Meet the Author of HOW TO DROWN, Vicky Skinner!

Meet the second of four fantastic authors joining the Swoon Reads family, Vicky Skinner! We fell madly in love with her heartfelt and utterly relatable story about an ex-competitive swimmer who is forced to start over in a new town... and falls for the cute boy across the hall. (ICE CREAM! SALSA DANCING! *SWOON*) Learn more about How to Drown!

Where did the idea for How to Drown come from?

When I graduated from high school, I had a lot of pressure on me to go for scholarships in a field I didn’t want to be in anymore, music performance, and when I decided not to pursue that, my life turned chaotic. In the span of one year, all of my plans for college derailed, my two closest friends moved away, I was in two family weddings (my dad's and my sister’s), and I met the love of my life. Eventually, I sat down and put it all on paper, and it turned into Kate’s story.

Kate is a swimmer. What were your hobbies in high school?

In high school, I was in Orchestra, and that sucked up most of my time. I played the violin. I also spent a lot of time reading, writing, being a goody two-shoes with my best friend, and having exactly zero boyfriends, which gave me more time to get ahead on my homework.

Who would play your characters in a movie?

I was doing the most recent revision of this book when Shadowhunters was airing, so I couldn’t help but imagine Matt Daddario as Michael. And since the beginning, I’ve always seen Melissa Benoist as Kate.

What makes you swoon?

Good music, especially if performed by a cute boy (bonus points if the boy has a sexy accent), and spontaneous dates to places with good food.

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