May 24, 2019

Blog Tour: You, Me, & Letting Go by Katie Kaleski – Interview and Giveaway

Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for

You, Me, & Letting Go by Katie Kaleski

presented by Swoon Romance!

We have Katie 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!

Van Sato’s got labels. Tourettes, ADHD, SPD – words that have defined his existence since the time he was old enough to know what they meant. Now, Van wants to prove he’s more than an acronym, a syndrome, a problem kid. He takes a summer job as a day camp counselor to prove he’s capable of independence and moving on to the next phase in his life. Maybe, he might even make a friend while there. Someone who’s got just as many or even more labels than him. Someone who understands what it’s like.

Tabby Dubanowksi wants to forget about everything, the hospitalization, the judgment, the whispers behind her back. As a camp counselor, she will be admired, looked up to, and able to help people who don’t know anything about her old life. Tabby wants a fresh start and a chance to re-ignite her passion for film-making, if only for one summer.

After running away from their pasts, Van and Tabby collide in a storm cloud of attraction laced with self-doubt, insecurity, shame, and blame. Now, with Van feeling like he might have to quit his job, and Tabby struggling to quell the urge to cut, they will struggle to find themselves in a world designed to keep them apart.

YOU, ME, & LETTING GO by Katie Kaleski
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: Swoon Romance


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

Thank you so much for having me! I’m excited to be sharing an inside look of my book with you.

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

One dreaded word sets their summer on a path to each other’s hearts.

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

My inspiration was my son and working at a day camp when I was younger. While my son doesn’t have Van’s exact conditions, I came up with Van’s disabilities while researching information regarding my son. He had some tics, attention issues, and some other things going on, and the more I learned more about all the ways these can come about in a person, a character began to form in my head.

Tell us about the main character(s).

Tabby is an aspiring film maker (but she’s reluctant to call herself one) and is recovering from an eating disorder and self-harm which was exacerbated by some bullying at school, so she’s a bit guarded.

Van is an artist and loves all things crafty. He has Tourette, ADHD, and SPD (sensory processing disorder). He’s also a big sweetheart.

They both begin working as day camp counselors when they meet each other.

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

Oh, it’s so hard to choose, but there’s a scene where Van’s in the Parkhouse, cleaning up at the end of the day and Tabby walks in. She sees all of these paper plate creations he’s made, and her heart pretty much becomes a puddle of goo. They have this moment that just makes me smile.

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

I can’t say much about it because spoilers, but there’s a scene toward the end of the book involving Van and what happens is what some people with disabilities face but not a lot of people talk about. It just wrecked my heart, and I wanted to give him a big hug and punch some fictional adults in the throat.

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

I do have a new book coming out in 2020 with Swoon Romance called Bookstores, Crushes, & Mortal Enemies. It’s also what I’m currently working on. I’ve been having a lot of fun writing it, and as with most of my books, while writing, I’ve found myself tearing up a time or two.

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!!

Thanks so much. I hope to be back soon.

Katie Kaleski has started down many career paths and held many jobs—indie craft store clerk, pizza maker, photo developer, shoe salesperson and cashier, dental assistant in the army, daycare teacher, student teacher—but her favorite one by far is being a writer.

She’s originally from Chicago, so she says things like pop, gym shoes, and front room. Her favorite food

group is sugar, and she loves writing young adult novels.

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1 Comment

  1. Audrey Stewart

    I really am excited to read this book. I have enjoyed this post so much. A must on my summer vacation reading.

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