The time it was about The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

Posted October 27, 2015 by Stacee in Blog Tours and Hops, Book Promo, Giveaways, Interviews / 2 Comments

When I read the premise for The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, I was rabid for it.  I devoured it as soon as I got my hands on it and it’s easily one of my favorites of 2015.  When I saw the sign up for the blog tour, I couldn’t type fast enough.

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Before we get to Jenn’s interview, let’s check out her book!

3Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

Sounds good, right? {OMG, good doesn’t even cover it.}

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1. Where did the idea for Anatomical come from?

It actually started as another book. I intended to write a romance that took place in a futuristic San Francisco, but after I wrote one chapter (a scene with Bex, her mother, and her brother), I changed my mind and realized I wanted to write a contemporary story.

2. Why do you love Bex and Jack and why should we root for them?

I love them because they are individuals, doing their own things. Bex loves drawing anatomy, which is sort of weird. But that’s her thing, that’s her passion, and she embraces it. Jack is different kind of artist: He’s good at creating fonts and lettering. They’re both using their art as therapy, in a way. And we should root for them, because together they figure out ways to help each other get better and stronger.

3. Bex and Jack have a passion for two different types of art. What made you choose their mediums and did you have to do research on it?

In college, I pursued two degrees in art, both undergraduate and a Master in Fine Art. So I did a lot of anatomical studies in college, though no actual cadavers, as Bex does—that I had to research! I spoke with people in Willed Body teaching labs and watched a lot of stomach-curdling videos. As for Jack’s graffiti, I just knew I wanted to write about a different kind of artist and one who would work at night. There are a lot of talented street artists in San Francisco, and so much of their work is documented online. It was fascinating to see what kinds of art people are painting, where they’re painting it, and why.

4. Describe Anatomical in 5 words.

Love. Family. Risk. Trust. Individuality.

5. What is one thing about publishing you wish someone would have told you?

It doesn’t really matter. I wouldn’t have listened. Publishing is a fool’s game, pays nearly nothing, and will break your heart in so many ways. But eight books later, I’m still writing.

6. You wake up and discover you are Bella in Twilight. You know how it plays out. What do you do differently? {Huge thanks to Bookish Broads for letting me use this question!}

Leave town, find Scott McCall and get him to turn me into a Teen Wolf, come back and throw that in Edward’s face, then tell both the Cullens and Jacob adios and move to California.

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jennJenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon) and the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Book Reviews Paranormal Romance Book of the Year, and Grave Phantoms—which was awarded RT’s May Seal of Excellence for 2015.

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (aka Night Owls in the U.K.) is her first YA contemporary romance. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs.

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Huge thank to the ladies at FFBC for the invite and to Jenn for taking the time.  Make sure you’re checking out her website, following her on Twitter, liking her Facebook page, and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR shelf.

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2 Responses to “The time it was about The Anatomical Shape of a Heart”

  1. Susan T.

    I haven’t read anything by this author before but I’m really interested in this one. The art aspect is pretty awesome and contrasting the main character’s art with that of a graffiti artist is very clever!

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