Friday, September 17, 2010

Forgive My Fins Giveaway


Please welcome fellow young adult author and friend, Tera Lynn Childs, to YA Fresh! She has been nice enough to chat with us about her career and newest book--and to offer up a signed, hardcover copy of that release, Forgive My Fins, to one commenter. So let's get started!

Could you please tell us a little about your writing background and how you made your first sale?

My first sale came after writing seriously for about three years. When I sold Oh. My. Gods. it was my fourth complete manuscript and, after tons of agent rejections on my previous projects and then a bunch of editor rejections on this one, we finally found the right editor at the right house at the right time. I was in Florida, driving to a movie, when my agent called. "You're driving?" she gasped. "Don't be driving!"

Too funny! Now, readers and writers often like to get a behind the scenes peek of an author's writing routine. It would be great if you could please share your typical writing day schedule.

My writing schedule varies pretty widely, depending on how far away my deadline is. But, assuming it's getting close and I'm being more productive than usual, it goes something like this: Get up, splash face, get dressed, grab bag o' writing goodies. Bag contains Alphasmart, project notebook, and a collection of pens, pencils, post-its, markers, and highlighters. I head to the nearest friendly coffee shop, get a weather-appropriate beverage, and scout out a comfy chair. I write with the beverage at my side, the alphasmart on my lap, and the earbuds blasting my latest playlist. I'll write or revise for anywhere from two to six hours, until my brain melts.

Please tell us about your novel, Forgive My Fins, and what we can expect from your characters.

Forgive My Fins is the story of Lily Sanderson, a half-mermaid princess who goes to high school on the mainland. After discovering her mother was human, she comes onto land to live with her aunt and find out more about the human world. She finds herself seriously crushing on the school's swim star, Brody, but her every effort to tell him how she feels gets thwarted by her biker boy neighbor, Quince. There's a case of mistaken identity, a magical kiss, a trip to an underwater kingdom, and lots of splashy good fun.

What's up next? Do you have another project in the works? If so, please tell us about it.

Oh yes! First up will be the sequel to Forgive My Fins, called Fins Are Forever. That will be out next summer (June 28) and will pick up right where the first book leaves off. Then, starting next fall, I have a new trilogy about triplet descendants of Medusa who discover it's their destiny to guard the door between the world of monsters and that of man. It's kind of Charmed meets Buffy meets mythology.

Sounds wonderful. Now, would you like to close with a writing tip?

Besides reading lots and writing lots, the single best thing an aspiring writer can do is finish the book. I know all about BADD (Book Attention Deficit Disorder) and the lure of shiny new ideas that seem so much better than the crappy one in progress. But finishing that book is critical for three reasons: 1) to prove to yourself that you can, 2) to realize that it's not so crappy after all, and 3) to have the chance to revise it and learn how to make your writing better on the first try next time.

I couldn't agree more...and thanks, Tera, for chatting with us!

Now, before I explain about the contest, a fun aspect of this book for me is that there is a character named (a-hem) Mrs. Ferraro. And this is no coincidence. Tera named her Mrs. Ferraro as a gift to me. So although there IS a right answer to the following question, let’s forget that for now and just have fun guessing.

Who is Mrs. Ferraro in Forgive My Fins? A crazy cat lady? A lovely mermaid? A dentist?

Make something up!

The winner will be chosen at random from those comments and announced on Monday! Good luck!

36 fresh comments:

Jennie Englund said...

This is a great site!

How did I not find this treasure before?

Thanks for having me!

Fi-chan (Bookish-Escape) said...

Oh wow her new trilogy sounds awesome! Charmed meets Buffy meets mythology!!! Well I would say 3 of my favourite things but I haven't watch Buffy, but I've heard a lot great things about Buffy!

Mrs. Ferraro is the founder of Ferrero Rocher! Perhaps she made a typo mistake. But yums!

Btw, only enter me if this is international. This is fun anyway :D

Bee said...

Oh. My. Gods. was a totally fun read. I really liked it. And I'd so love to read Forgive My Fins. The cover's gorgeous, btw :)

Mrs. Ferraro is an undercover sorceress in the guise of the slightly demented foodie neighbour who breeds pink bunnies in a penthouse, secretly!

Chanelley said...

Haha I can't wait to read this!

Mrs. Ferraro is the woman who lives in a cute little house that always hands out chocolates to the kids passing by. She's sweet and really friendly :)

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Can't wait to read this one!

Mrs. Ferraro is the real inventor of the Ferrari.

CrystalGB said...

Awesome interview. Forgive My Fins and Tera' new series sounds great. Mrs. Ferraro is the language arts teacher at the high school.

Crystal816[at}hotmail[dot}com

Jamaica said...

Mrs. Ferraro is an undercover mermaid spy that lives in a little cottage decorated with seashells near the sea who is instructed to keep an eye on Lily and keep her out of trouble. She gets bored most days so she bakes all kind of weird delicacies.

jpetroroy said...

Mrs. Ferraro is the kind teacher who helps Lily out

Pacey1927 said...

I have adored mermaids since I saw "The Little Mermaid" for the first time...Been wanting to read this since it was released.

Jessilyn said...

Mrs.Ferraro is really a Greek god sent down to this earth to spy on little girls and boys. Just so one day she can use their faults against them one day so that the gods can rise again.. bra hahah

This is fun!
jessilyn22@live.com

Feathers said...

I love finding random new books to try - this is my first interaction with this author and I am totally up for trying this book. Judging by the comments I need to go back and find Oh. My. Gods. and check that out.

Mrs. Ferraro appears to be a kindly young widow living by the sea whose husband was tragically taken from her during the war. In reality, she is really a secret agent working for the CIA doing research on the mer-people, trying to secure a DNA sample for genetics testing and experimentation. ...or maybe she really is that kindly young widow. ;) I'm not sure why most of the comments involve her baking things, but I agree! Pastries!

Cherie J said...

Sounds like a great book! My kind of read.

Mrs. Ferraro is an Italian widow who loves to make amaretti cookies to cheer Lily up. Thanks for the giveaway!

jecca said...

Mrs ferraro is the lady thats married to Mr ferraro :)

Crystal said...

What a fun post & giveaway!
Mrs. Ferraro is the nosy next-door neighbor who is always peeking out her blinds while petting her cat, which reminds you of a Dr. Claw scene.

Inspired Kathy said...

Mrs. Ferraro is the librarian who is always shushing people.
bkhabel at gmail dot com

Casey said...

Yay contest!
Hmm, Mrs Ferraro is a librarian! Because she loves books so much, obviously :D

Jolene Allcock and Family said...

wow, these books sound amazing. I'm so glad I found this site and was able to read about these books. I love finding new authors and can't wait to look more into these. Thanks for having me. I have no idea how to answer about Mrs. Ferraro, so can I just say crazy cat lady? :)

Miss Lissy said...

Mrs. Ferraro is a conspiracy theorist :)
mkzellmer at yahoo dot com

Llehn said...

Mrs. Ferraro is the furry shape shifting neighbor next door.

Janae said...

I want to read this. So bad.

Heather H. said...

I've been wanting to read this book. It sounds fun!

Mrs. Ferraro is the next door neighbor who's convinced she's a mermaid queen reincarnated as a human. :P

Thao said...

Great interview. And finally a chance to win this book. yay!

Mrs. Ferraro is a cross-dresser. That's actually Mr. Ferraro.

GirlforChrist said...

Mrs. Ferraro is the funny librarian!!! :)

Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

Thanks for sharing with us, Tera!!

TinaFerraro said...

Hey, for the record, I am loving all these interpretations of Mrs. Ferraro!

Kulsuma said...

she is an alien princess who has infiltrated the world to take over the EARTH.

count me in if this is international please.

k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

MannaB said...

A car-repair woman!

crazypplrok@gmail.com

Sharli said...

I'd love to read this book! The cover is beautiful :D

Mrs. Ferraro was roomates with Mr.Ferraro's sister when they were in college. Now she's an anthropologist :P

T.V and Book Addict said...

She's obviously a life guard. ;)

Marjolein said...

Mrs. Ferraro is, I guess, a teacher who can see in everyone's head and so she secretly knows the secret of Lily..

Name: Aine said...

I've been really wanting to read this book. There aren't enough mermaid books out there.

Also, great site. Am new follower. :)

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

Loved this interview! =)

I definitely think Mrs. Ferraro is part of the mermaid police. She's very unsuspecting because she disguises herself AS a crazy cat lady/dental assistant, but she's really checking up to make sure that the mermaid secret doesn't get out.

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

p.s. sorry, forget the contact info (though you can find me through my blog)

amorrison916[at]hotmail[dot]com

Taffy said...

WOW! More books to add to my list.

Taffy said...

Oops! I forgot about poor Mrs. Ferraro.
She's an undercover parrot thief.

Maria said...

Sounds good!:)
Mrs. Ferraro is an CIA agent undercover trying to find any paranormal activity in the area.

tirachii@yahoo.com