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Everything You Need to Know About The Author of OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS

If there’s one thing we know by looking at our overflowing bookshelves, it’s that love stories come in all shapes and sizes – and each of them touch your heart in different ways. One of our most anticipated romances this fall is Our Chemical Heartsa humorous and heartwarming story that that proves that first love can be epic…or an epic disaster:



Sounds amazing, right? Our Chemical Hearts comes out in October but has already gotten tons of reader love. Here to tell us more about the mind behind the masterpiece is author Krystal Sutherland!


Name: Krystal Sutherland

Novel: Our Chemical Hearts

Available: October 4


Who’s your favorite author, living or dead?

Why must you make me pick one?! Ah, okay, just because they had the most impact on me, I’m gonna have to go with Tamora Pierce for making me believe in magic, J.K.Rowling for giving me such incredible stories to get lost in, and Scott Westerfeld for making me want to be a writer.


What’s your favorite thing about your book?

That it’s finished! No, really though, I guess my favourite thing is that it takes a realistic look at falling in love for the first time. Yes, it might potentially be awesome…but it’s also gonna suck a lot of the time.


If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose?

Hermione Granger. Girl is prepared for anything, and maybe she could get me late admission into Hogwarts, Billy Madison style.




Where do you write?

In my bedroom, at my university’s library, and at the State Library of New South Wales. Our Chemical Hearts was also written in Amsterdam at the Openbare Bibliotheek (where John Green worked on TFiOS!) and a cute coffee shop near my Dutch apartment called Filter.


Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history?

Marie Curie was a total BAMF. Brilliant scientist, subverted the patriarchy, died radioactive. It doesn’t get much more hardcore than that.


Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted?

I do tweet (@km_sutherland). The funniest thing I’ve ever tweeted was probably a retweet that I had nothing to do with the writing of.


What is your favorite season?

Summer. Hands down. I loathe being cold. Give me a humid heatwave over sweater weather any day.


If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go?

I’d go check out one of the potentially habitable exoplanets discovered recently, the ones orbiting their suns within the habitable zone. Set up a little writing shack at the terminator line of Wolf 1061c or something. (I watched a lot of Star Trek as a teenager.)


Do you have any writing rituals?

Procrastinate for several hours before writing a sentence. Write a sentence. Celebrate writing that sentence by having a snack break. Repeat as necessary until book somehow magically appears.


What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Guys, you’re giving me an existential crisis over here, c’mon! Give me a good book, my family, my best friends, some wine and a homecooked meal, and I’m set.


What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

So the first real concert I ever went to was Elton John. It was a huge deal because our rural town – which never, ever had big concerts, ever – won a spot on his national tour of Australia. I was only a kid. He sang ‘Crocodile Rock’ twice. It was freakin’ amazing.


What are you currently working on?

I’ve finished the draft of my second book (between snack breaks), so now I’m tinkering away on my third novel while I wait for editorial feedback on that. I’m pitching book three to my agent next week, so it’s still kinda super secret!



Thanks, Krystal!



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