by Holly Schindler
Release Date: May 17th 2016
by Holly Schindler
Release Date: May 17th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Magic, Realism
The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love story of Nick and Emma that played out on the theater’s stage all those years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class, but when she goes searching for more information, she makes a startling discovery—the Avery is rapidly regaining its former splendor and setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive Nick and Emma’s romance. Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.
Top Ten Movies
I’m not often a re-reader. I’m usually on the hunt for the next favorite author, so I don’t often have time to read books over again. I am, though, a big movie re-watcher. When I find something I like, I can watch it over…and over…and over…And I think movies often influence my work as much as books do:
When I was a teen, Some Kind of Wonderful was a definite fave—I still have the dialogue memorized. When I was in high school, I even had a pair of Watts’s fringed, fingerless gloves! Mine were black instead of red, though. I was also a big Dirty Dancing fanatic. Summer wasn’t summer without a Dirty Dancing showing. (I’m sure my love for that movie came through as I was drafting my own summer romance, PLAYING HURT.)
I also really love the humor of Little Miss Sunshine. What’s better than a road trip? Recently, I took some characters on a road trip in my own independently-published look at the senior set in MILES LEFT YET. Speaking of humor, Wonder Boys remains a perennial favorite.
I love a good quiet true-to-life drama. You can’t beat What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Or a classic holiday feel-good movie, like It’s a Wonderful Life.
Psychological thrillers (like Memento or Hitchcock’s Rear Window) obviously spoke to me as I drafted my own thriller, FERAL.
Vintage movies helped shape the historical sections of SPARK. You can’t draft scenes from the ‘40s without thinking of Casablanca.
My number one, favorite movie of all time, though? Harold and Maude. Without a doubt. (Wouldn’t we all like to be a little more like Maude?)
Holly Schindler Bio: I’m a hybrid author of critically acclaimed traditionally published and Amazon bestselling independently published works for readers of all ages. My previous YAs (A BLUE SO DARK, PLAYING HURT, and FERAL) have received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, won silver and gold medals from ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, been featured on Booklist’s First Novels for Youth, School Library Journal’s “What’s Hot in YA,” and been selected as a PW Pick.
Going hybrid means that I’ve been able to explore all sorts of new avenues—short fiction, sequels, I’m even going to be branching out into doing some illustrative work. Throughout 2016, I’m releasing one short story a month in the Forever Finley Short Story Cycle. The cycle begins with “Come December”: http://amzn.to/1oPioN5
Also, in honor of SPARK’s release, I’m holding a sale on PLAY IT AGAIN, the sequel to my YA romance, PLAYING HURT. For a limited time, PLAY IT AGAIN is $.99: http://amzn.to/1qCNVCe
Twitter - @holly_schindler
Acclaimed author Holly Schindler writes a compelling contemporary tale with a dash of magic. The theater comes to life in this story of family ties, fate, love, and one girl’s quest to rewrite history.
The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her about the tragic love that played out on the theater’s stage many years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to re-create for her drama class. And when she does, the Avery begins to magically regain its former splendor, clearly setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive the romance from a time before. Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.
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Holly Schindler’s work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist’s Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal’s What’s Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week. She is owned by a Pekingese named Jake, and can be found working on her next book in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri. She can also be found at hollyschindler.com.