I was Â happy to have the chance to review The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey. It’s a deep book that had me thinking on different levels. I’m thrilled to have the chance to share this interview with you today. Hearing from Stacie’s perspective have answered some questions about the book for me. What do you think?The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on November 3rd 2015
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A suicide pact was supposed to keep them together, but a broken promise tore them apart
Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide--and not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they'd always be together, in life, and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why.
Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief.
But the more she clings to Leah, the more secretes surface. Allie's not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister's death or facing her new reality without her.
What was your inspiration for this book?
I wanted to write about the sister relationship because siblings are the only ones who completely know each otherÂ’s story. And yet, even as much as you think you know, you really only know what they want to tell and show you.
Allie is an artist and painting is a large part of this book. Are you an artist yourself?
I am not an artist at all although I used to be really into photography when I was a teenager. I am envious of anyone who has the talent to work in the visual arts. I grew up near Washington, D.C. and used to drag my friends toÂ the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden whenever I could. I finally made it to MOMA a few years ago and was blown away.
Did you do any research to write this story?
IÂ’ve spent the last 26 years as a pediatric speech language pathologist and have taken many courses in mental health issues and pharmacology over the years. IÂ’ve also worked with many teenagers with these issues. Even still, I did have to do some research about the effects of complicated grief in an adolescent who was recovering from a suicide of a close family member.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
This was a very hard book to write start to finish. I felt so much for Allie and her family. I know many readers believe Â that AllieÂ’s parents were unaware and even negligent, but thatÂ’s not how I saw them when I wrote them (although I do really appreciate how invested readers are in AllieÂ’s plight!). I felt they were parents who failed on so many levels, but not because they wanted to fail. They were grieving from the loss of their oldest daughter as well as the family unit as a whole. They were in pain and making decisions based on fear.
What do you hope your readers take away from reading this book?
I hope my readers will look inside themselves and figure out what makes them strong and unique and worthwhile. I hope they will think about life, not in terms of checkerboard moves, but in terms of long term plans. I hope they will ask for help when they need it and trust each other more. I hope the adults will realize how hard it is to be a teenager, still. I hope the adults and the teens alike will start a conversation about medication and therapy and how to make certain everyone agrees with a plan that promotes healing.
How can readers find out more about you and follow you online?
I am on Twitter @stacieramey and have a website Â www.stacieramey.com