Thursday, February 12, 2015

I'll Meet You There Blog Tour
Interview with author Heather Demetrios + Giveaway

Tour organized by MacTeen Books 
See below or go HERE for full schedule 

I'll Meet You There is already one of my favorite reads of 2015. 
This book is beautiful, heartbreaking and hopeful, and 
main characters Sky and Josh came to life for me in vivid detail. 
It's clear that author Heather Demetrios put a piece of her heart in this book. 

If you need more convincing, check out my thoughts on I'll Meet You There, HERE.

Today I have a HUGE treat for you. Author Heather Demetrios has stopped by for a visit, and we're playing a little game of Would You Rather. You don't want to miss this!


Hi Heather! Thanks for visiting Love is not a triangle. I’d like to get to know you, Josh and Skylar a little better today. How would you answer the following questions:

1)   If everything that came out of your mouth for the rest of your life either had to be spoken in rhyme OR song, which would you rather? 

Heather - Rhyme. Trust me, you don’t want to hear me sing.

Skylar - Probably rhyme because she loves to read and is clever. She’d pull it off well. Even though she’s not shy, she’s not a singing kind of girl.

Josh - Singing. One of his favorite things to do is drive around in his truck with the music up full blast (rock) and sing along. He also does a mean air guitar.

2)   Would you rather never play OR play but always lose?

Heather - Never play. I am such a sore loser—seriously, I refuse to play Scrabble with my husband because he always wins.

Sky - Always lose. She’s an optimist and is so used to losing out in life that she never gives up.

Josh - Before the war, he probably would have said never play. Josh was used to being the big man on campus. After the war, he learns how to adapt to things not going his way. He’d rather try to do stuff with a prosthetic than just sit on the sidelines.

3)   Would you rather have no sense of smell OR smell everything near you as though it were right in front of you?

Heather - Smell everything. I can’t even imagine not having a sense of smell because scent is so directly related to memory and my books always incorporate scent in order to further draw my readers into the world I’ve built.

Sky - Smell everything. She’s an artist and wants to experience everything the world has to offer.

Josh - Smell everything. He’s already lost enough in the war, I can’t imagine him being willing to give up something else.

4)  Would you rather have a rewind button OR a pause button in your life?

Heather - This is such a great question. Pause button, for sure, because I tend to live in my head so much or spend a lot of time thinking about the future that I miss stuff happening now. Also, time is just going by so fast. All of a sudden my debut year is over—my head’s still spinning.

Sky - Rewind. She misses her dad, misses the times when her mom was sober and like a best friend to her. She misses the time before Dylan was pregnant and it was just them and Chris, hanging out and dreaming together. Although, I think a part of her would want to pause on special moments with Josh because those are always over too soon.

Josh - This is a hard one for him because while a huge part of him wants to go back to having two legs and not dealing with death and grief and PTSD, another part of him just wants to be with Sky and hit the pause button. A big part of the book is the uncertainty about both of their futures and it’s likely they will be apart a lot and the idea of her living hundreds of miles away kills him.

5)   Would you rather give out bad advice OR receive bad advice?

Heather - Wow! Another amazing one. Crap, this is hard because I don’t want to inflict hypothetical bad advice on myself and yet I’d feel so awful steering someone else wrong. I’d like to think I’m the kind of person who would be a bit altruistic and be willing to get the bad advice.

Sky - She’s an old hand at receiving bad advice, so she’s figured out how to sift through it pretty well. She’d never want to give out bad advice: her friends depend on her too much for that.

Josh - He’d rather give out bad advice, mostly because he knows the chances of that are pretty high, anyway.

One last question for the three of you: Sky, would you tell me one thing you're thankful for about Josh? Josh, the same question about Sky, and Heather you can pick either or both

Sky - I’m thankful that he’s a solid presence in my life, someone I can have companionable silence with or let out my rage with and, either way, he’s totally non-judgmental.

Josh - I’m thankful she’s real with me. She’s not afraid to talk to me about the war and she doesn’t let me get away with being a dick.

Heather - I’m grateful to both Josh and Sky, but especially for Josh because in writing his experiences, I learned so much about someone who is so, so, SO different from me. It also forced me to look at my own family—at how my own father’s PTSD from his time in the Marines has affected us all. Through Josh, I’ve gained a greater understanding of myself, my family, and an entire population of people I’d once hardly given thought to. Now, the struggles that wounded warriors face is very close to my heart.

Thanks for visiting guys! 


When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. 

Find out more about Heather and her books at and, or come hang out with her on Twitter (@HDemetrios), check out her Pinterest boards and become a fan on Facebook.

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  1. WHAT A FUN INTERVIEW!!!! Loved it so much. And Lauren, those questions were HARD! I don't know how I'd answer half of them. I think I'd be more willing to receive bad advice than give it, you can always ignore the advice your given right? Right ;-) I absolutely adored this book, Heather never disappoints. I will read anything and everything she writes!

  2. I would rather the rewind button! I could give myself some good advice!

  3. Rewind button. I'd do better with that one conversation. I just know it.

  4. I think I would like to have a rewind button, then I could go back and change something I did or said that I shouldn't have.

  5. Yay :D Gorgeous tour post Lauren. <3 So happy you got to be a part of this blog tour :) I had issues with the book, but I'm happy you loved it. <3 And ack, this interview is all kinds of amazing :D Thank you for sharing it sweetie. <3

  6. This is such a great post Lauren, I would have a hard time answering these questions too, I love how some of these questions give us more of an insight into Sky and Josh's characters. Thanks for sharing Lauren :)

  7. Haha great interview! I loved how Heather gave Sky and Josh's answers too :) It totally reflects their characters !!

    I love what Heather said at the end about how writing this book forced her to reflect back on her life and how PTSD affected her father and their family. I loved the messages and themes of this book. This is no random fluffy romance, this book has true depth and meaning.

    I'd rather have a rewind button on life definitely. I'd rather receive bad advise than give it!!

  8. I would definitely want that rewind button! There's always those mistakes that you wish you could fix with a second chance. :P

    Those questions were so thoughtful! I'm not sure I could even come up with good answers for those!

  9. I love these questions. I would rather speak in rhyme, never play, smell everything, have a pause button, and receive bad advice,

  10. Wonderful interview ladies! These questions are so tough. I'd want the rewind button if it included a do-over, lol! Thanks for the amazing giveaway, I'm really excited to read this! :)

  11. Would you rather give out bad advice OR receive bad advice?
    I'd say receive it because I can always go to someone else. As a future counselor, I don't want to go around giving bad advice.

  12. This was fun! Loved the questions, Lauren. :)

    "she doesn’t let me get away with being a dick"

    He's just so JOSH lol!

  13. That was fun! I would rather play and always lose, I'm not competitive.

  14. Pause button and this interview is great!!

  15. I would want a rewind button. :) Not a super distant rewind button, just make four years rewind. I would also rather receive bad advice than give bad advice. This is such a creative post.

  16. Wow! These are some really tough would you rather questions. Ummm...I think I'd have to go with the rewind or pause button question and choose rewind. There are several things that I would like to have a do over for. :)

  17. This was so cute! Love this interview with both of those characters AND the author. And I'm with Heather -- I'm a sore loser when I play against people (I need drinks to mellow me!).

  18. I would choose the pause button. There are so many moments I wish could have lasted forever.


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