Here we are for another installment for the summer thriller tour I was invited to be a part of. As soon I read the synopsis of When I Was You by Amber Garza, I was excited to read it. I finished last night and absolutely loved it.
Before we get to Amber’s interview, let’s check out the book!
You meets Fatal Attraction in this up-all-night psychological thriller about a lonely empty-nester’s growing obsession with a young mother who shares her name.
It all begins on an ordinary fall morning, when Kelly Medina gets a call from her son’s pediatrician to confirm her upcoming “well-baby” appointment. It’s a cruel mistake; her son left for college a year ago, and Kelly has never felt so alone. The receptionist quickly apologizes: there’s another mother in town named Kelly Medina, and she must have gotten their numbers switched.
But Kelly can’t stop thinking about the woman who shares her name. Lives in her same town. Has a son she can still hold, and her whole life ahead of her. She can’t help looking for her: at the grocery store, at the gym, on social media. When Kelly just happens to bump into the single mother outside that pediatrician’s office, it’s simple curiosity getting the better of her.
Their unlikely friendship brings Kelly a renewed sense of purpose, taking care of this young woman and her adorable baby boy. But that friendship quickly turns to obsession, and when one Kelly disappears, well, the other one may know why.
Sounds good, right?
1. Please give the elevator pitch for When I Was You.
Two women in the same town with the same name. One goes missing and the other may know why.
2. Which came first: the characters or plot line?
The plot line.
3. Why do you love Kelly and why should readers root for her?
Kelly is a mom who loves her son fiercely and would do anything for him. She may do some crazy things in this story, but deep down I believe she has good intentions. It comes from a place of deep love and loyalty.
4. What was your last 5 star read?
The World that We Knew by Alice Hoffman
5. What is one thing about publishing you wish someone would have told you?
To be patient. I feel like I always want things to move faster than they are in this industry. It’s definitely been teaching me patience. But, honestly, I feel so blessed and grateful. And I do get why things take so long to happen. There’s a lot of work that goes into releasing a book successfully. So, even though I spend a lot of time refreshing email, I know it’s all worth it.
Amber Garza has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Coffee and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they’re real people. She lives with her husband and two kids in Folsom, California, which is—no joke—home to another Amber Garza.
Huge thanks to Harlequin for the invite and to Amber for taking the time. When I Was You releases tomorrow and pre-order links are above.
Have you read When I Was You or will you be?