Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer Lovin' 2.0, California, June 2014 and Good Reads giveaway

It's not long until I go on the Summer Lovin' 2.0 tour of California with fellow Simon and Schuster writers Sarah Ockler, Suzanne Young and Jody Casella. To celebrate I have set up a Good Reads giveaway of Infinite Sky. Just click the side bar to the right of this post.

And seeing as I'm going to be spending almost a week with Ockler, Young and Casella, I thought it might be good to get to know them a bit better. So, Jody Casella is first. Here she is, look!:

And here is her official bio: 

Jody Casella is a former high school English teacher with a degree in Creative Writing from Rhodes College and a Masters in English from the University of Memphis. Her first novel Thin Space, a paranormal YA mystery published by Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster, received a starred review from Kirkus. She lives with her husband and two teenagers in Columbus, Ohio.

Hiya Jody! Can you tell us about a typical day in the life of you?
Mostly my day is a long, painful battle with procrastination and self doubt, intermixed with frequent dog walkings. Every day I wake up planning to start my writing early, and every day after doing every possible other thing, I finally break down and begin my work. Usually around 2:00. 
What have you written so far?

Thin Space, a YA paranormal mystery about a teen boy grappling with his identical twin brother's death. (It's the sixth novel I've written and the first to be published.)

Congratulations on completing so many novels, and not giving up. Which authors inspire you?

Meg Rosoff, Courtney Summers, Laurie Halse Anderson, John Green, Maggie Stiefvater. On the adult side: Barbara Kingsolver and Richard Russo.

And do you plan your novels or make them up as you go along?

I make them up as I go, writing to figure out what the heck I am writing. This method of working, I've learned, requires multiple rewrites and outlining after the fact. I'm not sure I would recommend it.

I wouldn't recommend it either, but it's what I do too. Which book do you wish you had written? 

Funny that you ask. I just wrote a post about this for a group blog I contribute to called YA Outside the Lines.

And finally, what are you working on at the moment?

A rewrite of a rewrite of a rewrite. I THINK I have almost cracked the code on this one and don't want to jinx it by talking about it too much. I call it Greek Mythology Meets Environmental Disaster.

It sounds intriguing, and I hope that Jody is right about having cracked the code on it. First drafts are the worst... For those of you who might be able to make it, here are the tour dates again. Please come and see us:


Sunday, June 22 at 3:00PM

Mission Viejo Library
100 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Monday, June 23 at 7:00PM

Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
Suite 302
San Diego, CA 92111

Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00PM

Barnes & Noble
210 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210

Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30PM

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Thursday, June 26 at 6:00PM

Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Friday, June 27 at 7:00PM

Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025