Today for Meet the Newbies we have Abigail Johnson, debut author of If I Fix You!
Author Most Likely To Pretend She's Related to Jimmy FallonNickname: Abby
First Day of School: October 25, 2016
Homeroom: Harlequin Teen
Grade: Contemporary YA
Extracurricular Activities: Reading, Video Games, Web Design
Favorite Class: Woodshop
Favorite Quote/Motto: "I’m a big fan of thinking of stories as giant, fancy snowflakes with lots of intricate little stars and flowers and spirals. This is nice, because it’s whimsical and fun and better than thinking of stories as giant, angry monsters that want to eat your brain." - Brenna Yovanoff
2. What inspired you to write your novel?
It started with this one image in my head of a girl on her roof at night talking to the guy next door. I wondered why she was up there and what they were talking about, why she looked so sad and he looked so broken...and the book grew from there.
3. I'm always curious about the process of creating characters. How did you create and develop your main character and supporting characters? Are any of your characters based off of people you know?
My characters develop and grow as I'm writing them. I plop them on the page and see what happens. For all the characters in IF I FIX YOU, I only had vague ideas of what they were like before I started writing them. As for any similarities to real people, absolutely. I steal lines and mannerisms from people I know all the time. There is no one character based off a single person, but there are pieces of a lot of people mixed up into a few.
4. Who are some of your favorite authors?
There are way too many. I'll stick with YA and some of my autobuys. I love Kasie West, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Jenny Han, and Morgan Matson. I have some of my favorite YA books featured on the About page of my website.
5. And finally... What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don't date THAT guy.
About the Book:
When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.
Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.
With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .
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About the Author:
Abigail was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snow storms for year round summers, and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire cross-country road trip (in a purple spiral bound notebook that she still has) and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen, but hasn’t let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high school production of Cinderella, and publishing her first novel.
Have you read this book? Why are you excited to read it?