An Interview with Halli Gomez

Content Warning: tics, suicidal ideation, self-harm.

I’m joined today by Halli Gomez, award-winning author of THE LIST OF TEN. You can connect with Halli via her website: 

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A harrowing yet hopeful account of a teen living with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder . . . and contemplating his own mortality.

Ten: three little letters, one ordinary number. No big deal, right? But for Troy Hayes, a 16-year-old suffering from Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the number ten dictates his life, forcing him to do everything by its exacting rhythm. Finally, fed up with the daily humiliation, loneliness, and physical pain he endures, Troy writes a list of ten things to do by the tenth anniversary of his diagnosis—culminating in suicide on the actual day. But the process of working his way through the list changes Troy’s life: he becomes friends with Khory, a smart, beautiful classmate who has her own troubled history. Khory unwittingly helps Troy cross off items on his list, moving him ever closer to his grand finale, even as she shows him that life may have more possibilities than he imagined. This is a dark, intense story, but it’s also realistic, hopeful, and deeply authentic.

In this game, I give the author three rounds of three books. They must choose one to hoard so that others can never see it, one to sacrifice, so they can steal its power and become a better writer, and one to giveaway never to see again (hypothetically, of course).

AuthorBookDateBooks Added to the Giveaway Jar
Halli Gomez (interview)List of Ten1/22/2022The Visitors by Greg Howard, Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty, Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June
Lisa Frenkel Riddiough (interview)Elvis and the World As It Stands10/23/2021The Struggle Bus by Julie Koon, 365 Days to Alaska by Cathy Carr, Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, Glitter Gets Everywhere by Yvette Clark, Normal People by Sally Rooney
Brandie June (interview) Gold Spun 6/26/2021 A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair, Two Kingdoms by Kristy Cunning, Hazel and Gray by Nic Stone

MAD Blurbs

My guests are given a brief blurb about their favorite books, but I have taken out key information and replaced it with [noun], [adjective], [character], and [verb].


Lisa RIddiough (interview)Elvis and The World as it Stands10/22/20216
Halli Gomez (interview)List of Ten1/22/20225
Soman Chainani (interview)Beasts & Beauty: Dangerous Tales9/18/20213
Jessica Speer (interview)BFF or NRF8/16/20213
  1. Objects
  2. Fairy Tales
  3. Mind Mapping

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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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