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Blog Tour: Leigh Brescia and ONE WISH

Please welcome Leigh Brescia, author of the YA novel ONE WISH, which was released last month.

About the book:

Overweight Wrenn Scott desperately wants to be popular and snag a hot boyfriend. Her amazing voice (for once) overshadows her weight when she lands a lead role in the high school musical. Pushing to get thinner by opening night, Wrenn's waistline shrinks as she learns all the wrong ways to lose weight from a new "it-girl" friend in the show. By opening night, the old Wrenn has almost disappeared. After a crisis reveals her weight-loss tricks, Wrenn realizes there are much more important things than being thin, popular, or even dating a hunk.

An Interview with Leigh Brescia:

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?
Leigh: I don’t remember reading a lot of YA books as a teen. I do remember reading almost every Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins book, though. By the time I got to high school I was so obsessed with the internet (and chat rooms), that I didn’t read for pleasure much. Besides, I was too busy with school-related reading (i.e. the classics).

Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Leigh: New loves! I was introduced to YA literature in college, and I haven’t looked back. I still read the classics. I’ve tried to venture out and explore biographies, non-fiction, etc. but I always come back to YA.

Me: What was your favorite part of writing ONE WISH, and what was the hardest?
Leigh: The best part was all of the drama-related scenes I was able to incorporate. I was in a lot of plays in high school, and the memories came flooding back. The hardest part was actually a re-write. The “powers that be” wanted an alternate ending. It worked out for the best, I think, but at the time it was hard to delete my original plan for Wrenn’s future.

Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Leigh: Yes! Wrenn is a lot like me, only instead of short and fat, I was awkward and skinny. I still had popularity issues, though. Wrenn plays the piano, and so do I. The place where she and her friends hang out (Andy’s) is a real place, and yes, their orangeades are too die for. Also, there is a mention of a certain “Convention” midway through the book, and that is completely based on a real-life comment from a former drama teacher, which cracks me up to this day.

Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Leigh: The most exciting was seeing everything for the first time: the cover, the galleys, the ARC’s, etc. The scariest was knowing that people would be reading (and judging) my book soon.

Me: What are you working on now?
Leigh: I’m wrapping up a new YA, and will begin edits very, very soon. There’s also an old ms I wrote that I want to rework this year... and another that I started but never finished.

Hope you enjoyed getting to know Leigh! More interviews to come later this month. :)

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