Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Author Interview: Miranda Kenneally author of Catching Jordan

Miranda Kenneally is the author of CATCHING JORDAN, a contemporary YA novel about football, femininity, and hot boys, coming from Sourcebooks Fire in late 2011. She enjoys reading and writing young adult literature, and loves Star Trek, music, sports, Mexican food, Twitter, coffee, and her husband. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook. Miranda is represented by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency.

First off, Thank you so much for stopping by The Crazy Bookworm

Describe yourself in 3 words

Hungry, Thirsty, Organized

Your list of '25 things' is great! But do you think you could squeeze in one more thing we may not know about you?

No matter what I'm doing, if Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012 or the Twilight movies come on TV, I have to stop to watch.

What came first for Catching Jordan: The character's story or the idea for the novel?

The idea for the book came first. I was bored at jury duty one day and just started writing!

What was the best/hardest part about writing Catching Jordan?

Jordan's relationship with her father is a mess, and a big part of this book is them learning to compromise and meet in the middle on different issues. Getting them to compromise in an organic way was very hard and required lots of different scenes.

If Catching Jordan came to the big screen who would you like to see play Jordan Woods?

Blake Lively. She's gorgeous and tall and confident!

Did you come across any challenges during the writing process?

Making Jordan a tomboy and a jock while making her relateable to girls was insanely hard. I hope I pulled it off!

What is 'A day in the life of Miranda Kenneally' like?

Wake up at 6:00a.m.

Lounge in bed until 7:00a.m.

Take shower and get dressed

TWITTER, email, Facebook, Goodreads

Arrive at work (US Department of State) at 8:05a.m.

Check email and gossip with coworkers for 10-15 minutes

TWITTER, email

Find $1.86 for coffee from Starbucks in the basement

Go to way too many meetings and do too much work

Gossip with coworkers (Gossip is very crucial to diplomacy)

TWITTER, email

Drink at least one more cup of coffee and/or two Diet Cokes

TWITTER, email

Go home at 5:30p.m.

Find something for dinner

Hang out with husband

Spend the rest of the night writing, reading, gossiping online


If you could invite 5 people(dead or alive, fact or fiction) to dinner, who would you invite?

John Lennon (so we can sing together)

Sarah Dessen (so I can learn something)

Simone Elkeles (she's hilarious)

Po from GRACELING (for eye candy)

The creators of South Park (can they count as one person?)

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

a wireless signal.

When your not reading or writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Eating Mexican food, drinking coffee, and walking.

2011 has been such a great year for books! What books are you looking forward to reading?

I'm very much looking forward to BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore, BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotwood, DITCHED by Robin Mellom, PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry, AUDITION by Stasia Ward Kehoe, and LOVE AND LEFTOVERS by Sarah Tregay.

I just finished reading MY BEATING TEENAGE HEART by CK Kelly Martin and adored it. Also, I can't wait for a new contemporary from Melina Marchetta.

Crazy Quiz

Favourite childhood book?


Favourite film?

Star Wars!

Twilight or Harry potter?

Why can't I have both?!

What's one guilty pleasure you have?

Animal crackers

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

After a freak copying machine accident, I'd have the ability to make copies of anything!
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