Featured Interview With Isabel Curtis
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m 25 years old, I was raised between Italy, Spain, and the US (yes, my mother liked to travel a lot) and I’ve lost count of how many schools I’ve changed throughout my life. I have a dog, Brownie, and when I’m not busy playing with him, I write.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started reading at an early age, and I could never imagine a life without books. Despite having moved around a lot I always manage to keep all my books intact and in good conditions: if I were to choose between leaving behind a box full of clothes and a box full of books I’d definitely leave the first one behind. I started writing 4 years ago, out of pure passion. It was just a hobby initially but in the last few year I decided to make it a more serious thing, and I turned to self-publishing.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love reading YA novels, and more recently I’ve started liking the New Adult genre. It’s not really a question of “who” inspires me, it’s more of a “what”: it can either be a movie, a picture, a song, a quote.. anything can trigger my imagination!
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My first debut novel came out a few months: it’s called “Before Life Happened” and it’s part of “The Before Series”. It’s a coming-of-age novel which tells the story of a teenager, Hayden Wilson, and her struggle to accept the death of her parents after a tragic accident. A series of bad choices will lead her to a path of self-destruction which will bring her face to face with some life-changing events.
Some reviews from readers:
“Before Life Happened is young adult novel which is a coming-of-age story at it’s core. It’s also a story about grief, and of how quickly things can spiral out of hand, among other things. I really enjoyed this book, it was a great debut novel and I’m highly interested in where the author will take this series.
It was highly engaging and fast paced. I found myself really engrossed in the story. I couldn’t put it down from beginning to end. It was sad at times, and at times very dramatic and exciting. I liked the inclusion of the protagonists diary entries, they really help you get into her head and emphasize with her. From this book, I got the message that life is worth making it through, even when it’s hard. Many people, myself included, will find this relatable.
I’d recommend this book to teenagers and adults alike.”
“Before life happened is a book which tells the life of a teenage girl who suffers from the loss of parents. The writer shows along the story how much life can change and that is not always a bed of roses. I really enjoyed the book, I couldn’t stop reading.”
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