Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine--despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?Check out my review here. You can also click on the Fracture cover on the right (or HERE) to read chapters 1 and 2.
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.
You have a science background. Did you have any unusual or little known science facts that you wished you'd somehow included in Fracture but couldn't find a logical way to add it in?
I would’ve loved for Delaney to spend a few chapters reading about all the rare brain disorders, but that wasn’t really relevant to the story at all. And it was probably only interesting to me J
If you can hang-out with one of your characters in Fracture for a day in your hometown where would you go and what would you do together?
Oh, this would be kind of awkward…. But we’d spend the day on the lake J Except we’re not in Maine, and it doesn’t freeze. This is how my family and I spend our free-time: out on the lake…either tubing, swimming, or just hanging out. Not sure if this would go over so well with the characters from Fracture!
What was the most challenging scene or part to write in Fracture and were you happy with what was in the final novel?
There were 2 scenes that were pretty painful to write, but they’re also two of the scenes I’m most happy with in the novel. I’m completely happy with everything that made it into the final version of Fracture, including those scenes. Without spoilers, they are the scenes that a) happen just outside of a car (no, not that one, the other one), and b) take place in the aftermath.
If you can mash-up Fracture with another YA novel, what novel would it be and would the characters get along?
I adored the book I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. I spent a good portion of that novel wondering what was going on and wondering what Ed was supposed to be doing with the cards he was sent (which each came with a time and location) – I think Ed and Delaney (and Decker) would have a lot to talk about, and would hopefully help each other find some meaning under it all.
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