Goodreads Book Description: Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.
Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Author Blurb: Corrine Jackson lives in San Francisco, where she works at a top marketing agency managing campaigns for several Fortune 500 clients. She has bachelor and master degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Visit her at CorrineJackson.com or on Twitter at @Cory_Jackson.
Part I of Author Interview:
1. Tell us a little bit about your personal journey to writing If I Lie. What people in your life inspired you to write it?
I didn’t know that I was going to write about the military initially. I began with the idea of a girl who was getting condemned for a secret she was keeping to protect someone she loved. I liked the idea of exploring honor and loyalty. I thought it would be a reimagining of The Scarlet Letter. Then, the story began to shift and change. My uncle had been hurt and I’d visited him at the VA Hospital. As a child and a teen, I’d watched another uncle struggle with the aftermath of two tours in Vietnam. My observations about both uncles stayed with me. Everything simmered and stewed for weeks before I knew what Quinn’s secret would be and what the story would be about. In the end, it all came together in a way that surprises me. I didn’t know I had this story in me, but I’m very proud of it.
2. My favorite character by far in the book (although all the characters are wonderful) is George. Can you talk about how you develop your characters and which one surprised you the most? Which character was the most fun to write?
When I think of my favorite people, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the quirks and characteristics that are unique to them. When I’m creating a character, I try to imagine them as if they are someone I know. What bad habits would they have? What experiences are unique to them and their life story? A moment comes when that person flies off the page for me, and that’s when I know I have something. In IF I LIE, the mood was so heavy that it depressed me to work on it. One day, I just had the urge to write a scene with a lighter mood to give me – and Quinn – a little respite from the relentless sadness. I wrote a paragraph about a funny, older Veteran, and I fell instantly in love with him. I didn’t know what role he would play in the novel, but I knew he had to be part of it. I’m so glad that I fought for him because George is one of my favorite characters. On a side note, when IF I LIE was on submission, some editors didn’t want to buy it because they thought teens wouldn’t connect with an older character like George. Now, I love reading notes from readers about how they wish they had a George in their lives
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