7 Aug 2016

Running to Stand Still by Lauren Rosolino

Title: Running to Stand Still
Author: Lauran Rosolino
Genre: NA Romance

Collin was who he was: simple and easy.
Me? I was jagged and complex. I wanted everything.
And despite how he made me feel—safe—it was clear to me that we’d never work out in the end.
That divide between us would always be there.
Because I’d never ask him to give up on the things he wanted.
And, while I sometimes wished I could be that person, I wasn’t.
Just seven more months. Then Jamie Benson can leave this goodbye town behind her and start her new life in Chicago. She can leave this place of broken glass and cracked sidewalks and rusted fences. This place that holds nothing good. She can leave the ghosts and spinning rooms and shattered promises in her rearview mirror and never look back.
But all the stories she’s been telling herself are threatened when, one night, while tending bar at her father’s hole-in-the-wall dive, she meets Collin—a boy who is good and honest and sincere in a world where everything is harsh and cold and detached. A boy who makes her feel safe. A boy worth staying for.
Will Jamie be able to untangle the truths from the lies? Or will the sins of the past swallow her whole?

Can you tell us a little about your latest book.
Running to Stand Still is the story about a girl desperate to leave her hometown behind her, and a boy worth staying for.
Jamie is a bartender at her father’s bar who cannot wait to leave when she graduates. Collin is an automechanic who works in the neighborhood. She’s hard and jaded, he’s gentle and sincere and could be everything she needs, if she’s willing to let him in. It’s very much a story about sorting through the lies to get to the truth.
It’s a New Adult Romance told in alternating POV’s set in Harper Woods, Michigan, a suburb of Deroit.

What inspired you to write it?

This book will probably be the most emotional, autobiographical story I will ever write (many, many more posts on this on my blog).
This story started to form in my mind during the winter of 2012.I was settling in after a year of epic change + rapid decision making (moving, buying a house, getting married – all at the age of 19) and was starting to feel very, very trapped. I was driving to class at Wayne State University, winter semester of my Junior year. Paradise by Coldplay was playing on the radio. I was miserable and depressed. And I had to find a way to be okay.
As I walked through the parking garage on campus, this idea bubbled up… A story about a girl desperate to leave. Why couldn’t she leave now? What was keeping her there? She was a bartender at her dad’s bar – set in Harper Woods (where my mom grew up, close to where I grew up, close to where I went to school – all in the Metro Detroit area).
What did she want? What were her dreams? What would make her happy? Where did she want to go?
It had a haunted sort of feel. Of broken dreams and disappointment. Of sinking in grayness. Of coldness. (Or perhaps, that was just what I saw around me in January.)
I drew a lot from my experiences of growing up in the suburbs of Detroit--the sights, the smells, the sounds, the texture of life there. A lot of the story came from this experience I had where I was somewhere I didn't want to be and was constantly wondering to myself, how did I get here? When did this become my life? And I think a lot of people can relate to that, especially in this age where no path is clear-cut anymore.

Is it part of a series?
It is a part of the Benson Family series. Jamie's brother, Nate, will be getting his own book.

If your latest book was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
I love this question so much!
Aimee Teegarden would play Jamie.
Max Thieriot would play Collin.
Tommy Flanagan would play Charlie (Jamie’s dad).
RJ Mitte would play Nathan (Jamie’s brother).
And Rory McCann would play Jacob.
I’ve posted character profiles on my blog and made a Pintrest board mostly for my own amusement, but also for readers to check out if they’re interested.

What made you want to become an author?
Storytelling has always been a part of my life. I've grown up reading books, watching movies and television series, and playing Dungeons & Dragons with my dad. Wherever I was, I'd look around and think, there has to be more than meets the eye here. What's under the surface? What's the story? And I just have to believe that something beautiful and transformative will come out of the dark places of heartbreak and disappointment we all go through.
When I was a senior in high school, I had been with my boyfriend (now husband) for two years and I was really scared of losing him (still am). The more I thought about it, this story of a woman who loses her fiancé suddenly in a car crash started to form in my head. So, I started writing her story down. I didn't finish her story until a year after I graduated from college, and by then, more story ideas had invaded my head, so I just kept writing.

Name one of your all-time favourite book covers?
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

Name one book that made you think wow? Why did it have such an effect on you?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because it made me feel safe. It formed in me the belief that no matter how tall the odds stacked against you are, you never stop fighting for what is good and right and true. And it showed me that magic is real, it does exist. It added so much richness and depth to my life. So much so that I have a deathly hallows tattoo on my knuckle!

Who, or what, inspires you?
Ah, so many things. Books, television, movies, music, nature, advertisement photos. It really all happens in a glimpse, in a second, where I see something or hear something and I have to know more, I have to go deeper beneath the surface than what I see.

Where is your favourite place to write?

My office. I share it with my husband, and usually the dog or the cat or both if they’re getting along. I write on a Mac and the wall behind my desk is covered with photogrpahy and Harry Potter art off Etsy. Behind me, there’s a huge IKEA bookshelf filled with books (and which I find quite a lot of enjoyment out of cleaning and reorganizing when I’m actually supposed to be writing, ha). I like the routine of getting my coffee and sitting down in the same spot everyday where it’s quiet and I can focus. I find it hard to focus out in the world, at coffee shops, etc. Too distracting.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
I’m going to have to say the Lord of the Rings movies because I actually prefer the movies to the books. (Um hello, have you seen Aragorn?)

Who is your favourite author (s) and why?
I think this question is cruel and unusual punishment because I can’t just chose one! J.K. Rowling, for reason’s stated above.
I love Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series. The writing is immediate and brilliant.
Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster changed my life. I’ve never had such an intense, visceral, emotional connection and reaction to a book.
And finally, I’m going to have to say Jodi Picoult, who’s writing inspired me to be a writer. I love how each of her book’s tackles and explore’s a big question.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?

All of the author’s above, plus J.R.R. Tolkien and Brittainy C. Cherry. I would love to hear about their creative processes and what moves them, who inspires them, what they’re thinking about. My writing has been influenced heavily by all of them. I’d like to thank them for the impact they’ve had on me, for in many ways, saving my life.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
For a really long time I wanted a Mini Cooper because of how Jason Bourne drives one in The Bourne Identity. (But then I sadly realized that I’m not Jason Bourne and that as much as I wanted to be British, I’m not, and that I’d probably be much better off driving a Jeep, of the non-Wrangler variety.)

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.
My husband and I moved down to Charleston, South Carolina a year ago and it is magical. Spanish moss and live oak trees, google it. Also, it was were the first shot of the Civil War took place.
Author of The Charm Necklace and Running to Stand Still. Writer of stories about finding beauty in brokenness.
She is a storyteller. Adventuer. Partner. Coffee drinker. Magic believer. Rebel with a gypsy soul. Lover of the woods and books, the woods and walks.
Born and bred in Detroit, Lauren grew up reading Harry Potter, watching Gilmore Girls, listening (and dancing) to a lot of music, and wondering why people do what they do. She graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in Psychology. Lauren lives with her husband, dog, cat, and bunny in Charleston, South Carolina.
To find out more and read her blog, Wonderstruck.
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