I am very pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for the recently released, The Edge of Everything, by Jeff Giles. Thank you to Mr. Giles and Bloomsbury for inviting me on this tour. I met Jeff in Chicago last year and became an instant fan. He is definitely one of the nicest guys around. Be sure to read all the way to the end for your chance to win a copy of the book and a keepsake metal bookmark. (US/Canada only)
Guest Post from the author himself, Jeff Giles!
How did The Edge of Everything come about? What inspires you to write?
I had been a journalist for a long time, and I’d gotten pretty good at writing reviews and profiles of beautiful people, but I really wanted to create something from scratch. Honestly? I didn’t even know if I could. When I first thought of the idea for “The Edge of Everything,” I imagined more of a campy, funny novel—something with a title like “The Devil’s Girl” or “Boyfriend from Hell.” But the minute I started actually writing the book, I found I cared too much about the characters to play the story for laughs. There’s definitely humor in the novel, but it’s used as comic relief in a story that can get pretty intense.
Did you always want to be an author?
I always wanted to be some kind of writer, and I was never good at anything else. You seriously do NOT want to hear me play guitar.
There are always half a dozen people battling it out in my head. If I could only stand in ONE place in a book store, I’d head for the M’s: Alice Munro, Haruki Murakami, Lorrie Moore. If I was allowed to roam freely, I’d visit Kazuo Ishiguro and E.M. Forster next.
Last book you read?
It’s hard to read when you’re writing because, even when you’re not sitting at your desk, your brain is busily trying to figure out what happens next in your novel. You’re just sort of perpetually distracted. The last “grown-up” novel I tore through was Maria Semple’s latestnovel, “Today Will Be Different.” I worshipped her last book, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” and just getting to hear her voice again— her acerbic, self-loathing humor and her pitch-perfect observations about the way we live now—was a real gift.
In terms of YA, I was incredibly moved by Robin Roe’s novel about the power of friendship in the face of abuse, “A List of Cages,” and Anna-Marie McLemore’s gorgeous transgender fairy tale, “When the Moon Was Ours.”
I’m dying to read Jeff Zentner’s next novel, “Goodbye Days,” and Angie Thomas’s “The Hate U Give.” They feel like authors who are going to be around a long time.
What do you want readers to get from your books?
My hope is that they’ll be carried away for a while, that they’ll laugh when they didn’t expect to, and that they’ll feel good about our capacity for taking care of each other. I also hope they’ll want to buy the next one.
Thanks so much Jeff for joining us today!
Summary of the Book
It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X. X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.
About the Author
Jeff Giles grew up in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Most recently, he was Deputy Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly, where he oversaw all coverage of movies and books, including the magazine’s championing of YA fiction. Jeff has written for Rolling Stone and The New York Times Books Review. He also co-authored The Terrorist’s Son, a nonfiction book that won an Alex award from the American Library Association. While reporting on the Lord of the Rings movies for Newsweek, Jeff was invited to be an extra in The Return of the King. He played a Rohan soldier. Jeff lives with his family in Montana. Visit him on Twitter at @MrJeffGiles.
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