THANK YOU to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting me participate in the Blog Tour for this adorable Middle Grade Contemporary The Secrets of a Fangirl by Erin Dionne! If you want to become a Blog Tour Host I’d definitely recommend them! They’ve been amazing to work with!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Secrets of a Fangirl
Author: Erin Dionne
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Sarah Anne loves lacrosse, and the MK Nightshade series that everyone was obsessed over in grade school. The problem is that she’s still obsessed, which is way too nerdy for a popular kid like her. So she hides her geekiness with a set of rules meant to keep her geek and jock selves separate.
Except when she’s offered a spot in a Nightshade fandom contest, where the winner gets to see the new movie premiere in LA. No one seems to think Sarah Anne can win, since she’s up against a pair of guys in high school–but the more she’s called a fake fan, the more determined she is to wipe the floor with her competition. As long as none of her friends or anyone at school knows what she’s doing.
Can she keep her geek identity a secret, win the contest, and manage to keep her friends even though she’s been living a lie? Sarah Anne is going to have to make some choices about what’s truly important to her and which rules she’s going to break to stay true to herself.
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The Clever Reader–
I’m so excited to be on your blog today! Thank you for having me.
What inspired you to write a story that includes sports and geekery?
I am a self-proclaimed geek who loves all things Star Wars and Marvel, so writing about a geek girl was a no-brainer for me. And although I never played a sport in school (I was in the marching band instead), I love watching sports. And lots of times people feel those two things can’t go together. So I wanted to write about a characters who also have that assumption—and bust it.
What is your favorite part about writing YA and MG novels?
Talking with readers is one thing I love about being a writer for tweens and teens. It energizes me when I get to speak with kids about the things they’re passionate about, what they’re doing in their life, and the ideas they have. In terms of the actual writing, I feel like there’s so many exciting stories to tell about the problems that kids can face—imagination can run wild! Adult problems are limited and boring, in my opinion! I’d much rather write stories for, and about, kids.
On your website you talk about using notebooks to help you brainstorm, how many notebooks do you have now?
Oh so many!! I have nine—no, wait—ten—for novels that I’ve written or ones that are in progress. And then I have a bunch of blank ones for “just in case”…even though every time I get a new idea I shop for a new notebook!
How many manuscripts did you submit before you got published?
I worked on, and submitted, the same book for seven years before I got published! That book got me my agent, but it didn’t sell. The second manuscript I wrote, which became Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies, was the one that got me published.
Do you have any pre-writing rituals?
I have to have my notebook with me, and before I dive in I reread the previous 500 words or so to get back into the story. Sometimes I’ll edit or tinker with that section before I write. A giant iced tea with lemon doesn’t hurt, either!
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading—and loving—Julie Berry’s Lovely War right now. It’s got romance, tension, wonderful characters and is basically about a fight Aphrodite and Hephestus—a fight that involves World War I! You should totally check it out.
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