes, but when I’m writing I find songs with words distracting. So I typically listen to Pandora’s “Epic Soundtracks” or “Classical for Studying” stations.


What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Anne Shirley from the Anne of the Green Gables series, or Lorelei Gilmore from “Gilmore Girls.” Both are loyal, passionate, and prone to scrapes that lead to great stories.

Heather Mullaly book cover

About the Author:
Heather Mullaly is a passionate believer in the power of story. When she isn’t writing them, reading them, or listening to them, she can usually be found baking something that involves chocolate, thinking up new story ideas before she’s finished the two she’s currently writing, or hanging out with her family, who happen to be even more fantastic than the characters in her head. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their three teenagers.

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  1. this sounds like a powerful story

  2. Loved your author interview! This was such a great book, coming from an intense soul.

    Elza Reads


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