As part of The Month of Men blog tour, today, I bring to you an interview with the wonderful Jennifer Echols. You lucky USers have read her books before us but now Echols's Forget You and Going too Far have finally been released in the UK along with Such a Rush to be released in a month or so.
Exciting right? Enough talk, here's the interview!
Tell me five things that you love about writing books aimed at New Adults?
Wow, only five? I'll try. 1) The characters are on the cusp of adulthood, but are often still controlled by their parents physically or mentally or both, and that makes for some fascinating tension. 2) Characters that age begin to be put in stressful situations, positions of great responsibility, that they might not be mature enough to handle. More tension! 3) The decisions characters make at this age really are going to affect the rest of their lives. That's a lot of pressure. 4) It's no wonder that people, no matter what their age, look to their late teens and early twenties as the time of their lives. This age group is full of creativity and energy, which makes it lots of fun to read about. 5) Mix all that together, add a nail-biting romance, and you've got a great book! What's not to love?
Which character, from any of your books, has been the most entertaining to write?
Leah from Such a Rush was a real challenge. I love a challenge! She has grown up in poverty, without a steady parent or role model for most of her life, but she possesses a great deal of self-worth and dignity. I had to explore very deep to figure out where her perspective on life comes from, but I honestly think this book is some of my best work—and I got there with the help of a fantastic editor.
How do you make sure the element of love is different and fresh in each of your books?
I centre each plot around a romance because that's what I enjoy reading. But the romance evolves naturally out of the characters and the setting, and since those elements are pretty wildly different in each of my books, the romance is too.
Do you prefer the bad boy or a good guy?
I've written the good guy (Johnafter in Going Too Far), the bad boy (Doug in Forget You), and the bad boy turned good guy (Grayson in Such a Rush), so it's hard to choose! I tend to prefer the type of guy I'm writing right that second. I'm very loyal. :)
Is writing something you have always wanted to do as a career?
It's certainly something I've always been interested in. My grandmother was an unpublished writer, and I credit her with my confidence that I could do this too. It never occurred to me that I couldn't. However, in school I was also interested in art and music. In fact, when I first went to college, my major was music composition. But I quickly decided I wanted to be a novelist and switched my major to English, and I never looked back.
What YA books are in your reading pile?
Soon I'm speaking on a panel at a librarians' conference in Texas with John Corey Whaley, Sherri L. Smith, and Ruta Sepetys, and I've got their latest on my shelf. But...speaking of Texas...I just finished and absolutely loved Rosemary Clement-Moore's fun paranormal SPIRIT AND DUST, a follow-up to TEXAS GOTHIC.
An enormous thank you to Jennifer for the interview! I am so happy to have one of my all time favourite authors on my blog! I love her books! I've read both of the books shown above including Such a Rush, Endless Summer, Love Story and The One that I want. I adore them and I'm sure you guys will too, so up pick Echol's books. Trust me, you won't regret it. At most, you'd want to buy all her books ;D
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week bloggers all over the blogosphere create a top ten list based on that week's theme. This weeks theme is our Top Ten Favourite Books I read before I was a Blogger
In my Childhood days
Arthur High King of Britain by Michael Morpogo
Mary Kate and Ashley books by various authors
then came my teenage self
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
Mates Dates series by Cathy Hopkins
Harry Potter by J K Rowling
until vampires become the new hot and in
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Evernight series by Claudia Gray
The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
Letterbox Love is a weekly meme hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking. It is the UK alternative to IMM, where we get to showcase all the great books we've received during the week!
For Review Requiem by Lauren Oliver OMG is This Actually my Life by Rae Earl Feed by M T Anderson The Sleeping Baobab Tree by Paula Leyden Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones Flip by Martyn Bedford Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Got some ah-mazing books don't you think?
What did you get in you letterbox? Make sure to leave your links in the comments so I can stop by your post :)
I'm sure readers, or more especially bloggers have thought of writing at least once. Writing a story, words that you can bring to life so that others can cherish. I have. I've thought about writing quite often throughout my blogging period. Especially whilst I am reading.
As its only when I read that I find sometimes, there are certain things that really stand out to me. These are the things, I 'd want to include If I were to be a writer one day, someday.
At first, I was thinking of making this a single post and list all the elements I would want to include in my kind of book. Though, the list got too long and then I found it was better doing separate posts. So I might probably make it a weekly thing so...
If I Were to Become a Writer...
I would want to write words with meaning. Words that a reader would hold close and remember. Words with depth. I would want to write like this...
My first inspiration.
To this date, I have only read a single book by John Green. Saying that the first book I did read The Fault in our Stars was enough to instantly mark all his books as complete must reads. And, it was in that particular book where I read this quote and it instantly held a place in my heart and was constantly at my minds edge. Beautiful, is it not? It's amazing. really amazing how John Green cleverly worded his thoughts with comparisons and feeling in the best way possible. I want to be able to write words as beautiful as this. And, there are many more passages in the book in which I also adored but none shone out like this one.
What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever read a quote or even a passage which really struck out to you? Let me know of some of your favourites and why! Also, I would really appreciate to let me know if you would like this to be a regular feature, in the comments please!
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