December 4, 2017

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse – 2017 Debut Authors Bash – Interview #17DABash


Hello Readers!  We’re so excited to be a part of the

2017 Debut Authors Bash!

Today, we are featuring

Seven Days of you by Cecilia Vinesse!

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





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

Thanks so much for having me!



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

Sophia has: 7 days left in Tokyo + 4 best friends to say good-bye to + a 2nd chance with 1 unrequited crush + 0 time to figure it all out



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

I wrote the first draft of Seven Days of You about eight years before it was published, and there were several moments when I wanted to give up on it entirely. The only reason I didn’t was that it was inspired by my own experience growing up in Japan and moving away when I was sixteen. Sophia and I are very different people, and my own last week in Tokyo was nothing like hers—for one thing, hers is much more exciting!—but we both have a really hard time saying good-bye to the people and places that feel like home. My final few days in Tokyo were vivid and memorable and heartbreaking, and the intensity of that experience kept drawing me back to this story even when I thought I had moved on from it.



Tell us about the main character(s).

Sophia Wachowski is seventeen years old, Polish, French, and American, and a physics nerd. She’s lived in Japan for most of her life, and, when the book starts, she only has seven days left before she has to move back to the States with her family. Jamie Foster-Collins is the boy she used to be friends with who has just come back to Tokyo after three years away at boarding school. He’s also a Lord of the Rings fan, a believer in lifelong friendship, and a snack food aficionado.


TL;DR: Sophia is a Ravenclaw. Jamie is a Hufflepuff.



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

There’s a section where Sophia and Jamie spend a night wandering around Shibuya, which was my favorite place to hang out when I lived there. I always knew that I wanted some portion of this book to take place late on a summer’s night in Shibuya, and when I finally figured out where that moment would go and what exactly would happen, the entire scene clicked together in a way that seemed rare and magical to me. Writing it, I almost felt like I was roaming past the arcades and nightclubs and karaoke places, too. It almost felt like going home again.



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

Um, yes—the entire rest of it!!


(Just kidding.) (Sort of.)


I guess if I had to pick one part, it would be the ending. Before I even started my first draft, I knew that this book would be about what happens over the course of seven days, and that, no matter what, I would have to honor that narrative structure. Basically, when Sophia’s week is over, the story is over, too. Figuring out how to do that but still craft an ending that was emotionally uplifting and hopeful was incredibly difficult for me. It took a lot of very smart people reading my drafts and giving me advice for me to finally figure out where I wanted readers to leave Sophia and Jamie’s story.



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

Yes! The Summer of Us will be published summer 2018 by Little, Brown Books in the U.S. and U.K. It’s another YA contemporary, this time about a group of international teens who go interrailing around Europe right after their high school graduation. Think Seven Days of You but with a greater focus on friend groups and what happens when those groups are forced to grow apart and change. It’s also about: long train rides, hidden treehouses, first kisses, houseboat parties, and some pretty delicious pizza. I’m so excited to share it with readers soon!



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 again for hosting me! It was a pleasure being here.


Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Publication Date:  March 7, 2017
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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