RARITY by D.A. Roach

Title: Rarity
Author: D.A. Roach
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama…
 
As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy.
 
Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him…
 
A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay to Stanton, but he doesn’t want pity. His good looks, charisma, and friendly nature quickly win over the whole student body, but he has his eye on one girl…Brogen.
 
Brogen can’t believe anyone could be so genuinely nice. It has to be an act, right? But when Jay literally saves her from deadly jaws, she has to admit he’s exactly what he appears, and he’s worth risking the potential emotional upheaval.
 
“Drama” might as well be Becca Grant’s middle name…
 
Another newcomer to Stanton, Becca’s blonde beauty and abundant attitude shoots her straight to the top of the popularity charts—and she believes Jay belongs right there beside her. Accustomed to getting exactly what she wants, she launches a relentless mean-girl campaign to shake up Brogen and claim Jay for her own.
 
Everything changes with a devastating diagnosis…
 
When Jay learns he has a rare and potentially fatal disorder, he keeps it secret and begins to push Brogen away to spare her future pain—which is exactly the sort of opening Becca is waiting for.
 
As Jay’s well-meaning deception unravels,
 
Brogen realizes there is much more than her heart at stake… But how far is she willing to go to fight for someone she loves?

AUTHOR INTERVIEW
  • Tell us a little about your book.

Rarity is more than a teenage love story/drama. Rarity deals with what happens when someone you love is diagnosed with a rare disorder. There are a lot of emotions that come into play when you have life-changing news and this book provides a glimpse into that world. Although it is a fiction story many of the events have happened to real people.

  • What is your favorite part about writing? Least favorite?

My favorite part of writing is creating the characters and braiding them into the story. It’s like having a blank canvas and creating something beautiful and heartfelt…only with words.

Least favorite is the promoting. I enjoy meeting new people but I hate having to find ways to talk about my book. I’d rather just become friends and get to know them – I make an awful sales girl. I’m the kid who had the lemonade stand but gave it away for free.

  • A director tells you that you have complete control over casting the movie version of your book. Who plays who?

Dylan Sprayberry (from Teen Wolf) would play Jay

Penelope Mitchell (from Vampire Diaries) would play Becca

Haley Ramm (Into the Wild) would play Brogen

 

  • If your house was burning down and you could save one thing, what would it be (don’t say photo albums, everyone says photo albums)?

My pet cockatiel, Gimli. He’s old but I love him.

  • If you could choose what one message that a reader takes away from reading your book, what would it be?

That a diagnosis of a rare disorder is devastating but it is not the end. You must rule your life and not let the disorder rule you.

  • Imagine a world where everyone wears a t-shirt that says something about who they are as a human being, i.e. “Doesn’t play well with others” or “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had coffee.” What would yours say?

“Must be kept in a cool environment or mood sours quickly.” Seriously. I hate the heat. Proof? We moved away from Austin, TX…who does that? It’s the best place to live. But it was so hot that I could not stand the temperature and we moved back to the Midwest to enjoy the 4 seasons.

  • Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing?

Tie for hubby and my mom.

  • What writer do you admire the most and why?

JK Rowling. She created this amazing world that has sparked so many young people to become avid readers. Her characters are amazing, the scenery is painted for us, and there is mystery, humor, peril, and love. The Potter books are a magnificent creation.

  • If you had only one book to read for the rest of your life what would it be?

Honestly, Bartlett’s Book of Quotations. I love famous quotes and try to think of the context in which the quote originated. I worry I’d tire of hearing the same story over and over again if I picked a traditional novel.

  • Favorite quote about writing, life or otherwise:

“Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.”
― Franz Kafka

D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating. They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story. 
 
D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids’ school landscape. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.
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