|Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted on October 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
So this is fun! As part of the 2014 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt, I got to interview one of my favorite YA authors, the awesome Janet Gurtler! I love Janet's book, and I especially loved Morgan's story in #16thingsithoughtweretrue. Check it out!
Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue
When Morgan's mom gets sick, it's hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn't as far away as she thought...
Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue
Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan's getting to know the real Adam, and he's actually pretty sweet...in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?
5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue
With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She's not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend...and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can't imagine living without.
A Rita Award Finalist and Crystal Kite Award Finalist, Janet Gurtler's young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Janet lives in Okotoks Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, and a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce.
So let's get this interview started!
Morgan has a superstition that if she doesn’t get 5,000 Twitter followers, something bad will happen. Are you superstitious? If so, what is one of your superstitions?
I hate to admit it, but I am very superstitious. About stupid things. I will not walk under a ladder, ever. And I don’t like black cats crossing my path.
Morgan is addicted to her phone and her followers, and her friends point it out repeatedly. How addicted are you to technology and social media? Do you ever take “screen breaks,” and, if so, how often and for how long?
I am super addicted though I don’t use Twitter as often as I do Facebook and Instagram these days. I flip through social media throughout the day when I’m writing. So almost every day. It can be “very” distracting and time sucking. As for “screen breaks”, I usually am off the grid so to speak when I am on my summer holidays in the mountains. I may get mini check ins but we don’t have internet at our cabin, which is a good thing even though we all hate it.
Do you think we, as a society, have lost our balance between real-life relationships and the relationships found on social media? If so, what do you think is the reason behind this?
Well I personally do love on line relationships as long as they don’t become the “sole” way of communicating with the world. I think my message in 16 Things was that online relationships are great, but you need real world people too. Have we lost our balance? Well that’s a tough question. As an oldie, I didn’t have on line relationships as a teen. I honestly think they would have added to my life in that stage. Perhaps the risk is for people who tend to be more introverted, but also it’s kind of a blessing for introverts as well. Interaction from the comfort of our own homes. That said, we as a society are so connected to our phones that it is kind of scary. The reasons, technology itself I guess? We are a rapidly changing society with increasing demands for instant gratification. Social media feeds that need.
Do you have any tips for breaking the social media addiction?
No. But I wish I did. I’m an addictive person by nature. My way of dealing with addiction is cold turkey, (that’s how I quit smoking and drinking hundreds of years ago) I love social media too much to do that. I know lots of writers who can turn off the internet when they’re writing but I am not one of them.
You tweet (@JanetGurtler). Do you have a hashtag that you use often?
I love your title, and Morgan’s hashtag: #thingsithoughtweretrue. Tell us one thing that is definitely true about:
1. This book.
My editors actually came up with the title. I am bad at titles.
2. Your life.
Things haven’t turned out the way I thought they would. The good news is, they’ve turned out better. Being a published author, a mom, a wife. Those are my true blessings and I didn’t really expect any of them to come true.
3. Being a published author.
It’s true that it is all kinds of cool to walk into a book store and see your books included on the shelf.
You’ve written lots of awesome books. As you know, I’m a huge fan. Give us some #hashtag descriptions of each one.
Well thanks for that. I myself am a huge Jennifer Brown fan!!! True story!!!
Okay. Here goes.
I’M NOT HER- #cancer #sisters #guilt
IF I TELL #secrets #identity #findingtruth
WHO I KISSED #swimming #death #recovering
HOW I LOST YOU #bestfriends #breakups #paintball
THE TRUTH ABOUT US #lies #love #differences
Anything else you want to share with us?
As a special bonus, I’d like to offer everyone here a first look at my April 2015 release called, THE TRUTH ABOUT US.
Awesome! I love that cover! Thanks for sharing it with us!
I’m also doing a draw for a signed copy of 16 THINGS I THOUGHT WERE TRUE and a fun t-shirt “Read Books, Not Shirts”. This is a rafflecopter draw and is open for US and Canada only. Draw will close on November 1st. Winner will be notified by email. Thanks for entering!! Good luck!
|Posted on October 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
It's been a few years since I've gone to NCTE, and you guys I am so excited to be coming back! If you're planning to be there, come see me!
I'll be signing copies of TORN AWAY at the Little, Brown booth on Friday, November 21st at 3:00 PM
I'll be on the "Connecting Science and Math Concepts with Children’s and YA Lit in a CCSS World" panel from 9:30 - 12:15 on Saturday, November 22nd
I'll be signing LIFE ON MARS at the Bloomsbury booth on Saturday, November 22nd at 12:30 PM
I can't wait to see you there!
|Posted on August 5, 2014 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
Exciting news! My first middle grade novel, LIFE ON MARS, comes out today!
Here's the beautiful cover:
And here's a little bit about the book:
Twelve-year-old Arcturus Betelgeuse Chambers comes from a family of stargazers and his quest to find life on other planets is unstoppable.
But when Arty’s family announces they’re moving to Las Vegas, the City of Lights threatens to put an end to his stargazing dreams forever—especially when he has to stay with his scary next door neighbor while his parents look for a house. As it turns out, “Mr. Death” isn’t terrifying at all—he’s actually Cash Maddox, a bonafide astronaut! But when Cash falls ill, will Arty find the courage to complete his mission by himself? And might he actually prove, once and for all, that there is life on Mars?
For fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic and Jack Gantos’s Dead End in Norvelt comes a heartwarming story of true friendship—earthly or otherwise.
|Posted on June 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
It's always great to wake up to news like this. YALSA's 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination list is out...and TORN AWAY is on it! Woot! Thanks, YALSA!
|Posted on December 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM||comments (1)|
You may have noticed me hinting that I was working on a novella over the past several months. I've even hinted that it might have something to do with HATE LIST. Well, here is the official announcement and...cover reveal!
SAY SOMETHING comes out in e-format January 7th, 2014!
David Judy knows what it's like to be bullied. Shy and gentle, with a soft voice and "a girl's name for a last name," he is a prime target. Thankfully, there's one girl David feels at ease with -- Valerie, the girl who's been dating his neighbor and sometimes-friend, Nick. Valerie is kind to David and pulls him into their circle of outcast friends, where he finally feels like he (sort of) belongs. So when David starts to suspect that Nick and his friend Jeremy are planning a revenge plot against their tormentors, he wrestles with whether or not to tell someone. By the time he finally works up the courage to say something...it's too late.
David tries to put what he knows behind him -- to forget and move on -- but that's hard to to do as senior year starts and he watches his old friend, Valerie, struggle in a deep, dark place of guilt and confusion. It's time to speak up. David may not be able to end bullying, but by standing up, he might just make a difference. And that's what matters.
|Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
So I just found out that THOUSAND WORDS got a spot on the 2014 Tayshas Reading List! Woohoo! Thank you so much, Texas librarians, for all the love and support you've given me throughout the years, and especially for reading and recognizing THOUSAND WORDS!
Check out the LBSchool Tumblr page for my official video thank-you:
|Posted on October 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
I am frequently blown away by awesome things teachers do with my books. But this one is so beyond awesome, I just have to share it. Steven Ward, a teacher in Ohio, sent me the following note and photo:
I wanted to send you a picture of a class project our students did for Hate List.
It is a peace tree where students were able to place a thumb print in ink as a symbol of a leaf on the tree and sign it.
It is meant to symbolize the togetherness and the thought that all of us together can make our school better. They pledged to stand together to try to eliminate the demeaning segregation that happens in high school.
Thank you for the inspiration!
I mean, come on! Awesome, right?! Thank you, Mr. Ward! And thank you, Mr. Ward's students, for reading, and being inspired by, Hate List!
|Posted on October 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
Seems like I have been waiting for this conference foreeeever, and now it's finally almost here! Just in time for anti-bullying month, come join me, and a whole bunch of amazing authors, at the Less Than Three conference, a YA Lit/Anti-bullying conference designed to rally against bullying. TICKET SALES END ON SATURDAY, so get yours now!
What: Less Than Three Conference
Where: Saint Charles City-County Library District's Spencer Road Branch
When: Saturday, Oct. 19th, 8AM - 6:30PM
Why: Because bullying sucks and being part of the solution is awesome.
See you there!
|Posted on September 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM||comments (2)|
And they are beautiful! What do you think of the cover? I'm in love!