In the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Ann Knudsen
Published: April 2012
A teenage girl. A broken heart. And a boy who tries to mend it.
Butterflies. Little, fluttering butterflies. That’s what fifteen-year-old Willow Flynn feels in the pit of her stomach every time the mysterious boy is near. But Willow has other things to contend with as she deals with the tragic loss of her father, as well as her emotionally preoccupied mother, while being uprooted to a new house, a new school, a new life, far away, on an island, in the middle of nowhere.
At the beginning of the school year, the sickly, but cute Michael sends Willow the first of many cryptic notes during homeroom. He stares at Willow and gives her the creeps. Michael never returns to school after that, but Willow ends up connecting with the poetic boy on-line where they strike up an unusual friendship.
As Willow attempts to fit in and find her niche in the ever-cliquey high school world, she is further confused by Michael who strives to win her over and mend her broken heart. But will he be able to, especially when his own existence remains so uncertain?
Interview with Julie Ann Knudsen
Give us a quick summary of your book, In the Middle of Nowhere, in 25 words or less.
Fifteen-year-old Willow Flynn tries to guard her fragile heart while a cute, but sickly boy strives to mend it.
Where did you get the idea for In the Middle of Nowhere?
I got the idea for the book when my daughter’s friend moved from Connecticut to a real island, off the coast of Maine and had to take a ferryboat to and from school. I was so intrigued by this, that the island became my setting.
Did your children play a part in helping with your books?
Raising three teenagers just naturally played a part in helping with my books. I feel like I could really get inside the minds of my young characters because I am involved in my children’s lives and, therefore, know what makes teens tick.
Do you have a favourite part from In the Middle of Nowhere?
My favorite part is when Michael and his brother walk Willow and James back to the dock during a snowstorm, where Michael watches as the old boat ferries
Willow away from him and back to the island.
Are you planning to write another book or series after you have finished Willow's story?
I have already completed and published the sequel to IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, called SOMEWHERE AT LAST, and have started the third book in the series, which is unnamed at this point.
If you could do it all again, is there anything you'd change about your books?
I might have made Michael more present in the first book, but that’s all I would have changed.
Guest Post by Julie Ann Knudsen
Writing YA from an adult’s perspective proved challenging at times. I had done some research on YA novels before starting to write and remembered fans of the genre mentioning how they didn’t want YA novels to be written in an unintelligent way. Because of this, I wanted to write as though my teenage reader was a smart and mature young adult, which I believe they all are! And, again, having teenagers helped me to understand how the teenage mind works.
Author Bio - Julie Ann Knudsen
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