Friday, 21 February 2014

This Much Is True by Katherine Owen Blog Tour - Interview + Giveaway

This Much Is True

This Much Is True by Katherine Owen
NA Contemporary Romance
Published: 11th August 2013

Fate brings them together.
Fame & lies keep them apart.
One truth remains…

She’s become the Paly High girl with the most tragic story…
At 17, Tally Landon just wants to graduate and leave for New York to pursue ballet. Her best friend Marla convinces her to attend one last party—a college party—where she can be among strangers and evade the whisperings about her heartbreaking loss of her twin that follows her everywhere she goes. She meets Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s famous baseball wonder and has a little fun at his expense—when she lies about her age and who she really is—intent on being someone else for the night and escaping her tragic story.

His only focus is baseball, but he can’t forget the girl he saved on Valentine’s Day…
At 22, Lincoln Presley’s star is on the rise—about to finish at Stanford and expected to be taken early in Major League Baseball’s upcoming draft—his cousin’s party serves as a welcome distraction. But then, he sees the girl from Valentine’s Day that he saved from that horrific car accident and can’t quite hide his disappointment when she appears to look right through him and not remember him at all. He vows to learn her name at least before he leaves. What’s the harm in getting to know this girl? What’s the worst that can happen?

They share this incredible connection, but fate soon tests these star-crossed lovers in all kinds of ways...
And yet, despite the lies being told to protect the other, and the trappings of fame that continually separate them, and in lieu of the deception by those they’ve come to trust the most; one truth remains.

This much is true.

***Author's note*** THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Interview with Katherine Owen

Tell us a bit about your book, This Much Is True.

Both on the verge of fame. A ballerina who lies. A baseball player who believes her. Well, the truth changes everything.

This Much Is True is the story of Tally Landon, a gifted ballerina, and Lincoln Presley, an up-and-coming baseball player intent on pleasing the world. Fate brings them together through tragic circumstances the first time, and the second time they both experience this powerful connection. But the lies Tally tells and the truth Linc withholds and even the fame that eventually sweeps them up tears them apart.

Maybe, it’s the age difference. Maybe, it’s Tally’s unwillingness to trust anyone else other than her best friend Marla because of what she’s been through. Perhaps, it’s the people and the hidden pain these two carry that have a way of keeping them away from each other, even if they do seem destined to be together. Maybe, that seems cliché. But, in this case? It’s hyper realism.

This isn’t a sugar-coated love story with a bad boy covered in tattoos and a good girl waiting to be rescued. Um…no. This is an emotional read full of angst about a heroine, who is both selfish and self-destructive, and a hero, who has his own set of baggage preventing him from being there for her when she needs him the most.

Are they destructive? To each other? Yes, at times.
Salvable? Most definitely.
Redeemable? Absolutely.

Did you find This Much is True harder or easier to write than your other novels?

This Much Is True was definitely the hardest book to write. Part of it was me, as a writer. I had some success with my other novels, so I had a bit of a fan base anxiously awaiting this novel. The added pressure (high expectations) combined with a convoluted writing process, where I, literally, just didn’t seem to know what I was doing and was constantly second-guessing where the story was going made This Much Is True a challenge to write. And then, it was going long. So really? It’s two or three books in one. It IS long and I debated many times whether to cut it up into three books but in the end, I kept it as one long story.

What was your favourite book/author when you were growing up?

I read a lot of books as a teen. I read all of Steven King’s, all of Tom Clancy’s, anything Harlequin (I used to get my grandmother’s stack of those), Colleen McCullough, Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, William Shakespeare... You can see where this is going; can’t you?

My current writerly crush is Gillian Flynn because of Gone Girl.

My lifetime writerly crush is Audrey Niffenegger with The Time Traveler’s Wife.

My forever writerly crush is Tess Callahan, who wrote April & Oliver because I’ve read that book again and again for the past five years.

I am aware that I have not answered your question directly.

As a teen.



Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I am Scarlet, in many ways; I fear.

Where did you get the idea for This Much Is True?

My inspiration behind This Much I True came from a writing assignment from one of my advanced fiction classes with The Writer’s Studio a few years ago, and that is when Tally Landon first came into being.

In early drafts, she was an artist. In early drafts, she was innocent and naïve.

In later drafts, she became the edgy, broken soul readers have come to know and, hopefully, love in This Much Is True.

The opening scene gives readers an ever so brief glimpse of the old Tally. Promiscuous. Selfish. Self-serving. Talented. Tally Landon is a protégé on her way up in the world with no interest in anyone besides herself. And yet, the last line of that particular scene tells readers pretty much everything about Tally. “There is no God, Elvis.” Readers instantly know more about where Tally is coming from and where this story might take them with that one simple tragic line more than any other.

Readers learn straight away that ‘Elvis’ aka Lincoln Presley will be important. And is he ever. It is not easy to be tasked with saving Tally Landon, especially when it appears, she doesn’t want to be saved. One reviewer put it this way; and I have yet to find anyone who describes it better:

“…Linc is a great guy who kept on drawing the short stick all throughout the story since he meets Tally. He is caring, sensitive and occasionally a coward. He definitely is an American sweetheart, and his funny and witty side comes at some of the most inopportune moments. However, this gives him the power to diffuse the bomb that is Tally Landon….” Lit Jungle Blog

Back to the question. What inspired me? I have a tendency to write dark love stories. They are angsty reads. All of them. For this one? Tally came to me. I lived with her for a year and a half in my head, and I came to know her. That sounds weird. The writing process is weird. People who write are part weird, part soulful. I can live with that. I do.

Another blogger recently asked: Do you think Tally was a tough character to write about? Why?

And I answered this way.

Tough? Hmmm…Tally was an absolutely awesome character to write. She appears tough on the outside but is mostly vulnerable on the inside in ways she doesn’t even comprehend. Her life situation is tough. Her response to it is somewhat tragic. She was a challenge to write in the sense that I really felt her awesomeness from a long way off and wanted to ensure I did her true justice with this storyline. The character of Lincoln Presley was set early on and never wavered. I gave him some challenges that his character would have to rise up to, and I feel pretty successful with those.

I just saw that these two coming together would be as explosive as fireworks. That was certainly part of the inspiration I felt for writing Tally and Linc’s story.

What made you decide to write darker books and have you ever felt like a change?

Everyone has a style. Whimsical isn’t really me. At all. Don’t get me wrong. I love whimsical; it’s just not me. So, it’s not surprising that I would write the darker stuff. Why? I am that best friend, who knows the other best friend’s darkest secret that nobody else knows. I’m that girl. I feel things at an empathetic level, so writing the darker, angsty love story comes naturally to me.

And no, I never hanker to change my writing up.

My dad died about twelve years ago, and that had a profound impact on me for, like, ever. His death taught me that bad things happen to good people for no reason at all, and you best get with the program and do what you want to do in life because, “baby, it’s short; and this is all you get.”

And there again, a little dark, I know. Love me? Leave me. You choose.

Do you have a favourite character that you've written (from any of your books)?

There’s probably a tie between Jordan Holloway in When I See You and Tally Landon in This Much Is True.

Jordan is capable, prepared, realistic about what happens in life; and she is a survivor. And I like all those things about her.

Tally is not quite at Jordan’s level yet. Granted, she is ten years younger. Tally is unseasoned, untested, but she is resilient; and she will survive. Both characters are wicked smart and somewhat intent on an implicit, self-preservation quest. These would be my favourites.

If you could, what three book characters would you invite to a dinner party and why?

Henry DeTramble from The Time Traveler’s Wife, Alexander Belov from The Bronze Horseman, and Oliver Night from April & Oliver would be invited to my dinner party. And yes, the conversation would be lively and genuine, proving chivalry is not dead, and the champagne would be flowing.

If you had the chance to do it again, is there anything you'd change about your book?

It would be three books instead of one long novel.

What do you have planned for the future?

I am working on another book featuring Linc and Tally that will be released later this year. I have another book called Saving Valentines that will follow that one, if all goes according to plan.

Thank you so much for an amazing interview, Katherine! I really enjoyed reading your answers!

Author Bio - Katherine Owen

Dark. Edgy. Contemporary. Romantic. Were we describing me? Or my fiction? Sorry. I drink too, not enough water. I swear too much for God and my mother, and I slip these into my fiction. Sorry. I'm impatient, a perfectionist, a wordsmith, a dreamer, which ends up being good and bad. I'm a workaholic; ask my fam-dam-ily. I've written four novels in as many years: SEEING JULIA, NOT TO US, & WHEN I SEE YOU, as well as my latest release THIS MUCH IS TRUE. If you love angsty, unpredictable love stories, I'm yours.

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  1. Thanks for featuring "This Much Is True" and for the Q & A time on your blog. I really enjoyed this interview!


    Katherine Owen
    Author of "This Much Is True" & other emotional romantic literary fare