YA Debut Authors Bash: Interview with Marci Lyn Curtis

December 14, 2015 Features, Interviews 4

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Well, the 2015 Debut Authors Bash hosted by YA Reads is almost over. I’m really excited that I could participate in it. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour and participate in the giveaways by going here.



Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won’t invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago,Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn’t interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie’s whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she’s ever met. Ben’s life isn’t easy, but he doesn’t see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn’t have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she’s currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the magnetic lead singer of Maggie’s new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben’s brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future…before she loses everything she has grown to love.

Interview with Marci Lyn Curtis:

1. Where did you get the general idea for The One Thing?

Actually, it was the characters who inspired me to write the story. I know, I know…that sounds weird. But let me explain. When the basic premise of The One Thing came to me, it brought with it a jumble of characters that sort of picked at my brain until I wrote their story. In the beginning, I was pretty clueless about the exact direction of the book. But once I started writing, the plot just unwound for me, like it had always been there from the start.

2. Maggie is a major fangirl in the book, when you were her age, what boy band were you obsessed with?

Oh man, I was a rocker chick, so I was obsessed with Van Halen in the most painful, outrageous way. Also, Bon Jovi. And ooooooh, AC/DC.

3. Mason is such a great book boyfriend who I definitely swooned over throughout the story, what YA book boyfriends are your personal favorites?

Gah…there are so many, but here are some hardcore favorites:

Joe from The Sky is Everywhere

Bodee from Faking Normal

Jase from My Life Next Door

Corey from What Happens Next

4. How old were you when you first began writing and what advice would you give those who want to write, but just aren’t sure where to start?

In my twenties and thirties, I goofed around with some poetry, but when I got into my forties I reached a point where just a few lines wasn’t enough. I had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to write…something more. So I did. I wrote this middle-grade story that was basically atrocious, because it wasn’t really inspired by anything. I was writing just to write. On the plus side, it helped me to learn pacing, character arcs, and it forced me to find my voice. Right about the time that I gave up on that story—groaning, “Writing novels is hard!”—I got the idea for The One Thing.

Which I did my best to ignore.

Because, honestly. Writing novels is hard. But this new story didn’t leave me alone, so a couple years later I finally broke down and wrote it. I’m so, so glad I did.

So, long story long, my best advice for aspiring writers is to write the story that needs to be told, the one that keeps you up in the middle of the night. Write about things that matter. Write what’s in your heart. Just write.

5. In the novel, two disabilities that we don’t see nearly enough of in YA can be found through two of our main characters, Maggie and Ben, what are some books that feature characters with disabilities that inspired you personally?

Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything and Cammie McGovern’s Say What you Will were both fabulous.

6. YA romance book recommendations for readers that just read The One Thing and need a new book to pick up?

Oh boy, I’m terrible at choosing comp titles. I guess I’d have to say The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, because both stories have strong-willed, sarcastic heroines. Also, Kirkus Reviews gave The Fault in Our Stars as a similar title, which was shocking/humbling/flattering to even be mentioned in the same sentence as John Green.


Marci Lyn Curtis grew up in Northern California, where she went to college and met an amazing guy in a military uniform. Two college-aged kids and one dachshund later, she lives in Maryland, where she laughs too loudly and eats peanut butter off spoons. The One Thing is her first novel.

Say hi to her on her at marcilyncurtis.com.

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4 Responses to “YA Debut Authors Bash: Interview with Marci Lyn Curtis”

  1. Yvonne

    Hello Rachel! Just stumbled upon your blog, which looks so lovely! 😀

    I read The One Thing as an eARC and loved it so, so much that I wanted a copy of it ever since! That this one is signed … well, I’M DYING TO HAVE IT. (Please tell me this is INT. If not I’ll cry in a corner.) Simple as that. The story was absolutely amazing and the characters were so loveable, I couldn’t get them out of my head for loooong, long weeks. Such a great book – the interview is awesome as well! *___*

    Have a great day! 🙂
    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages

  2. Talina R

    What a wonderful interview! I was given the chance to read The One Thing and I absolutely LOVED it! A wonderful story, wonderful developed characters and a very emotional, beautiful story. 🙂 Thanks so much for the chance!

  3. imene

    I never have read this story before but it sound so intersting !thanks for the giveaway

  4. Carmel

    I hope this is OPEN INT because I wanna read this book. The book deals with disability and I personally think that disabilities, in general, are underrepresented in YA. So, thanks for this feature! I added it to my TBR! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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