Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Author Interview + Book Giveaway: Cecilia Gray + Fall For You

Hey, everyone!! Today I have a very lovely surprise for you!! I've managed to snag a quick Q&A with the fabulous & hilarious Cecilia Gray, author of Fall For You!! Not only that, but she's giving away a digital version of the book to one lucky GrowingUpYA reader!! *SQUEE*

Here goes...

Synopsis (Goodreads): To say Lizzie and Dante are polar opposites is the understatement of the century. He's a snooty Exeter transfer with more money than Google. She's a driven study-a-holic barely keeping up with tuition. It's obvious that Dante thinks he's way too good for Lizzie. And Lizzie knows Dante is a snob with a gift for pushing her buttons.

But things are changing fast this year at the Academy. And when Lizzie's quest to stop those changes blows up in her face, taking her oldest friendship with it, she has nowhere else to turn but to Dante, with his killer blue eyes, his crazy-sexy smile, and his secrets... Secrets Lizzie can't seem to leave alone, no matter how hard she tries...


1. Twook! (Tweet your book): Describe FALL FOR YOU in 140 characters or less. Go!
Sensible Lizzie collides with sexy Dante when he threatens her college admission - and her heart - in a modern Pride & Prejudice retelling.

2. We all know what inspired Fall For You. But why Jane Austen?? Why Pride and Prejudice?? How did this book come to be?
I wanted to write a story about girls from different groups (not cliques – I wanted the girls to be defined by themselves and not by external groups) who become close friends as they fight to save their school’s traditions when they come under attack from a new headmistress.

While I was brainstorming, I kept coming back to Jane Austen. She really nailed the sense of unfairness and powerlessness that can come with being a girl. I realized that each Jane Austen heroine represented a different girl type. Elizabeth Bennet is the witty, smart girl. Emma is the popular, fashionable one.  And so on.

Once I had that revelation, the whole series came together for me – six Jane Austen retellings featuring a different heroine set in a boarding school over the course of a school year. That way the stories could be about so much more than snagging a cute guy (although, of course, that’s a very important part of it). The stories could also be about friendships and school and fighting against an unfair system.

The first title, FALL FOR YOU is based on Pride & Prejudice because I think it’s the most accessible of Jane Austen’s books and also because a modern-day recreation of Elizabeth Bennet would be just the character to start a revolution at her school.

3. Name 5 items in your author survival kit?
1. My couch, currently imprinted with my butt, unfortunately.
2. Coffee. So. Much. Coffee.
3. My laptop. I know other authors who hand-write their scenes (and how about Kristin Cashore who hand-writes her entire book? Argh) but I need technology.
4. Music to get in the right frame of mind for each scene.
5. Diet Coke. Because sometimes I need a break from coffee.

4. If you could have dinner/drinks with any fictional character, who would it be and why??
An adult version of Frankie Landau-Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. If a girl, at fifteen, can take over, dismantle and outsmart a secret society of boys, then I just have to know what she’s doing at thirty.

5. What book quote best represents your life? Why?
Nathaniel Hawthorn has an introductory essay before The Scarlet Letter where he writes:

"Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted…in the same worn-out soil. My children…shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth"

 First off – that’s just a beautiful saying – unaccustomed earth. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpha Lahiri even used it as a title for her second collection of short stories.

Second, I feel the same way about life – that the only way to grow and to learn is to dig your toes into unaccustomed earth and for many people, given the realities of job/family/economy – the best way to do that is by reading.

 6. Who is your book boyfriend/girlfriend?
Peeta because we’re going to get married and have babies and I’ll get to wake up to the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls every morning. What? It could happen…

WAIT just a second! Why is Cecilia Gray trying to steal my Peeta dreams!?? You're not the only one who dreams of waking up to fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and cheese bread, you know!

*shakes fist at Cecilia*

Uh...but back to why we're here :)

7. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Some people write to tell a story. Some people write to spin words every day. Some people write to uncover the human condition. Whatever your reason, really understand why you’re writing. No reason is better than the other and it will help you make decisions down the road – like whether to take certain writing jobs or editorial feedback.

8. Why should readers buy your book? 

Yikes – I hate telling people why they should do things. J Let’s just say that if you’re looking for a fun, flirty read with a touch of glamour and a little mystery, FALL FOR YOU does the trick.

Fall For You Giveaway!!!

Thanks to the very lovely Cecilia Gray, I will be giving away an e-book copy of Fall For You to one of you lovely readers. 
**Giveaway is Open INTERNATIONALLY**

To enter, leave a comment below with your Name and Email.

Winners will be chosen on April 6th, 2012**

Don't want to take a chance?

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  1. Les Johnson

    katja9_10 at hotmail dot com


    Eeee! I love it! :D

    Ooooh, and I love how Cecilia's spoken about the Austen influence: I kept coming back to Jane Austen. She really nailed the sense of unfairness and powerlessness that can come with being a girl. I realized that each Jane Austen heroine represented a different girl type. Elizabeth Bennet is the witty, smart girl. Emma is the popular, fashionable one. And so on.

    OMG, Plus: Coffee. So. Much. Coffee. and she mentiones Kristin Cashore? I think I love her. Not as much as YOU. The people I love more than you is a TINY list (you know, like husbands and mothers), but... SERIOUSLY.

    Oh, Kristin, this is a FABULOUS interview, with FABULOUS questions. I LOVE it! THank you!

  3. What a fun interview, Cecilia's book sounds fantastic!

    VeganYANerds - veganyanerds at gmail dot com

  4. Sarah - I actually remember going to one of Kristin's book signings and she brought one of those cray-cray notebooks that she wrote her book in. She is amazeballz and I crush on her.

    Thanks all for being so nice. :)

  5. yep, my name here on blog spot is katnissbraid but i'm jennifer.

  6. yay sounds interesting :)
    cout me in! Alabell -

  7. Adrienn Luzics

  8. Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  9. Tasnim Sheikh
    tasnim-sheikh AT hotmail DOT com

  10. Charlie-Dee

  11. This book sounds great. I'm also an adult who loves YA books!

    wilkinson lisa 27 [at] gmail [dot] com

  12. Simonette Bas

    monette_893 at hotmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway! <3

  13. Rad Ryan Soria -

  14. S Robertson

  15. great giveaway! would love to read it :)

  16. jayne underwood

  17. Thank you for this Awesome Giveaway!

    Riz Bulatao



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