Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Out With the In Crowd by Stephanie Morrill - Giveaway!

Today I am featuring the new YA novel by Stephanie Morrill, Out with the In Crowd. If you leave a comment I will put you in the drawing for a copy of this book.

Here's a little bit about the book:
Skylar finds that while she vowed to change her partying ways, it’s not so easy to change her friends. She’s trying hard to live a new life, but her old one is constantly staring her in the face. Add to that two parents battling for her loyalty, a younger sister struggling with a crisis pregnancy, and a new boyfriend wishing for more of her time, and Skylar feels like she can’t win.

About the author: Stephanie Morrill is a twentysomething living in Kansas with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband and their daughter. She loves writing for teens because her high school years greatly impacted her adult life. That, and it's an excuse to keep playing her music really, really loud.

Interview with Stephanie:

1. What's your favorite part of the story?

One of my favorite aspects of this story is Skylar wrestling with how much she should be willing to give up for her high school boyfriend, with whom she believes she has a future. My husband and I met and fell in love our freshman year of high school, so it’s an issue really close to my heart.

2. What was your favorite part to write?

I loved writing scenes with Skylar’s younger sister, Abbie, who’s pregnant. There’s so much emotion and conflict swirling around her that every scene with her naturally came to life.

3. What’s something you wish people understood about being a writer?

That it’s a lot of investment, both with time and money. I spent 8 years pursuing publication, so I’ll have to sell many, many more books before I “break even.”

4. What do you like most about writing for teenagers?

Their enthusiasm. I’ve never written for adults, so I’m not sure what that’s like, but I love the fan e-mails I receive. They’re full of exclamation points and stories about how late they stayed up on a school night to finish one of my books. A lot of the girls have questions that are really fun to answer (Will Skylar and Connor stay together? What’s going to happen with Abbie’s baby?). I think those e-mails make me a better writer. They help me to see what’s hitting home and what gets my audience excited.

5. Where can readers find you and find out more about you and your books?
I blog daily, and you can also read the first chapters of both Me, Just Different and Out with the In Crowd. With books, there’s no reason to buy it before you try it!

Thanks so much for having me, Melanie!

Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie, and for giving away a copy of your book!

Remember to leave a comment if you would like to win this book!


Stephanie said...

Thank you so much for having me, Melanie! I'm eager for YOUR book to come out, so I can have you on my blog as well!

Emii said...

Awesome interview! :) I've heard & a lot about this book now, so I can't WAIT to read it!


Adele said...

Great interview! Having known Stephanie during those High School years I can see it all! Thanks for a great first book for my nieces (and me) and I'm looking forward to the second!

Sami said...

Totally awesome interview! This book looks so good. Looks like one to be put on the favorites list. :D

Deborah said...

My daughter would love this book! I would love to win it for her! Please enter me in the drawing! dleathers36(at)yahoo(dot)com

Robin Johns Grant said...

Fun interview. I'll be hosting Stephanie myself week after next. I'll have to think up some good interview questions!

Brenda said...

Hey Melanie! I stumbled onto your blog through seeing you on Jenny V's facebook page.... wow- you have a book coming out! That's great! I can't wait. This book that you reviewed here sounds like a great one for my oldest. :-)

How are you???
Brenda Newman

Cherie J said...

Wonderful interview! Would love to read this book. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!


Martha A. said...

It is always great to have more good YA books around! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

Janna said...

I would love to win this book - I got book #1 for my daughter at ACFW conference this year... we need this one now!

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Linda said...

I have several nieces I could share this with. Please enter me.

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