Remember how I reviewed (and flailed and raved) about Are You Seeing Me?
I reviewed it. I tweeted copiously. I might’ve made some lame Canadian puns about moose and meese because why not. NOW! Do I have some serious awesomeness to share with you, peoples!
The author, Darren Groth, is here for a Q&A! Aaand a giveaway!
I know! I know! The awesomeness is overwhelming me too.
This road trip will have earth-shattering consequences . . .
Twins Justine and Perry are about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest.
It’s been a year since they watched their dad lose his battle with cancer. Now, at only nineteen, Justine is the sole carer for her disabled brother. But with Perry having been accepted into an assisted-living residence, their reliance on each other is set to shift. Before they go their separate ways, they’re seeking to create the perfect memory.
For Perry, the trip is a glorious celebration of his favourite things: mythical sea monsters, Jackie Chan movies and the study of earthquakes.
For Justine, it’s a chance to reconcile the decision to ‘free’ her twin, to see who she is without her boyfriend, Marc – and to offer their mother the chance to atone for past wrongs.
But the instability that has shaped their lives will not subside, and the seismic event that Perry forewarned threatens to reduce their worlds to rubble . . .
Darren is a Vancouver author and new citizen of Canada, having moved from his native Australia in 2007. His work has been published on both sides of the Pacific and has garnered significant acclaim from literary critics, writing peers and a growing readership. His novel, ‘Kindling’, was produced for North America in 2013 by prominent indie, Exciting Press; previously the paperback was sold to Hachette in 2010 and released in Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. His 2014 work, ‘Are You Seeing Me?’, published by Random House Australia, is now available.
For fun, he watches ’Game of Thrones’ with his beautiful Canadian wife and swims with his wondrous thirteen year old twins.
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Was Are You Seeing Me easier or harder to write than your previous books?
It was more difficult for two reasons: one, it was the first time I had a female narrator holding the steering wheel for half of the story; and two, it required more research than any of its predecessors. To paraphrase Peter Carey, the research for AYSM was “less than you might think, and more than I wanted to do.”
Ah. Research. It’s a killer, right?! Do you have a favourite quote you could share with us?
I have a number of faves, but I’ll go with this from Justine: “For years as a child, I thought the night-time knew secrets about my brother; that if I was close enough and awake enough, those secrets would be revealed in a sign or a vision or a whisper…”
I too have WAY too many favourite quotes! So! What was the process behind coming up with the title of Are You Seeing Me? Did it go through any changes?
It was certainly a process! During the early drafts, I went through three titles: The Mantle, Finding Fault and Master Disaster. Then my publisher suggested Are You Seeing Me? It sounded right from the get-go. I love that it has lots ofmeaning, both literally and metaphorically.
And it is so awesome. Those POV was harder to write: Justine or Perry?
Definitely Justine. Her voice needed the most tweaks in editing, just to make sure it was consistent and authentic. Perry was fun. There was a lot of creative freedom in putting his narrative together.
How long did it take to go from first draft to published manuscript?
Unfortunately, three and a half years. Following my 2010 novel Kindling, I needed a new publisher. My agents went close to getting deals for it in 2012 and 2013, both in Australia and here in North America. Then, last December, just when I was about to give up on it, Random House Australia came through with an offer. It was a massive relief.
YAY FOR RANDOM HOUSE. They have excellent taste in books. And lastly! Was any chocolate harmed in the making of this novel?!
Lol. I was largely a menace to beer, however my beautiful wife savaged more than her fair share of Dark Lindt 70%
Nothing beats dark chocolate, to be honest. Thanks so much for coming by, Darren!
The most massive thanks to Random House for offering 3 copies of Are You Seeing Me? and some posters!
– Australian only
– 3 copies to be won
– Prizes will be shipped directly from the publisher
– You have to say Moose Meese Moose Meese 5 times really fast.