Published by Merit Press
Published on January 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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When curvaceous Annalise Bradley’s scandalous freshman year hookup sparks the anger of her female classmates, three of them decide to get her back by "catfishing" her, creating a fake online profile of the perfect boy to toy with her affections.
Against her better nature, introverted Noelle Spiers, goes along with her friends’ plan, hoping to distract Annalise from dreamy Cooper Franklin, her lifelong crush who has fallen for Annalise instead.
As Annalise discovers she is being played and seeks revenge, Noelle increasingly regrets her role in the cruel hoax and tries to salvage their relationship.
Told in alternative perspectives, IDENTITY CRISIS covers romance, betrayal, and timeless friendship in the age of modern technology.
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?
First lines (in the voice of my main character) always just pop into my head — so much so that I get stubbornly wedded to them. But if I don’t have a first line, then I know I’m probably not ready to start writing the book. In IDENTITY CRISIS, I knew the first and last lines early on. All that was left was the middle!
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
The title always comes very quickly for me. My first book, an interfaith romantic comedy about a Jewish girl who falls for a Catholic boy, was called GOY CRAZY. If you “get” the joke, the title says it all. So far, I’ve been lucky and never had to change a title.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
Yes! Secret truth: When naming my villains, I get back at my childhood enemies by refiguring their names, and just hope they never notice. So far, it’s seemed to work.
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
I definitely plan what’s going to happen, but then sometimes, my characters surprise me. When they do, this is a good thing. It means they’ve come to life and now have a mind of their own.
Do you have a favorite place to write? Tell us about it!
I like to plot things out while I do laps in the pool. Then I come home and do an info dump into my laptop.
If you could use 3 words to describe your books, what would they be?
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
- See the pyramids
- Float in the Dead Sea
- Sail the Greek Isles
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Lobster. Luckily, I happen to live in a New England harbor town.
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
- Harry Potter series with my daughter.
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?
Yes. I’m a professional matchmaker. I edit a dating column for the Boston Globe, setting up singles on blind dates and trying to make a love match. I’m a die-hard romantic.
Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I can plan the perfect Disney World vacation.
THIS or THAT?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunset. I’m so not an early riser. This is probably a key I became a writer. Flexible hours!
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee, or I get a massive caffeine-withdrawal headache. I live right down the road from the very first Dunkin’ Donuts, so now I’m a convert.
Hot or Cold?
Hot. Always hot. I lived through Snowmegeddon in Boston last year. ‘Nuff said.
PC or Mac?
Mac. and iPhone. and iTouch. and iPad mini. We are a household bursting with Apple technology.
By Land, or by sea?
Sea. I live in a coastal town five minutes from the beach. You can even hop on a boat and commute to Boston.
Half-empty or Half-full?
Half-full. I’m definitely an optimist.
Autumn or Spring?
Spring. The one time a year my lilac tree blooms.
Summer or Winter?
Summer. Blueberry picking, kids at camp, town pool.
E-book or Print Book? (Preferred reading)
E-book, for reading on the go. Unless I’m in the bath. Or if it’s an author I know personally, and can score a signed copy.
IDENTITY CRISIS has part of a song’s lyrics in it. Come up with a SECOND VERSE for the rest of the song in order to enter the giveaway! (Song on the rafflecopter entry)
Leave your answer in the rafflecopter and in the comments section!
SONG: “INNER BEAUTY”
But a pretty face does not mean a pretty heart.
There’s just no inner beauty
Where is your inner beauty?
Without some inner beauty
You’re a perfect waste of time.
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