This is it! My much anticipated 50 followers contest! As promised, since I've exceeded 75 followers, I've sweetened the deal. It's also MY BIRTHDAY TODAY and one of my favorite things is to give! So I'm totally stoked I get to share this day – and all its prizes and awesomeness - with you!
My dear friend and neighbor, Shelena Shorts, has joined us for an interview! I’m so excited to have her with us. She's the author of two YA fantasy/sci-fi books, THE PACE and its sequel (which was just released yesterday - yay for book birthdays!) THE BROKEN LAKE. Thanks for walking all the way across the cul-de-sac for this, Shelena!
Me: What made you decide to write YA? I mean, why not MG or even adult novels?
Shelena: I’ve taught 11th grade English for a long time and I’m always reading what they’re reading and ALWAYS thinking of ways I can entertain them, either through a non-boring lesson or a book. So it was natural. I wouldn’t ever have thought to write a book they couldn’t or wouldn’t read.
Me: So being a high school English teacher must really influence your writing then.
Shelena: Yes! Definitely. I try to think how teens like to think. I know they want to be challenged but not too much and they hate to be under challenged. That’s insulting and almost as bad as pushing them too hard. I keep all of that in mind when figuring out how the plot will unfold.
Me: Who would you say are your biggest influences, your favorite authors?
Shelena: Nicholas Sparks and Stephenie Meyer. I love Nicholas Sparks for his ability to write amazing love stories, and Stephenie Meyer for the way she creates characters people care about beyond the pages of the book.
Me: I know you did something a little different than most authors - you decided to take a risk and go with a small publisher instead. Why?
Shelena: Anyone who has written a book knows how hard it is to grab the attention of a large publishing house, including me! So I had a choice of 1. keep waiting for it to possibly never to arrive or 2. Choose my own path which would at least give people a chance to read it if they wanted to. So, for me, it was about giving it a chance.
Me: When we were both writing our manuscripts we talked about sequels. What made you decide to write one?
Shelena: Well I knew I was planning to eventually write a sequel because I had long term hopes for Sophie and Wes, but I had no plans of writing it so soon. I didn’t even know if people would like my idea of Wes or not, so I initially planned to wait and see what people thought. I started really writing The Broken Lake in September 2009, once I found out people wanted to read more. It definitely made me put my butt in gear, and it’s been non-stop ever since!
Me: It’s true. I've been stalking, I mean, reading the reviews on Goodreads and she's got a real following. Congratulations on your success and thanks so much for chatting with us today!
Shelena: Thanks Amie, I appreciate you having me!
Now for the giveaway part…..!!
Prize #1: Shelena has graciously agreed to give away signed copies of THE PACE and THE BROKEN LAKE (both books to one lucky winner) *squee* She’s also included some swag (2 Pace/Broken Lake bookmarks and 3 Pace pencils) *double squee*
Prize #2: A QUERY CRITIQUE by the fabulous Rose Cooper. Believe me, you WANT this! Rose is amazing at query critiques.
Prize #3: A signed copy of ANGEL STAR by Jennifer Murgia. Jennifer has attended lots of events and is receiving great reviews. Congrats Jennifer and thanks for including your book in my giveaway!
Prize #4: A FIRST CHAPTER CRITIQUE by yours truly! I’ve critted for Rose, and she’ll vouch for me that I’m pretty dang good at it. *crickets chirp* Um, right, Rose? :)
Prize #5: A hardcover copy of PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS (a gothic YA fantasy) by Michelle Zink.
And finally, Prize #6: Okay – so originally I was going to give away 2 pounds of my homemade triple chocolate fudge cookies (gourmet cookies that weigh ¼ pound each – they also happen to be Shelena’s favorite cookies) but I thought maybe you guys would think it was a tad weird to eat something homemade from someone you don’t know….so instead I’m going to include a bag of OREO’s (your choice of Mint, Regular or Double Stuff). Unless, of course, you'd prefer the homemade cookies, then I'd be happy to oblige. However, there is a disclosure: "Amie Borst is hereby released from all guilt because of any weight gain that you should incur from the consumption of said baked goods."
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Contest ends at midnight on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010. Winners will be drawn randomly and announced on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010.