You, Me, & Letting Go by Katie Kaleski Blog Tour with Giveaway :)

YOU, ME, & LETTING GO by Katie Kaleski
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.

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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.


What inspired you to write your first book?
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 writing style?
I’d say simple and voice-driven.

How did 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

What are your current projects?
I am currently working on my next book for Swoon Romance called Bookstores, Crushes, & Mortal Enemies.

Name 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 that.

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 originated?
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 fun things.

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 write.

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.

What 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 mostly.

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.

Do 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 outline.

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 about?
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 read?

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