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Spotlight On: Louise Gornall + Interview!

“Spotlight on”  is my first (hopefully) recurrent post on the blog, I’m planning to make it a MONTHLY thing; the purpose of these blog-posts is to spread out the voice about Young Adult, especially the authors (new or less new) who makes this world so special to us. In the future, it might contains storytellers who hasn’t written only YA books.

My second Spotlight is on Louise Gornall. I’ve met Louise on twitter in a totally random way.. Someone was talking about mental illness and mention her debut book, so I’ve started to inform myself on this book “Under rose-tainted skies” which has such amazing shades of pink and I lurked a bit her profile and it was love. In these months I’ve been able to get to know her a little bit and I’ve found this amazing woman: she is a fighter and knows in first person how it is dealing with mental health problems; Louise is so open and available to talk to anyone, she knows how to listen and pep-talked you.
She’s also been so kind to give us a little of her free time and leave a mini-interview for the blog. So I can leave the spotlights directly on her.

5 QUESTIONS WITH LOUISE

  1. Hello Louise, thank you so much for grant me this interview. Before talking about books, tell me a little about yourself. Did you always want to be a writer?
    Hi Alessandra. Thank YOU so much for having me over. In all honesty, I didn’t always want to be a writer. I wanted to be an actress for a very long time, even went to college to study performing arts, but unfortunately my mental health forced me in a different direction. I actually discovered my love for writing by penning screenplays.
  2. What push you to write a book about Agoraphobia?
    I’m agoraphobic. I’ve been an agoraphobic for over ten years, so this is something I know, and something I have very strong feelings about. I wanted to put a story out there that showed this illness in its harshest light, that would hopefully contribute to the mental health conversation, give those who suffer a voice, and give those who don’t suffer a better understanding of how debilitating agoraphobia can be.
  3. Why do you think is so important talking about mental illness in young adult?
    Because this is real. People everywhere suffer with their mental health. Talking about mental illness in books gives young people access. It opens doors to understanding. It carries the conversation.
  4. Can you tell us anything about your next book? 
    Ooh! So… my next book is about a girl who is trying to come to terms with her body after an illness has transformed the way she looks. She’s at an age where everyone around her is starting to explore sex, but she feels so overwhelmingly unhappy with the skin she’s in, she can’t ever see herself getting that close to someone.
  5. When can we expect to pick up your next book from the library?
    I honestly have no idea. The story I’m working on is still very much a work in progress. I’m not even sure if it will stick. Though, it does feel pretty strong at the minute.

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Spotlight on: Holly Bourne

“Spotlight on”  is my first (hopefully) recurrent post on the blog, I’m planning to make it a MONTHLY thing; the purpose of these blog-posts is to spread out the voice about Young Adult, especially the authors (new or less new) who makes this world so special to us. In the future, it might contains storytellers who hasn’t written only YA books.

I want to direct my first spotlight on someone who I discovered lately, but I’ve fallen in love with her in an instact: HOLLY BOURNE, she is a british author who lives in London and she writes mostly about feminism. Sadly, a lot of women don’t want to embrace the feminism because they don’t really get what it is. FEMINISM is not hating men. FEMINISM is fighting for your genre to have the same rights that men have! It’s not hate someone, but it’s love yourself. All the men should embrace feminism too.

5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HOLLY

  1. Holly’s first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. (Sadly, not my language. Come on, Italian publishers. We have a big talent here!)
  2. Holly always tries to help others when she can. Infact, when she is not working/writing she is a relationship adviser on THE MIX, a charity-run website that helps 16-25-year-olds with practically every problem you can imagine growing up.
  3. She created the Spinter Club in “Am I normal yet?”. It’s a recurrent meeting between the main characters (Evie, Lottie and Amber) who find each other to talk about FEMINISM: they discuss about daily problems that a woman faces every single day. The reader were so thrilled about this club that they want to create one of their own. So Holly came with the idea of THE SPINSTER CLUB STARTER PACK where you can download your member ship, discussion points during the meetings and there’s even a feminism BINGO!
  4. Beside feminism, she openly talks about the mental healt stigma. Differently from many other authors who writes about mental healt issue: Holly writes realistic fiction where the issue doesn’t disappear only because you’ve found a boyfriend/girlfriend, actually it’s the opposite — if you’re not taking care about yourself before you won’t be able to taking care about someone else. (I don’t know about you, but I’m so sick about this magical love that makes your problems disappear)
  5. She is  active on the social media. She cares about every single topic: I loved how she was pissed about Brexit. (P.s. I was too. Actually, I am!). She always answer on twitter and she’s also a partecipant on a few live chat on twitter. She’s really active in the book bloggers world.

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