2014 YA Hearbreakers Day 4: Katie McGarry


ya valentinesHey everyone! Welcome back to day 4 of the 2014 YA Heartbreakers! Today we are featuring Katie McGarry, author of the Pushing the Limits series. We reviewed Pushing the Limits in 2012 and featured it as our Book of the Month in July, 2012. This is a hugely popular series that I always hear people talking about. If you’re looking for the perfect Valentines Day read, this is definitely a book for you. Read below for a interview with Katie McGarry!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

All of your books are contemporary and have powerful romances. How difficult is it to create a believable romance between two fictional characters?

The romance is my favorite part of writing. I love the interactions between the characters and the sparks that are created. Sometimes what’s difficult for me is when I have to introduce conflict to propel the story along. When I have characters like Echo, Noah, Beth, Ryan, Isaiah, and Rachel who already have hurts before the story begins, I have to fight the urge to write happy scene after happy scene. What keeps the reader turning the pages is the conflict and plot.

Who is your favorite YA couple from a different series/book that’s not yours?

I love Ali and Cole from the Alice in Zombieland series.

Who is your favorite couple from one of your own books?

10194514That’s a tough question as it’s like asking which one of my children I love more.

Echo and Noah have a special place in my heart because they were my first published novel.

Beth and Ryan have sentimental value to me as it’s loosely (extremely loosely) based on the first several months of my relationship with my husband.

Isaiah and Rachel just make me happy. Unbelievably happy and I just wanted to squish them together like two cuddly bunnies.

I felt very raw writing Take Me On (May 2014) because the couple, West and Haley, share some of my very deep hurts.

Because of all that, it’s hard to choose.

Do you have any Valentines Day or February traditions?

My husband and I will go out to dinner, but we have a lot of birthdays in that month so we spend most of our time focusing on those. 

What is the most heartbreaking scene that you have personally written?

When Noah has to talk to his brothers at the end of Pushing the Limits—that scene tore my heart out.

I can’t talk about it much, but there is a scene in my upcoming novel, Take Me On, that caused me to weep and just broke me for a 17233800couple of days.

What is the last book that made you cry?

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

What are you currently working on?

I’m finishing up revisions for Take Me On which will be released in May 2014.

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