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August 29, 2017

Blog Tour: Body Parts by Jessica Kapp – Interview and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Body Parts by Jessica Kapp!

We have Jessica on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

Follow the rest of the tour by clicking on the banner above,
and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

 

 

People would kill for her body.

Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.

When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.

Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?

Body Parts by Jessica Kapp
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Diversion Publishing

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thank you for having me!

 

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

Never Let Me Go meets The Island for YA

 

OR, in a few more words:

 

When an orphaned teen learns she’s been raised for parts, she must take down the organ-harvesting pharmaceutical empire before her friends go under the knife.

 

 

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

The idea came to me after my husband almost died. He had sudden liver failure and was rushed to the critical care unit. A vein had burst in his stomach, and two more were on the brink of erupting—one in his esophagus and one in his liver. Doctors ran what felt like a billion tests, but they couldn’t determine what caused it. It was touch and go for a while, and doctors talked about putting him on a liver transplant list.

 

It was terrifying.

 

After his health stabilized and we could breathe a sigh of relief, the idea for my novel started flowing…what if people needed transplants and there were no donors? Then what?

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

Tabitha is a spunky, strong 16-year-old who’s disciplined and self-motivated. But there’s a playful side to her longing to break out, and when it comes to her friends, she isn’t afraid to bend the rules. She’d do anything for them, and she knows they’d do the same for her. She’s hesitant to let her guard down unless she’s with her friends from the foster home.

 

But deep down, she wants the comfort and safety of a forever home—parents who don’t care how fast she can run a mile or how long she can hold her breath underwater.

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

I really enjoyed writing the scene where Tabitha unknowingly takes Euphorium, a drug that makes her giddy and goofy. She’s usually so serious, so it was fun to try and interpret how she would react on the drug.

I also liked writing the scene where Gavin and Tabitha first kiss. J

 

 

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

The ending was especially difficult for me. I had an extra chapter at the end, but it didn’t add to the story, and ultimately we axed it. Endings are like stepping off the Gravitron at the carnival. It’s that ride that spins you around so fast you stick to the wall. I have a hard time finding my footing again after the wild ride my characters take me on. Slowing down is not my strong suit.

 

 

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

I have another project, a contemporary, in the hands of my agent right now. She’s compiling notes for my second round of revisions (please be gentle, Whitley).

It’s my first story told in dual perspective, as well as third person. It was a challenge for me but I really enjoyed it! And right after that project gets the green light, I’ll go back to the project I finished at my writer’s retreat and start revising. It’s also a contemporary, but this one is based on an experience I went through in high school. Then, probably several months from now, I’ll get to work on the story that’s been nagging at my brain—another speculative fiction. I like to keep my stories grounded in real life with just a hint of what if…

 

 

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thank you! It’s been a pleasure to be here!

About Jessica Kapp

Jessica Kapp enjoys writing Young Adult Contemporary and Speculative Fiction. Story ideas often strike at inopportune times, and she’s been known to text herself reminders from under the covers.

She lives on a small farm in Washington with far too many goats and an occasional cow.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Audrey
    8/29/2017

    I am really looking forward to reading this. I enjoyed the author interview.

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  2. Janet W.
    8/29/2017

    I’d love to read this! Sounds great!

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  3. James
    8/29/2017

    Congrats on the tour and thank you for the giveaway.

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  4. Madonna
    8/29/2017

    The excerpt sounds very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

    [Reply]

  5. Edye
    8/31/2017

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Terri
    9/6/2017

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    [Reply]

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