Tag: interview

Oct 13
{Interview+Giveaway} #WangsvstheWorld by @theJadeChang @hmhbooks

{Interview+Giveaway} #WangsvstheWorld by @theJadeChang @hmhbooks

Good morning Book Brief-ers! Today I am super excited to have author Jade Chang here to talk about her new book The Wangs vs. The World. You delve into so many different worlds in this book—there’s art, stand-up comedy, finance, beauty, style blogs…how did you research each one? And is there anything that connects them? I like the idea of a gleeful con, and to me that is an aspect of both the art world and the world of finance. Besides that, I also think that each one of these creative worlds involves a fine balance of art and artifice, of true effort and pure swagger, and I find both sides of that equation to be really interesting and worth examining. As for research, the answer is different for each one of the worlds! I probably had the most fun with comedy. Andrew, the middle child, is an aspiring stand-up and a true comedy nerd. I wrote two actual stand-up sets for Andrew, and I watched hours and hours of… Read more »

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Aug 31
{Interview+Giveaway} XODUS by @KJ_McPike

{Interview+Giveaway} XODUS by @KJ_McPike

Today, I have author K.J. McPike here to talk about the first book in her young adult Astralis series, Xodus. Book #1.5, Nemesis, released yesterday so be sure to check it out, and enter below for your chance to win ecopies for both Xodus and Nemesis! Thank you for being here K.J. 🙂 1) Describe XODUS in a tweet (140 characters or less) A girl discovers she can astral project and uses her ability to bargain with a questionable boy who claims he can find her missing mother. 2) Can you share something about Lali and Kai that we would be surprised to learn? Readers might be surprised to learn that Lali never snuck out or broke the rules (before XODUS, of course) because she was afraid that her younger siblings would think it was okay if she did, and she feared something bad would happen to them if they followed her bad example. I think readers would also be surprised to learn that Kai was bullied in middle school. That’s… Read more »

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Aug 07
{Interview+Giveaway} Clear to Lift by @Anne_A_Wilson @torbooks

{Interview+Giveaway} Clear to Lift by @Anne_A_Wilson @torbooks

Today, I am happy to have the author of Clear to Lift, Anne Wilson here to talk about her book and about her very exciting life! Welcome Anne 😉 Describe Clear to Lift in a tweet (140 characters or less) When a female search and rescue helicopter pilot is assigned to an anything-goes squadron, her rigid, rule-bound life takes a dramatic turn. What is something we would be surprised to learn about Alison and Will? Even though Alison flies dangerous search and rescue missions, she loves to do cross-stitching at night to wind down after a pressure-packed day. Will is always up for trying something new. When he’s not rescuing ice climbers on 13,000-foot peaks, he’s learning to play the trumpet.   Your character, Alison is a rule follower. Are you a rule follower as well? I used to be. I was always the teacher’s pet in elementary school. I did everything I was told and  obeyed the rules to a T. That continued for me into the military. But… Read more »

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Jul 09
{Exclusive Author Interview} A SEASON FOR FIREFLIES by @RebeccaMaizel @HarperTeen

{Exclusive Author Interview} A SEASON FOR FIREFLIES by @RebeccaMaizel @HarperTeen

I have my review of A SEASON FOR FIREFLIES coming soon, but until then I am very excited to have author Rebecca Maizel here today for an interview about the book.  1. Describe A SEASON FOR FIREFLIES in a tweet (140 characters or less) So I tried to do distill the story down to a tweet like 40x and realized that I absolutely suck at this. It’s like a puzzle – a brainteaser. My brain hurts! I hang my head in shame. A year ago, Penny Berne was the star of her high school’s theater department, surrounded by a group of misfit friends and falling in love for the first time. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, her new best friend is the most popular girl in school, and her first love, Wes, ignores her. Penny is revered and hated. Then, in a flash, a near-fatal lightning strike leaves Penny with no memory of the past year—or how she went from drama nerd to queen bee. 2. What is… Read more »

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Jun 27
{Interview+Giveaway} The Woman in the Photo by @AuthorMaryHogan

{Interview+Giveaway} The Woman in the Photo by @AuthorMaryHogan

What’s the story behind THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTO?  How did the book come to be? I first had the idea for this book 24 years ago! I’m not kidding. In 1992, my husband, actor Robert Hogan, was in an off-Broadway play called On the Bum, also starring Cynthia Nixon and Campbell Scott. The play was set in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, several years after the epic flood. The characters talked about a “lake in the sky” which piqued my curiosity. A few days later, I went to the library to read about such strange geography. That’s when I read the real story of the Johnstown disaster. Wow. I was blown away. What a great story! I held my breath for 24 years worrying that someone would write my book before I got a chance to. There are other books out there about the flood, but nothing like mine.  How did you conduct your research for the book?  Are any of the characters in the book inspired by real-life people? While on… Read more »

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Jun 11
{Interview+Giveaway} The Du Lac Chronicles by @MaryAnneYarde

{Interview+Giveaway} The Du Lac Chronicles by @MaryAnneYarde

“An evocative, timeless saga of love and betrayal” Tony Riches, author of The Tudor Trilogy  Amazon #1 Best Seller in Young Adult Medieval Fiction Today I have author of The Du Lac Chronicles, Mary Anne Yarde here to tell us a little bit about herself and her book! Check out the interview and then enter to win a copy of this post-Arthurian book for yourself! Where did you grow up? I lived in a small Somerset village surrounded by fields and woods. My parents owned a smallholding, so it was not unusual to find ducks in the bath or sheep wandering in and out of the kitchen! I remember when I was little, the school I went to had a ‘dress-up as a nursery rhyme character’ day – the obviously choice for me was Mary had a little lamb. I don’t think the teachers were that impressed when I turned up at school with a real lamb on the end of a lead! What were you like at school? I… Read more »

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Apr 26
{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Weekend with her Bachelor by @Jeannie_Moon

{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Weekend with her Bachelor by @Jeannie_Moon

Describe Weekend with her Bachelor in a tweet (140 characters or less) Brought together by a winning bid, Gavin & Ally have one weekend to see if old sparks can turn into new flames. What are your favorite kinds of books/tropes to read at the moment? I’m a sucker for second chance romances and give me a good secret baby story, and I’m a happy girl. Tell us something about a character from the book that we wouldn’t have known. The character of Vivi actually based on a real person, and author friend of mine, who is also named Vivi. She talks very fast and likes to keep people organized. What is the most fun part of the writing process for you? I love fleshing out characters. Building them from the ground up and making them breathe. After that I love revising, especially when I have feedback. If we had an author talent show, what would your talent be? I build amazing heroes. I’d totally win the event. Weekend with… Read more »

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Mar 23
{Interview+Giveaway} How to Get Your Heart Broken by Rose Fall @rosesarecool

{Interview+Giveaway} How to Get Your Heart Broken by Rose Fall @rosesarecool

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? It was fan fiction. It was about One Tree Hill which is still one of my favorite shows in the world. I used to write it by hand and then give it to one of my best friends to publish online, because we didn’t have internet at home. Medieval times… Who are your favorite authors? KIM HOLDEN! I’ve never before felt the way I did while reading Bright Side and Gus. It didn’t feel like reading a book, the devastation was so real. I feel like I came out of that a different person! I also love John Green, Lauren Oliver, Rainbow Rowell… What inspires you to get out of bed each day? One of the mottos I live by is a quote I read once: “Don’t take life too seriously; no one makes it out alive anyway.” My friends happen to think I have a pretty morbid sense of humor, but to me this idea is very liberating. It means… Read more »

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Mar 16
{Interview+Giveaway} Holding out for a Hero by Victoria Van Tiem @VVanTiem_author

{Interview+Giveaway} Holding out for a Hero by Victoria Van Tiem @VVanTiem_author

Today I have Victoria Van Tiem here, the author of the romantic comedy- Holding out for a Hero. This book has been getting rave reviews, and it looks hilarious, so check it out. I will put links for the book above the interview, and there is a giveaway below for an ecopy of Holding Out for a Hero. Good luck! (P.S. I know it is totally obvious, but my responses are in blue) ————————– Describe Holding Out for a Hero in a tweet. (140 characters or less) Libby survived the 80s. She wished she hadn’t. Holding out for a Hero – 80s fun with surprising depth. #80sIntervention – BookBriefs: #YES! What is a trend from the 80s that you would love to see come back? What is one that you are happy to leave behind? I still love gaucho pants and culottes. A more modern version in classic colors just came out again, so I was quick to grab a few because once they’re out of trend, they disappear and… Read more »

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Mar 11
{Interview+Giveaway} #FROSTEDCOWBOY by Charlene Ross @Rossgirl08

{Interview+Giveaway} #FROSTEDCOWBOY by Charlene Ross @Rossgirl08

Today I have Charlene Ross here, the author of Frosted Cowboys for an interview and giveaway. Be sure to check out Frosted Cowboys, available now! ————————— Describe Frosted Cowboy in a tweet. (140 characters or less) Snarky yet lovable heroine must start over after losing fiancé & job. Dating mishaps, career fumbles & hilarity ensue. #FROSTEDCOWBOY Tell us something about Laney that we would be surprised to learn? She is killer at karaoke. (After a few cocktails.) 3. What are some of your bookish pet peeves? Books that are not well-written, yet are wildly popular is definitely a pet peeve of mine. (Probably has much to do with jealousy.) J I also do not like books that are overly descriptive or use big words just to use big words. I’m not stupid. I know how to use a dictionary, but I have a pretty extensive vocabulary and if I have to look a word up because I’ve never heard of it and can’t figure out its meaning in the context… Read more »

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