August 22, 2016
Welcome to our Tour Stop for
Into the Light (Into the Dark #2)
by Caroline T. Patti!
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Mercy’s family is back together and the threat of danger appears to have passed. But any relief she feels is short lived as she is ripped from her body and thrown in jail. Gage and Nathaniel’s plans to break Mercy out won’t exactly be easy. Stuffed full of a chemical binding agent, Mercy is trapped inside the body of a convict without the ability to breach and set herself free. Unfortunately for Mercy, being trapped in jail becomes the least of her problems when she meets her evil twin, Justice.
Into the Light (Into the Dark #2)
by Caroline T. Patti
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
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Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Everything goes to hell. And then everything gets better once they figure out who the real enemy is.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
Into the Light is the follow-up to Into the Dark. The initial idea for the story came to me while I was sitting in a dance studio lobby waiting for my kid to finish class. Amazing things happen when I’m bored. One of the first scenes that took shape is from Into the Dark when Mercy ends up in a dead body. I liked the drama and hilarity of the situation, and it was the first time that I truly understood Nathaniel’s character.
While writing Into the Light, and knowing it would be the end, I wanted to make sure that each character came to a satisfying end. I also wanted to be able to fully develop Nathaniel and tell his story, which is why Into the Light includes his perspective.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Into the Light is told from three perspectives: Mercy’s, Gage’s, and Nathaniel’s. Though I would count Gage and Nathaniel as MCs, the story was born with me experiencing things through Mercy’s eyes. So I’m going to focus on her. Mercy is an average teenager. I never pictured her as unfortunate or somehow less than just because she thought her mother was dead. Death, of course, is devastating and a young girl losing her mother is especially devastating. But I didn’t want readers to feel sorry for Mercy. I wanted them to see her as a girl who has not recovered necessarily, but who has found a way to manage her circumstances. She has good friends, she loves her father, her life is good in most respects. Mercy is independent and strong willed, which is why she ends up the hero of her own story. She needs help from Gage and Nathaniel, but she doesn’t need rescuing. They have a harder time with that than she does. They come from a place of wanting to protect her, but they eventually learn that they’re better off staying out of her way.
Mercy is very loyal. She has a good heart, and she wants to do the right thing. Into the Light pushes her to limits she didn’t even know she had, and she’s surprised by her strength, but also empowered by it.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
Nathaniel finds himself in quite the predicament when he ends up in the body of a twiggy, gawky freshman boy named Toby. The hilarity of this was very fun to write because Toby and Nathaniel are complete opposites. Nathaniel is strong and sharp whereas Toby is weak and barely in the beginning stages of puberty. Seeing the completely vulnerable side of Nathaniel while he’s still trying to be a badass is definitely my favorite part of the book.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
Deciding how it all ends is always difficult. Readers get very attached and invested in characters and they know exactly how they want things to work out. This puts writers in an awkward position because my ending may not match their ending. Of course I know I can’t make everyone happy, but I tried at first and that made the story somewhat of a mess. So I went back, I revised heavily and I went with my gut. I like the ending. I’m crossing my fingers that readers do too.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I am so excited about my next project! If I could include a GIF of me doing a happy dance, or preferably a muppet doing some sort of muppet flail, I would. This is how excited I am. The formal announcement is coming is a few weeks, so all I can say for now is that the main character’s name is Grey and she is, by far, my favorite character ever. I can’t wait to introduce her to the world.
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 so much for hosting me! I’m so grateful for the opportunity. I really hope you enjoy Into the Light.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.
Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.
But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.
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