Blog Tour: Guest Post – Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Welcome to author Jessi Kirby

Bio:

I grew up in Mammoth Lakes, CA where stunning scenery and a few very special teachers inspired me to write. As soon as I graduated high school, I made for the beach and eventually ended up in Orange County with a happy little family and a job as an English teacher.
And then by luck, or coincidence, or some cosmic force, things lined up for me to take a shot at my dream. I moved to a little gem of a beach called Crystal Cove, which is the setting for MOONGLASS; I had the opportunity to go from working as a full-time English teacher to working as a part-time librarian; and…I was about to turn 30. Long story short: after deciding to go for it and putting in a lot of hard work, I finished MOONGLASS, which is my first novel.

Into The Past…

I’ve always loved books, always been a reader. So going into the past to think about the books I would’ve recommended at different ages is such a pleasure. There are so, so many, but these are the ones that stick out in my memory. The best thing is, I’d still recommend them!

Age 6: Anything by Roald Dahl. I adored his twisty sense of humor, wild imagination, and the way my mom read them to me. A few of my faves—James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, The Twits.

Age 11: Just as Long as We’re Together, by Judy Blume, which so perfectly captures girls’ friendships and all their intricacies, Sweet Valley High, Babysitter’s Club, The Nancy Drew Files…all total girl books.

Age 16: In high school I was more interested in horror-type stories. I devoured all of the Interview with a Vampire books the same way Twilight fans do theirs. I also remember heading to the bookstore any time I knew Christopher Pike had a new one coming out. Remember Me was my favorite of his. I also made my way through my mom’s collection of Stephen King books, which literally made me sleep with the light on. And then there was Siddartha—definitely not horror, but my favorite of the books I read in English. I adored it and decided I should be a Buddhist for a little while.

Age 20: White Oleander by Janet Fitch—stunningly gorgeous writing and my original inspiration for Moonglass, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and Dharma Bums—my idealized idea of the life of a writer, The Awakening by Kate Chopin and The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir—English major/feminist that I was.

Ironically, now that I’m in my thirties, I pretty much only read YA. And it’s not because I don’t want to grow up or anything. Not really. But YA books hold a special place in my heart. They take this time in life that is so poignant and intense, so beautiful and unsure, and put you right back in the midst of it all. And oh, how I love that!

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby:

From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead.

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I’ve thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

Anna’s life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It’s bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna’s mother’s death- stays buried forever.