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Abigail JohnsonAbigail Johnson<div class="ExternalClass9522C39734FD4F8CB22D08A2D0F7BC41"><div><h2><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/search?query=abigail+johnson+every+other">Every Other Weekend​</a> by ​Abigail Johnson<br></h2><p>Abigail Johnson was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snowstorms for year-round summers and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire cross-country road trip in a purple spiral-bound notebook that she still has, and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accidente when she was seventeen, but hasn't let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high-school production of Cinderella, and riding roller coasters every chance she gets. She is the author of several young adult novels including<em> If I Fix You</em> and <em>Every Other Weekend.</em></p><p><em></em></p><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What prompted you to write this book?</span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Every Other Weekend </em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">was inspired by an old episode of </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Wonder Years</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> where Kevin falls for a girl he meets on vacation and then has to leave her behind when he comes home. I started wondering about what it might have been like if they’d continued to see each other regularly, but briefly, and forged a relationship that was totally separate from their ‘real’ lives back home. Adam and Jolene’s story evolved radically from that inspiration—they always do—and there were other influences that played a role including </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Eleanor and Park</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> by Rainbow Rowell and my own childhood growing up in Pennsylvania. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are any of the characters in your book based on real people and if so, who?</span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">No, none of the characters in </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Every Other Weekend</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> are based on real people. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What type of research did you do to write your book?</span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I had the privilege of growing in Pennsylvania and even based Adam's house after one that I lived in. I have a police officer friend who was a huge resource for some of the scenes near the end of the book, but otherwise, this wasn't a research-intensive book. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What book are you currently reading?</span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Revolution of Birdie Randolph</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> by Brandy Colbert </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out?</span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">My latest book just came out! It's a face-paced YA thriller called </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Girl on the Run</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If you weren't a writer, what would you do?</span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What a horrible thought! I'd probably pursue a career in graphic design.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there?</span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I love my library and constantly have ebooks and audiobooks checked out through the Greater Phoenix Digital Library. I'm also a member of a local author group that meets every other month at the Tempe Public Library.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div></div></div>

 

 

 

 

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