The Last Time We Were Us Blog Tour | A Book and a Latte | bookandlatte.com

Please give a warm welcome to Leah Conen, author of The Last Time We Were Us! She’s stopping by A Book and a Latte today for an interview as part of her blog tour. Check out my Q & A with Leah below, and be sure to enter the giveaway!

The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen | bookandlatte.comLiz Grant is about to have the summer of her life. She and her friend MacKenzie are getting invited to all the best parties, and with any luck, Innis Taylor, the most gorgeous guy in Bonneville, will be her boyfriend before the Fourth of July.

Local teen convict released early.

Jason Sullivan wasn’t supposed to come back from juvie. A million years ago, he was her best friend, but that was before he ditched her for a different crowd. Before he attacked Innis’s older brother, leaving Skip’s face burned and their town in shock.

“Everything is not what you think.”

Liz always found it hard to believe what they said about Jason, but all of Bonneville thinks he’s dangerous. If word gets out she’s seeing him, she could lose everything. But what if there’s more to that horrible night than she knows? And how many more people will get hurt when the truth finally comes out?

“You’re the one person who believes in me.”

Leah Konen’s southern romance swelters with passion as it explores the devastating crush of lies, the delicate balance of power and perception, and one girl’s journey to find herself while uncovering the secrets of so many others.

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Q & A with Leah Konen

What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve looked up in the name of research – or what do you think the government has flagged you for?

Here are just a few:
“How quickly does a dead body go cold?”

“How hot does a fire have to be to burn skin?”ßthat one directly related to THE LAST TIME WE WERE US

“Most common ways to die”

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

Yes! “Neighborhoods #1” by Arcade Fire. Specifically this amazing line: “And if my parents are crying, then I’ll dig a tunnel, from my window to yours.” I just loved the idea of two kids relying on each other when times get tough—and turning to each other for help with things that are beyond their control. The Arcade Fire song is about death and grief, and Lizzie and Jason are dealing with different sorts of struggles, but the idea remains the same. And since the two are neighbors, it feels like a perfect fit.

What’s your favorite quote?

“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love the idea of surrounding yourself with people who really push you to be your best self (and I’ve been lucky to find a lot of them—thanks, guys!). I also love that he uses the word “can” instead of “want.” It’s about what we are capable of, not even necessarily what we want.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

There was definitely a time where I wanted to be—and believed sincerely that I would be—the first female president.

 What’s the best writing advice you’ve received?

I went to a free writing class when I first moved to New York City. The teacher suggested we begin calling ourselves writers, regardless of whether we were published or not. I took it to heart, and I began to tell people that I was working on a novel, that I was a writer, even though it would be years before my first book came out. It created a huge amount of accountability. If I was telling people I met that I was writing, come nights and weekends and early mornings, I had to do it to make it true.

What are your favorites? Book, movie, music/band, candy, food, vacation spot?

Book—Pride and Prejudice (everyone says this, I know)

Movie—Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Music/band—just about impossible to say, but I’m obsessing over Beyonce’s Lemonade right now

Candy—I am allergic to chocolate (*weeps*), so candy isn’t really my thing

Food—I would eat Mexican every day if I could, but I think my body might rebel

Vacation spot—Hawaii

Who or what inspired you to become an author?

Probably my parents—thanks mom and dad! They always told me I could do whatever I wanted, and they actually meant it. When I told them I was moving to New York with little money and no job, they were like, what can we do to help?

What do you listen to while you write? Or do you prefer silence?

The Twin Peaks soundtrack is the best writing music of all time. End of story.

Do you have any pets?

His name is Farley, and he’s 11 pounds of awesome. He enjoys chewing on sticks, hanging out with his friends at the dog park, eating constantly, snuggling, and running in circles on the bed when he gets too excited. I got him from an awesome no-kill shelter in my neighborhood in Brooklyn just over a year ago. He also serves as my primary coworker—he sits on the couch in my office every day while I write.

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Were you a reader as a child? Did you have a favorite book?

Yes, I read all the time. The first chapter book I finished was the original Boxcar Children, and I loved it. I also read most of the Nancy Drew series, The Babysitter’s Club, and Fear Street when I was a little older (I loved my mysteries!). To this day, my favorite books are British Lit, and my love started early—I read Jane Eyre in fourth grade (and probably understood very little of it, though I enjoyed it!).

Interview with Leah Konen on A Book and a Latte | bookandlatte.comAbout Leah Konen

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Leah Konen grew up in a two-stoplight farming town in Washington State before moving to suburban North Carolina, where there were many more stoplights and lots of sweet tea. After studying journalism at the University of North Carolina, she headed to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not working on novels and articles or writing for fashion brands, she enjoys devouring new books, spoiling her dog, Farley, biking around Brooklyn, checking out live music, and binge-watching TV. Find her online at www.leahkonen.com.

Many thanks to Leah for answering my questions! Readers, follow the tour (schedule below) for more chances to win, and be sure to enter the giveaway!

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2 Responses to Interview | The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen

  1. danielle hammelef says:

    Farley is so cute! thanks for the interview and photo too today. I’m looking forward to reading this book!

  2. Annie says:

    That Google question got me thinking! Leah’s new books sounds amazing – great premise, southern setting, romance! I’ll be looking out for this title on bookshop shelves. 🙂
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