I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for THE INFINITY OF YOU AND ME by J.Q. Coyle! I have an interview with J.Q.to share with you today! Also I get to share chapter 1 enjoy!
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What if every life-altering choice you made could split your world into infinite worlds?
Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds—strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who’s trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren’t hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle’s The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate.
Now on to the interview!
Hi J.Q.! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books! THE INFINITY OF YOU AND ME sounds absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to read it! And am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!
Can you tell us a little bit about THE INFINITY OF YOU AND ME and the characters?
Alicia is having a rough time – panic, anxiety, weird episodes where she fades out and hallucinates. Hafeez is her best friend, helping her navigate high school. Her neighbor Sprowitz is making her life hell. But at the same time, in one of these recurring hallucinations in a strange decaying world, she falls for this guy… So, yeah. There are a few of the major players.
Is this a standalone or a series? And if it’s a series do you have a title for book 2 yet? And if it’s a standalone what are you working on next?
For now, it stands alone. Could we write more? It’s possible – there are multiple universes so we could follow a lot of different strands out…
Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?
No, not exactly. But I watch people and note the way they move and talk, what they seem to need and fear and desire.
Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?
I loved writing Alicia. She’s scared but ultimately brave. Screwed over but ultimately resilient. I’m supposed to dislike the bad guy, Sprowitz, but keep an eye on him throughout the book. He might just change on you when you least expect it.
What is your favorite passage/scene in THE INFINITY OF YOU AND ME?
I loved writing the alternate universe where Alicia falls for Jax – that world is surreal and beautiful, ugly and decaying but also fascinated – the earth with its ripped seams, the seeds from a weed disappearing into dust then air ...
What kind of research did you have to do for the story?
Lots of alternate parallel universe research and Plath poems.
Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?
I should know this, right? All the characters coming to mind are trainwrecks – your Gatsby types, in love and totally wrecked and doomed because of it.
What inspired you to write YA?
I don’t really think about YA versus adult. I think about the story I want to tell and then I write it. Audience comes later. It’s a question for people who publish and position and sell books – to know who might most be taken by a certain story and its characters. Story and characters, for me, come first.
Lightening Round Questions
What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
I’m reading short stories, some sci-fi – SHINING GIRLS is staring at me right now.
What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?
Ack. So typical. I aspire to Gryffindor the way I aspire to be an Eleanor Roosevelt type and fall short every time.
Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook. Twitter gets too mean.
Batman. Without apology.
Favorite TV show?
For the last 14 months or so I’ve been working my way
through CHEERS, every season. I only check in here and there, and sometimes watch a bunch in a row, but there you have it.
Sweet or Salty?
Both at the same time.
ALL OF THEM. ALL OF THE PHOBIAS.
Song you can’t get enough of right now?
Retro, The Smiths.
Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And the kid in me who grew up watching a lot of plays and still loves theater wants to see Fences.
Thanks so much J.Q. for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read THE INFINITY OF YOU AND ME!