Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington. This tour is being hosted by The Heart of a Book Blogger. I’ve recently posted my review of this book (loved it). So today I will be sharing an interview with Jessica and there will be a giveaway.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Release Date: April 9, 2019
Published by: Tor Teen/Macmillan
Indie Bound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250187338
Two teenagers discover how an unexpected turn of fate can bring new love to heal old wounds in Jessica Pennington’s stunning, romantic YA novel When Summer Ends.
Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?
Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.
Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. A serial entrepreneur with a B.A. in public relations, Jessica has a passion for grassroots marketing. She lives in a Michigan beach town, where she owns more YA novels than many teens and spends most of her time on a laptop, rather than on a beach.
Interview with Jessica:
Thank you for visiting today. Can you tell the readers a little about yourself and your books?
Thanks so much for having me on the blog! I’m the author of When Summer Ends and Love Songs & Other Lies; I’m semi-obsessed with all things penguin, live in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in my books, and if I’m awake and there’s no music playing, the power must be out at my house.
Which book was harder to write? When Summer Ends of Love Songs and Other Lies?
ABSOLUTELY When Summer Ends! Once you publish a book, writing the next is so different. I’m not sure what exactly it is, but there’s a level of self-doubt that just wasn’t there before. I’ve heard this from so many authors, but it still surprised me. Love Songs & Other Lies just flowed out of me, and When Summer Ends often felt like ripping my own organs out one by one. Of course, writing a novel is probably similar to childbirth, and I’ve just forgotten how hard it was to write Love Songs. But regardless, When Summer Ends was my first time writing on deadline and my first time writing as a mom, so it was just a different experience overall. But at the end of it, I think all of the stress just made me that much more proud of this book.
Was River Depot based off a real business?
Yes, it’s based on a place I love called Riverside Canoes, in the town where my family has vacationed every summer since I was ten. I’ve always thought it was such a cool place, and the river there is one of my favorite places, so I was really excited to use it as a setting.
I liked that you included a vision disability. Was this something you had experience with or was it all research?
Aiden’s eye condition and vision loss is based on my own, which I (like Aiden) was diagnosed with in high school. Most of what Aiden goes through vision-wise is based on my own personal experiences, though I did do research to make sure those experiences could be considered ‘normal’ for the condition.
What is your writing process like?
It changes for every book, but usually it goes something like this: I spend a month or two mulling over an idea, and just letting it grow in my head, and spill out onto paper in the form of notes. I usually have a note on my phone where I jot down random thoughts. Then, I’ll write a one page “pitch” for myself, which is sort of like what you’d find on the back of a book—not a ton of detail, just the setup, the inciting incident that changes everything, and some hints at what the major problems are. At that point, I’ll usually send it to my agent to see what she thinks. If she loves it as much as I do, then I go from there and start drafting! I usually fly through the first quarter of a draft, and then the middle is a total slog over a few months. I leave lots of gaps, and if I’m not sure what happens along the way I just keep moving forward. Then I go back and fill everything in. How fast everything happens usually depends on if I’m on deadline, but I definitely work best under pressure.
Can you recommend some books you would want everyone to read?
A few books I love and am always shouting about are The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman, Nothing Left To Burn by Heather Ezell, and Fake It Til You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen (which isn’t out until May).
Thank you so much for answering my questions, Jessica!
2 finished copies of When Summer Ends with swag
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Thank you all for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy When Summer Ends!