Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Street Team ~ Interview with Margo Rabb!

Sunday Street Team is organized by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28. SST is a like a cross between a blog tour and street team for a couple different titles each month. As the title suggests, the posts go up on Sundays!.

The two featured SST authors and their books for this month are Margo Rabb (Kissing in America) and Corey Ann Haydu (Making Pretty). 

Title: Kissing in America
Author: Margo Rabb
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins

Goodreads Description: 
“Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting—not to be missed.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A hilarious, thought-provoking, wrenching, and joyful quest.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Authentic and complex…This is a smart teen's novel."—Booklist, starred review

Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb’s Kissing in America is “a wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence, and the inner lives of girls,” raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love). 

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love. 

In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.
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Hi Margo! Welcome to Reading is My Treasure.☺

First of all, what is one of your favorite quotes from Kissing in America?

My favorite quote is the last line of the book--it’s one of the only lines in the book that remained from the very first draft. (I would reprint it here, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet!)

I love road trip books! Can you give me hints as to some things Eva and Annie do and who they meet on their way to see Will?

They take the bus cross-country and stay with relatives and family friends along the way--they stop in Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, and Los Angeles. In Texas they meet cowboys and go to a rodeo, which was another one of my favorite parts to write. I lived in Austin for almost 7 years, and I loved going to the rodeo.

What are your road trip essentials?

One of my favorite things about a road trip is eating on the road. I just got a new app called Foodspotting that I love--it’s pictures of delicious food wherever you are. So I’m going to say having an Eating Plan (lots of snacks to eat, and an idea of where to stop and eat) is my #1 essential.

Besides writing, what do you like to do?

One of my favorite things to do is to walk around in a new city. We recently moved to the Philadelphia area and I love exploring everything here. Other favorite things besides writing are to travel, read, and eat a lot of chocolate.

Do you ever listen to music while writing or create playlists for your books?

I like quiet when I write, but I as I wrote Kissing in America, I did make a playlist for it, which I listened to when I went running. Sometimes while listening to the playlist I’d get new ideas for the plot and characters. One of my favorite songs on the playlist is “The Littlest Birds” by the Be Good Tanyas.

What is the best book you've read recently?

I just finished reading Edward Carey’s Lungdon, the third novel in his amazing Iremonger Trilogy, which will be out in November. It’s fantastic! I loved every page of it.

Lastly, tell me a random fact about yourself.

We have two orange cats who are one year old (they’re sisters): Marmalade Pumpkin Cookie and Ginger Peace Sign. They were named by my 5 and 8 year old. :)  They both like to sit on top of my laptop. If only I could train them to type.

Thank you for answering my questions!

Thank you! It was a pleasure!
xo Margo

Margo Rabb is the author of the novels Kissing in America and Cures for Heartbreak. Her essays, journalism, book reviews, and short stories have been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Slate, The Rumpus, Zoetrope: All-Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, One Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on NPR. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in the Atlantic fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. Margo grew up in Queens, New York, and has lived in Texas, Arizona, and the Midwest; she now lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and children.

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