Dec 30, 2011

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Don’t Breathe a Word: Joy Character Interview

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Hey guys! The lovely author of Don’t Breathe a Word, Holly Cupala is stopping by for a character interview with Joy. Enjoy! icon wink Dont Breathe a Word: Joy Character Interview

Thanks to Bailey for inviting me to IB Book Blogging, and hello to readers—I hope you enjoy DON’T BREATHE A WORD, which releases on January 3rd!

Joy runs away from home for secret reasons to find herself on the streets of Seattle, where she meets up with a group of homeless teens with secrets of their own. They teach her how to survive, but more importantly, they teach her about the meaning of family and love.

Bailey invited Joy to answer a few questions, so without further ado, here is Joy:

Do you have any comments about abusive relationships?

I think the biggest thing I discovered through my relationship with Asher and then finding friends in unexpected places was that abusive relationships aren’t just about physical abuse—abuse can be verbal, emotional, and psychological. If you sense you are in a relationship that hurts you or demeans you, listen to that inner voice. Tell a friend, get help. I discovered my words had power, and so do yours.
Even living on the streets, your “family” still makes time to read. What is your favorite book?
SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson. Funny, that’s sort of what I learned to do.

Was it hard living off of food that vendors and stores had thrown away?
Yes! But I was amazed how much is thrown away. A lot of cafes and restaurants in Seattle give food at the end of the day to homeless shelters and many people give to Northwest Harvest and other food banks, but still it isn’t enough to feed everybody in need.

When you first ran away, did you consider what would happen if you had a severe asthma attack? Would you have been willing to go to a hospital to save your life, even if it meant giving yourself away?
I guess if you have a life-threatening illness, you have to be pretty desperate to put your own life in danger and not even think about it. I didn’t think about it. All I thought about was getting away in the only way I could imagine.

In relation to Santos’ ferret, would you prefer a ferret or a dog?
I’m still kind of a dog girl, even though I really loved Santos’s ferret. After the grocery store incident, I’m not so sure I would get one as a pet. O.o

Follow the tour at Teen Book Scene for all kinds of chances to win books and swag—Creed’s bucket list is over at Just Another Book Addict, and Cynthia gives her take on DBAW at A Blog About Nothing.
Thank you, Bailey, for inviting Joy to your blog, and I hope your readers love DON’T BREATHE A WORD!


Every day of the tour, there will be a copy of DON’T BREATHE A WORD up for grabs. There will be one international winner drawn per week, assuming an international person is drawn.  But if you win and you are international, it will come from the Book Depository while the US/Canadian winners will get a signed copy shipped from Holly Cupala herself.

One book will be given away per day and the winners will be drawn weekly. The points DO accumulate, meaning entries put in for week one are still going to count for the drawings in weeks 2 and 3.

How the entries work:

*There is one automatic entry
*For every post you comment on, it is one entry. 
*You will have to link to the blog post you commented on.
*There is an extra entry if you tweet, facebook, do a blog post or somehow include on their blog. It is one for each of these, but only 1 per type (you can’t tweet every day and get points for it… its just one tweet).
*You need to fill out the form EACH time you do something to enter. If there is no link, the entry does not count (beyond the first initial entry, that you can just enter to win from)
The final drawing will held Sunday, January 15, and will include all entries through midnight CST Sat, Jan 14.
Enter HERE.

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  1. Wow, I can't imagine how difficult it would be to live as a homeless person! Joy sounds like a tough cookie. Thanks for the interview, Bailey! :)

  2. It's no wonder street kids are so tough! I can't wait to read this book! I hope I win it – I've been drooling about it since I heard about it!

    Thank you for the giveaway op!

    Gena Robertson

  3. A Canadian Girl says:

    I like how much thought Joy put into the first question, and can't even imagine how terrible her life must have been at home for her to choose to run away and live on the streets. Great interview, Bailey!

  4. It definitely sounds like it's been rough. I think it adds great character development. Thanks for the interview!

  5. LoriStrongin says:

    I've read lots of good things about this book and really want to read it because it sounds so real and original. And I love character interviews because they're such a great way of learning about a character before even turning that first page.


  6. holly cupala says:

    Bailey, thank you so much for hosting me and the DBAW tour! I'm so happy you're all excited about the book and can't wait to hear what you think!

  7. Wow, this interview was fantastic….I definitely was moved by the fact that she mentioned Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. For a while, it seemed like that was one of the few books I could relate to.

  8. IdentitySeeker says:

    Lovely getting to know Joy’ character more and I do agree that people tend to waste way too much of food. It’s amazing how much we take for granted!


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