Monday, June 27, 2011

Author Spotlight: Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama--a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written six young adult novels for Simon & Schuster, including Major Crush, which won the National Reader's Choice Award, and Going Too Far, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Reader's Choice Award, and the Book Buyer's Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Her next romantic drama, Love Story, will be in stores on July 19, and her romantic comedy Double Date will be published on December 20, with two more romantic dramas forthcoming in 2012 and 2013. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.
*Love Story(Coming in july!) *Forget you * Going to far *Endless Summer
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First off, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by The Crazy Bookworm!

Cathy, I really appreciate the invitation. Thanks for having me on your blog.

Tell us 5 random things about yourself

I’m very short (5’2”). I am happiest sitting outside in extreme heat. I love to draw and paint although I’m bad at it. My cat follows me around like a dog. I don’t go to the spa or even the nail salon because I don’t like strangers touching me.

I know you must get this question all the time, but where does your inspiration come for your books?

Usually I have one glimmer of an idea that has been rolling around in my head for years before I ever turn it into a book.

If you could have dinner with any one of your book characters, who would it be and why?

I would love to go to dinner with Hunter from Love Story, because that would be a fancy, expensive dinner in New York, and he would be a perfect gentleman.

What comes first: The idea for the book, or the characters story?

I have an idea, and the characters have to be a certain way in order to make the idea work.

What is 'A day in the life of Jennifer Echols' like?

I usually get up at 4:30 a.m. to write. Around 7:30 I go for a jog. Now that it’s summer, my son is home from school, so I’m taking him to swim team practice and entertaining him for a good part of the day, but at some point I get more writing done.

Do you have any writing must haves(ie: music, food, etc)

I sit outside and listen to my iPod. Each book has its own soundtrack.

Finish this sentence 'I can't live without..."


Aside from reading and writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I have gotten addicted to running. I ran my first half marathon last spring, on a NASCAR track. It was loads of fun. In the summer there are no long runs to train for, so, much as I love the heat, I’m looking forward to the fall running season.

What is the best/hardest part of writing a book?

The best part is just sitting down to write it every day. The hardest part is coming up with how the story is going to work. I am miserable during that stage, and I just got through it for my work in progress. The writing should be easy from here on out!

2011 has marked itself as an amazing year for books! What books are you looking forward to reading this year?

My husband gave me a Kindle for Christmas, and the first book I bought for it was Throat by R. A. Nelson. Then my husband stole my Kindle to take on business trips. I gave him a Kindle for Father’s Day so I could have mine back, and I’m eager to finally read that book! Also, Rosemary Clement-Moore’s paranormal romantic comedy Texas Gothic is coming out the week before Love Story. I can’t wait. Both these authors are automatic buys for me because I have adored their previous novels.

Thank you, Jennifer! It was a pleasure having you!

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  1. Cool interview! I love Jennifer Echols and Love Story has been my favorite so far. I agree with her, I would also like to have dinner with Hunter!

  2. Oh wow 4.30am!!
    I would love to be getting up at that time and then jogging.
    I love heat but as soon as we get it in England l moan! (Typical British l believe)
    Thanks for this interview =)

  3. Thanks for the author Q&A! It was fun to learn more about Jennifer Echols... she's one of my fave contemp authors! :)


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