Young Adult fiction writer, Katie McGarry has been teaching us about the meaning of true love, always having hope and realising what’s worth fighting for when life throws a curveball. Through her novels, McGarry shows us the beauty and magic in the world and reminds us that no matter what’s happening in our lives, we can get through anything with a little help from those we love and some self belief. And once again, she’s making us fall in her next book, Walk The Edge.
Walk The Edge is the second book in her new Thunder Road series.
We follow the lives of smart and responsible Breanna, and Reign of Terror motorcycle club member, Thomas “Razor” Turner, who end up having to work together and make a pact to help each other out. Razor will help her track down her blackmailer if in return she helps get answers to the mystery that’s been haunting him that he can’t discuss with anyone – not even family.
But when the two begin to fall for each other over time, they’re suddenly walking the edge of discovering what it is they really want, who they really are, and where they’re going from here.
The book is due to be released in April 2016, and is available to pre-order now as both a hardcover and ebook.
In an exclusive interview with Katie McGarry, she told us to expect a whirlwind of emotions from the novel. She said:
“I’m so excited for everyone to read Razor’s story. You can expect a lot of action, emotion, kissing and fantastic banter!”
Her Thunder Road series kicked off in May earlier this year with the release of Nowhere But Here, which featured the story of another Reign of Terror member, Oz, and his love interest Emily. When asked about the inspiration for the start of the Thunder Road series, McGarry told us:
“I was inspired to write the Thunder Road series because I grew up in an area where there were men who were members of motorcycle clubs. Most people believe that men who are members of a MC or ride a motorcycle is someone who is involved in illegal activities or someone violent. This is far from true. I wanted to take on those stereotypes and Nowhere But Here was born.”
In all of her books, McGarry has taught us many life lessons about love, and with Romance and YA Fiction being her genre of writing, this is exactly what we would expect: that love is the only thing that can leave us feeling infinite; that with it, we can achieve anything that we set our minds to; that when we find the person we want to spend the rest of our lives with, even forever doesn’t seem long enough.
In her previous series, Pushing The Limits, I always found a deeper hidden message, one that I couldn’t help but love. The message that no matter what happens in our lives, no matter what is going on, there is always hope.
When asked about the deeper and hidden meanings to her books, McGarry told us that each book held their own inside meaning, but that, yes, having hope is a big part of it. She said:
“For me, each of the books do have a deeper meaning. The reason for each meaning and book is different. Sometimes it’s something I personally struggled with. Sometimes it’s something someone I loved struggled with.
Overall, I want people to see that no matter how dark the circumstances, there is hope.”
McGarry also told us that this same message of always having hope will be found in her Walk The Edge novel and throughout future novels, as well as various other deeper meanings. She also mentioned how she likes to tackle stereotypes in her stories. She said:
“Hope is something that means a lot to me and it’s a message that I will continue to write about. I also like to take on stereotypes in my writing. I want people to learn to stop judging people by their outside appearance and start trying to learn who someone is before passing judgement.”
I think that’s one of the most important things to take away from McGarry’s novels. That having hope is the most important thing. I think sometimes people that are hopeful are labelled as being silly or simplistic, but hope is more than naïve optimism.
It’s what gives us our dreams, goals and something to work for. It’s what keeps us going in the rough times, the faith that in the end everything will work out, that we’re not alone and we can get through whatever may come at us.
It keeps us going, and I can’t wait to see this message, as well as many others, hidden between the lines of Walk The Edge.