Welcome to the Australian Blog Tour for A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia! Releasing today, A Quiet Kind of Thunder is a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.
Hopefully you checked out my four star review of A Quiet Kind of Thunder which I posted yesterday---A Quiet Kind of Thunder was a really beautiful YA contemporary read.
Rhys can't hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn't a lightning strike, it's the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.
Was there a specific inspiration that brought A Quiet Kind of Thunder into life, or was it a multitude of things?
A few years ago I watched a documentary that featured a young girl with selective mutism, which was something I’d never come across before. The documentary showed all the work that the school and the girl’s parents were putting in to try and help the girl, and it made me wonder what would happen to a child who didn’t have that level of support. What would become of them when they became a teenager? That’s where Steffi came from.
What do you believe were the most important moments in A Quiet Kind of Thunder?
I think Steffi meeting Rhys’s family was a turning point for her and their relationship, and also when she goes to the Halloween party with Tem and actually manages to enjoy herself. And of course the Thing That Happens near the end is very important!
What is some advice that you would give to aspiring authors?
Make sure your primary reason to write is for the joy of it. Everything else can spring from that, but love for it has to come first. It’s natural to feel like getting published is the ultimate goal, but there’s an awful lot that comes after that that isn’t joyful (rejection, bad reviews, taxes, deadlines), so having that love for what you are writing/have written will help carry you through that. Being an author is a career, and it doesn’t end at publication; it begins. So make sure you love it!
Sara is trying to visit every country in Europe, and has managed to reach 13 with her best friend. She has also lived in Canada and worked in India.