A Q&A with the author... Across a Broken Shore by Amy Trueblood @The_FFBC

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Across a Broken Shore
By Amy Trueblood
YA Historical
Paperback & ebook, 360 Pages
November 5th 2019 by Flux


The last thing eighteen-year-old Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy wants is to be a nun. It’s 1936, and as the only daughter amongst four sons, her Irish–Catholic family is counting on her to take her vows—but Willa’s found another calling. Each day she sneaks away to help Doctor Katherine Winston in her medical clinic in San Francisco’s Richmond District.

Keeping secrets from her family only becomes more complicated when Willa agrees to help the doctor at a field hospital near the new bridge being built over the Golden Gate. Willa thinks she can handle her new chaotic life, but as she draws closer to a dashing young ironworker and risks grow at the bridge, she discovers that hiding from what she truly wants may be her biggest lie of all.

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Would you tell us a little more about Willa, the main character from ACROSS A BROKEN SHORE?

Willa is a very loyal and sweet girl who has a special place in her heart for her annoying, yet lovable four older brothers. While she is devoted to her family, her secret wish is to become a doctor. Her dream is not only driven by a passion for medicine, but because of a tragic incident that happened when she was young.

What one place would Willa say you can't miss when you come to 1936 San Francisco and why?

I think Willa would tell you to go to Baker Beach where you have one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge being constructed. In the late afternoon, the structure itself shimmers in the fading light.

What part or aspect of this story do you love the most?

When I first started outlining this book I knew I wanted one of the major threads to be Willa’s commitment to her family. In the story she has a very deep connection to all her brothers, but she has a special affection for her brother, Paddy who is her staunchest supporter. Writing their scenes together was pure joy.

Did you find anything especially interesting while researching ACROSS A BROKEN SHORE?

One of the most interesting aspects of studying the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge was that it was the first major construction project of its time to have numerous safety features put in place. The biggest of these being the net that stretched below the main deck to catch any men who might fall off the structure while working. In total 19 men were saved by the net. Those who happened to plunge into it called themselves the “Halfway to Hell” club.

What’s one of your hobbies or something we might not know about you?

My first job out of college was as an NBC page in Burbank, California. I gave studio tours and helped load in audiences for shows being taped on the lot. It was a fun job and taught me a lot about the entertainment industry.

What are you working on next?

I’m currently revising a YA Contemporary project. It’s a nice change of pace for me because it means I don’t have to stop every two minutes to check if something I’ve written is historically accurate! 🙂

About the Author

Amy Trueblood grew up in California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling. As the youngest of five, she spent most of her time trying to find a quiet place to curl up with her favorite books. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism, she worked in entertainment in Los Angeles before returning to work in Arizona.

Fueled by good coffee and an awesome Spotify playlist, you can often find Amy blogging and writing. Nothing But Sky, a 2018 Junior Library Guild selection, is her first novel.

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