Chasing the Book Interview Series: Katie McGarry

Congrats to Katie McGarry on her debut YA release Pushing the Limits–out today!  Instead of an interview with Katie–here’s a bounty-hunter themed interview with Katie’s characters, Echo and Noah.

First, the synopsis.  Let’s get to know Echo and Noah.

Pushing the Limits tells the story of two high school seniors, Echo and Noah. Echo has no memory of the night that transformed her from popular girl to loner freak with scars on her arms, and she desperately craves answers. Noah is a foster kid who is fighting to reunite his family. Since they see the same court ordered therapist, the lives of the “good” girl and the “bad” boy collide. The two work together towards their goals, but neither foresaw the shattering consequences of learning the truth regarding their families or of falling in love.

I’d like to know the answers to the secrets in Echo’s past, too.  Since I’m sure she won’t spill those, let’s get to the bounty hunting.   You’ve skipped bail, and a bounty hunter is looking for you.  What three things do you bring with you?

Noah: I love this interview. Why don’t we do more like this?
Echo rolls her eyes.
Echo: Seriously. You want to do more interviews about bounty hunters.  I don’t do illegal things, Noah.
Noah flashes her a wicked grin.
Noah: But you have.
Echo straightens and crosses her arms over her chest.
Echo: Fine. A cell phone, a change of clothes, and Isaiah’s phone
Noah: See, that was fun. Wasn’t it, baby?
Echo shrugs as her lips turn up.
Noah: Isaiah’s phone number—that’s a good one. Isaiah’s my best friend and a good guy to have on hand if you get in a fight.  I’ll keep her answer of Isaiah’s phone number then add as much cash as I can find, and a picture of my parents.

Where does the bounty hunter find you?
Echo and Noah answer simultaneously: Colorado

Well, that was decisive.  Now you’re the bounty hunter.  When three things do you bring with you while tracking your skip?

Echo: I don’t know. Cash, I guess.
Noah nods his head.
Noah: Cash, a picture of the person, and a weapon if the person is  dangerous.

You’ve found your skip, right where you thought they would be.  Describe your location and approach.
Noah: I’d wait until they were asleep so I guess at a motel.
Echo eyes widen as she gets excited.
Echo: Oh, and we break in like a swat team?
Noah: We could do that or we could knock on the door and grab them before they turn away.
Echo laughs.
Echo: I like your way better.

I love the chemistry between these two.  Last question.  You’ve just caught a skip, and you’re surprised to find them
attractive.  What three things make them irresistible to you?

Echo: What type of question is that? We’re a couple.
Noah: I’ll answer.
Echo: You’ll what?
Noah: She’d be smart, headstrong, and one hell of an artist.
He runs his finger down Echo’s arms and she leans into him.
Noah: It’s more than three, but she’d have scars on her arms and
she’d have the most beautiful red, curly hair.
He winks at Echo.
Noah: I have a thing for redheads.
Echo: You can be incredibly sweet.
Noah: Shh, don’t tell anyone. You’ll ruin my rep.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

Echo: Thanks for having us, Janci! This was fun!
Noah: Yeah, good luck with your release.

Good luck to you, too.  With banter like that, I’m sure this book will be a success.

Echo and Noah had better be careful.  Bounty hunter Rob Maxwell from Chasing the Skip is based out of Colorado as well.  Crossover, anyone?

You can find out more about Katie and Pushing the Limits at Katie’s website, twitter, or facebook.

Thanks to Katie, Echo, and Noah!