Hold onto your hats. This is exciting! Today is the day that Tina's latest book "The ABC's of Kissing Boys" is released. Here is an exclusive interview with Tina where she gives us some dirt on her first kiss and shares her exciting news about how t.v. studios are shopping her 2nd book "How to Hook a Hottie" for a possible pilot. How's that for exciting! Anyway, you don't want to keep hearing me yammer on and on. . . I know you want to hear it all from Tina, so here it is:
1) Hi Tina! We're so excited about the release of your latest book, The ABC's of Kissing Boys. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
Thank you! I'm excited, too! Here's the premise: Sixteen year-old Parker Stanhope’s teammate friends got promoted to Varsity soccer without her. She's desperate to make things right, and concocts a crazy-but-just-might-work plan that includes kissing the socks off the prom king at the Sports Fair Kissing Booth. But before that, she needs to learn everything she can about kissing--somehow. She ends up finding a coach in the most unlikely of guys--and suddenly keeping that relationship a secret becomes as dire as her need to win back her soccer status and her friends.
2) What about this book do you think will appeal most to your readers?
Well, although I had a wonderful time learning and relaying all the information about kissing, I suspect what will appeal most is Parker's struggle to retain her dignity and spirit in the face of social adversity. I know that element really spoke to me.
In fact, the challenge for me as a writer was creating bully-type scenarios that were humorous, but hit Parker like poison darts. So I was thrilled when Kirkus Reviews commented, "This [book] is familiar territory for anyone who's seen Mean Girls, but Ferraro's protagonist is resilient enough to withstand and prevail over her tormentors."
3) OK, so spill the beans . . . do you have any interesting or funny "kissing" stories" to share from your real life experiences?
Sure! And this is the first time I've owned up to this in public, so you're getting an interview exclusive. :) The boy who gave me my first kiss told me it was his first, too. Years later, chatting with an old friend from school, the subject of first kisses came up. We found out we'd both had first kisses from the same guy. So naturally, we exchanged details, and it turns out he'd kissed her a whole year before me. Makes you wonder how many there were between us, huh? So, yeah, if that guy is reading this...the cat's outta the bag, dude! You were a serial first kisser! (And thanks for the memories...)
4) So what are you working on now? What do we have to look forward to in the future?
I have another book coming out in the summer of 2010, which I am also really excited about. Here's a first draft of the blurb:
When Bad Flings Happen to Good Girls
It took 17 years for Brandy to get her life the way she wanted it--and about 17 seconds for it to fall apart. Her well-intending friends tell her it's time to stop working so hard and "get a life." By this, they mean a boyfriend, and they give her the summer to find one, or they're going to go hunting the halls themselves. Not realizing that adding a boyfriend to her hectic AP and robotics team schedule, she'd have zero for them.
Away at her uncle's cabin, she sets out to find a guy who will "break her heart," so she can return from summer in need of her friend's TLC, rather than matchmaking skills, and then can resume her well-planned life.
She quickly finds the perfect candidate. But hooking up with the user/loser lifeguard proves harder than she can imagine. Even with the help from his nice-guy friend who seems to have his own reasons for getting them together--and keeping them apart...
It's also fun to mention that a "webisode" version of How to Hook a Hottie is currently being shopped at tv studios. A "webisode" is a mini-episode, especially geared at websites. You'll find them popping up on your favorite TV channel websites in the forms of brand-new programming, and "extras" from your favorite TV shows. For instance, "The Office" just ran a three-part webisode series on the NBC website, which I loved. Anyway, yeah, so wish me luck on that?
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Tina!
My Copy of The ABC's of Kissing boys has been pre-ordered and should be on its way! Once I read it, I'll give a review along with a book giveaway! So keep your eyes out for that!