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Friday, March 29, 2013

Blog Tour- 17 and Gone by Nova Ren Suma

Source: flickr.com via Nova on Pinterest

Last year, when I was deep into writing 17 & Gone, I discovered an exciting new distraction and way to collect images that fascinated me: Pinterest. What started off as maybe one more thing to keep me from writing turned into a great source of inspiration, and my 17 & Gone inspiration board was born. I’d often write with the images up on my screen, staring at them in pauses between paragraphs. On each stop on this blog tour I’m highlighting one of the photos that spoke to me and helped me find my way through the darkness of writing this book. This is the very last image I’ll show for the tour, but it’s an important one.

Fire. That red glow. I must have stared at this photograph by Michelle Mobley for hours while I was writing the climax scenes in 17 & Gone. It set a mood… and so much came from that.

Which is what I keep going back to: the fires. It’s all I dream of now, since the house is gone. This time it’s not wishful and imaginary, it’s a memory of something I did with my own two hands.
—from 17 & Gone, page 335

This image and the nonchalant way the girl stands in the glow said so much to me about the story. Not to mention the color scheme. It was such a thrill and fitting surprise when the final 17 & Gone jacket image was sent my way: It seemed like the cover designer somehow knew how connected I felt to that moment in the story, that moment illuminated by this photo on Pinterest, and made the jacket come to life in the same way. It’s a perfect coincidence.

I’ve featured ten images from my 17 & Gone inspiration board on Pinterest in this blog tour, but there are so many more inspiring photographs that influenced the writing of the book. Check out the whole inspiration board here. I’m grateful for the work of all these talented photographers.

Blog tour schedule:

Monday, 3/18: Mundie Moms
Tuesday, 3/19: Confessions of a Readaholic
Wednesday, 3/20: The Compulsive Reader
Thursday, 3/21: The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Friday, 3/22: Anna Reads

Monday, 3/25: The Story Siren
Tuesday, 3/26: A Good Addiction
Wednesday, 3/27: Radiant Reads
Thursday, 3/28: Presenting Lenore

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And . . . is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

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