Today kicks off the second week of the promotional blog tour for Swell, a contemporary young adult novel by Julie Rieman Duck. Julie is joining me on the blog today to talk a little bit about what life was like for her as a teenager, and how those experiences influenced her writing. Welcome to Supernatural Snark Julie!
People ask me where I come up with the ideas for my books. The first place I look – and have always looked – is my heart. See, in there you will find the secrets of my past when I was a young adult.
It was a magical time, because I had autonomy and was allowed to decide things for myself to some extent. While my parents weren’t strict with me (in fact, I was never grounded, restricted, or held back in any way and I know you’re jealous), I did have a few rules, like come home by midnight.
Looking back, I think that was about it, which would have been enough if I hadn’t had my heart shattered like ice crystal glass by the guy Christian Rusch is based on.
There is something about heartbreak and rebellion with teenage girls. We are so full of hope for the perfect love, the perfect look, the acceptance of our peers and ability to be grown-up. When these things are shot to hell by that cute guy who flirts with you, gets whatever he wants from you, and then leaves you, you can bet it matches the worst case of PMS devastation known to mankind. I think girls go nuts. We either cover our hearts with a shield and hide from the world, or we do what I did – pretend we were tough and covered our fears with something. In my case, it was alcohol.
Oh, I drank when I could. Pimping beer wasn’t always easy, but looking back it gave me great and truthful insight into what Beck does in SWELL. I wanted to hide so bad from my pain, and I am sorry to say I used alcohol to do it. Not everyone went my route, though. A girlfriend who went through something similar decided to sleep with every guy she met, which is on par with drinking as being dangerous for a young girl’s health. In any case, turning to something destructive usually results in destruction of the individual.
What were the consequences of drinking to hide my teenage heartbreak? Bad grades, bad decisions (like being all alone on the beach in the middle of the night, drunk and being followed by a strange man), and a loss of self. Who was I? Doing what I did certainly wasn’t the way to find out. But because I had a solid foundation before I messed up, I found my way out of the darkness eventually and went to college (and toward good grades, Dean’s List, decent boyfriend, et cetera).
The meaning of all this prattling (and I do love the word prattle) is that if you are young and life deals you a majorly big lemon, you might not have lemonade right away. Just stick a few of the seeds in the ground and sooner or later they’ll grow for you. One of them might even produce a book!
Thanks so much for stopping by Julie! More information on Julie and Swell can be found here:
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When Christian Rusch plucks Beck Ionesco from the freshman ranks for himself, she’s tempted with parties, popularity, and love. But as the free-flowing booze that soaks his world seeps into her own, Beck begins using liquid courage as a way to ignore Christian’s dark moods… and cover her anxiety about his flirtatious friend Hillman.
However, when Christian breaks up with Beck, and Hillman makes a dangerous move, no amount of alcohol can stop the pain or keep her out of trouble. And just when it seems like she’s lost everything, Beck is partnered with Jesse Leary for an art project. After spending time with him, Beck realizes it’s more than a study date… and Christian’s not happy about it. Then again, Beck’s not sure she’s happy with him, either.
But only after plowing through a bottle of wine, a wild fight, and one guardrail that becomes Christian’s last call, does Beck admit to her problem and ask for help from the one whose life secretly parallels her own.
GIVEAWAYThanks to CBB Book Promotions, I have a very cool giveaway to share with you today, see all the details below, and don't forget to check out the full blog tour schedule HERE so you can check out all the fun upcoming reviews, interviews, and guest posts still to come. Good luck everyone!
This is a tour wide giveaway and ends 12/18/12.
One person will win:
(Open to US only)
- Paperback of Swell by Julie Rieman Duck
- Paperback of A Place in This Life by Julie Rieman Duck
One other winner will win:
- 1 ebook of Swell by Julie Rieman Duck
- 1 ebook of A Place in This Life by Julie Rieman Duck
- 1 ebook of The Joy and Torture of Joshua James
- 1 ebook of Earrings of Ixtumea by Kim Baccellia
- 1 ebook of Cornerstone by Misty Provencher
- 1 ebook (kindle) of There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack
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