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Meet the author:
Natasha Sinel writes YA fiction from her home on a dirt road in Northern Westchester, NY. She drives her kids around all afternoon, but in her head, she's still in high school, and hopes that no one near her can read minds. Her debut YA novel THE FIX will be out from Sky Pony Press on September 1, 2015.Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Meet her debut novel:
Genre: YA Contemporary
Releases: September 1st, 2015 by Sky Pony Press
One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open. Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone. On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as a superficial gym rat, she’s thankful to have allies in her loving, laid-back dad and her younger brother. But a conversation with a boy at a party one night shakes Macy out of the carefully maintained complacency that has defined her life so far. The boy is Sebastian Ruiz, a recovering addict who recognizes that Macy is hardened by dark secrets. And as Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her secret could ruin her seemingly perfect family, keeping silent might just destroy her.
THE FIX follows two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were dealt. It’s also about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets and the hope and fear that comes with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean.
“A bewitching, beautiful, and brave debut. Readers will marvel at Macy's resilience. Natasha Sinel's writing devastates and uplifts, by turns. An important story of one girl's journey to rewrite the blueprint of her own life by facing the truth inside herself.” —Carrie Mesrobian, award-winning author of Sex & Violence and Perfectly Good White Boy
Thank you so much Natasha for participating in Meet The Newbs! Also, thank you to Ami Allen-Vath for helping in with her post!
AMI ALLEN-VATH (2016 DEBUT AUTHOR) GETS HER FIX BY ASKING 2015 DEBUT AUTHOR NATASHA SINEL SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS
AMI: Hey Natasha! I’m super excited to interview you for #MeetTheNewbs, the awesome blog event from Rachel@A Perfection Called Books and Dana@DanaSquare. I’ve read and loved THE FIX and have some questions to ask about you and your book. Some easy, some tough. You ready?
AMI: Great! That was one of the easy questions. How long has the journey been from the day you started writing THE FIX to its release day on September 1, 2015?
NATASHA: The journey has been so very long! I first wrote a few rough scenes in the Fall of 2010, so it’s been five years. Though it may not have taken as long if I hadn’t been doing other things like working on another manuscript and keeping my three very small boys alive, I’m kind of glad that it did. Spending that much time with these characters allowed me to know them so well, I felt equipped to tell their story in the most authentic way possible. And it’s a great lesson: persistence pays off!
AMI: For those that don’t know your story’s premise how about giving us a twitter pitch for THE FIX? (140 characters or less)
NATASHA: When Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her shameful past could ruin her family, keeping silent might destroy her.
AMI: Your writing is beautiful with soft edges while Macy’s story was compelling and a bit raw and uncomfortable. I love how you did that! What are three things you find beautiful and three things you find ugly and/or uncomfortable?
NATASHA: Thank you for that amazing compliment, Ami.
THREE BEAUTIFUL THINGS
1. My boys’ faces when they’re sleeping peacefully
2. Chocolate and coffee (I’m counting them as one)
3. The Cape Cod bay just before sunset
THREE UGLY THINGS
1. The concept of Spanx
AMI: Although Macy’s story in THE FIX is a serious one, there’s also some relationship and romance drama going on. *winks and gives you thumbs up* So, I’ve got to know: Are you Team Chris or Team Sebastian?
NATASHA: I love Chris for his stability and unwavering optimism. But sometimes, you just need someone a little broken and complicated, so I’d have to buy the Team Sebastian t-shirt…for now.
AMI: Nice! I’d hate to choose but if I had to, I’m Team Chris. In the spirit of hard choices, name three books you’ve recently read and are still thinking about.
NATASHA: I’ve loved so many books I’ve read lately. I’m gobbling my way through a bunch of 2015 debuts and wow, the talent!
But there are three relatively recent books off the top of my head that have stayed with me long after I turned the last page.
POINTE by Brandy Colbert weaved storylines together so seamlessly, it just flowed. Theo’s slow realization of what her past relationship meant was so perfect, and she was just so incredibly brave.
I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson was beautiful and genius and I don’t have enough words for it. I read it quite some time ago, but I think about Jude and Noah all the time. An incredibly well-deserved Printz Award winner.
I admire Carrie Mesrobian and her writing so much. When I finished PERFECTLY GOOD WHITE BOY, I felt changed. My heart ached for Sean Norwhalt and I just hope that he’s okay out there, you know?
AMI: Your book deals with some tough subjects: shame, addiction, depression. What compelled you to write Macy’s story and to pursue the dream of getting it published?
NATASHA: I’d already been pursuing my publication dream when I started writing about this tough girl and a complex guy who discover their intense connection after only one conversation. And then I was like okay, so then what happens? I knew Macy’s voice right away but the source of her pain took longer to figure out. Once I did, everything started to fall into place and I knew that this was the manuscript that I wanted to become a book.
AMI: THE FIX is a great title. What’s your vice or “fix?”
NATASHA: Thanks, the title came out of a brainstorm with a friend, and I knew right away that it was perfect.
My fix? Basically, chips and chocolate. I use them to cope. You know that term “eating your feelings?” That. It does feel like addiction sometimes.
AMI: So, Sebastian is what people would call a “bad boy.” Tell us about a time when you got in trouble. And I don’t want to hear about the time you washed your exes whites with a red sock. Give me the real dirt, Sinel!
NATASHA: Bad boy? I want to defend Sebastian! But, alas, readers must judge for themselves whether he’s a bad boy, so I will keep my mouth shut.
Here’s the dirt:
I was picked up for truancy when I was fifteen! My friend and I had actually followed school’s rules and signed out to go to Roy Rogers during a free period, but on our way back, a cop pulled over and lectured us about being in school, even though we explained our school’s policy. He drove us back to school [across the street] and when he pulled into the parking lot, a bunch of kids were standing there laughing and catcalling to us. Someone had seen the whole thing happen and gathered a crowd. The cop in all his uniformed/armed glory walked us through the halls to the dean of student’s office. Even though we’d followed school rules, the dean had to fight to make sure the whole thing didn’t go on our “records.” And because of our little episode, the school had to change the policy so that only juniors and seniors could go out during free periods! We never lived that down.
AMI: Whoa! That was a good one. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your personal and writing life today, Natasha. I’m still thinking about your book and can’t wait until September when everyone else can get their own copy of THE FIX.
NATASHA: Thank you for your thoughtful questions, Ami. I’m excited to share THE FIX with everyone.
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