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Bloggers' Choice Part II: Interview with Kody Keplinger + US Giveaway

Last month you also voted for A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger in addition to Suzanne Young's A Want So Wicked. Kody is actually one of my favorite contemporary romance authors so I was secretly enormously pleased that you selected this one as a winner for this month! Before we continue, though, have you guys checked out

Because you should totally do that! 

Now, A Midsummer's Nightmare is Kody's third novel, which is exciting in and of itself, but this one is said to have a pretty special place in her heart. Luckily for all of you, Kody is not only an incredibly cool person but she's also REALLY generous :-D At the end of this post, there will be a few nice goodies offered up for grabs. But, I'm getting ahead of myself.

I decided to ask a few prodding questions about this new bad boy hitting the market, and Kody sure did deliver. I'm even more anxious to read the book now that I know WESLEY AND BIANCA are to make an appearance. Oops, spoiler alert in that last sentence. But I'm just so darn excited.

Q. In The DUFF, Bianca Piper uses sex as an escape from her problems at home. What’s one negative and one positive outlet you’ve used to get away from reality?
K: My positive outlet is definitely writing. I've always used writing as a distraction from other things going on in my life, ever since I was a little kid. Pushing bigger problems on fictional characters is strangely cathartic! As for negatives . . . eating. Haha. Sometimes when I don't want to do something or deal with something, I just think, "I should eat. I can't do other stuff while I eat." This leads to lots of carb-munching. It's a habit I need to break.
Q. Lissa in Shut Out organizes a sex strike at her school with some of the girlfriends of the guys on the sports teams. Have you ever done anything radical—doesn’t have to be on the same scale—to change the way someone thought or acted? If you could organize a strike without any bad consequences, what would be the goal? And if you could choose any fictional character to help you, who would you choose?
K: Oh, gosh. No, I've never done anything very radical, honestly. Not that I haven't thought about it, but I just never had the time or resources, I guess. If I could strike against anything, though, it would probably be gender and sexual inequality. It breaks my heart to see discrimination against people for their genders and/or sexual orientations. It's not fair. It's not okay. I don't know how I'd organize that sort of strike but my goal would be to change some laws and some minds. Who would I want on my team? That is super hard, but probably Atticus Finch from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. He sticks to his values, even in the hardest of times. He'd be a great person to have on your side.
Q. If you could live the life of any one of the characters from your book, who would it be and why?
K: I'm not really sure I'd want any of their lives, honestly. They're all kind of screwed up! Lissa is clearly dealing with OCD. Whitley has a drinking problem and serious friendship issues. Bianca's family life is pretty unhappy. I'm much happier in my life than I would be in any of theirs. But can I pick a minor character? If so, probably Jessica from THE DUFF. It would be nice to go through life with such a sunny, cheerful disposition.
Q. Whitley from your recently released A Midsummer’s Nightmare, appears to be a bit of a jaded character. Who would she more likely get along with and befriend: Bianca or Lissa?
K: Well, this is kind of a spoiler, but she actually does meet Bianca, and I don't think they're becoming friends any time soon. And I highly doubt she'd like Lissa very much. Lissa's uptight behavior would drive Whitley insane. I think it would be both scary and fascinating to put the three of them in a room together, but I don't think it would lead to good things. At all. Then again, Whitley is a tough girl to become friends with, so that's not shocking!
Q. Do you have any big plans for future books? What can you share with us?
K: I'm working on my fourth book, GOLDFISH, right now. It won't be out until Fall 2013 - so a ways off - and I can't say too much yet, just that it does not take place in Hamilton like my other three books do, and it has a very different tone. But I'm very, very excited for everyone to meet the main character, Paige, and hopefully love her the way I do.
Want to win your very own copy?
Well, Kody is not ONLY offering a SIGNED copy of A Midsummer's Nightmare, but she's also offered to throw in ANOTHER SIGNED copy of Shut Out. Doesn't she just rock your socks!?

Now, unfortunately this IS a US only giveaway, but never fear peeps! There's a US + INTL giveaway going on right now for any one copy of the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren. AND tomorrow there's going to be an awesome giveaway in which EVERYONE and their English, Aussie, German, Chinese, Green Alien mothers will be able to enter!

Official Giveaway Info:
  • you do NOT have to be a follower
  • there are extra entries available
  • all entrants must be at least 13 years old or older
  • giveaway deadline is July 20, 2012
  • giveaway is open to US only*
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Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.

Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.
Got something specific in mind? Dare I believe I might NOT have covered something you wish to know? If so, let me know down in the comments section. Don't be shy!


Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

I LOVE Kody Keplinger! I read all three books in a week. Once I started I couldn't stop. Very much looking forward to Goldfish. I will miss Hamilton!

Ezmirelda Demetri said...

Great interview! I've been in love with Kody's work since read THE DUFF. Since then she's continued to amaze me.

deadtossedwaves said...

I've been really looking forward to this read from Kody. I really enjoyed Shut Out and became a fan then!!

Heidi said...

I love this interview, such fantastic questions! The idea of locking Kody's three main characters in a room together and watching them tear each other apart will keep me mentally entertained for the rest of the day. Also I agree 100% that Atticus Finch is THE man to have on your side if you're going to do something radical.

gaby891 said...

I love this cover :)

JennyC said...

I love Kody's books:)) I can't wait to read A Midsummer's Nightmare:)

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

I have yet to read anything by Kody...but I REALLY really want to. So I think all of her books are on my TBR! This is a GREAT interview, Asher! I love seeing what authors think about their characters.

alicia marie said...

thanks for the awesome interview! i haven't read any of her books yet but they've been on my tbr list for a while!! i need to finally read them : )