Thursday, November 6, 2014

CBB Promotions Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Starlight (Chelsea M Campbell)

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Book description:
Adrienne Speck is the biggest loser in her high school, so she can hardly believe it when a magical boy falls from the heavens to grant her three wishes. He is cool, confident, and definitely popular-crowd material—everything Adrienne's not. With his help, she has a chance to get everything she's ever wanted: get kissed, get popular, and get a date for the upcoming dance.
But Adrienne discovers magic isn't all it's cracked up to be, and the road to popularity is paved with humiliation. To make her dreams come true, not only will she have to get the lead in the school play, ask out the most popular guy in school, and stand up to the current queen of popularity, but also keep her personal genie from trashing her room, dressing like a nerd, and revealing to her mom that he's living in their attic. For someone who's supposed to be helping her, he couldn't be making her life any worse. That is, until she starts to fall for him.

Chelsea M. Campbell grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where it rains a lot. And then rains some more. She finished her first novel when she was twelve, sent it out, and promptly got rejected. Since then she's written many more novels, earned a degree in Latin and Ancient Greek, become an obsessive knitter and fiber artist, and started a collection of glass grapes. Besides writing, studying ancient languages, and collecting useless objects, Chelsea is a pop-culture fangirl at heart and can often be found rewatching episodes of Buffy the Vampire SlayerParks and Recreation, or dying a lot in Dark Souls.

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1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I don't remember where the ideas all came from, but I know I felt a lot like Adrienne when I was in high school.

2. Who is your favorite character in the book?

It's a toss up between Adrienne and Saiph. Saiph is really fun and interesting to write, but I also relate a lot to Adrienne.

3. Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel. Though the original working title, which did come first, was "A Dragon Ate My Butt." That had to go, even though it's still relevant to one of the scenes in the book.

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

It's tough to choose! But if I have to pick, probably the second-to-last scene, which is super spoilery, so I won't say what happens. But it's one of the most important scenes in the book and is where everything that's been building up throughout the book finally comes together, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. 

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

Failing is part of the process of being a writer. It's part of the process of learning, and you have to give yourself room for it and let it happen. Take risks. Write what you want to write, how you want to write it, no matter what is supposedly selling.

6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love how the girl on the cover is looking up so hopefully at the stars, but she also looks really happy, like she knows she's getting her wish.

7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2015?

I am so behind on what books are coming out. But I just started reading The Perfectionists, Sara Shepard's new book, so I'm sure I'll be looking forward to the next installment.

8. What was your favorite book in 2014?

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. I love his work and that one still surprised me with just how much I loved it--I read it twice in a row. When I finished reading it the first time, I simultaneously wanted to read nothing else ever again, and to read everything ever written.

9. What’s up next for you?

I'm currently working on book 3 in my Renegade X series (hopefully out this winter!), and then I have a dark fantasy coming out from Skyscape in March called Fire and Chasm.

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  1. Fantastic interview! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop Beth!

  2. This is so cool. Thanks for the giveaway :-). This sounds like an awesome book :-)

  3. Hi! I just LOVE the cover of the book,it makes me want to go buy it right now and start reading! Thank you for the chance <3

    - Michelle -