Jessica from Reviews Abound and Cal from Read Books and Live Green have put together an amazing event for you you guys, and I'm so happy to be a part of it. If you would like to learn more about what "What's in the Snow?" is, you can go to Jessica's post. She explains it much better than I do. :)
For my post, I was given the opportunity to interview Robin Constantine, the author of The Promise of Amazing!
Before you read on, you're going to need my clue:
Clue #8: Which country celebrates Christmas on January 7th?
Publication date: December 31st, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.
Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.
One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.
First, sum up The Promise of Amazing using only one sentence.
Boy chokes at a wedding, girl saves boy’s life, and after a series of complications along the way, they figure out they are perfect for each other.
Unconditionally – Katy Perry
I like this because it’s about accepting a person for who they are, flaws and all.
Grayson was probably the most difficult. His chapters were very visceral and angry in the first draft. I had to flesh them out and tone them down a lot. I also wasn’t sure I could pull off a male perspective – my critique group helped me with that.
Judy Blume because her books were the first to really speak to me. She writes such relatable characters.
Marcus Zusak – I love his work. I also heard an editor who worked with him speak at a writing conference and she said that he tries to put something special for the reader on each page, that no scene is inconsequential to him, and that kind of stuck with me. Whenever I feel like I’m going to gloss over something in my writing, I really do think of that. Kind of like What Would Marcus Do?
Anne Lamott – Bird by Bird is my go-to book when I get overwhelmed with the process. It’s like having a portable mentor.
I love to read, cycle, watch movies, go for walks and spend time with my family.
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