I’m thrilled to be a part of the 1st Annual YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt, featuring 28 amazing authors who live and breathe this genre–and boy do I have one of them here. I remember reading an ARC of Pushing the Limits and tweeting Katie halfway through, telling her I was in love! Of course, that love only grew from then on out, and having met this sweet, genuine dynamo in person, I can honestly say that her incredible talent springs from a heart filled with a love for people and telling their stories. I sorta have a huge author crush on Katie 😉
But enough of me going on and on…let’s get to the goods, shall we??
A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry.
For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so . . . different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything–except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.
But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants–even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.
Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah’s more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he’d be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn . . . seriously epic.
Breaking The Rules is the sequel to Pushing The Limits. Was Breaking The Rules harder or easier to write than Pushing The Limits?
Breaking the Rules was easier to write in some aspects, but harder in others.
In Pushing the Limits, I was getting to know Echo and Noah and there were times that I would be stuck because I didn’t know where the story was heading.
In Breaking the Rules, I knew exactly what was going to happen from beginning to end. Echo and Noah’s story wasn’t done for me at the end of Pushing the Limits. They did discover that there is hope, but they still had a lot of emotional issues they needed to work out.
What made Breaking the Rules difficult was having to dig into some of my past emotions to write Echo and Noah’s continuing story.
Which of your male characters would you have been the most likely to date during high school?
I would have most likely dated Noah from Pushing the Limits in high school, but I met and dated a Ryan type (Dare You To) in college, and then we later married.
When did you know you wanted to be an author and what or who inspired you to become one?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a storyteller, but I didn’t start writing those stories down until about six years ago. I spent a good majority of my life believing I couldn’t become a published author so I didn’t try, then one day I asked myself a very important question: Why not me? I’m so excited that I did try because being a published author has been an amazing experience.
What are you currently working on writing?
I’m working on my new series that will debut in Spring 2015. The first book is called NOWHERE BUT HERE and it will follow teens who are raised in a motorcycle club.
What 2015 release (or releases) are you the most excited for?
I’m loving Jennifer Armentrout’s Dark Element Elements series and I can’t wait to read the last book in the series.
Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
She is the author of the full length novels Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, and Take Me On and the novella, Crossing the Line.
Katie loves to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, www.katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @katiemcgarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.