Sunday, January 21, 2018

Interview With Jessica Pennington!

I'm happy to present an interview with Jessica Pennington! Ms. Pennington is the author of the YA book Love Song & Other Lies, which releases April 24th!

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.

1. Would you please describe your debut book, Love Songs & Other Lies, in seven words?

First love, second chances, music, secrets & swoon

2. Because of the title of your book, I have to ask: What's your favorite song?

That's sort of like asking me to pick my favorite child, but I'll try! Currently, my favorite song is Perfect by Ed Sheeran, because it's painfully sweet and romantic. I even added it to the spotify playlist for Love Songs & Other Lies, because it fits so perfectly with one of the scenes! End Game by Taylor Swift is a very close second. But honestly, I'm a huge music lover, so I have a new favorite song every few months. I don't think I could pick a lifetime favorite song, I love so many!

I love both of these songs a lot! :)

3. Random question! What's your favorite flower?

You would not think this was random at all if you knew that in addition to being a wedding planner, I'm also a floral designer! I love garden favorite is probably Free Spirit which is a gorgeous pinky-peach color with frilly edges. Google at your own risk...all other roses will seem plain and boring after you check it out! 

I just looked it up, and it is beautiful! :)

4. What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

I'm currently drafting book 2 (Untitled, 2019) so it would probably be something about stock-piling lots of books before you publish your first, so you don't have to write on a deadline! But also, to keep going, and to not put your worth as a writer into the hands of agents or editors or readers. If you love to write, just write, and everything else will be the frosting on top!

Fantastic advice! :)

5. What are some books you're looking forward to reading in 2018? And if you've already read some '18 books, which books have you loved?

For debuts, I've read quite a few ARCs and I absolutely adored Heather Ezell's Nothing Left to Burn, which comes out in March and is a really beautiful, atmospheric book that perfectly encapsulates toxic love, and dynamic friendships, and family relationships. I also read an ARC of Katy Upperman's The Impossibility of Us, which is out in the summer. It's a contemporary romance set in a beach town (which is always a winner for me) and it's deep and beautiful, and both heartbreaking and hopeful. I read it a few weeks ago and I'm still thinking about it! 

Thank you so much to Ms. Pennington for participating in this event! :)

Author bio: Jessica Pennington is a young adult author and professional romantic. When she's not writing kissing books, you can find her planning swoon-worthy events as a professional wedding planner and floral designer. Her debut novel, LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES, will be published April 24, 2018 by Tor Teen/Macmillan. Jessica lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, where she spends more time on her laptop than on the beach! Follow her on twitter @jessnpennington and IG @jessicapennington
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