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Saturday, December 31, 2011

HUSHED Blog Tour...interview with Kelley York!

Hi guys!

First, let me apologize for being absent from the blogosphere for 2 weeks (the horror!). Due to the holidays, I took some time away to spend with family/friends, but I'm back now! And what a way to return, with an interview with the the awesomely talented Kelley York!

As part of the HUSHED Blog Tour, I get to interview Ms. York today, and I couldn't be happier! I hope you enjoy the interview, and be sure to check out the giveaway at the end...but first, here's a bit about her debut wonder, HUSHED.

by Kelley York
pub date 11/30/2011

product description from goodreads.com

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

Sounds good, right? Trust me, it is. But don't take just my word for it...check out these rave reviews for HUSHED (which it totally deserves!):

'Kelley York delivers in this impressive debut. I was at the edge of my
seat waiting to see what would happen next! Bottom line, this was
unputdownable!!!' --- YA Fantasy Guide ---

'How exciting that we live in a time when gay teen protagonists can be
just as screwed up as straight ones -- and their stories just as creepy!'
--- Brent Hartinger, award-winning author of Geography Club and Shadow
Walkers ---

Believe me when I say these awesome reviews are spot-on! 

Here's a bit about the author herself, Kelley York:     

Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides
with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she
does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a
fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky
or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to
pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real
unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.

Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres
from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers,
paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character
development takes center stage.

Kelley's website: http://www.kelley-york.com/blog

And now, on to the interview!

Hi Kelley, thanks for stopping by my blog and answering some questions today! Let's get to it, shall we?

1. HUSHED is a great blend of darkness and light, showcasing how one person can be both good and bad simultaneously. Did you find writing such a multi-dimensional story easier or more difficult than writing one focusing on just the good or bad?
Whenever I'm asked something like this, I'm never entirely sure how to answer because it wasn't a conscious choice. I just kind of go with the flow where my characters take me, both to the good and the bad places. But I do think it's easier for me to write dark and heartbreaking than it is to write light, fluffy, and happy.

2. Archer, though an evil murderer by society's standards, pulls on your heart relentlessly throughout this book. Though he does bad things, you feel for him and ultimately root for him. Was this a difficult character to write? And is Archer based on a real-life person (well, besides the whole 'killing' thing, lol)?
Archer was the easiest to write out of all the characters in the book. I have a fondness for (and thus, I suppose, a lot of practice at writing?) characters like him. Ones who are so fragile and broken, and bend over backwards to make others happy. Archer definitely wasn't based off of anyone, though. Vivian is the only character who minimally resembles anyone I know in real life, and she was a sort of general idea around many girls I knew in high school. Those types of girls who put guys before their friends, and never got into a relationship that was good for them.

3. Evan. Ah, Evan. When you think of someone you'd like to run into and fall in love with and spend the rest of your life with, Evan is definitely on that list. He's smart and sincere and considerate and loving...the total opposite of Viv. Was the decision to have a bad and good character in Archer's life a conscious one on your part, or did one or both of these characters grow into what we read?
Nope, not a conscious decision at all. In fact, when I started out, Vivian was intended to be a much more sympathetic character than she turned out to be, and Evan wasn't meant to be in love with Archer. But once I start writing, the characters take on a life all their own. By the end of the original chapter where Archer and Evan meet (which is not the one in the final draft of the book), I realized Evan wanted to gather Archer up and love him and protect him, and...well, the rest is history.

4. Do you have any plans to write more about Archer and Evan and Viv? Like, perhaps, a sweet, romantic comedy about Archer and Evan?!! ;-)
It won't be a full novel, but I would like to do a short follow-up for the boys! It seems to be in high demand, so who knows... Maybe I'll put something up on my blog. ;) They might make (very brief) cameos in some of my other books, too.

5. And finally, the question I ask all interviewees. If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one book to read, which would it be and why?
ONE? Can't I say my Nook so I have many?! No?? Oh, all right. It would probably be Hannah Moskowitz's GONE, GONE, GONE, or...if I go way back into my childhood, THE LAST UNICORN by Peter S. Beagle. (I'm always stunned by how few people have read that.)

Thanks so much, Kelley, for taking time to visit today! HUSHED was a fantastic read that sucked me in and didn't let go until it was over...nicely done! Can't wait to read more from you!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there's a giveaway! The awesome folks at Entangled Publishing has offered up an e-copy of HUSHED for my followers today. If you'd like to win it, simply comment on this post by Wednesday, 1/4 at midnight CST. That's it! I'll announce the winner on Thursday.

And since it's an e-book, this contest is international!! 

So be sure to comment, and check back on Thursday for the winner!


  1. Great interview! Also would love to go to Ireland, but just to visit. And I've been dying to read this book...alas I'm on a book buying ban. Hehe. I HAVE TOO MANY! :D

  2. Great interview! I've been looking forward to reading this book for so long. :)

  3. WOW! Amazing interview! Thank you so much for the giveaway! :)