WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE Fantastic Flying Book Club Blog Tour!
Thank you all for stopping in and showing support for this tour and author’s newest novel!
BLOG POST TABLE OF CONTENTS:
❊ THE BOOK ❊
❊ THE AUTHOR ❊
About the Author
Interview with Author
Stay in Touch with the Author
❊ THE TOUR ❊
❊ TAKE ME HOME ❊
⫸ BOOK STATS ⫷
Author: Catherine Linka
Release Date: February 4th 2020
Publisher: Disney – Hyperion
Genre (s): Young Adult
Pages: 384 [HARDCOVER]
Series : Stand – Alone
⫸ SYNOPSIS ⫷
Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs.
But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve.
Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen.
Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her?
Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.
⫸ BOOK LINKS ⫷
⫸ GIVEAWAY ⫷
Prize: Win a copy of WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE by Catherine Linka (US Only)
Starts: January 29th 2020
Ends: February 12th 2020
⫸ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ⫷
Catherine Linka is the author of the young adult novel WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE as well as the dystopian series A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and A GIRL UNDONE. A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS was an ABA Indie Next Pick and won the Young Adult Novel Award 2014 from the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. A frequent speaker at writing and teen conferences, Catherine received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and worked as a young adult book buyer for an independent bookstore for seven years. Prior to pursuing a career in publishing, she studied international politics at Georgetown University followed by a master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina. Catherine is married and lives with her husband in the San Gabriel foothills. Visit her at www.catherlinelinka.com.
❊ Interview with Catherine ❊
What inspired you to write this book?
I love writing twisty stories and I’m obsessed with art crime so I wanted to set a book in the art world. A book I loved was about an artist who did something borderline illegal when she was a grad student. I thought what if my character was really young and desperate so she crossed a line, but what she was doing wasn’t really hurting anyone …until it threatens to destroy everything and everyone she cares about.
Are you anything like Sabine?
Sabine is a much more talented artist than I am, but we’re both passionate about creating. She’s a couple inches taller than I am (jealous!) Romantically speaking, we share a weakness for bad boys and a love of good guys. We’re both careful with our secrets and we take a while to drop our defenses, but when we do, we’re incredibly loyal to our friends.
What is your advice to anyone discouraged?
Ugh. Publishing is so hard. I sent out the manuscript for A Girl Called Fearless and within a week had two offers of representation. I knew in my heart my book was commercial and I told all my friends that if it didn’t sell this one I’d never sell anything. Then it was rejected by every major publisher and I was devastated. I’d been writing for eight years and I thought “Okay, I’m done.” But a few months later, my agent was in NYC and two editors asked about Fearless because they couldn’t stop thinking about it. We sold the book to St. Martins.
So my advice is if you need to express yourself through writing, don’t give up. Keep going. Let writing be your emotional lifeboat as you learn and hone your craft. But also be open to slightly changing course. My writing partner could not sell her novels, but then she started writing plays and has had four produced.
What inspired you to use portraits for Sabine?
Great question! I imagined what style of art each character would either create or get excited by. My gut feel from the beginning was that Sabine was into portraits. Sabine has lost her mom and home and drifted away from her old friends. She has a strong need for connection, for friendship and for love, so it’s not surprising that she’s drawn to portraits. She studies them to gains insights into the painter and the subject, plus painting portraits lets her to express how she feels about herself and others while holding onto her deepest secrets.
What’s the one thing you hope readers will ‘see’ from reading WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE?
There’s so much pressure to be perfect or successful, but things happen and sometimes we do the best we think can, but we screw up. Maybe we didn’t see things as clearly as we thought we did. Maybe we trusted the wrong people or we didn’t trust the right ones—like maybe we should have trusted ourselves more. So I hope readers will see that taking a step back and clearing your head can help you.
⫸ STAY IN TOUCH WITH CATHERINE ⫷
⫸ THE TOUR ⫷
SEE FULL TOUR SCHEDULE HERE:
⫸ TAKE ME HOME NOW! ⫷