17 Apr 2017, by MyleneJankowski
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June 2, Marieke Nijkamp will participate in the Children's Book & Author Breakfast at BookExpo. Marieke Nijkamp will talk about her new book 'Before I Let Go'. The book tells the story about Corey: Days before Corey is to visit her former home in Lost Creek, Alaska, her best friend, Kyra, dies by suicide. Corey is devastated, and returns to Lost Creek for the funeral, only to discover the town’s people are nothing as she remembers—and no one seems to be telling the truth about Kyra’s death.
Start off Thursday and Friday at BookExpo with the renowned and exclusive Author Breakfasts featuring celebrity authors talking about their upcoming books and the personal experiences that inspired them. This year’s breakfasts feature a new, more engaging format to ensure the audience has an unforgettable experience. Register here.
Marieke Nijkamp was born and raised in the Netherlands. A lifelong student of stories, language, and ideas, she is more or less proficient in about a dozen languages and holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies. She is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter and, as said by herself, a geek.
For every hour she spent writing on TIWIE, she spent another (at least) researching. She read firsthand accounts of shootings, listened to 911 calls, plowed through hundreds of pages of investigative reports, she talked to people, kept up with news and social media feeds as active shooter situations emerged and she familiarized myself with the psychology of being held at gunpoint. As much as possible, she immersed herself in what we know about school shootings. And she tried to translate this all into the book.