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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And check me out at my blogs at www.yawriters.blogspot.com and www.yafresh.blogspot.com, where we do lots of book giveaways!
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 :)
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