We’d like to issue a warm welcome author Kimberly Marcus as she joins us this week to discuss her first YA novel, Exposed! Exposed follows best friends Liz and Kate after an innocent fight one night turns into prolonged silence and distance as Kate begins actively avoiding Liz, leaving Liz trying to piece together what happened between Saturday night when Kate left her house, and Monday morning at school when Kate stops being her best friend.
Let's give Kimberly a big welcome by giving her a shout out on Twitter (@kimberlymarcus) or posting your questions with her on the forum here! In the meantime, enjoy this letter she wrote to all of us!
I’m thrilled to be here, once again, on Random Buzzers! I’m here, this time around, to
celebrate the paperback release of my ﬁrst novel, Exposed. This book is close to my
heart, and I’m hoping the story will touch readers and make them think.
Exposed is the story of Liz Grayson, a high school senior intent on pursuing her love of
portrait photography. She’s conﬁdent about what she sees when she looks through the
lens, and conﬁdent in her relationship with her forever-best friend, Kate. But all of Liz’s
conﬁdence is shaken when Kate suddenly pulls away from her. At ﬁrst, she thinks she
knows why this is happening and does everything she can to try to repair their
relationship. But Liz comes to learn that the reason for Kate’s avoidance is tragically
different from what she originally thought. And it tears open her black and white world,
ripping apart everything she held to be true about friendship, family, and her own
abilities. For answers, Liz must turn the lens on herself.
I wanted to write a book about friendship and family. I wanted to look at what it means to
be loyal to others while staying true to who you are. I wondered how a girl, placed in a
position that seemed impossible to navigate out of, might ﬁnd a way to cope and move
forward. Exposed doesn’t provide neat, tidy answers. But real life doesn’t do that either,
Exposed is written in free verse poetry which, for me, proved the best way to zoom in to
the heart of this character and her story.
I also hope you’ll check out my website at kimberlymarcus.com for more information
I’m thrilled to answer any questions you might want to ask. I’ll do my best to answer
them well. Ask away!