Next up on Fearless Fifteeners’ YA Q&A is author, Shannon Grogan, whose creepy awesome debut, FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU, is out on August 4th! We’ve got a bio and book blurb at the end of the post but first, crazy questions!
BW: You wake up one morning and, OMG, you’re invisible. What’s the first thing you do with your new ability?
SG: I go mess with the people I don’t like, naturally. Nothing dangerous, just enough to make them think they are losing it.
BW: Yes! Love the way you think. *high five* Sadly though, your parents aren’t too happy with your change. What fictional character do you ask to help you get out of the bind, and how do they “fix” you?
SG: Maybe one of the Ghostbusters. Venkman? Or maybe Ray (Dan Akroyd)
BW: Back to normal, you arrive at school and literally crash into your crush. He/she asks you why you’re shaken up. What do you tell him/her?
SG: I think I might have died this morning so he better make a move while he still has a chance.
BW: Good plan! Nothing like a near-death experience to get the ‘ole hormones pumping. BUT, he isn’t convinced you’re telling the truth — after all, it’s a pretty far fetched story. He suggests going somewhere to talk about it more. Where’s this dream date taking place?
SG: Definitely on a beach somewhere. Or maybe Starbucks.
BW: It might not be true love yet, but there is a Happily Ever After in your near future. As a Fearless Fifteener, your debut is out this year. Tell us about your book in 140 characters or less
SG: 16 yo Kara thinks winning a national baking contest will help her escape her holy roller mom, her sister’s ghost, and her stalker.
BW: Awww, yeah! Lots of intriguing elements there! And here’s the full scoop:
Sixteen-year-old Kara McKinley is about to realize her dream of becoming a professional baker. Beautifully designed and piped, her cookies are masterpieces, but also her ticket out of rainy Seattle—if she wins the upcoming national baking competition and its scholarship prize to culinary school in California. Kara can no longer stand the home where her family lived, laughed, and ultimately imploded after her mean-spirited big sister Kellen died in a drowning accident. Kara’s dad has since fled, and her mom has turned from a high-powered attorney into a nutty holy-rolling Christian fundamentalist peddling “Soul Soup” in the family café. All Kara has left are memories of better times.
But the past holds many secrets, and they come to light as Kara faces a secret terror. Someone is leaving her handwritten notes. Someone who knows exactly where she is and what’s she’s doing. As they lead her to piece together the events that preceded Kellen’s terrible, life-changing betrayal years before, she starts to catch glimpses of her dead sister: an unwelcome ghost in filthy Ugg boots. If Kara doesn’t figure out who her stalker is, and soon, she could lose everything. Her chance of escape. The boy she’s beginning to love and trust. Even her life.
Shannon Grogan is a second grade teacher who writes at night (and while her kids are at ballet and baseball) in a small logging town east of Seattle. When she isn’t writing, she’s baking, reading, watching scary movies, and wishing she were at the beach. You can find out more about her online at www.shannongrogan.com
More details about FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU:
|Becky Wallace is the author of THE KEEPERS’ CHRONICLES: THE STORYSPINNER, a magical adventure in which a case of mistaken identity exposes a young performer to a danger she could have never imagined and a secret her father died to protect. It will be available from Simon & Schuster in March 2015. When Becky’s not writing, she’s baking cupcakes and teaching her kids ’90s dance moves.