Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Nina was beautiful, wild, and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But, one day, Nina disappeared. Two years later, everyone has given up home that Nina will return, but Ellie knows her sister is out there. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. Then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing. Determined to find Nina, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she’s got a chance—her hot, adventurous new crush. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn’t planning on. Like love. Lies. And the most shocking thing of all: the truth.
Lynn Weingarten spends a lot of time writing in coffee shops while occasionally reading strangers’ laptops over their shoulders. In the past she has been a book editor, a barista, a counter girl at a bakery in Ireland, a waitress at a bar, and a seller of tiny homemade clay animals. She lives in New York City. Wherever Nina Lies was her first novel. Please visit her online at www.lynnweingarten.com.
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- The concept of Wherever Nina Lies still has me confounded. How did it come to you? Did you plot it that way or was it revealed as you wrote the book?
LW: The whole idea came about in kind of a backwards way. Scholastic and I were talking about me possibly writing a book for them and they mentioned wanting to do a YA novel with pictures/drawings. And so I tried to come up with a plot for which pictures would be a natural fit. I wrote a pretty detailed outline and by the time I started writing I knew all the big story beats, although most of the smaller beats and all of the details I made up as I went along.
- Did you know where your characters were going to be like going into the book? Or did they come to you?
- What is your writing process like? Outline/Free flow?
LW: It definitely varies according to the project, and I think I’m still figuring out what works best for me, but at this point I basically like to have a detailed enough outline so that I know where the story is going and I know that the plot has a definite arc/things are moving forward, etc, but at the same time, I like to leave enough room in the outline so that the writing process doesn’t end up feeling like putting together a set of Ikea shelves.
- How many drafts did you go through? When did you actually finish the book?
- How much of the book was fiction and how much was true? Were there parts that you took from your personal life or that of someone you knew?
LW: When my mom was sixteen she really did pretend to be French for a summer. That’s the one part of the book I took directly from real life. There are characters that have traits in common with people I know/have known and I’ve had various experiences that are kind of similar to a few things in the book, but overall it’s definitely mostly fiction.
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Until next time,
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Until she has a car accident that she can’t remember. She should have been with her boyfriend that night, but he doesn’t seem to know anything about the accident—and he doesn’t seem to care. The person who does care, and knows more than he’s telling, is Doug, Zoey’s darkly handsome arch-enemy who saved her from the wreckage. As Zoey begins to piece together what happened that night, she finds her sense of control over her life was only an illusion. And she inches closer to discovering the darkest secret of all: why Doug has fallen in love with her.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
|Waiting on Wednesday: Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols|
Lori should have known better than to date a pirate.
|After finally getting together and going out on their first real date, only Lori and Adam could manage to fall asleep—and wake up seven hours past Lori’s curfew. Their parents forbid them to see each other. So Lori takes it upon herself to date boys scarier than Adam until her dad gives in.|
|But Adam won’t play along. He’s afraid Lori might fall for these scary boys. And when she goes out with the scariest boy of all—Adam’s own brother and her ex-crush—even the threat of being sent away to military school can’t keep Adam from swashbuckling his way back into Lori’s heart.|
|Can this forbidden love stay afloat, or will it sink in the watery deep?|
WHAT IS UP WITH THE COVER? Why are there sooo many covers that I love lately. (Not that its a bad thing! There's just so many books that I want to read. And so little time).
I am 4597349064796734896748% sure I will read this book when it comes out!
Pirates? Bad guys? Heck yeah! I'm so there! You don't need to ask me twice! ;)
Release date: May 25, 2010
Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster
Until next time,
Monday, February 1, 2010
She's still in charge of the Empire Suite in her family's hotel, but she's now also Mrs. Amberson's assistant, running around town for her star client, Chelsea - a Broadway star Scarlett's age with a knack for making her feel insignificant.
Scarlett's also trying to juggle sophomore year classes, her lab partner who is being just a little TOO nice, and getting over the boy who broke her heart.
In the midst of all this, her parents drop a bombshell that threatens to change her New York life forever...