When I, Deb Erika, began blogging a few years ago, Jenny was one of the first writers I connected with, so you can imagine how high the Squee-factor is today that she is visiting to take the Deb Ball Interview in the midst of the launch of her debut, THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING CHARLIE!
First, about the book:
THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING CHARLIE is a contemporary YA novel about a teen boy who is handed a crappy senior year. Despite losing thirty pounds over the summer, he still gets called “Chunks” Grisner. And what’s worse, he has to share a locker with the biggest Lord of the Rings freak his school has ever seen. He also can’t figure out whether Charlotte VanderKleaton, the beautiful strawberry lip-glossed new girl, likes him the way he likes her. Oh, and then there’s his mom. She’s disappeared—again—and his dad won’t talk about it.
There are a lot of issues going on in this novel, but at the heart of it is a young boy trying to make sense of his life and himself.
Not only is Jenny going to take the Deb Ball interview, BUT she is also going to give away a signed copy (including international entries!) of her book to one lucky commenter!
Now, without further ado…
Jenny Torres Sanchez Takes The Debutante Ball Interview!
Who is one of your favorite (fictional or non-fictional) characters?
Non-fictional. I’m totally, one hundred percent obsessed with the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. She’s just so cool and before her time and seems real but not in the way most fictional characters seem. I think her art is raw and gritty but I’m also really taken by who she was and the life she led. I wish I could sit down and have a conversation with her.
Which talent do you wish you had?
I wish I could yodel. I don’t know why, but it just seems like it would be so much fun! I don’t think my family would appreciate it much though, seeing as they can’t even stand my singing. I’m a terrible singer.
I recite the alphabet when I’m scared (and I’m a big scaredy cat, so this happens often). Also, I tend to count my steps when I walk alone. I used to think everyone did this until I mentioned it to somebody and, well, it turns out not too many people do.
Do you have any phobias?
Oh, the list goes on and on! I’m scared of the dark, of flying, small spaces, clowns, and balloons (just because they might pop at any second). I can kind of get through each individually, but I can’t make any promises if we’re ever on a dark flight full of clowns and balloons together. Hmmmm, these answers are probably making me sound quite strange. I’m not, though, I’m perfectly normal. Really, I am. 😉
What’s your next big thing?
My next YA novel is Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia. It’s a story about a girl dealing with the death of her high school crush and as she does so, contemplates life and death, talks to Emily Dickinson’s corpse, hangs out in cemeteries, and take readers on an adventure through the crazy night that changed everything. It’s scheduled to come out in spring of 2013 and I can’t wait!
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Jenny Torres Sanchez is a YA author and former high school English teacher. The Downside of Being Charlie is her debut novel. Her second YA novel, Death, Dickinson and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia is due out in 2013. She writes full time and lives in Florida with her husband and two children.
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Yay, Jenny! Thanks so much for coming by the Ball! And remember to leave a comment to be entered to win a signed copy of THE DOWNSIDE OF CHARLIE! For more information on Jenny and her work, visit her website and her blog, or follow her on Twitter or Facebook!
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