Today is an exciting day. Do you know why? I'm thinking you might be able to wager a guess based on the above cover, but I'll tell you anyway. Today author Tammara Webber is stopping by the blog as part of the promotional tour for her New Adult novel, Easy; a book that absolutely blew me away. I loved everything about this book, and while I haven't written a review for it, it has my highest recommendation and I hope anyone that hasn't given it a try adds it to their list immediately! Tammara was nice enough to answer a few questions for me, and thanks to the amazing people at Penguin I also have a giveaway for you at the bottom of the interview.
If Lucas was to sketch something that depicts who you are as a person without drawing your actual facial features, what might his portrait of you look like?
This is really cryptic question! Hmm. I think he’d draw something featuring water – depending on my mood at the time – a river, lake, pond… birdbath? LOL. I’m a Pisces girl, very much a water sign - and in no part of my life does that show up more intensely than my creative writing. I think if he was going to depict me without using physical features, Lucas would be perceptive enough to discern that part of my personality, and he would sketch something water-based.
Like me, you are a huge fan of books with happy endings. What novel has your all-time favorite ending?
Where She Went (Gayle Forman). It zinged me all the way through and made me swoon and cry at the same time. As much of a sucker for HEA as I am – it was a powerful end to their story that it just melted me emotionally.
What one aspect of the writing, marketing, publishing process has been the most challenging or surprising to you?
I had no idea how much “not noveling” I would have to do. I’ve never done much, promotionally, but I do interact with readers. It shouldn’t be surprising that the more readers I have, the more interacting I’m doing… but I guess I never expected to have so many that the interaction time would exceed the writing time, if I let it. If I’m going to write, I have to withdraw and submerge in the story. I don’t toggle between writing and social networking well.
What one piece of music might Jacqueline choose as an appropriate reflection of her emotional journey through Easy?
Jacqueline would undoubtedly choose something from Esperanza Spalding – I Know You Know, possibly. But I think Erin would choose Kelly Clarkson’s What Doesn’t Kill You for J. We seldom see our own brave fight and personal heroism, while those close to us may witness it very clearly. Jacqueline could be knocked down, but she got back up, every time – and every time, she came up stronger.
If you could give the Tammara Webber who just opened up a blank document to start writing Easy one piece of advice regarding the ride she was about to get on, what would you say?
I wouldn’t. It was better that I didn’t know – from the emotional drain of writing this particular story to the shocking (to me) success of it. I wrote Easy because I had to write it. If I’d known what was coming, I might have been too freaked out to do it.
Thanks so much for stopping by Tammara! More information on Tammara and Easy can be found here:
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The blog tour for Easy has just kicked off this week, so in order to not miss out on all the fabulous reviews, interviews and giveaways to come, be sure and check out the full schedule at Tammara's site. Next up is a stop at Total Bookaholic tomorrow!
Thanks to Penguin and Tammara I have one paperback copy of Easy to give away on the blog today. YAY! To enter, please just leave a comment on this post with a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. Giveaway is open to US residents only and will run through midnight on Friday, November 9th after which time a winner will be chosen and emailed. Good luck everyone!
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.