Monday, December 23, 2013

What's in the Snow? An Interview with Robin Constantine!

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
Goodreads Description: 
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.

Pick a song that fits perfectly with your book or a specific scene/character inside it.

Unconditionally – Katy Perry
I like this because it’s about accepting a person for who they are, flaws and all.

Which character was the easiest for you to write? Which one was the most difficult?

The easiest character to write was Wren’s brother Josh! He just sort of strolled onto the page and his dialogue was effortless. He originally had a bigger role but his scenes didn’t move the story forward, so I needed to cut some of it out, but I loved his relationship with Wren.

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.

If you were to write a companion novel, which character from The Promise of Amazing would you focus on?

So happy you asked this question because I am writing a companion novel that focuses on Wren’s BFF Madison. It takes place a few months after The Promise of Amazing, so it’s a completely new set of circumstances and there will be a new boy…but that’s about all I can say right now. I could probably take any character in the book and flesh out their story!

If you were to write in a genre other than contemporary, what genre would you be interested in writing a book in?

Something paranormal. I’d love to write a ghost story, but it would have to be a humorous one – I like to sleep at night.

What other writers are your biggest inspiration?

This is tough because so many writers inspire me, but I’ll narrow it down:

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.

Do you have any writing quirks?

Tons. I talk to myself. I collect notebooks. I pace around or go into a cleaning frenzy if I can’t get a scene just right, somehow giving order to the external helps me figure things out. During the revision process I sleep with my work next to my bed.

Lastly, other than writing, what do you like to do?

I love to read, cycle, watch movies, go for walks and spend time with my family.

Thank you for answering my questions, Robin!

Thanks for hosting me, Kaitlin!!
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  1. Even though I haven't read The Promise of Amazing, I really enjoyed reading this interview. I feel like I have a better sense of what this book is about and now I want to read it. It was interesting to find out who inspired Robin Constantine, especially the influence Marcus Zusak has on her writing.

    Great interview!

    1. I really liked this interview, too! Robin's responses were great. :)

  2. I have seen reviews about this book piping up all around. Hope to read it soon :)

    Angel @ Spare Reads

  3. This cover is so bloody adorable I just love it!! I've been reading a lot of mixed reviews, but it hasn't dissuaded me from reading this one bit!

    1. I love the cover too. :) I hope you enjoy the book!

  4. I haven't heard much about this book but it seems really good! I'm adding this to my TBR for sure!

  5. Kaitlin! This is such a fantastic interview! I really enjoyed learning about Robin and the influences she had for the book! *phew* I'm not the only person who loves to talk to myself! either! That's a relief! Lol!
    Thanks once again for hosting such a fabulous post! We really appreciate it! (sorry for the extremely late comment on it though!)

    1. Hey, I comment back late, so it's all okay. :) Thanks for hosting this awesome event!

  6. Awesome interview! I haven't read Promise of Amazing yet, but it looks like a really cute read! I will definitely check this one out.


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