Saturday, September 19, 2020

Q&A with Marieke Nijkamp

From my Q&A with Marieke Nijkamp, author of Even If We Break:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?
photo credit: Karin Nijkamp

I’m fairly good at titling short stories, but my novel titles are rarely mine alone. In this case, the working title for the book was All The Darkest Parts Of Us. And it’s true enough—it’s a story about a group of teens who go to a cabin in the woods one last time to play the RPG that bound them, only for their game to turn deadly, with their secrets threatening to break them.

But it’s not just a thriller about secrets, self-discovery, and growing up. It’s also what happens when friendships start to fragment and all those hairline fractures none of the characters wanted to acknowledge, grow.

Hence, Even If We Break. With much gratitude to my editor, who is...[read on]
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Q&A with Marieke Nijkamp.

--Marshal Zeringue