I was no valedictorian, thanks to Math and Chemistry, but I was very much like Parker in high school as far as her character goes. I did what I was supposed to, stayed out of trouble, was always very goal-oriented, and also had a huge streak of hopeless romantic in me!
Golden is a beautifully written book, and definitely my favorite of your books so far. Can you talk a little bit about how you’ve grown as a writer since Moonglass?
Thank you so much! Maybe I shouldn’t say this, but Golden is my favorite too–and not just because it’s the newest on. It’s a story that’s very close to my heart, and probably the most “me,” and yet it felt incredibly difficult the entire time I was writing it, so thank you for thinking that it shows growth! That’s the goal isn’t it? To push yourself to become better with each book.
What did you plan to do with your One Wild And Precious Life at 17?
At 17 I planned to travel the world and be a writer. I’ve got the second part taken care of, and one day when my kids are grown and it’s just my husband and I, we’ll do the traveling part too!
Parker has a rebellion in the form of a road trip. Do you have any great road trip memories? Care to share?
Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from “an author to watch” (Booklist).
Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.
Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.
Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference
Here is all the info for the GOLDEN blog tour http://mundiemomsblogtours.blogspot.com/2013/05/blog-tour-golden-by-jessi-kirby.html