Yes, she was on the blog not too long ago, but I’m having JE back as a reminder for anyone who has yet to pick up a copy of her debut novel, Waiting to Score, which is on sale now! Here is your reminder: Do it!
About Waiting to Score
Zack Chase, new in town, gets a crash course in the dangerous, fast-paced lives of local teen athletes. A good-looking, book-loving hockey star, Zack’s also expected to be a womanizing, alcohol-abusing party animal, but it’s not who he is. As jealous, obnoxious team captain Mac hounds him, Zack falls for Goth-girl Jane and befriends her teammate brother, both with their own secrets. Tragedy strikes and affects them all in this true-to-life debut novel, giving readers an insight into the lives of high school students and athletes.
(Even though it’s written from a guy’s point of view both guys and girls will love this story. It’s not a hockey book: it’s a book about friendships and relationships and choices. Guys: Zack is totally cool, and definitely someone you’d want to be your best friend. Girls: Zack is . . . Sa-Woon!)
Okay. Back to the real post:
About the Author
J.E.‘s path to becoming an author was a windy one. After college, she wrote advertising copy for radio and then television and eventually moved on to work in sales and marketing for too many years.
After having a son, J.E. followed her dreams and wrote her first book. Once she started writing YA, she felt like she’d found her home and has been writing it ever since. J.E. lives near the Canadian Rockies with her husband and son and a new puppy named Meeko. She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot.
Let’s get on to the official Interview! Eh? (Hoping I used that in the appropriate context!)
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?
J.E.: This sounds really awful but my fave part of the book is when one of the characters dies. Fave in a 'sometimes when I'm sad I like to watch sad movies' kind of favorite. I really love that character and writing some of the scenes that led to the tragic choice was cleansing for my soul.
Me: That was one of the parts of the book where my mouth dropped in astonishment. It completely took me by surprise: didn’t see it coming at all. V. sad, but such a good lesson for teens who pick up the book and read about it.
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?
J.E.: I have two contemporary and edgy YA's that are done, one still in revision stage. One is a girl POV and one is a boy POV. I also am working on a YA that is more an Alias tone. I have another paranormal YA in my files that I'd love to work on. So many ideas, so little time. I would love to tackle an MG story idea too, and have a chapter book I want to write. Someday.
Me: I hear you! And finally: Who is your writing hero and why?
J.E.: I have lots of writing heroes. One is John Green because he is so obviously great at writing, but also because he's done so much for the contemporary YA genre. His vlogs are flippin' awesome too.
Me: (sigh) He’s amazing! Thank you so much for giving me an opportunity to swoon at the thought. . . .
Readers: You can visit J.E. at her home on the web: http://www.jemacleod.com
And . . . Waiting to Score is officially on sale. You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Score-J-E-MacLeod/dp/193481301X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234020736&sr=8-1
It doesn’t disappoint! I promise!