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Blog Tour: BREATH TO BREATH by Craig Lew – Q&A and #Giveaway
Nov 9th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

BREATH TO BREATH by Craig Lew

Pub date: November 17,B2B_Cover 2015 by Relish Media

About BREATH TO BREATH:
Uprooted from his home and sent to live with his estranged father, seventeen-year-old William’s world is feeling tenuous at best. When he’s unexpectedly dragged into a situation in which he has no choice but to help an abused four-year-old boy, William’s world is rocked to the core as he discovers the truth behind the mysterious young boy’s stories of extreme sexual abuse. He and this boy are connected in ways William can’t even imagine and as horrible memories begin flood his consciousness, William’s rage drives him to steal a neighbor’s guns, convinced he must kill those responsible for causing a boy so much pain and betrayal. How William finds the love and compassion he needs to make the right choices is the heart and pulse of this riveting verse novel. Inspired by a true story, BREATH TO BREATH explores what hurt and healing really mean: to survive you hold your breath, but to live you must exhale.
 
 
Craig LewAbout Craig Lew:

Craig Lew’s storytelling career began even before he had learned to write. As a child, he used his father’s tape recorder to capture tales about strange planets and scary creatures. His favorite story openings at that time were, “Once upon a junk yard heap …” or “It was a dark and stormy night.”

A movie producer, director, award winning author, illustrator, and screenwriter, Craig still favors a Hitchcockian thriller over a broad teen comedy. Regardless of the genre, he believes the best stories involve a hero who is either seeking love or giving love. At heart he’s a big, mushy romantic.

Craig spends his days with his fiancé in a house on a hill with the corgi land seals Yobo and Zeekie, a three-footed Boston Terrier named Moogie, and Smittens, the kitten with the marshmallow mittens.

I strive to spread good karma. Artistically, I enjoy pushing the envelope because I believe this makes more room in the middle. I believe the keys to success are dreaming big, working hard, and being nice.

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Q&A

  1. What made you decide to write this novel in free verse poetry?

 

I didn’t plan on writing Breath to Breath in verse, but my actions helped turn things in that direction.

I introduced a book based on a true story, CRANK by Ellen Hopkins, to the publisher Rana DiOrio and William, the subject of Breath to Breath. They both felt strongly that verse might be the correct direction…I think my editor, Emma Dryden might have been thinking this all along.

 

  1. You deal with the very tough topic of sexual abuse. What is the most important thing you’d like teens to know if they’re being abused and are too afraid to tell anyone?

 

It’s not your fault, you are worthwhile and you can rise above.

 

  1. In what way did writing this novel change you?

 

Although the novel depicts sexual abuse, Breath to Breath has a hopeful message. The very last poem came from deep inside me. It’s truly how I want to live my life. So, anytime I get stressed or frustrated I say to myself, “Be THE GUY that wrote Breath to Breath.”

 

Lightning round:

Chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry? – Chocolate

Vacation spot: ski slope, big city, small town, beach, or nature preserve? – Mala Mala Game Reserve South Africa

Snack food you have a compulsion to eat? – Salt and Pepper Kettle Chips

Favorite place to write? – In the living room, with Smittens on my chair, looking out the tall windows at the catalpa tree.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider? – A double espresso in the morning – Golden Monkey Tea in the afternoon

 

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Giveaway:

2 Finished Copies of BREATH TO BREATH

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