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Kara McDowellKara McDowell<div class="ExternalClassA7B943889A4748C4BF5A4E8B4D1B1105"><h2><a href="" target="_blank">​One Way or Another​ ​</a>by Kara McDowell ​<br></h2><p><br></p><p><em></em></p><div><div>Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. Now she lives in Mesa, Arizona, where she divides her time between writing, baking, and playing board games with her husband and three young sons.   </div><h3><br></h3><h3>What prompted you to write this book?  </h3><div>I’ve dealt with anxiety for most of my life and I knew I wanted to write a book about a girl who has the same struggles I do. Specifically, my main character Paige struggles to make decisions. I thought it would be fun to give her a difficult decision and then follow through with the <em>Sliding Doors</em> set-up and show the outcome of each possible choice. I wanted to highlight the realities of living with anxiety while also sending Paige on a grand, romantic adventure filled with joy. Everyone deserves a happy ending, regardless of their mental health struggles.   <br></div><div><br></div><h3>What attracted you to this genre: romance, mystery, non-fiction, etc.?  </h3><div><em>One Way or Another</em> is a contemporary Young Adult rom-com. I’m attracted to YA novels because the teenage years are so full of possibility. A 17-year-old girl is just beginning to figure out her place in the world and she has an entire, exciting future ahead of her. I especially love writing romances because the feeling of young love (often first love) is so big and intense that it’s an emotion anyone can tap into and remember. I remember the rush of falling in love for the first time, and it’s a feeling I’d happily live again and again through my books!   </div><h3><br></h3><h3>What type of research did you do to write your book?  </h3><div>It was important to me to accurately portray generalized anxiety disorder. Even though I’ve lived with anxiety for years, I researched symptoms and coping techniques to ensure that the mental health representation in the book is truthful and responsible. The book was also read by a mental health professional before publication to ensure that Paige’s diagnosis is consistent with her behavior.  </div><div><br></div><h3>What book are you currently reading?  </h3><div>I’m reading <em>Majesty</em> by Katharine McGee. It’s the sequel to last year’s <em>American Royals </em>(a reimagining of American with a royal family) and it’s pure fun!  </div><div><br></div><div>Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out?  </div><div>I’m working on another YA contemporary rom-com with Scholastic! It is scheduled to release in early 2022.  </div><div><br></div><h3>If you weren't a writer, what would you do?  </h3><div>That’s a tough question to answer, because writing has been my dream job since I was a kid! That said, I’d want a job that allowed me to travel while also allowing me to work from home and spend time with my kids. I’m not sure what job that would be, which is why I’m so happy to have the career I do! Writing is a dream come true in so many ways.  </div><div><br></div><h3>Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there?  </h3><div>I use my local library all the time. I’m a member of the Maricopa County Library system and I love the Libby app for reading eBooks and listening to audiobooks! I’m also a mom of three young readers and the library has been an amazing way to bring children’s books into my home.  </div><div> <br></div><br></div><div> <br></div><p><br></p></div>





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