Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Author Interview: Tina Ferraro

I'm very excited to host my very first author interview. Thanks to Tina Ferraro, author of The ABC's of Kissing Boys, Top Ten Uses For An Unworn Prom Dress, and How To Hook a Hottie, for donating her time!

What are some of your favorite books?

I love a variety of genres and authors, but favorite young adult books include A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

How did you come up with the idea for The ABC's of Kissing Boys?

Well, I'd had an idea about how horrible it would be to have your whole JV team promoted to varsity without you...and the title struck me while I was watching a local parade...so my problem was mostly how to connect the two.  Then I got the idea for a kissing booth, and then a sports fair...and the book was off and running.
If you could choose any theme song for The ABC's of Kissing Boys what would it be and why?

My daughter just told me that Kanye West has a song called "Heartless," and of course, that's what Parker calls her coach, so while I have not heard it, I'm going to say that.

If you could speak to any writer, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Stephen King.  Not for his horror element, but his ability to create such realistic characters who make the reader feel.  Plus, I hear he's a humble guy, and in this day and age of big celebrity egos, I find that refreshing.

Describe your typical day work day as an author.

No two days are the same, but often my days starts and ends with e-mail and Facebook, and the writing is sandwiched in the quieter moments in between.

What can your readers look forward to next?

My agent is currently shopping a book called Half-Life, and while it is set in contemporary times and is humorous like my other three books, this one's got some paranormal and deeply emotional elements, too.  I am hopeful that editors and readers will feel as strongly about it as I do!

Would you like to add anything?
I love hearing from readers!  Please find me on Facebook or write to me at admin@tinaferraro.com. And check me out at my blogs at www.yawriters.blogspot.com and www.yafresh.blogspot.com, where we do lots of book giveaways!

Thanks, Sara!

P.S. Have you heard about the mudslides in California?  I live in that area and keep getting evacuated from my house...in fact...I am on alert right now.  So if I suddenly don't respond, that's why, okay?  I don't always have internet access.

Thanks again to Tina Ferraro for a wonderful interview! I can't wait to read more of her work :)


Christina T said...

Congratulations on getting your first author interview Sara. Great interview. I am looking forward to reading Tina Ferraro's books.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Awesome first interview, Sara! I really want to read the ABCs of Kissing Boys, and Half-Life sounds great. I'll definitely have to watch out for it! :)

Emidy said...

Great first interview, congrats! I haven't read any books from this author but I'll keep an eye out in the future!

Une Parole

Morgan said...

I loved the ABC's of kissing boys and really look forward to her next one.

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks for featuring me and my books, Sara, and how cool that I was your first author interview!

Anonymous said...

Very great interview! I have to read this book. It sounds like a very fun and cute read. :)

Texan Teen said...

Congratulations on your interview! That was awesome, I really enjoyed it so much!!!!