Blog Tour: ONE by Sarah Crossan – An Amazing Q&A and Giveaway
September 18th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

ONE by Sarah CrossanOne Cover

Published by: Greenwillow Books

Pub. Date: September 15, 2015

Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.


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Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan


Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing. She spent several years living and teaching high school in New Jersey before moving to London.

She currently lives in NYC.

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Q & A:

  1. What kind of research did you do for ONE?

I did ALL the research! This means I didn’t use the internet because, as anyone who has done proper research knows, the internet is actually pretty useless when it comes to accurately depicting a picture of reality! Instead I went to the British Library and trawled the shelves for books and periodicals to find out all I could on the subject of conjoined twins. I spoke sweetly to a friend of mine at the BBC, and he managed to retrieve lots of documentaries for me from the TV archives. And finally, I spoke to medical professionals including Edward Kiely, the leading separation surgeon for conjoined twins in Europe. All in all, my research lasted about a year.

  1. What surprised you the most about writing ONE?

I was surprised that it ended up in verse. It began life as a prose novel. In fact, I wrote thirty thousand words of the novel in prose, but it just wouldn’t come together. I spoke to my agent, who suggested I start again. This idea horrified me. Delete thirty thousand words? “Yes!” she said. So I did, and when I went back to the novel, it was in verse. And everything fell into place.

  1. Tippi and Grace face a difficult decision of going through separation surgery. Most people don’t ever have to face such a challenge. But given what they went through, what lessons can people take away from Tippi’s and Grace’s experience?

Tippi and Grace show us what it means to love, which is allowing oneself to be happy in order to honor another person. Let happiness be your gift to others.

  1. Do you have siblings? If so, how did you draw upon your own relationships to write this novel?

I have three brothers, but I didn’t really draw on those relationships at all for this novel. Instead I focused on my relationship with my daughter, who was an infant when I was writing the book, and thought about the physical closeness of mother and child and how no one ever questions the importance or the normality of that.

  1. ONE is in free-verse poetry. How was the writing process different from the other books you’ve written?

Writing in verse is a waiting game! You can’t sit at a computer and rattle out one thousand words a day. You have to (pretentiously) wait for the words to come to you, and that can be very frustrating.

  1. Who has been your biggest writing influence and why?

I’m influenced all the time by different things I read, but Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust made me fall in love with verse novels. I don’t believe there is a verse novel that can compare to this masterpiece. Everyone should read it. NOW!

  1. How did the idea of writing about conjoined twins come to you?

I saw a documentary about Minnesotan twins Abby and Brittany Hensel and was completely captivated by how happy and successful they have made their lives despite sharing a body. I knew I had to write a novel on the subject, so I started my research the very next day.

  1. If you could become one of your characters from ANY of your books for a day, which character would you choose to be and why?

If it’s only one day, I would become Grace, so I could know how it feels to live in one body that has two minds. I’m sure I would find all the stares difficult, but it would be worth it.



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