Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Edie in Between by Laura Sibson. Let me just say – THIS COVER!! – I absolutely love this cover, reminds me of a tarot card. I wanted to thank Laura Sibson for offering interviews and taking the time to answer my questions. All information about the giveaway can be found near the end of this post. Also, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
After a career in undergraduate counseling, Laura Sibson pursued an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing in a local coffee shop, you can find her running the neighborhood streets or hiking with her dog. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their two sons. Laura is available for school visits, book clubs, workshops and conferences. She can speak on the process of writing and publishing to audiences from middle school into adulthood. With her background in one-on-one counseling, giving presentations and facilitating both panels and writing groups, Laura brings both warmth and professionalism to all of her endeavors.
About The Book
Title: Edie in Between
Author: Laura Sibson
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: August 24th, 2021
Page Length: 384
Age Range: YA
A modern-day Practical Magic about love, loss, and embracing the mystical.
It’s been one year since Edie’s mother died. But her ghost has never left.
According to her GG, it’s tradition that the dead of the Mitchell family linger with the living. It’s just as much a part of a Mitchell’s life as brewing cordials or talking to plants. But Edie, whose pain over losing her mother is still fresh, has no interest in her family’s legacy as local “witches.”
When her mother’s teenage journal tumbles into her life, her family’s mystical inheritance becomes once and for all too hard to ignore. It takes Edie on a scavenger hunt to find objects that once belonged to her mother, each one imbued with a different memory. Every time she touches one of these talismans, it whisks her to another entry inside the journal—where she watches her teenage mom mourn, love, and hope just as Edie herself is now doing. Maybe, just maybe, Edie hopes, if she finds every one of these objects, she can finally make peace with her loss and put the past to rest for good. But this journey to stake her independence from her family may actually show Edie who she truly is…and the beautiful gifts that come with being just a little different.
Tinged with a sweet romance with Rhia, who works at the local occult shop, Edie in Between delivers all the cozy magic a budding young witch finding her way in the world needs.
Rep: Black, Gay, Queer
Content Warning: Parental death
What inspired you to write Edie in Between?
Years ago, I’d drafted a contemporary realistic story about a girl whose mom dies and who is dealing with that death in an unusual way. More recently, I started drafting a contemporary fantasy about a girl who is the youngest in a family of witches and who is struggling with the burden. It was my editor who suggested mashing the stories together and I love the way that it turned out.
Edie and her mom had a lot of “Tea and a Talk”. What inspired this idea?
I wanted a way to reveal backstory and to show the reader how close Edie was to her mom. This idea that they would have a Tea and Talk seemed to match the mom’s quirky personality.
Grief is a huge part of this book. Do you believe it is important to include grief in different YA genres?
Well, I wouldn’t want all books to deal with grief, but yes, I do think it’s important for books across genres to deal with powerful topics that teens may face in real life. Doing so in this book allowed me to use the magic as a metaphor for Edie to accept her mother’s death and ultimately to accept herself.
I love that you included snippets of Edie’s mom’s journal throughout the story. Did you have a favourite one to write (without spoilers)?
I had fun writing all the interactions between Maura and Jamie, and I especially loved creating memories associated with each item. But I had the most fun writing the spells.
If you could spend the day with Edie, what would the two of you do?
We would go for a run (because that aspect of Edie comes directly from me) and maybe we’d meet up with Rhia and Tess to do some crabbing. Later, we’d hang out at Cosmic Flow and talk spells over pizza and chicken wings. Naturally, we’d end the night with huge ice cream cones from Ye Olde Ice Cream Shoppe.
Was there anything you learned after writing The Art of Breaking Things that helped you write Edie in Between?
One of the most rewarding aspects of completing a novel is the sense of satisfaction and confidence that comes from reaching The End. I urge anyone who is embarking on the writing journey or who is currently stalled out: keep going, don’t give up, finish! One of the strange aspects of writing novels is that each book only seems to teach you how to write that book. Edie In Between was vastly different from The Art of Breaking Things and in many ways, it was much harder to write. But I knew I could finish it because I’d done so before.
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