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You, Me, & Letting Go by Katie Kaleski Blog Tour with Giveaway :)
YOU, ME, & LETTING GO by Katie
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Van Sato’s got labels. Tourettes,
ADHD, SPD – words that have defined his existence since the time he
was old enough to know what they meant. Now, Van wants to prove he’s
more than an acronym, a syndrome, a problem kid. He takes a summer
job as a day camp counselor to prove he’s capable of independence
and moving on to the next phase in his life. Maybe, he might even
make a friend while there. Someone who’s got just as many or even
more labels than him. Someone who understands what it’s like.
Tabby Dubanowksi wants to forget about
everything, the hospitalization, the judgment, the whispers behind
her back. As a camp counselor, she will be admired, looked up to, and
able to help people who don’t know anything about her old life.
Tabby wants a fresh start and a chance to re-ignite her passion for
film-making, if only for one summer.
After running away from their pasts,
Van and Tabby collide in a storm cloud of attraction laced with
self-doubt, insecurity, shame, and blame. Now, with Van feeling like
he might have to quit his job, and Tabby struggling to quell the urge
to cut, they will struggle to find themselves in a world designed to
keep them apart.
Katie Kaleski has started down many
career paths and held many jobs—indie craft store clerk, pizza
maker, photo developer, shoe salesperson and cashier, dental
assistant in the army, daycare teacher, student teacher—but her
favorite one by far is being a writer.
She’s originally from Chicago, so she
says things like pop, gym shoes, and front room. Her favorite
food group is sugar, and she loves writing young adult novels.
This urge I had to get all the stories in my
head out, and the fiction writing classes I took as an undergrad (was
an older student, so I was already well into my twenties at this
point). I had great fiction writing professors who really loved my
style, and that encouraged me so much.
Do you have a specific
I’d say simple and voice-driven.
you come up with the title?
This book has gone through a few titles, and
none of them were perfect, so I needed one that really summed up the
book in a way, so my publisher sent me a list of suggestions. One had
the term letting go in it and to me, something about letting go was
perfect, so I switched a couple of things up, and the title You, Me,
& Letting Go! came about.
What book are you reading now?
Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand
your current projects?
I am currently working on my next book for
Swoon Romance called Bookstores, Crushes, & Mortal Enemies.
one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My writing squada
group of fellow writers I met online. They are the best
Do you see
writing as a career?
I do, and I am very fortunate that I can say
If you had to do it all over again, would you change
anything in your latest book?
Nope, I love every last word of it. If
anything, make it longer perhaps, so I could’ve spent more time
with my characters.
Do you recall how your interest in writing
It goes back quite a way, but one of the big
factors that sparked my interest were the books I read when I was
about in the fifth grade (I’m going to really show my age here),
but series like The Babysitter’s Club, The Gymnasts, Sleepover
Friends. They made me want to write books about girls doing cool and
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really
strikes you about their work?
This might sound a little cliché, but J. D.
Salinger. I really discovered what voice was all about when I first
read The Catcher in the Rye.
Who designed the covers?
The wonderful Melissa Liban.
What was the
hardest part of writing your book?
All the pain I caused them. I made myself cry
so many times.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and
what was it?
That I can make myself cry with the words I
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just keep on keeping on. Everyone’s path is
different. And for some (like me) it is a super long road, but don’t
let that discourage you.
Do you have anything specific that you
want to say to your readers?
I love and appreciate each and every one.
books/authors have influenced your writing?
Besides J. D. Salinger, I’d say the novels
from the Scholastic imprint Push that were published in the late
nineties and early two-thousands. These issue-driven books really
sparked something in me.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
Contemporary and contemporary romance
Do you ever experience writer's block?
In a way. Sometimes, I’ll get stuck on a part
or come to a standstill with what I’m currently working on, but
when that happens, I just pull out something else I’m working on
and continue with that. I’m always writing like five hundred
projects at once, so it’s helpful in times of brain farts.
you write an outline before every book you write?
I wish I did. I bet it would make things
easier. I generally have an idea in my head and what might happen,
but I don’t have anything that I actually sit down and write. My
stories change and grow too much as I write for me to follow a true
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
No, because no matter how awful whatever it is
that you have written, you’ve learned something. It helps you
become a better writer.
What is your favorite theme/genre to write
Two people on the path to love. In my books,
it’s generally a pretty rocky path.
What are your expectations
for the book?
For people to fall in love with the characters.
What is your favorite genre of book that you
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