I fell in love with Alison’s Gervais debut novel In 27 Days when I reviewed it for RT Book Reviews earlier this year. You can check out my review here .
Alison Gervais joined the website for aspiring writers, Wattpad, her sophomore year of high school, and In 27 Days followed a few months later. In 27 Days has gone on to win a Watty Award, become the #1 title in the Adventure category, and secure nearly 20 million reads. Alison now attends the University of Colorado Pueblo pursuing a creative writing degree. If she’s not writing or studying for classes, she can be found re-reading Harry Potter, watching Supernatural, or trying to win the affection of her two cats, Kovu and Rocket.
Her compelling debut novel, In 27 Days, releases July 25 from Blink.
Award-winning Wattpad author Alison Gervais proves she is no rookie with her BLINK debut, In 27 Days. Known by her Wattpad fans as @HonorInTheRain, Gervais first penned the story at age sixteen, and has gone on to receive nearly 20 million reads. In 27 Days captures readers’ heart and nerves as Gervais tells her gripping story of sacrifice, redemption, and first love, with just a little bit of supernatural time travel.
Hadley Jamison receives an unexpected shock when she hears her classmate, Archer Morales, committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but Hadley can’t shake the feeling that there was something she could have done to help him. Little does she know, she will actually have the chance. At Archer’s funeral, Hadley is approached by a man named Death who offers her a deal—if she accepts, she will be sent back twenty-seven days in time to prevent Archer from committing suicide.
Twenty-seven days was the length of time it took for Archer to decide to kill himself, and twenty-seven days is all Hadley has to succeed in saving him. Unfortunately, Archer isn’t exactly on the same page. Despite his cold comebacks and aloof exterior, Hadley knows he needs her, and continues to pursue a friendship with him. Archer begins softening up, and Hadley believes that her mission to save him will be a success.
But just when Hadley is beginning to feel confident, a series of dangerous accidents occur. She and Archer are pushed apart, and she must decide whether she is ready to risk everything—including her own life—to keep Archer safe.
Hi Alison! Welcome to the blog!
Alison: Definitely winter! I just love snow, and I can’t stand the heat.
Carrie: Yes!! I am 100% in agreement. You can always get warmer if necessary but there’s only so far you can go to get cool lol.
Alison: Both! Cats because they develop unique personalities and they purr, and dogs because they are so sweet and loving.
Carrie: Very diplomatic (and true) answer! Although my dog would like me to point out here that she purrs too. So. There you go. 🙂
Alison: Again, both! I love all sorts of tea, and I definitely can’t get through the morning without at least one cup of coffee.
Carrie: I don’t like either one, so you can have my share!
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Alison: No idea! But a superpower would be pretty darn cool.
Carrie: It IS pretty darn cool. Not gonna lie.
Who is your favorite book character from childhood.
Alison: This is such a tough question. I’ve got to say Harry Potter, because those books were a huge part of my childhood. I’ve always been a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories as well. I remember writing a story about solving a case with Sherlock Holmes when I was about nine – pretty cool!
Carrie: I’m feeling really old at the moment…. I was in college when the first Harry Potter book came out 😉 BUT yes! Those books are fantastic, aren’t they? And you can’t go wrong with Sherlock Holmes!
Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?
Alison: Maybe this isn’t so strange, but it honestly helps me to have Netflix going in the background when I’m writing. I’m into the story and writing of course, but the extra noise helps me concentrate for some reason! I sat down to do some major editing for IN 27 DAYS one day last summer, and my mom had to regularly bring me meals, because otherwise I think I would’ve forgotten to eat!
Carrie: I get that. Sometimes it helps to have mindless noise going so you don’t get distracted by all the little noises and wandering thoughts.
In 27 Days made its debut as a Wattpad sensation in 2011 when you were in high school. Did you always want to be an author or has this success surprised you?
Alison: It wasn’t until I was about ten or so that I began to consider becoming an author. I was very surprised by the success of IN 27 DAYS. Six years ago, when it first debuted on Wattpad, the plot was still a bit out there, and you didn’t see quite as many books as you do now, covering suicide and mental health.
Carrie: It’s such an important topic to cover in fiction!
The characters in In 27 Days deal with some tough subjects (though you achieve a perfect balance of the serious and the lighter moments). What inspired this compelling story and these great characters?
Alison: This is going to sound so silly, but I have absolutely NO idea where the idea for IN 27 DAYS came from. I was just sitting on a plane, on my way home from a youth conference in Indianapolis, and all of a sudden I asked the person sitting next to me if I could have a pen and a piece of paper because I knew I just had to start writing something. That something turned out to be IN 27 DAYS. When I was writing the story, there were bits and pieces of certain scenes that were rather emotional for me. I’ve struggled with depression for years, and I think it always will be an ongoing battle for me. It was difficult not to feel for these characters as their story unfolded because I’d been in some similar situations before.
Carrie: Speaking from experience, depression is something that takes root and does linger as an ongoing battle. I appreciate your openness about this topic and the authenticity you gave your characters.
What do you most want readers to take away from In 27 Days?
Alison: I hope that readers will take away something positive from IN 27 DAYS. That it’s important to maintain healthy friendships and stay close with your loved ones. I also just want to instill the fact that suicide is absolutely not the answer. I wouldn’t be sitting here writing out these responses if I hadn’t come to believe that.
Carrie: Yes. Your story isn’t done. Thank you so much for talking with me, Alison. For sharing your story – and Archer & Hadley’s with the world.
What about you? What interests you about Alison Gervais and her debut book IN 27 DAYS?