The Way It Hurts Virtual Blog Tour (Author Guest Post with Patty Blount + #Giveaway) @sourcebooks @PattyBlount

About The Author:

PATTY BLOUNT grew up quiet and invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice writing smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. Today, she’s the award-winning author of edgy, emotional contemporary romance. Powered by way too much chocolate, Patty supports women’s rights by giving a voice to characters facing realistic situations like rape (SOME BOYS, 2014), bullying (SEND, 2012), and grief (NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, 2015). She enjoys hearing from her readers so visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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About The Book:

Title: The Way It Hurts
Author: Patty Blount
Pub Date: August 1, 2017

From the award-winning author of Some Boys comes a new ripped-from-the-headlines story about the unthinking backlash of Twitter culture

There may be two sides to every story, but sometimes there’s only one way to set things right…

Music is Elijah’s life. His band plays loud and hard, and he’ll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he’d rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town…until the lead starts to sing.

Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother’s. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program—and being the star in her high school musical isn’t going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder.

Elijah can’t take his eyes off of Kristen’s performance, and he snaps a photo of her in costume that he posts online with a comment that everybody misunderstands. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don’t stay online…they follow them into real life.

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Who is my favorite supporting character and why? 

I completely adore Etta, Kristen’s paternal grandmother, who lives in an apartment over the garage in Kristen’s house. When I decided to make Kristen an actress with Broadway aspirations, I figured she’d need someone in her young life who would have taken her to all the big Broadway shows — and lots of the small ones — to help nurture that love. Parents are typically way too busy for that sort of thing, especially if there’s more than one child in the family. (Kristen has two brothers.) So, the job falls to grandparents, specifically — a grandma.

When I was little, my grandparents indulged our dreams like this. When I graduated from high school, my grandmother took me on an amazing trip to Hawaii. My sister wanted to be in a band, so she allowed my sister to practice the drums at her house. Okay, so Kristen has a grandma who encourages her love of theater. So far, so good. I began imagining Grandma — how would her own love of theater have developed? Well, she’d been a fan– or better yet, a former actress.

Ah ha!

As soon as I thought of Grandma as a former actress, she took on a whole new dimension. Gone were the orthopedic shoes, white hair, and pearls. In their place, I pictured this grand dame who wears her diamonds to the market, scarlet red lipstick to get ice cream, and speaks with an over-exaggerated emphasis on certain words, as she’d been taught back in the day. The only thing I got stuck on was “Grandma.” This larger-than-life woman needed an honorific as unique as she is.

And there, I was stuck for a long time. I started imagining her in various situations. Stage actors have to have presence and that comes from confidence. She’s not going to be some wall-hugger at a party, she’s going to be the center attraction and she’s going to look for that spotlight in all situations from awards dinners to PTA meetings. I envisioned her walking into a PTA meeting, introducing herself by her full name, and then heading across the street to address the city council — all men — and giving them a masculine nickname.

I cycled through a number of names — Francesca, for example. “Call me Frank.” And because Frank rhymes with Hank, I chose Henrietta. She’s Henri — which she pronounces as “Ahn-Ree” — to the women’s club and “Hank” to the boys down at the club and “Etta” to her grandchildren.

Okay, so now that you’ve seen how Etta was “born,” promise you won’t hate me if I tell you she was supposed to die in this book? Yep. It’s true. I’d planned to have Etta pass away but once I got to know her and her many quirks, I fell in love with her and simply couldn’t do it.

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1 winner will receive one paper back copy of The Way it Hurts, US + CAN Only.

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Happy reading until next time!

Lucy