Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Yay For Middle Grade Books! Interview With Allison Gutknecht

Today on the blog I'm pleased to present an interview with Allison Gutknecht! Ms. Gutknecht is the author of multiple MG books, including Spring Break Mistake, and the upcoming Sing Like Nobody's Listening.

Here we go!

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

1. Would you please describe your book, Spring Break Mistake, in seven words?
Snapshot of Friendship in an NYC Frame

2. The book takes place in NYC. If someone were to visit NYC for the first time, where are three places you think they should definitely make time to go to?
I've lived in New York for almost a dozen years, yet I've still never been to many of the major tourist hubs, including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty! It's for this reason that I wanted many of the landmarks featured in Spring Break Mistake to be a bit off the beaten path, though the girls do still venture to plenty of places found in NYC guidebooks. Of their destinations, my favorites are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hudson River Walk, and the Central Park carousel. And though Times Square drives me batty, it's worth plowing through the chaos if it means getting to a Broadway show!

I would love to visit those places! :)

3. Random question! If you could travel to anyplace in the world, where would you most want to visit at the moment?

Like Avalon in Spring Break Mistake, I'm not a huge fan of leaving home for long stretches of time, so I much prefer weekend getaways. I still haven't been to Savannah, New Orleans, or anywhere in Texas, so those are currently three priority destinations for a long weekend.

4. If you're able to talk about it, what are you working on now?
My next MG novel, Sing Like Nobody's Listening (Because Nobody Is) comes out in December. It revolves around the creation of a middle school a cappella group, where voices blend together and fracture apart as the characters' loyalties are formed and then broken.

This sounds so good! :)

5. What are some of your favorite Middle Grade Books?
For me, nothing will ever replace The Baby-Sitters Club. They were my favorite stories throughout my middle grade years, and they remain so to this day. Plus, I adopted my cat, Folly, from Ann M. Martin, who was fostering her litter, and I swear Folly knows how to read based on where she spent the first nine weeks of her life!

The love The Baby-Sitters Club books! :)

And thank you to Ms. Gutknecht for participating in this event! :)

Author bio: Allison Gutknecht is the author of six books for young readers. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she earned her master’s degree in Children’s Media and Literature from NYU. Allison grew up in Voorhees, NJ, and now lives in New York City.

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