Author Guest Post: Abria Mattina, author of Wake

Wake by Abria Mattina


by Abria Mattina

Kindle / Barnes & Noble

Pages: 727
Published September 22nd 2011
ISBN: 9780986957


Eighteen isn’t too young to run your life into the ground, but it’s not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John’s, Newfoundland back to her hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She’s looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town, back to the life he knew before cancer. By letting the tragedies in their lives define them, they are both dying a little more every day. Welcome to the wake.


Guest Post: Abria Mattina

Author of WAKE

What inspired you to write the book?I wanted to write about adolescent pain and alienation, which is a pretty broad topic. The fact that I chose to write about illness is, in some ways, a reflection of the frustration and alienation I felt during my years in a Boston brace. Cancer and scoliosis don’t compare, but all teenagers are capable of blowing their problems out of proportion by way of thinking selfishly. That mindset was something I was able to pull from my own experience and use to compose the characters in Wake. Generally, I find pain in all forms inspiring. It’s one of the few things all human beings have in common. Everyone can relate to pain, if not to the circumstances that surround it.What research did you do for Wake?The bulk of my research was focused on illness and food. Medical dramas on TV aren’t to be believed in the slightest. Some of the most helpful resources, aside from the people (patients, nurses, parents) that I consulted with, are:Goes Down Easy by Elise MecklingerAny Man Can by Dr. William HartmanThe Guide to Getting it On (Chapter 38), Sixth Edition, by Paul JoannidesSexuality and Cancer, produced by the Cancer Council of Victoria Marrow Donor Program website Cancer websiteA Nurse’s Story by Tilda ShalofI also spent time reading through threads on various patient and family forums throughout the world. Not every patient will be a ‘textbook’ example of a particular disease, and reading about what individuals and their families were facing added a human element to all the clinical information I was consuming from other sources.My greatest resource when it came to food, though, was my fiancé Daniel. He’s a Cordon Bleu trained chef, and was very generous and patient with my questions about cooking. Some of the best recipe or technique suggestions in Wake are his.

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Follow the rest of the WAKE tour!

12/2 review @ Books Glorious Books
12/4 review @ Nightly Reading
12/5 review @ Aobibliosphere
12/6 guest post @ Kickin Back with Kiwi
12/7 guest post @ Aobibliosphere
12/10 guest post @ Maria’s Handmade Love
12/10 review @ All things books
12/12 guest post @ Books Glorious Books
12/12 guest post @ Just Another Book Addict
12/14 review @ Owl Tell You About It
12/15 guest post @ Owl Tell You About It
12/17 guest post @ The Book Diva’s Reads
12/18 guest post @ The Phantom Paragrapher
12/19 guest post @ Nightly Reading
12/21 review @ Kickin Back With Kiwi
12/22 guest post @ All things books
12/23 guest post @ Just One More Paragraph
12/30 guest post @ Celtic Lady’s Reviews
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