AA couple of blog posts ago we were overjoyed to interview Georgia Springate about her debut novel, Beyond, which is released on the 1st March. Georgia was such a great sport and interviewee that she gladly agreed to come back and submit herself to our questioning once again – this time talking about what inspired her to write Beyond, and her writing more generally.
You can see the interview in all its glory by clicking below:
Georgia is in the final year of her English Literature degree at The Open University and lives in a crazy house in Bedfordshire, crammed full of eight members of her family, three dogs, a lizard and a tortoise. When not hunched over a laptop writing, Georgia can be found with her nose in a book reading everything from Cecilia Ahern to Voltaire, with a particular fondness for JK Rowling!
Beyond is a touchingly compelling and uplifting coming-of-age story about love, loss and discovery. An emotional journey through one boy’s quest to come to terms with his sister’s illness, it will appear to readers both young and old, in particular fans of The Fault in our Stars.
You can find out more about Georgia on her website: www.georgiaspringate.com
Beyond is released on the 1st March 2019 – you can get a free excerpt (and be the first to hear about it when it’s released) if you sign up to Georgia’s mailing list at burningchairpublishing.com/georgia-springate/.
Beyond – by Georgia Springate
What happens when we die? Is this really all there is? What exists beyond this life?
Alex Duncan is just an ordinary 14-year-old boy. His main worries are homework, girls, the school bully…
…and his sister, Jenna, who has ovarian cancer, stage B.
As his parents retreat into themselves, Alex is desperate to find a way to help, a way to make things better for his sister. After all, it’s the not knowing that’s the worst thing.
While he tries to untangle the ultimate question, life still goes on: his best friend seems oblivious to his feelings about her, the school bully has taken a special interest in him, and everything he does just makes him feel more and more awkward and out of place.
What he learns on his journey helps him to come to terms with not only his sister’s mortality but also how he and his family and friends cope with that most compelling of questions: what lies beyond?