Wednesday 8 May 2013

And You Must Love Me

Today I have the multi-talented and fabulous Katja Rusanen, author of You Must Love Me, here to talk about her book as well a little bit about her career as a Spiritual Life Coach.
Katja Rusanen is a Finnish writer who has been living in Barcelona since 2004. 'And You Must Love Me' is her first novel. She also writes short stories, six of which have been published by the Barcelona Connect Magazine over the past few years. She is a Spiritual Life Coach and is involved in charity work. In February 2012 she participated in a Kilimanjaro charity climb for the Amani Children's Home in Tanzania. Find out more on her website: And don't forget to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

When Renate falls for local bad-boy Ronny she has no idea what she's getting herself into. After all, she's only 15. She's never had to deal with someone like his Gypsy girlfriend Sabina, who is ready to go to extremes to keep him. And she certainly wasn't expecting to find herself caught up such a dangerous cat and mouse game which gets even more complicated when Ronny's cousin Emil gets involved in it. The news about the love tragedy that ensues travels fast in the small village of Loddefjord, Norway, and Renate feels invisible fingers pointing at her. She starts to fall apart under the pressure. But was it really Renate's fault? Will she ever find out what really happened? Each malicious whisper at school increases her freefall. Can she stop her own destructive behaviour before it's too late?

1. What sparked your desire to write "And You Must Love Me"?
It was a long journey to write my first novel. The idea sparkled in my head for years until I started writing on Friday 22nd of August 2008. I went to see a palm reader on that day and he inquired me, ‘Why don’t you write?’ I was stunned. How could he know that I had always wanted to write but kept postponing it with various reasons? At that moment I couldn’t come up with good enough excuse, so I agreed to start writing…
Well, they say that all fiction has at its center a kernel of truth. That kernel in this story is the traumatic event that Renate has to face. This actually happened to me and I felt the urge to write about it and break the silence.

2. Why Young Adult fiction?
I didn't sit down and think that now I start out to write a Y.A. novel; I just had a story to tell. Once I had completed my debut novel, my publisher classified it in the young adult genre due the age of the characters. I would also add it under transformational novels.

3. What is Transformational Writing?For me it’s writing books that touch people's hearts and transform lives.
"And You Must Love Me" is the first part of a trilogy. My books cover topics that will touch your soul and give hope even on the darkest day. You will get something to think about, something to talk about and maybe even a push to start your personal transformation.

Don't forget to add And You Must Love Me to Goodreads and get it on Amazon. And please review.

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