The Space Between Q&A with the Author
Where did the idea for The Space Between come from?
Why did you have Jace’s brother commit suicide? Why not a close friend?
Jace is the middle sibling in his family. Is there really such a thing as Middle Child Syndrome, or did you invent that for your story?
To be honest, I thought I was inventing it. I’m a middle child, and I know what it’s like to get lost in the space between older and younger siblings. My older sister was a phenomenal student who graduated at the top of her class (me, not so much), and my younger brother had a number of medical problems in the first few years of his life, so it was easy to get overlooked sometimes. I’m not criticizing my parents when I say this because it’s hard to give every child equal attention, especially if some require more than others. But as I was creating the story in my head, I thought about my own teenage years, and I decided this was a detail that might make readers empathize with Jace, so I gave it a name—Middle Child Syndrome. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it actually exists.