Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blog Tour Guest Post: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Today we have the pleasure of hosting the Blog Tour for Nina LaCour's EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU!!!

A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.


Nina LaCour talks about her favorite character in EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU:

The character of Ava, Emi’s love interest, took quite a few tries to get right. Where Emi has had an easy life full of opportunities and support, Ava has had a life tinged with tragedy. I was so focused on figuring out how Ava would come to be a runaway that her story dominated the early drafts of the novel. I even toyed with telling the story in alternating narrator’s perspectives so that Ava would have more of a voice. In the end, I cut a lot of Ava’s journey, but I learned a lot about her in the process.
            I love Ava because even though she seems tragic and dramatic, really she wants simple things: to pursue what she loves and to find meaningful connections with people. Her past may be mysterious, and she may struggle with some personal demons, but she gains a sense of peace and understanding of herself that is hard-won and meaningful. She shows Emi how real life can be more dazzling than the movies, even when it’s difficult. And she has a tremendous capacity for love, even though she hasn’t had enough of it in her life.

About Nina LaCour:

Nina LaCour (www.ninalacour.com) is the author of the award-winning Hold Still and widely acclaimed The Disenchantments. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Oakland, California.