Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sometimes Never By Cheryl McIntyre Tour Stop

Blurb: Hope didn’t have the best role model when it came to relationships. She’s content with her current no-strings-attached extracurricular activity with the lead singer of her band. She’s never believed in love and commitment.

Mason starts his eighth school in five years anticipating nothing more than the usual—boring classes, fighting more than making friends, and girls happily willing to succumb to his easy smile. He’s never put much stock into love at first sight—until he sees her.

Regardless of their painful pasts, Hope and Mason discover that sometimes never can become forever.

This is a mature young adult romance. Recommended for 17+ due to sensitive subject material, harsh language, and sexual situations.

You can find our review of Sometimes Never, here.

You can purchase Sometimes Never at Amazon

We got the chance to Interview the very talented Cheryl McIntyre. Not only can she write and beautiful, heart warming story, she is also a pretty cool chick who has good taste in music :)

1. What inspired Sometimes Never?
I wanted to write about imperfect people. I've always been drawn to darker characters. I'm a huge Lisa McMann fan, and she is great at writing damaged people. I wanted to do something like that. 
I was a lifelong reader before I ever tried my hand at writing, and in a lot of books, the main characters are often so easily loveable. I tried to create characters that would be more difficult to like because they were flawed-like real people. Characters that had twisted thoughts and low self esteem, dyed hair, and scars. Someone I could relate to. 
2. Are any of the characters personalities based on anyone?
I wouldn't say any character is based on any certain person, but I did adopt some specific traits from people I've known. I don't think I've ever met anybody that is issue-free. We all know someone who isn't happy with themselves, or who had a bad childhood. Someone who has problems controlling their anger, or someone that is bullied for being different. Or even someone who's just a smartass. There's even a little bit of myself in several of the characters.
3. Since this story is so heavily inspired by music, what bands have inspired you personally?
 Oh wow. That is an extremely difficult question. I LOVE music and actually cannot write without it. I guess it depends on what I'm writing, but some of my most listened to bands would be: Good Charlotte, Eminem, Blink 182, The Beatles, Mumford and Son, Ed Sheeran and Adele. There is actually a ton more, but those are probably my top favorites right now. I go through fazes.
4. The song Blackbird, has a special meaning in the book. Does it have a special meaning to you also?
I think it's just a great song. It has such a deep meaning that I think a lot of people, myself included, can relate to.

5. Of course, I am team Mason, he is perfect for Hope. But, I also have a soft spot for Park. Will we be seeing more of him? What about Guy, Chase and Annie?
Absolutely! I'm working on Park's book right now. He has so much depth that wasn't even touched on in SN, so I thought he deserved his own novel. And if you thought Hope had issues - just wait. Park may have her beat when it comes to self-destruction.
 As for Guy, Chase and Annie-nobody's story is complete without them. They will all make an appearance in the book. (I also have plans for a couple more novellas for these characters as well.)
6. If Sometimes Never were to be made into a movie, who would you cast as Mason, Hope, Guy, Park, Chase and Annie?
Mason: Chase Crawford (Because of the dimples)
Hope: Kat Dennings (I think it was more her personality than her actual appearance) 
Guy: Chord Overstreet 
Park: Thomas Dekker
 Chase: Nathaniel Buzolic
Annie: Julianna Guill  
7. List 5 random facts about yourself:

 Okay, five random facts.....
1. I love scary movies. Especially the really bad ones--like the cheesier the better.
2. I cry every time I watch Toy Story 3. Every. Single. Time. When those toys join hands...I weep like a baby.
3. I'm crazy about red pepper humus. If that marriage was legal...well, I guess it'd be really short because I'd eat my husband. But it'd be delicious.
4. The book that propelled my love of reading was R.L. Stine's Haunted. I think it was from his Fear Street series. I was ten and purchased it from my school's book fair. I read it probably twenty times.
5. The best way to disperse my anger is to make me laugh. It doesn't matter how mad I am, if someone makes me laugh, I'm instantly over whatever pissed me off.

Want to know where Hope's song, "Beautiful" came from? Check out what Cheryl had to say:

"I've received a lot of question/comments about the beautiful song in Sometimes Never. It was a poem I wrote a while back that I transformed for the book. I am really weird about poetry and never share it, but since Hope's song seemed to touch so many people, I'm going to share the original poem with you. This is for you, because you're beautiful".

Trapped in Front of the Carnival Mirror

Pink lips...
, and rosy cheeks, eyes so light and hair that shines.
They tell me that you’re beautiful.*
Five foot nine, size two dress, bones protruding from your chest.
They tell me that you’re beautiful.*
Inflated breasts, extended hair, pigment perfected.
They tell me that you’re beautiful.*
Shape me, mold me, mass produce me.
And tell me that I’m beautiful.*
Wax me, dye me, chop and dice me.
And tell me that I’m beautiful.*
Choose me, use me, take me, break me.
And tell me that I’m beautiful.*
Bleach it, cover it, go ahead and remove it.
Erase all that is beautiful.*
Starving, purging, implanting, and medicating.
Erase all that is beautiful.*
Pretend, ignore, deny, ratify, inculcate.
Tell me what is beautiful.*

I don’t want to be beautiful.*

There is also a Novella, Blackbird that is a companion to Sometimes Never. You can find it at:
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