Happy Saturday everyone! It’s day 5 on the the See All the Stars blog tour, and I’m really excited to share an exclusive Q&A with Kit Frick. Scroll down to learn more about Kit, such as her favorite under-appreciated novel, and favorite movie based on a novel, and then enter to win a copy of See All the Stars!
About Kit Frick
Kit Frick is a novelist, poet, and MacDowell Colony fellow. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University. When she isn’t putting complicated characters in impossible situations, Kit edits poetry and literary fiction for a small press, edits for private clients, and mentors emerging writers through Pitch Wars. Her debut young adult novel is See All the Stars (Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2018), and her debut full-length poetry collection is A Small Rising Up in the Lungs (New American Press, 2018).
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I have not yet seen Heather Ezell’s spring 2018 YA debut, Nothing Left to Burn, get nearly as much love as it deserves! So, allow me to be shouty for a minute: Nothing Left to Burn is a gorgeously written gut-punch of a novel. I was hooked by the deep emotional resonance of Audrey’s relationships right away: the intense, complicated romance with her first boyfriend Brooks and her tender, supportive bond with little sister Maya. The compressed, one-day timeline is both built out and teased suspensefully forward by interstitial chapters that dip into Audrey’s past leading up to the day of her family’s mandatory evacuation from their Orange County, CA home as a wildfire rapidly spreads. As the fire intensifies, Audrey faces a series of morally complicated questions that demand the reader’s focus through to the end.
What’s your favorite movie based on a novel?
This is an oldie, but I loved 1999’s The Virgin Suicides, based on the novel of the same name by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’m also really looking forward to some amazing-sounding YA adaptations coming out soon: The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Hate U Give, and Dumplin’ to name a few!
If you could invite three authors (past or present) to dinner, who would you choose, and why?
Ooooh just three?! I’d love to invite three authors whose YA debuts I adored, but who I have not yet had the opportunity to meet in person: Samira Ahmed (Love, Hate & Other Filters), Gloria Chao (American Panda), and Akemi Dawn Bowman (Starfish).
Where do you prefer to write, a quiet place, a favorite cafe, etc.? Do you prefer a certain time of day?
I need it to be pretty quiet when I write, so I almost always write from home. Right now the magic mostly happens on my living room couch, but I look forward to a peaceful, spacious home office someday! I like mornings best, but on weekends I can write for hours at a time once I get on a roll.
What comes first to you, plots, or characters?
That’s a great question, and I’m not sure I have a clear-cut answer, as the two are so closely intertwined! My story ideas generally begin with a question that contains both a kernel for the main character and a nascent idea for the plot. For instance, for See All the Stars, I began by asking: “What if a girl lost all her friends and her boyfriend in one fell swoop—and what if she was partly responsible for what happened?” Following that initial spark, once I think I might be onto something, I do both a lot of plot and character development before I dive into writing. They’re both so key to getting at the core of what the story will be!
What do you hope readers take away from See All the Stars?
After a terrible incident for which she bears partial responsibility, Ellory struggles deeply with forgiveness—both forgiving others, forgiving herself, and how to keep going when others aren’t interested in forgiving her. Teens make a lot of mistakes. It’s part of the deal. I hope teen readers—and any reader who remembers what it was like to be a teen—come away from See All the Stars with some hard truths about accepting responsibility, but also learning to move on.
See All the Stars by Kit Frick
Published by McElderry Books on August 14, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Part love story, part thriller, We Were Liars meets Goodbye Days in this suspenseful, lyrical debut.
It’s hard to find the truth beneath the lies you tell yourself.
THEN They were four—Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. Electric, headstrong young women; Ellory’s whole solar system.
NOW Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever.
THEN Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. Ellory met Matthias and fell into the beginning of a spectacular, bright love.
NOW Ellory returns to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away—no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, troubled by a mysterious note-writer who won’t let Ellory forget, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.
The path forward isn’t a straight line. And moving on will mean sorting the truth from the lies—the lies Ellory has been telling herself.