Today I have a guest post from the ever-lovely Miranda Kenneally. Miranda is the author of two contemporary YA novels, CATCHING JORDAN and STEALING PARKER, with an additional companion novel, THINGS I CAN'T FORGET, coming March 2013.
I read CATCHING JORDAN earlier this year and was an immediate fan. Keneally took a place alongside Sarah Dessen, Jandy Nelson, and Stephanie Perkins as one of my favorite YA contemp authors and for months I anticipated STEALING PARKER's release.
I cannot tell you how happy I am to have finally read it, and to have one of my favorite authors on the blog. Cue squeeing!
In a nutshell: Fans of CATCHING JORDAN will enjoy the same strength and style of writing, as well as a familiar romantic arc, in STEALING PARKER, but marvel at this deeper, riskier (and steamier!) sophomore effort that hits differently than its companion but doesn't disappoint.
After her family's scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back.
The Art of Making Mistakes: Why messing up is one of the most important things you can do.I love reading reviews of my books. I always listen to what people have to say in hopes I can make my writing better. However, there’s one thing I’ll never change about my books, no matter what: I’ve seen some readers get upset when my characters make mistakes.My characters make big mistakes and small mistakes. Some decisions have serious repercussions on the life of not only my main character, but sometimes on the lives of others.When I was a teenager, I did some very dumb things. Like, one time my parents told me I couldn’t go to the Aerosmith concert, but I took their car and went anyway. My parents got really upset. Sure, I loved the concert, but afterwards I had to live with the guilt of hurting my parents and doing something I knew was wrong. They grounded me for a month!Another time, I told a friend a serious lie because I thought it would impress her. She was always doing things that were “cool” and I wanted to feel cool too. I wanted her to think I was worthy of our friendship. Instead of thinking I was cool, she told a bunch of people what I said and spread the gossip about me all over school. What made it especially bad was that some people knew it wasn’t true. I was so embarrassed and ashamed. And I was sad that my “friend” wasn’t a true friend. But I learned from the mistake. I learned not to lie anymore, and I learned that true friends will love me for who I am, not what I’ve done.When I’m writing a book, I’m not scared to have my characters screw up. If we don’t screw up, we can’t learn, and then we can’t become better people.
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.
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