Published: July 4th, 2013
Sasha, a shy, 15-year-old girl who hides from the world, almost dies in a car crash and vows that if she survives, she will be bold and live life to the fullest. Her newfound courage is tested when she meets Will, who just moved to her Air Force desert town after his journalist father’s disappearance. Will is fascinated by Sasha’s brush with and secret knowledge of death.
Sasha and Will push each other to take chances and break out of their sheltered suburban world. But will they discover there is a difference between being bold and being stupid before they put themselves, or someone else, in danger?
The Paperback Princesses asked Julia and Andrew why they write for a YA audience and this is what they told us:
Julia: The time before people take on the responsibilities and protective, tough shell of their fixed adult identities fascinates us. That's the time when we are all so vulnerable and unsure, but also so full of possibility. We find it much more exciting to write for characters whose lives can go anywhere, than for adults who have already decided what part of themselves they will present to the world. We often don't feel like grown-ups ourselves .....
Andrew: We feel inspired when we build real stories from those singular moments of awkwardness, angst, joy, love, jealousy etc. Young adults experience those emotions a hundred, more like a thousand times a day. Being able to provide some comfort through our characters is awesome, but offering a new perspective or inspiration to change how they think and feel and act is rewarding.
Andrew Landis and Julia Swift have been writing about emotional underdogs for more than a decade on television shows like "Smallville" and "The Book of Daniel," and have recently published their first Young Adult novel, Bold.
Told in first person, Bold is about a contemporary romance between two 15-year olds, one shy girl who almost died in a car accident, and one boy who struggles with the loss of his journalist father, as they try to learn the difference between being bold and being stupid. Released in the beginning of July, Bold reached #10 on Amazon's e-books teen and young adult social issues category.