It’s been awhile since we’ve had a GCC tour but I’m excited to announce that today Jessi Kirby is here to talk about her new book, In Honor. But before I tell you about the book, let’s just look at that adorable cover. I have sundress and boot envy. Big time!
Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.
Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn’s last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn. . . and ruggedly good looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn’t. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn–but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?
“A beautiful, engaging journey with heart, humor, and just a pinch of Texas sass. Hands down my favorite contemporary of the year.” –Sarah Ockler, bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, and Bittersweet
“An amazing novel about first kisses, last goodbyes, and what it means to finally let go. I absolutely loved it.” –Lauren Barnholdt, author of Two Way Street
Okay, I’m pretty sure that this book will make me cry, but all the same, it sounds amazing! But enough from me, here is Jessi to answer my hard hitting questions.
1 How did you come up with the idea for this book?
I started out wanting to write a story of a brother and sister, and I wanted it to include a road trip. From there, it took many conversations with my husband to flesh out the actual storyline, and I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for all of his help.
2 What’s been your favorite author moment so far in your career?
The day MOONGLASS came out, I took my daughter, (who was 5) to Barnes & Noble with me to see it on the shelf. I was standing there about to cry I was so happy, and she glanced at it, sighed, and said. “Mama, why did we have to come all the way here to see this? We have a whole BOX of these at home.” It was hilarious and perfect, and I will never forget that moment.
3 It’s Oscar speech time! Who are the three people that you would most like to thank for helping you write this book?
My husband, who has the best ideas and the most patience I’ve ever seen a person have, my agent, and my editor!
4 Describe a typical writing day
Take the kids to school, go for a run listening to the book playlist, shower, then sit down to write. Hope to start right away, and hope to get a thousand words in, but spend too much time checking email, FB, and twitter, then have to race to get words down before I pick the kids up.
5 Tell me one strange random fact about this book.
I danced and drank dime beers at the country bar where Honor and Rusty go, and it was the best research night ever!