Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sarah Ockler is Here!

Hi Everyone! Today I’m welcoming Sarah Ockler to the blog! Sarah is celebrating the release of her debut novel TWENTY BOY SUMMER.

Without further ado. . . .

About Twenty Boy Summer

While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best girlfriends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first summer romance, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER is a debut YA novel that explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.

About Sarah Ockler

Sarah Ockler wrote and illustrated her first book at age six—an adaptation of Steven Spielberg's E.T. Still recovering from her own adolescence, Sarah now writes for young adults. After several years of wandering between New York City and Denver, she and her husband Alex now live in Upstate New York with lots of books and an ever-expanding collection of sea glass. Twenty Boy Summer is Sarah's first novel.

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?

Sarah: I really loved writing the "party scene" and its aftermath. Without being too spoiler-y, it's a scene in which main character Anna finally starts to let go a little bit, to find her way through some of the grief that's haunted her after losing Matt, but before too long something happens and everything gets messed up again. I love diving into those crazy emotional roller coaster scenes!

Me: 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?

Sarah: My next two projects are both young adult contemporary, like Twenty Boy Summer. I really love the voice and style of YA, but I would love to take on something new within the YA genre, like a boy book or a fantasy.

Me: Who is your writing hero and why?

Sarah: Anais Nin. She told the truth during a time when it wasn't all that popular for women to do so. I love her writing, her style, her raw emotion and honesty. Whenever I'm in a slump, writing or otherwise, I spend a few nights with Nin's Diaries and I'm okay again. There's just something about her and her work that I admire and adore.

That is so Awesome!

Readers . . . You can visit Sarah at her home on the web:

And . . . TWENTY BOY SUMMER is officially on sale. You can buy it here:

Sarah will be chatting with Saundra tomorrow at:

Thank you so much for stopping by, Sarah!

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