Published by Entangled: Teen on December 4, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.
Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear…
Thank you to author Cindy R. Wilson for spending time with us on Read. Eat. Love.
Read on to find out more about Cindy R. Wilson and what inspired her to write Paper Girl and what started her on the path to being a writer.
Interview with Cindy R. Wilson
In one sentence, please describe what your story/book is about.
A girl who hasn’t left her house in over a year falls in love with a homeless boy and discovers that she’s the only one who can battle her own demons.
How did you come up with the idea for your book or what inspired you?
I was inspired by my own struggles with anxiety disorder.
Paper Girl includes descriptions of chess and chess terminology. Are you a chess player yourself? Or was it research?
I’ve played a little but I had to do a small amount of research for certain moves.
What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
That it’s okay to embrace who you really are. Even that person can be a hero.
What started you on the path to writing as a career?
I used to tell my siblings stories when we were kids and I ended up with so many stories in my head, I figured I’d better get some down on paper.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading for leisure?
I love any kinds of romance, as well as non-fiction books on writing or memoirs.
Thank again to Ms. Wilson for answering some questions and sharing her time with us. Happy Release Day to Paper Girl and Cindy R. Wilson!