Official Tour & Author Interview: STARWORLD by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner





Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (April 16, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763697567
ISBN-13: 978-0763697563


Praise for STARWORLD

An unlikely friendship blossoms between two high school seniors…in the deft hands of co-authors Coulthurst (Inkmistress, 2018, etc.) and Garner (Relative Strangers, 2018, etc.), the well-realized main characters and deeply insightful descriptions of complex emotions combine into an unusually thoughtful novel…Readers seeking characters facing challenges with honesty, bravery, and kindness will appreciate this book with its reminder that our outward lives often don’t reflect who we really are. ―Kirkus Reviews




Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When an unexpected encounter results in the girls’ exchanging phone numbers, they forge a connection through text messages that expands into a private universe they call Starworld. In Starworld, they find hilarious adventures, kindness and understanding, and the magic of being seen for who they really are. But when Sam’s feelings for Zoe turn into something more, will the universe they’ve built survive the inevitable explosion?

In a novel in two voices, a popular teen and an artistic loner forge an unlikely bond — and create an entire universe — via texts. But how long before the real world invades Starworld?



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Photo Credit for Audrey: Evrim Icoz Photography

Paula Garner spends most of her time writing, reading, or making good things to eat and drink. She is the author of YA contemporary novels Starworld, Relative Strangers, and Phantom Limbs, which was a 2017 Illinois Reads selection for grades 9-12. Follow her on Twitter at @paulajgarner.

Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.

Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California.
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INTERVIEW:

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
(Paula): When I was in first grade and I wrote a depressing and somewhat alarming story about a rose in a garden who gets pregnant out of wedlock and is shunned and sent away.
(Audrey): Much like being gay, everyone else knew I was a writer before I did. After college I started doing NaNoWriMo and ended up in a drinking group with a writing problem. Things went downhill from there.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
(Paula): I have never succeeded in keeping any kind of schedule, nor do I write words every single day.
(Audrey): I have a day job, so I work from 8-5, then come home and relieve my wife from baby duty, and then write after he goes to bed or during his naps on weekends. It is not a lot of time.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
(Paula): I seem to be in a minority on the subject of writing in cafes. I cannot. For one thing, it’s too distracting. For another thing, I always have to say dialogue out loud to make sure it sounds right, as well as make the gestures I write to make sure they seem natural. You can see how weird that would be…
(Audrey): My quirks have nothing to do with writing and everything to do with attempting to behave like a human. I have trouble with eye contact. Kindness makes me nervous. I have a phobia of puppets and a deep, abiding hatred of harmonicas, both of which border on irrational.
Do you write hoping readers take away a moral or just walk away with a positive emotion?
(Paula): So many things make me happy: when something resonates with a reader, when they learn something, gain understanding, or consider something in a new way… I’m also glad for laughter and tears.
(Audrey): Any time I write a book, mostly I just hope readers will be moved by it—that it will make them feel something.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
(Paula): Read. Read, read, and read some more.
(Audrey): What she said.

Thanks for answering my questions Paula and Audrey!


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