Saturday, January 25, 2020

2020 Debut Author Interviews Wrap Up!


Hi, everyone! The 2020 Debut Author interviews are now over! I had so much fun hosting the event again this year! All of the authors are absolutely wonderful people, and I hope you all are now looking forward to their books! I'm going to link to all the interviews below, that way if you missed any of them, you can go check the posts out!

I want to again say thank you so much to all the authors, for participating in this event and for letting me interview them! They are all fantastic people, and I hope you're looking forward to all of their books!

And thank you so much to everyone who read the posts, commented, tweeted, or in any way supported this event! You all are awesome!

Now onto the recap! :)













I hope you enjoyed this event, and look forward to the 2021 Debut Author Interviews! Have a great day! :)

Friday, January 24, 2020

Interview With Lorien Lawrence, author of The Fright Watch #1: The Stitchers!


Today is the last day of interviews! Tomorrow I'll be posting the wrap up post! But for today, I am happy to present an interview with Lorien Lawrence, author of The Fright Watch #1: The Stitchers, which releases this year!

The bold font are the questions I asked, the regular font are her answers, and the bold italic font are my comments about her answers.

Would you please describe your book, THE STITCHERS, in seven words?
Spooky, suspenseful, heartfelt, authentic, funny, sweet, atmospheric.  

THE STITCHERS is the first book in a series. What was the inspiration for this series?
I had just moved back to my hometown, which happens to have a lot of spooky New England folklore. One night my husband and I were walking our dogs around this pond. We had just had a hurricane and the area looked extra ominous with all of the broken branches everywhere. I immediately needed to write about it!

Random Question! What’s your favorite candy?
I've recently gotten into watermelon Sour Patch, but I also love Haribo gummy bears.

Haribo gummy bears are really good! :)

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
KEEP GOING! You're going to get a lot of rejections. The important thing is to think of this process as a craft that takes time and practice - there is no quick fix or race to the finish line. Publishing is slow. Along the way, try to learn from each rejection and make your writing better. 

Excellent advice! :)

What are some books you’re looking forward to reading in 2020? And if you’ve already read some ‘20 books, would you like to mention them?
SO many good ones are coming out in 2020! I have read and loved Janae Marks' FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON, Shannon Doleski's MARY UNDERWATER, and Tanya Guerrero's HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE SEA. Seriously, though, there are so many great ones. If you check out https://roaring20sdebut.com/ you will see tons of great books debuting soon! 

There are a lot of good books releasing this year! :)

Thank you to Lorien Lawrence for participating in this event, and for letting me interview her! :)


Author bio: Lorien Lawrence graduated with creative writing degrees from Wheaton College and Bath Spa University in England. After college, she lived abroad in the UK for a few years, before returning stateside and becoming a middle school English teacher. On weekends you can often find her exploring New England haunts with her family, gathering more inspiration for her novels.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Interview With Jennifer Gruenke, author of Of Silver and Shadow!



Today I'm pleased to present an interview with Jennifer Gruenke, author of Of Silver and Shadow, which releases May 26th!

Here's the interview!

The bold font are the questions I asked, the regular font are her answers, and the bold italic font are my comments about her answers.

Would you please describe your book, Of Silver and Shadow, in seven words?
Characters banter while trying not to die.

It sounds good! :)

What was the inspiration for this book? 
This was the second book I finished. It followed a not very good sci-fi that was never going to go anywhere. It took me a while to come to my senses, but once I did, I thought to myself, "what if I took the premise of my first book and put it into a fantasy world instead?" Thus, Of Silver and Shadow was born. It's changed a ton since then, and you'd no longer be able to see the similarities between the two, but that first book was the genesis of this story.

Random Question! Do you listen to music while you write?
Short answer: sometimes. Long answer: I often like to write in silence, but in public places I have to plug in headphones and turn up the volume. I have multitasking issues and get distracted easily, so I can't focus on the words if there are conversations going on around me. For this reason, I can also only listen to instrumental music while writing.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Find your people! I would not be making it through this industry with my sanity intact if not for my writing group (shoutout to the Guillotine Queens). They'll be your trusted eyes when you're looking for critique, your cheerleaders when you need a pep talk, a sounding board when you're stuck on a scene, a guide to help you through the business, and much, much more.

Good advice! :)

What are some books you’re looking forward to reading in 2020? And if you’ve already read some ‘20 books, would you like to mention them?
I've already read Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson and In the Shadow of the Sun by EM Castellan, both of which I enjoyed immensely and would recommend to anyone. I'm looking forward to so many 2020 books, but just to name a few: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, Glitch Kingdom by Sheena Boekweg, All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban, and The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson.

2020 is a really good year for books! :)

Thank you to Jennifer Gruenke for participating in this event, and for letting me interview her! :)


Author bio: Jennifer Gruenke is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, where she studied communication and writing. She grew up among the redwoods of Northern California, and now lives in Charlotte with her books and the houseplants she hasn't killed yet. If she's not writing or reading, you're most likely to find her in a cafe, music venue, or the aisles of Trader Joe's.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Interview With Lisa Katzenberger, author of National Regular Average Ordinary Day!



Today I'm happy to present an interview with Lisa Katzenberger, author of National Regular Average Ordinary Day, which releases June 23rd!

Here's the interview!

The bold font are the questions I asked, the regular font are her answers, and the bold italic font are my comments about her answers.

Would you please describe your book, National Regular Average Ordinary Day, in seven words?
 A boy learns to celebrate the ordinary.

In the book, Peter creates his own holiday. If you could create your own holiday, what would it be?
National Be Lazy and No One Will Judge You (Not Even Yourself) Day! I like to stay busy, so I always have a few books or freelance projects in the works, and then kids, house stuff, some sliver of a social life. Balancing it all is hard, and when I take time for self-care I feel so guilty! If I could have one day to do nothing and not feel bad about it, that would be a win for me!

I like this holiday! :)

Random Question! What’s your favorite TV show?
Right now my husband and I are binging Schitt’s Creek on Netflix! Love it so much!

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Treat learning to write just like learning a sport. You need to practice – a lot – and you will likely make a bunch of mistakes in the beginning. But your writing muscles will get stronger the more stories you produce. Keep practicing, surround yourself with supportive coaches, teammates, and cheerleaders. You won’t get yourself to the big game overnight, but you can learn a lot along the way as you train. And when you finally make it to the playoffs, all the bruises you earned along the way will be worth it!

Excellent advice! :)

What are some books you’re looking forward to reading in 2020? And if you’ve already read some ‘20 books, would you like to mention them?
There are so many great picture books coming out in 2020 that I can’t wait to read! Here are just a few! 

Extraordinary Ordinary Ella, Amber Hendricks
Two Biclyces in Beijing, Teresa Robeson
Two Dogs On A Trike, Gabi Synder
Lillybelle, A Damsel Not In Distress, Joana Pastro
Diabetes Doesn't Stop Maddie, Sarah Glenn Marsh
Dinosong, Tim McCanna
Jules vs The Ocean, Jessie Sima

These sound fun! :)

Thank you to Lisa Katzenberger for letting me interview her, and for participating in this event! :)


Author bioLisa Katzenberger has been creating stories since she was a kid. She loves to write books that make children laugh, escape, and dream. Lisa lives near Chicago with her husband and two children. Connect with her on twitter -- @FictionCity.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Interview With Emma Lord, author of Tweet Cute!



Today I'm happy to present an interview with Emma Lord, author of Tweet Cute, which releases today!

Here's the interview!

The bold font are the questions I asked, the regular font are her answers, and the bold italic font are my comments about her answers.

Would you please describe your book, Tweet Cute, in seven words? 
Yummy, cute, competitive, earnest, hopeful, current, sincere 

Reading Tweet Cute made me so hungry! There were so many good sounding desserts and grilled cheeses in the book. Were any of them based on food you’ve made in real-life?
Oh heck yes! Paige’s “sex positive brownies” were based on a beloved recipe that my sisters and I make at home — except we mix it up and do layers of Rolos, Reese’s, and Oreos between the cookie dough and brownie layers. The others were all ones I made up, but we made Monster Cake in real life, so a recipe is coming soon! 

Once a recipe releases, I definitely want to make Monster Cake! :)

Random Question! If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Oooh, love this question! I actually had a chance to do that out of the blue recently, a full week where I had airline miles saved and nowhere to be. I packed up and solo traveled to Edinburgh on my own, and had a lovely time visiting Harry Potter spots and Christmas markets and cafes and Loch Ness, eating my weight in “millionaire bars” (shortbread with caramel and chocolate), and hiking up green peaks. I think if I had another chance to go anywhere I wanted, though, I’d see where my friends want to go — I’m definitely into the idea of a group trip! 

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
I’d say the best piece of advice I could give is to write what your heart wants to write. Sometimes I was really down on myself as an author because all I really wanted to write was fan fic, and I thought it wouldn’t help my career — I felt super stalled during periods where I went down fandom rabbit holes. But it was always necessary in the end. It helped me explore tropes and storylines I loved best, and helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses all through my time as a writer. So my advice is to go where the writing winds blow — whether it’s a book idea you think will never sell, or a fan fic, or a short story about something that happened to you in line at the supermarket. Write whatever your fingers are most itching to write. 

That's excellent advice! :)

What are some books you’re looking forward to reading in 2020? And if you’ve already read some ‘20 books, would you like to mention them?
Oh my goodness, I’m obsessed with Hannah Capin’s FOUL IS FAIR and Sophie Gonzales’ ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED, and super excited to read Erin Hahn’s MORE THAN MAYBE and the new Hunger Games book from Suzanne Collins. It’s going to be a great year! 

I agree, it is going to be a great year! :)

Thank you to Emma Lord for letting me interview her, and for participating in this event! :)


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