Thursday, December 12, 2013

Celebrating Debutantes 2013: Sarah Guillory (Interview + Giveaway)

She's one of Spencer Hills Contemporary's debut author! Learn more about the author of Reclaimed, Sarah Guillory!

Sarah Guillory

1. What do you feel about the number '13'?

I'm actually quite ambivalent about that number normally. I'm not superstitious, so don't have either lucky or unlucky numbers. But considering my novel debuted in 2013, I like it just fine.

2. What's the best thing that happened after your book was published?

The book JUST released, but so far the reader reactions are the best. I've received fan letters, which are great, and just today a 60+ year-old man who doesn' t normally read young adult told me he loved RECLAIMED and read it faster than most books he reads. That was really great to hear.

3. How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?

My husband and I went to the bookstore and took pictures of me next to RECLAIMED. Seeing my book on a shelf in the store was really the best feeling ever. Then we had a nice dinner. My release day was amazing because of all the support I received from students, teachers, friends, and family. There was lots of celebrating on Twitter as well. The launch party and first book signing was on Saturday of release week, and it was a blast. They sold out of books before the event even started, which made me feel badly for all those who came and weren't able to take a book home, but their support and excitement were amazing. I feel very lucky to have had such a great release week.

4. Do you read reviews of your book?

I have read a few early reviews of RECLAIMED and was pleased to see that it resonates with readers. I will be trying to follow veteran authors' advice and steering clear of most reviews. I know receiving negative ones will sting, and it's not like I can fix the problems they are talking about, so it won't be productive. I'm writing a new book right now, and I'm sure that's going to keep me plenty busy.

5. What is your best or most unforgettable moment with a fan?

I've received two "fan" letters so far - an actual letter and an email. It's an incredible feeling to hear that my words and characters resonate with readers. 

6. Was there any book/s from other debut author of 2013 that you loved?

The number of 2013 books on my TBR list is absurd, and I unfortunately haven't made it to any of the debuts yet. 2013 books I loved that aren't from debut authors: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I've been reading a lot of contemp lately, but I'm trying to play catch-up from last year's TBR list. :) 

7. Are you interested in writing in a different genre or for a different audience?

Never say never. The ms I just finished is a historical/contemp mash-up, and I'm working on a secret book right now that is different from anything I've written before. We'll see how that turns out. :) But so far all of my stories are YA. I love reading and writing in that genre because of the possibility, the on-the-edge-of-everything feel of adolescence. Also, teens are the best readers. :)

8. Share us one embarrassing moment you've had.

The older I get, the harder it is to embarrass me. Once in junior high I walked into a pole because I was talking to a friend instead of looking where I was going.  

9. Favorite color? Blue
Favorite movie? Tombstone
Favorite ice cream flavor? Vanilla
Favorite song? That depends on my mood! Today, "Welcome Home" by Radical Face.
Ultimate celebrity crush (dead or alive)? Robert Redford

10. What's next for you?

Lots of writing, I hope. :)


More about Sarah!

I live in Louisiana with my adorable husband and equally adorable but ridiculously spoiled bloodhound.  I run marathons in order to stay at least partially sane.  I love fall and football and rain.  And books.  Have I mentioned that I am ridiculously addicted to books?

Find her: Website * Blog * Tumblr * Twitter * Goodreads

by Sarah Guillory

Published October 15th 2013 by Spencer Hill Contemp

Blurb (Goodreads):
Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two. 

All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She's determined she'll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn't tainted by her family's past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.

Ian McAlister doesn't want to start over; he wants to remember.

Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.

The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.

Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian's memory return.

Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.

The Escapist

Head over to Oops! I Read A Book Again for debut author Imogen Howson!

Yesterday: Justina Ireland (Vengeance Bound) and Corey Ann Haydu (OCD Love Story)
Tomorrow: Margaux Froley (Escape Theory) and Jessica Verdi (My Life After Now)

Calling YA/NA/MG debut authors of 2014! Want to join us on this fun event? Fill out this form! Don't forget to spread the word with your debuting friends!

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