Gwendolyn Heasley is the author of Where I Belong and A Long Way From You. She lives in New York City, teaches college and eats entirely too much mac and cheese for an adult. You can find her on the web at her website, Twitter, and Goodreads.
If the characters from A Long Way From You got stuck on a deserted island, who would fare the best? The worst? And who would be the one to get them off the island?
I think Kitsy would fare the best as she’s adaptable and brave. And she’d get them off the island because she’s also resourceful and determined. (Basically, she’s awesome.) I wouldn’t say anyone would be the worst. Even city Corrinne has some resourceful island skills: she’s good with animals and she doesn’t give up either.
Who was your favorite character to write in A Long Way From You?
I grew up in Minnesota and there’s a Minnesota character named Annika Fox in A LONG WAY FROM YOU. She’s not a major character, but I enjoyed writing the Minnesota references and accent.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to go to Egypt. It’s a place that I’ve been studying since I was a child and I’d love to experience it in person.
Growing up, what was your favorite book?
My favorite is The Baby-Sitter’s Club. So I am lucky because I got to read my favorite book more than a hundred times.
Which is harder for you to write: The first line? or the last line?
The last line because it’s like saying good-bye to the characters. Even if I know the last line, I won’t write it until I have to.
What genre could you never see yourself writing?
Hm. I like reading all different kind of genres but I’ve never really thought about writing fantasy. But never say never.
Thanks so much for stopping by Gwendolyn! Be sure to check out my review of A Long Way From You which went up today as well.
About A Long Way From You: For too long, Kitsy has had to satisfy her dreams of becoming a real artist by giving her friends makeovers before prom. So when her best friend Corrinne’s family offers to sponsor her for a summer art course in New York City, Kitsy bids a temporary good-bye to Texas to say hello to the West Village.
Between navigating the subway and the New Yorkers—namely, the Art Boy who has a nice trick of getting under her skin—Kitsy knows that this summer is going to be about a lot more than figure drawing.