Today I am excited to be a part of the Fault Line Blog Tour. I had the honor of interviewing the author of Fault Line, Christa Desir. Read below to find out more about her!
I am also a feminist, rape victim activist, and romance novel editor. I live outside of Chicago with my awesome husband and our three small children.
Favorite TV show? I love the complexity of “House of Cards”
Favorite movie? Tie between “Amelie” and “Harold and Maude”
Celebrity Crush? Jesse Williams
Best book you’ve read recently? Eleanor and Park
Favorite book to movie adaptation? The Godfather (actually, it’s a much better movie than book)
Most anticipated 2014 debut book? This is a tricky one because I’m part of the Fourteenery so I’ve had the opportunity to read many on my most anticipated list. And I’m critique partners with a lot of 2014 debut authors. So instead, I’ll just say that I’m very curious to read Gillian Flynn’s YA book (which doesn’t have a release date yet, but I’m hoping will be 2014)
Can you tell us about your book, FAULT LINE, in 10 words or less? The horrifying aftermath of rape told from a boyfriend’s POV.
What was your favorite scene to write in Fault Line? The mustard-y kisses. I’m a dark writer, but I really do love kissing scenes
How long did it take you to write? It took me 2 weeks to write the original first draft which was 20k words. This is how I write. I lay down the bones and then fill in everything around it. This is what prevents saggy middles for me. It took me 9 months to revise it.
If you could cast anyone to play the main characters in Fault Line, who would you choose? I never do this because I don’t really watch movies so I don’t know celebrities. Plus, as soon as I even think about casting, I immediately think, “Everyone will hate that guy as Ben. I can’t play this game.”
Is Fault Line a standalone or can readers expect a sequel or maybe a companion novel? It is standalone. And I don’t think I could ever write a sequel or companion novel because I really don’t want to live in the literary world of sexual violence again. I will always be an activist, but writing it was painful at times and cut pretty deep.
What are you working on next? I have just finished up copy edits for my second book BLEED LIKE ME which comes out in fall 2014 from Simon Pulse. And I have a third novel that is complete and we’ll hopefully have news on soon (!).
There are some pretty strong topics in this book such as rape. How difficult was it for you to write some of those scenes? I had to remove myself from it a lot. Step away. In edits, I cried almost every day. Not so much for Ben and Ani as for every survivor who has ever disclosed their story to me. I was lucky in that edits weren’t incredibly grueling. My editor was on board for what I was trying to do right away.
What do you want readers to take away from this book? I want them to start dialogues around this issue. I want people to realize that guys can be just as engaged in the topic of sexual violence as girls. I want them to think about issues of consent, the definition of rape, and how we treat survivors afterwards. It’s a tall order. Mostly, I hope that it starts a conversation among teenagers.
What is currently on your TBR pile? Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. (My TBR pile is HUGE, but that one is at the top).
Summary: Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.
But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.
Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?
Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves.
Links- C. Desir Website