Jennifer E. Smith is the author of four novels for young readers. The Comeback Season, You are Here, The Storm Makers (out in April) and her latest, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which hit bookstores this week. Jennifer earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. (And, we must mention, she edited Deb Rachel’s MWF Seeking BFF!) Her writing has been translated into over twenty languages.
About The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight: Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18B. Hadley’s in 18A.Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.
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The Debs are quite thrilled that Jennifer agreed to take The Deb Interview–and that she agreed to give away a free copy to one lucky commenter!
Talk about one thing that’s making you happy right now.
Having this book finally out in the world is making me incredibly happy. It feels like it’s been a long time coming, and the response from early readers has been really gratifying, so I’m pretty excited about the whole thing. It never gets old, watching your work go from a somewhat disastrous document on the computer to a hard rectangular object in the stores. It’s thrilling and nerve-wracking and deeply hopeful all at once.
What time of day do you love best?
I’m a morning person. Not one of those productive morning people who write pages and pages before dawn, or who are out running before it’s fully light. But I love getting up early and taking my dog to the park across the street, just wandering around before the rest of the world gets busy. It’s probably the only time of day where my mind has a chance to remain quiet, and there’s no better way to wake up.
Share one quirk you have that most people don’t know about.
I love silly jokes. Most of them are somewhere around a five-year-old level, but I can’t even get through telling one of them without starting to laugh. It’s actually sort of embarrassing how many I know. I’m sure that space in my brain could be put to much better use. But you can’t blame me. Especially after hearing this one: Why did the scarecrow win the Nobel Prize? For being outstanding in his field. (Hilarious, right?)
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t be afraid to fail, because failure is useful when it comes to writing. Every single word, every single sentence, every single chapter – it’s all getting you to the next word or sentence or chapter, which might be the one that finally works. After all, writing isn’t an exact science. The only way to figure out whether to not you can write a book is to actually sit down and try to write one.
What’s your next big thing?
My first middle grade book, The Storm Makers, is coming out in April. It’s very different from anything I’ve ever written before, so I’m excited about that. And then I’m also working on a new YA novel called This is What Happy Looks Like, which will be out sometime in 2013.
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