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Blog Tour: Jennifer Brown and HATE LIST

Please welcome Jennifer Brown, whose YA novel HATE LIST was released last month.

About the book:

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saves the life of a classmate, but is implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things they hated. The list her boyfriend used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

An Interview with Jennifer Brown:

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?
Jennifer: As a teen, I was pretty much the same that I am now. I don't really have a "favorite type" when it comes to books. I read anything and everything. That said, I did read Stephen King books like nobody's business back then. Of course, I never miss a new King book now, either.
What appealed to me most in a book (back then) was action, suspense, and a feeling of not being able to put it down. What made (and still does make) me put down a book is long, lofty sentences full of $10 words, and chapters that begin with tons of scenery.

Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Jennifer: I would say my tastes haven't changed much. I still love to read anything and everything. I still like to choose a novel at random off the shelf and just read it, without even reading the jacket copy. I'm not picky. If it has words, I'm interested.

Me: What was your favorite part of writing HATE LIST, and what was the hardest?
Jennifer: I really just like being in the middle of a long writing project, so my favorite part of writing Hate List was... writing. I know that's kind of a cop-out answer, so I'll say that I particularly enjoyed writing the therapy scenes with Valerie and Dr. Hieler.
The hardest part of writing Hate List was making sure I got my point across without getting preachy, especially at the end.

Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Jennifer: Yes. Dr. Hieler is very much my husband, who is also a psychotherapist, and who helped me plot out Valerie's healing process. Also, my best friend's mom was, in many respects, the basis for Bea, Valerie's art teacher.
I found myself relating to Valerie very closely. I did not have a good high school experience. I was bullied. In many ways an outsider. I was experiencing a lot of family turmoil. And I was guilty of falling in love with rough guys. So it could be said that many of Valerie's thoughts and emotions came from my own thoughts and emotions and experiences.

Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Jennifer: All of it is both exciting and scary! I guess finding out that the manuscript was going to auction was the most exciting part for me. Auction! My book? Seriously?!

Me: What are you working on now?
Jennifer: I'm working on a new YA book. It will be similar in tone to Hate List, but I'm kind of superstitious when it comes to giving out details about a writing project before I'm finished with it, so... Yeah. That's all I got.

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


( 1 comment — Leave a comment )
Oct. 5th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to finally getting my hands on this...thanks for the interview!!
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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
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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)
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