Our seventh finalist is Brooke Younker!
Tell us about your book:
A car accident. Amnesia. Hydrophobia. Fighting skills. Eleven star tattoos. No identity, no explanation, until Stephanie finds a secret training compound in the Minnesota woods.
Why do you want to attend Backspace?
I've never been to New York or a writer's conference, so why not go big?
Are you afraid to eat lunch with a Shark?
Depends on whether I'm the 'lunch.'
West Side Story: Jets or Sharks?
Sharks all the way.
If you could save the life of any one fictional character who would it be and why?
Manchee (The Knife of Never Letting Go) because he wasn't just a dog, his 'Noise' showed he had very real, human emotions.
Is there a book that makes you think "If I could write one thing like that, I’d die happy."
Patrick Ness's The Knife of Never Letting Go (well, really, the entire Chaos Walking Trilogy).
What's the most terrifying thing you've lived through?
When my brother flipped over a fence, burst his spleen, and had emergency surgery to remove it.
When you're published, what will you do to Pay It Forward?
Help my writer friends (two of whom have just started writing novels) in any way I can.