Oooooh I am SO excited for today’s interview!
I had a chance to read an ARC of the author’s book, 100 Days of Sunlight, and it was amazing. If you want to see my ramblings, you can check out my review HERE as sadly my computer did not save my filmed video with my ramblings. *cries*
Her story was incredibly inspiring and just absolutely thrilled that I was able to interview Abbie. She’s a huge inspiration herself and totally a bright ray of sunshine. <3
Come join me in my chat with her about 100 Days of Sunlight, waffles, and if I can convince her to write a follow-up novella containing more awesomeness. 😉
About the Book
When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down.
Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.
Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.
Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.
100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down.
– Hi Abbie! I’m SO excited to be chatting with you! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Hi Laura! I’m so excited to be here on your lovely blog! Oooh, that’s a bit of a challenge, isn’t it? Me, in three words: Writer. Dreamer. Driven.
– That is totally you, Abbie! I love it! Speaking of totally being you, it’s no secret that you love waffles. However, I’m not sure I know how you like your waffles. 😉 Do you like to add blueberries? Do you prefer maple syrup or “regular” syrup? Give all us the yummy details!
Waffles are life! I’m a Vermonter, so real maple syrup is a must. 😉 I also love to add blueberries, strawberries, whipped cream, cinnamon, and confectioner’s sugar! Waffles are so much fun.
– Ah I totally need to try maple syrup! You’re not the first person to share how delicious it is. 😀 Sending air high fives from YouTuber to YouTuber! I started doing videos on there last year and absolutely love it. I wanted to ask what your favorite thing or part is of being a YouTuber? 🙂
*high fives* Yes! YouTube has totally changed my life for the better. I’ve been posting writing videos every Wednesday for over a year now, and I’ve learned so much in that time. My favorite part of being a YouTuber is expressing myself through video and connecting with the writing community. Putting myself “out there” on video has really helped me to come out of my comfort zone and become more confident. Also, I’m blown away by the amazing support and encouragement I’ve received from the writing community on YouTube! It’s so cool to be able to connect with fellow writers all over the world and help them turn their ideas into reality.
– One of my favorite parts too is being able to express myself via video. It’s exciting for me to know that other people can physically see my excitement. I know you show that in all your videos, especially whennnnn… 100 Days of Sunlight released! SO many congrats! Your book was absolutely amazing. How does it feel to be an “official” published author (with a gorgeous book cover if I might add)?
Aw, thank you so much Laura! That means the world to me. It feels so amazing to be a published author! Definitely a dream come true. Of course, publishing any major work is a nerve-wracking thing, but I’m so blessed and encouraged by the response I’ve received so far and I’m just so happy that 100 Days of Sunlight is touching people and shining a bit of light in their lives.
– It is strongly shining some light, friend! Your story emotionally gutted me. (In all the best of ways as books tend to do. *winks*) I’ll admit that I was tearing up more often then I wasn’t. LOL! Did you cry at any point during writing 100 Days of Sunlight?
You’re not alone! I definitely did tear up quite a few times while writing 100 Days of Sunlight. As a writer, I get really in tune with my characters – when they get emotional, I get emotional, too. Some of the backstory scenes with Weston had me crying, and of course I was tearing up hardcore at the very end. It was an emotional journey for sure.
– I can imagine! Weston’s journey is sooooo powerful! I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite, BUT I wonder who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with? What would you guys do?
I feel bad choosing so quickly, but WESTON. I love Weston with all my heart, and he’s taught me so much. Also, he has such a fun personality! Like Tessa, I’m not very spontaneous and need a nudge (or two or three) from the more adventurous people in my life in order to get me away from my work and just enjoy the day. If I got to hang out with Weston, he would probably think of a hundred fun things to do and it would be so great!
– Count me in too! He was my favorite character, but don’t tell the others. 😉 For my last question, the ending was SO good and was a happy, giddy mess of feels. Would you ever be open to the idea of writing a follow-up novella to this story? I know I would loveeee to read more of Tessa and Weston’s story. <3
Aw, thank you!! I’m so happy you loved the ending. I’m a big advocate of the adage “never say never!” but I also feel like I’ve told Tessa and Weston’s story, and want to let my readers dream up their own happily-ever-after for the two of them. 😀
– I’m glad to hear that because I still have time to try and convince you then! 😉 Thanks so much for chatting with me Abbie! Can’t wait to see what you’ll share with us readers next! <3
Thank you so much for having me on your lovely blog today, Laura! It was a pleasure talking with you about all things writing and 100 Days.
About the Author
ABBIE EMMONS has been writing stories ever since she could hold a pencil. What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into her lifelong passion. There’s nothing Abbie likes better than writing (and reading) stories that are both heartrending and humorous, with a touch of cute romance and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Abbie is also a YouTuber, singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional waffle-eater. When she’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find her road-tripping to national parks or binge-watching BBC Masterpiece dramas in her cozy Vermont home with a cup of tea and her fluffy white lap dog, Pearl.
If you want to see Abbie in her element (ranting about stories) just type her name into YouTube and search.