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Please welcome Sydney Salter, author of the YA novel MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS, which was released earlier this month.



About the book:

Seventeen-year-old Jory Michaels wakes up on the first day of summer vacation with her same old big nose, no passion in her life (in the creative sense of the word), and all signs still pointing to her dying a virgin. In spite of her driving record (it was an accident!), Jory gets a job delivering flowers and cakes to Reno's casinos and wedding chapels. She also comes up with a new summer goal: saving for a life-altering nose job. She and her new nose will attract a fabulous boyfriend. Jory survives various summer disasters like doing yoga after sampling Mom's Cabbage Soup Diet, enforced-mother-bonding-with-crazy-nose-obsessed-daughter night, and discovering Tyler's big secret. But will she learn to accept herself and maybe even find her passion, in the creative (AND romantic!) sense of the word?

An Interview with Sydney Salter:

Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Sydney: I've always enjoyed reading a variety of things from contemporary to historical fiction. I've never gravitated toward fantasy, but I tend to enjoy every well-written book I read. I don't like preachy, message-driven books!

Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Sydney: As an adult I love a wide-variety of fiction, history, biography, and nonfiction. I'll read just about anything.

Me: What was your favorite part of writing MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS, and what was the hardest?
Sydney: I enjoyed writing about some of the stuff that actually happened to me as a teenager like wrecking a van and destroying a wedding cake (on the same day!). The hardest part? Writing about some tough situations while keeping the overall tone of the book light.

Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Sydney: The book takes place in Reno, Nevada where I spent my high school years so I include things that I used to do with my friends. All of my books include bits and pieces of my own experiences--that's what makes the suffering worth it, right?

Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Sydney: Getting that call from my agent! Wow! Marketing the book scares me because I have so much to learn. I'm also not thrilled with talking so much about my nose!

Me: What are you working on now?
Sydney: My second YA paperback, SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK, which will be out in 2010.

Hope you enjoyed getting to know Sydney! More interviews to come next month. :)

My Books


Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014


The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013


The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014


Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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