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Interview with YA author, Betty Culley, THREE THINGS I KNOW ARE TRUE
Mar 19th, 2020 by Liza Wiemer

Meet Betty Culley, author of THREE THINGS I KNOW ARE TRUE

About this novel from Goodreads:

This moving debut novel in verse about a teenage girl dealing with the aftermath of an accident that nearly takes her brother’s life is a stunning exploration of grief and the power of forgiveness.

The reminder is always there—a dent on the right side of Jonah’s forehead. The spot you’d press when you felt a headache coming on. The bullet tore away bone, the way dynamite blasts rock—leaving a soft crater.

Life changes forever for Liv when her older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his best friend Clay’s father’s gun. Now Jonah needs round-the-clock care just to stay alive, and Liv seems to be the only person who can see that her brother is still there inside his broken body.

With Liv’s mom suing Clay’s family, there are divisions in the community that Liv knows she’s not supposed to cross. But Clay is her friend, too, and she refuses to turn away from him—just like she refuses to give up on Jonah.

Buying Links: Find all on HarperCollins Publishing

Q & A:


Question: Share a novel secret. Special location. The cover image is of a river and there is a river brushstroke design throughout the novel. I got a lot of inspiration from going to the Kennebec River here in Maine. It runs through many of the towns near where I live. I visited it in different seasons to see the changes. Especially the eddy- the bend in the river- which plays a big part in the book.
Question: What was your favorite part about writing and the most challenging part? My favorite part was writing in verse. One of my critique partners suggested that and once I started it felt like the perfect form for the story.  For the challenging part, some of the research was challenging, but I was lucky to have very knowledgeable sensitivity readers. 

Bonus Questions: What do you prefer?

Fries, potato chips, popcorn, or onion rings? Answer: Chips
City, suburb, small town, farm, or lakeside home? Answer: Farm
Fast-food restaurant or cooking at home? Answer: Cooking at home
Books: Memoir, YA, historical fiction, romance, fiction, sci-fi, MG, other? Answer: Memoir, YA, MG, fiction, poetry
High heels, flip-flops, boots, tennis shoes, or sandals? Answer: Depends on the day, sandals during the short time it’s warm enough for them in Maine!

Betty Culley’s social media links: Website | Instagram | Twitter

Photo of the eddy on the Kennebec River

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