Fearless Kurt is here to say that I am finally attending Ontario Teen Book Fest. And to be a part of the Ontario Teen Book Fest Blog Tour is also a big honor. I am hosting the author spotlight on Ms. Katie Finn. I am very happy to score an interview with her. But before everything else, let’s view the Book Fest first.
What: Ontario Teen Book Fest
When: March 21 (Saturday) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Colony High School, 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
The Ontario Teen Book Fest is a Free event. Tickets are NOT required. You will meet your favorite author and discover new favorites. The event will also be filled with book lovers like you. Books will be available for purchase on-site from Once Upon a Time Bookstore (http://www.shoponceuponatime.com). There will be shirts and posters available for purchase too.
Official Blog Tour Schedule
February 28th: Spotlight on Kasie West — Adventures of a Book Junkie
March 1st: Spotlight on Melissa Landers — What A Nerd Girl Says
March 2nd: Spotlight on Anna Carey — The Reader’s Antidote
March 3rd: Spotlight on Cecil Castellucci — Nite Lite Book Reviews
March 4th: Spotlight on Debra Driza — Read Now Sleep Later
March 5th: Spotlight on Katie Finn — Fearless Kurt Reads YA
March 6th: Spotlight on Claudia Gray — A Bookish Escape
March 7th: Spotlight on Shannon Messenger — People Like Books
March 8th: Spotlight on Lauren Miller — The Thousand Lives
March 9th: Spotlight on Elizabeth Ross — Kid Lit Frenzy
March 10th: Spotlight on Brad Gottfred — Recently Acquired Obsessions
March 11th: Spotlight on Sherri Smith — Movies, Shows and Books
March 12th: Spotlight on Mary Elizabeth Summer — What A Nerd Girl Says
March 13th: Spotlight on Jessica Khoury — The Consummate Reader
March 14th: Spotlight on Maurene Goo — The Windy Pages
March 15th: Spotlight on Catherine Linka — Read Now Sleep Later
March 16th: Spotlight on Jessica Brody — The Romance Bookie
March 17th: Spotlight on Gretchen McNeil — Movies, Shows and Books
March 18th: Spotlight on Aaron Hartzler — Fangirl Feeels
March 19th: Spotlight on Michelle Levy — The Consummate Reader
MS. KATIE FINN’s LATEST BOOK
Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets.
Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence.
Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don’t hold grudges forever. Do they?
Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she’s someone else. As though the summer wasn’t complicated enough already.
Filled with summer sun, boys, and friendships gone sour, Katie Finn’s first novel in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series sizzles and delights.
ABOUT MS. KATIE FINN
Katie Finn is the pen (and middle!) name of author Morgan Matson. She was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She has a brother, Jason, who is now a lawyer and who would like her to go on record as saying he is nothing like the brother characters in her books.
She attended Occidental College (not a dental school) and then The New School (actually very old) where she received her MFA in Writing for Children. She also received a second MFA (because, why not) in Writing for Film and Television from USC.
She is the author of the Top 8 trilogy – Top 8, What’s Your Status, and Unfriended. These books follow Madison MacDonald and her group of friends through Facebook-hacking mysteries, prom heists, and social-media vengeance plots.
She is also the author of the Broken Hearts & Revenge Trilogy. The first book in the series, Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Menddrops May 2014.
She has never plotted revenge on anyone (who didn’t deserve it). She lives in Los Angeles, with her dog Murphy, in a house she wishes was a lot closer to the beach. (Source: KatieFinn.com)
Q: When did you realize that you wanted to be a YA novelist?
A: I think I realized it much later than most writers – some YA writers know super early, like in high school! It was almost the end of college for me. I was working at Vroman’s, the indie bookstore in Pasadena, and I fell in love with YA literature. And then my senior year of college, I began experimenting with writing a novel – before that, I’d only written plays.
Q: Many readers consider your novels like a journey towards self-discovery, but as a writer, have you discovered something about yourself after seven published novels?
A: It’s absolutely fascinating to look back at your work, especially when you have a number of novels, because you can see the stuff you keep circling back to, again and again, even if you think you’re writing a totally different novel. You can learn so much about what you were fixated on – and what you were hungry for! (Pizza turns up as a major plot point in most of my books at some point.)
Q: If you could use a time-machine and meet your 15-year-old self, what advice would you give her?
A: What a great question! I’d tell her that the high school’s theater department will not, shockingly, end up being the most important thing in her life. That she should be nicer to her brother, and that she should seriously, seriously rethink those boot-cut jeans.
Q: How much significance does summer have in your life that it always ends up as the season you choose for the setting of your novels?
A: Well, only five of them! My first two Katie Finn novels take place during the school year.
I just really love writing books that take place during the summer! I loved summer, because it was a time where you could really change in a way you couldn’t during the school year. You were sometimes hanging out with different people, or trying on a different identity than the one you had during the year. I always had a lot of freedom during the summer, so it felt like I always had more adventures. And I also love the idea that you have this expanse of time – to change, or learn, or discover something. And I think three months is such a great time frame for a novel.
Q: Let’s talk about Ms. Katie Finn’s latest novel. Usually it is very easy to see who is right or wrong in revenge novels, but on Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend, it is very hard to choose whether to take Gemma’s or Hallie’s side. If you were Gemma’s and Hallie’s best friend, how would you handle their situation?
A: Oh, that’s great to hear! I worked really hard, writing these books, to try and present them as balanced – that in any moment, you could see both sides of the story. Their situation is fun to write about, because it’s one I could never imagine myself in that situation! I’m not a grudge holder or a revenge seeker! I’d probably tell them both to bury the hatchet and get over it – but that wouldn’t make for a very interesting book.
Q: You are a very big fan of Ms. Sarah Dessen. Who is your favorite Dessen couple and why?
A: Oh that’s such a hard question! I love them all, but I might love Macy and Wes the most. I love those characters so much (with Remy and Dexter coming in a close second).
Q: What can fans expect from Ms. Morgan Matson and Ms. Katie Finn this 2015?
A: The second book in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series comes out in May 2015! It’s called Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold. It picks up right after the end of book one, and it’s a ton of fun. I had a blast writing it.
Nothing new from Morgan Matson this year – but Since You’ve Been Gone is out in paperback in May, complete with lots of extras that weren’t in the hardcover!
To reach Ms. Katie Finn:
Her Website: http://www.katiefinn.com
Her Twitter: @KatieFinnWrites
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