Sassy's Fangirl Authors - Interview & Giveaway with Mia Garcia

Welcome to Sassy's Fangirl Authors, a feature event where I introduce you to upcoming books as well as already published books! Make sure to add this unique retelling to your TBR list, because you definitely don't want to miss out on this one! 

This week of Sassy’s Fangirl Authors, we are having the wonderful Mia Garcia, YA debut author of EVEN IF THE SKY FALLS, a unique contemporary which releases on May 10th of this year!

To make things even more exciting, Mia has offered an ARC copy for one lucky winner! Head on over to my twitter page to enter! Sadly, this giveaway will be US only - sorry my international friends! But don't fret - I'll be having an INTL giveaway soon! Hint'll find it in the next paragraph. ;)

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Title: Even if the Sky Falls
Author: Mia Garcia
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: May 10th, 2016
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books
All she needs is one night to be anyone she wants. Julie is desperate for a change. So she heads to New Orleans with her youth group to rebuild houses and pretend her life isn’t a total mess. But between her super-clingy team leader and her way-too-chipper companions, Julie feels more trapped than ever. In a moment of daring, she ditches her work clothes for DIY fairy wings and heads straight into the heart of Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, where she locks eyes with Miles, an utterly irresistible guy with a complicated story of his own. And for once, Julie isn’t looking back. She jumps at the chance to see the real New Orleans, and in one surreal night, they dance under the stars, share their most shameful secrets, and fall in love. But their adventure takes an unexpected turn when an oncoming hurricane changes course. As the storm gains power and Julie is pulled back into chaos she finds pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.

Hi Mia! Thank you so much for stopping by Sassy & Dangerous today! Before we dive into the interrogation, (AKA interview!) care to tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hold up, is this the start of the questions, like a pre-question? Just want to make sure I’m not screwing this up already... This feels a bit like a date, like, where to start? I’m the youngest of four, born and raised in Puerto Rico, yes, I will give you recommendations if you want, yes, El Yunque is beautiful, you should totally go. Ummm...I’m a giant nerd for books, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, comic books, Doctor Who, Firefly, MCU, tumblr (I friggin LOVE tumblr)  I could go on, really the list is waaaay too long. I can only be serious for a few minutes before I insert a joke or two. My current life goals are to write a second book and to be in a loving relationship with the world’s best dog (I really want a do, you guys).

1. I've been anticipating Even if the Sky Falls for what seems like forever and all I have to say is: it sounds AMAZING! I’m curious, where did the idea originally come from?

It came from a trip I did to NOLA and all the amazing things I got to see. NOLA reminded me a lot of Puerto Rico, from the architecture, to the food to the people that I simply couldn’t stop thinking about it when I got back to NYC. Which was super lucky because my editor, Maria, also couldn’t get New Orleans off her mind and was dying to set a book there. We met by chance at an event for my MFA program and I started shaping the book from there.

2. How many years have you been writing that led up to your debut release?

Oh gosh. I’ve been writing since I was in high school, but it wasn’t until I was a senior that I really thought of writing as a career. So...10+ years or so. That seems like a very long and short amount of time all together. Time is weird. Before that I wanted to be Indiana Jones...still do.

3. During the writing process, was there a character(s) that you could relate to? If so, who was it and why? 

It’s actually a combination of Miles and Julie. Miles and I share the same need to take care of family and plan ahead. He also has a lot of the same artists worries I had years ago about putting aside your art to focus on family, something that I now understand isn’t mutually exclusive. Around the time I was doing another round of edits on the novel I had a big family health thing happen and was feeling very scared, lost, and powerless. I realize now that I brought a lot of that into Julie’s situation with her brother.

4. How has the adventure been of being a debut author? Do you have a favorite moment?

It’s been awesome so far. I’ve loved getting to know the YA author community as a fellow author. I’m not sure I can pick a fave moment...actually it might have been last week. I got in some finished copies of my book and wrapped one up for my parents to take back with them to PR and I gotta say, seeing my mom’s face light up when she saw the book was truly fantastic. I think I’ve tried to downplay the whole ‘publishing a book’ situation for some reason, but at that moment I was really happy to be able to place that book in her hands.

5. What would you like readers to take from after reading Julie’s story?

That it’s OK to feel lost sometimes. That it’s OK to need help and take time to focus on your health and what you need to get through the day. Caring for yourself is not selfish. You are not alone in feeling lost or powerless, and you are stronger than you think you are.

I couldn't have said it better myself! I am so excited to finally have my hands on a copy of Julie's story and I can not wait to dive in! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today Mia and congratulations on your debut!

M. GarcĂ­a was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She moved to New York where she studied creative writing at The New School, worked in publishing, and now lives under a pile of to-be-read books. Her debut novel, Even If the Sky Falls, from Katherine Tegen books (an imprint of Harper Collins) comes out May 10, 2016.


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