October 28, 2015
Hello readers and welcome to our Tour Stop for
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett!
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Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.
Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?
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Thanks for having me on your blog! THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART (aka NIGHT OWLS in the UK) is my first YA book, and I’m excited to chat about it.
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
A teen girl who draws anatomy falls in love with a graffiti artist on a midnight bus in San Francisco.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
I’m an artist myself, so I suppose that was some of the inspiration. But this book actually started as another book entirely—one with a futuristic plot, crazily enough. However, when I started writing a chapter, I enjoyed the characters so much, I changed my mind and went in a completely different direction.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Bex lives in San Francisco with her divorced mother, whom she introduces as Nurse Katherine the Great, and her older brother, a gay metal-head named Heath. Bex is an artist who is a little…strange: She enjoys drawing anatomy. Bodies. Bones. Veins. Muscles. She wants to be a medical illustrator, and she’s very determined about spending the summer before her senior year trying to win an art scholarship. Her plans get turned upside-down when she meets Jack, a graffiti artist. Jack is hot, charming, has a retro-Rockabilly obsession, and a sad family secret.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
There’s a scene in the book when Jack shows up at Bex’s work unexpectedly and throws Bex off guard. She really likes Jack, but she’s also nervous and a little angry at him, too—though, to be fair, that’s kind of her fault, but it’s a long story. I really enjoyed making Bex squirm in this scene.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
Actually, no. I can honestly say that this book was a complete joy to write. The hardest part has been waiting for the publisher to put it out!
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’ve recently finished writing my second YA romance, and I’m working on another YA, a new genre. (Shh! It’s a secret!) I’m also writing the first book in a new adult romance series.
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 in your writing future!!
Thanks so much for having me on your blog!
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