Monday, April 6, 2009

Sydney Salter is Here!

Happy Monday! In honor of the release of her debut novel, Sydney Salter is here!

You know the routine. . . .

About My Big Nose And Other Natural Disasters

Seventeen-year-old Jory Michaels wakes up on the first day of summer vacation with her same old big nose, no passion in her life (in the creative sense of the word), and all signs still pointing to her dying a virgin. In spite of her driving record (it was an accident!), Jory gets a job delivering flowers and cakes to Reno's casinos and wedding chapels. She also comes up with a new summer goal: saving for a life-altering nose job. She and her new nose will attract a fabulous boyfriend. Jory survives various summer disasters like doing yoga after sampling Mom's Cabbage Soup Diet, enforced-mother-bonding-with-crazy-nose-obsessed-daughter night, and discovering Tyler's big secret. But will she learn to accept herself and maybe even find her passion, in the creative (AND romantic!) sense of the word?

(As someone who hated her nose growing up . . . and still has issues with it occasionally . . . I’m especially excited about this release. I have a feeling that Jory and I will have a lot in common!)

About Sydney Salter

Sydney Salter held a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer, including her brief stint delivering pies and flowers, wrecking vans, and destroying wedding cakes in Reno, Nevada. Sydney now lives in Utah with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and two big Bernese Mountain dogs. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and, of course, baking and decorating cakes (but not driving them anywhere).

On to the Interview!

Me: Without giving away too many spoilers, what is your favorite part of the novel/what was the part you had the most fun writing?

Sydney: I had fun writing the romance--my poor character fumbled and embarrassed herself so many times!

Me: Haven’t we all! What kind of writing projects are you currently working on? Or, if you aren't working on anything new, is there a different demographic/genre you wouldn't mind tackling in the future?

Sydney: My first middle-grade novel, JUNGLE CROSSING, comes out in September. I'm also working on another YA novel. I hope to keep writing middle-grade, tween, and YA. I've given up on picture books--I'd rather write 50,000 words than 500.

Me: I hear you. I didn’t do so well on the picture book end, either. And for the final question: Who is your writing hero and why?

Sydney: Madeleine L'Engle. Not only did she show impressive persistence in her writing career, she had a wonderful marriage and family life.


To the Readers: Sydney and her book sound fabulous, right? I thought so! But . . . you don’t have to take my word for it:

“Complex, likeable, believable characters, and a fresh, appealing fictional voice pull together this very agreeable summer romance.” –Kirkus Reviews

You can visit Sydney Salter at her home on the web:

And . . . My Big Nose And Other Natural Disasters is officially on sale. You can buy it here:
Sydney Salter will be chatting with Deva Fagan tomorrow at:

Thank you so much for stopping by, Sydney!

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