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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Story Secrets: SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK by Sydney Salter + Giveaway

I'm excited to have friend Sydney Salter, who is no stranger to terrific YA - she first came out with MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS. She's here today to spill secrets on her brand new release, SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Welcome, Sydney! (Readers, check out previous Story Secrets here.)


You’d think Polly Martin would have all the answers when it comes to love—after all, her grandmother is the famous syndicated advice columnist Miss Swoon. But after a junior year full of dating disasters, Polly has sworn off boys. Now she’s just trying to survive her summer job at Wild Waves western-themed water park (under the supervision of ex #3 Sawyer Holmes) and focus on herself for once.

So tell us the truth - what is the story behind the story, Sydney?
After watching more than one friend morph her interests to match her man de jour, I decided to write about a girl who didn’t really know herself because she was always letting boys dictate her hobbies and pastimes. I also thought it would be fun to write about someone who worked at a water park. And then there was the cute skateboarder who kept winding down my street each morning… Throw in our family boat trip during a scary thunderstorm and I had enough to write a novel...

Read the rest and see the trailer for a chance to win a copy of SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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