Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Interview with Jay Clark + Giveaway!

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I’ve got the Finding Mr. Brightside tour stopping by the blog today. I had the opportunity to interview Jay Clark about this novel, and you can enter to win yourself a copy! First, let’s see what this book is all about:

Interview with Jay Clark + Giveaway!Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on March 24th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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Abram and Juliette know each other. They’ve lived down the street from each other their whole lives. But they don’t really know each other—at least, not until Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad have a torrid affair that culminates in a deadly car crash. Sharing the same subdivision is uncomfortable, to say the least. They don’t speak.

Fast-forward to the neighborhood pharmacy, a few months later. Abram decides to say hello. Then he decides to invite her to Taco Bell. To her surprise as well as his, she agrees. And the real love story begins.


Interview with Jay Clark

Let’s start with telling us what your book is about – but in tweet form!

She didn’t expect her silver lining
To be wearing gray sweatpants.
Will their parents’ sketchy history
Stop her from giving him a chance?

What was the funnest part of writing Finding Mr. Brightside?

I was surprised how enjoyable it was to let the sparks fly between the two main characters without wet-blanketing them with an unnecessary punch line (or twenty), which is my tendency. I really want to end this answer with a joke right now.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

Abram’s the beach-loving side of me that’s like, “Let’s just relax for a bit, cool?”  Juliette’s the Starbucks-drinking side of me that’s like, “Cool, then what happens?” You wouldn’t think these sides would be compatible, but therein lies the mysteriously counterintuitive appeal of both the book and my personality? That’s what I’m hoping.

If you had to start over (don’t cry!), is there anything you would do differently?

*Stops crying and enters time machine* Hey, why do I look so miserable back in 2009 and 2011? Sounds cliché, but I really would just try to have more fun with the writing process itself versus waiting for something amazing to knock me off my poorly constructed DIY treadmill desk.

Share some of your favorite quotes (or a favourite moment) in this book.

Loved writing the Halloween party scene. Juliette’s reluctant appreciation of Abram’s beer-pong prowess, Heidi thwarting Juliette’s French exit attempts, Abram’s perfect robot-buster-outer timing, Heidi’s inappropriate twerking against her fellow dancers and frequent demands that they “Get it!”… my idea of a good time. I’ve also been known to self-LOL at the “Wouldn’t you know, there’s always a steep ravine nearby when I get into hypothetical car accidents” and “Let’s leave before she’s finished being disgusting” (re: the mysterious Starbucks bathroom occupant) lines.

I absolutely need snacks when I read – what would you tell me to eat while reading this book?

Food: Shredded cheese microwaved on top of Tostitos-brand tortilla chips (the cheaper Kroger brand is always a mistake, unfortunately) with Tostitos Restaurant Style salsa. Drink: A vat of Starbucks iced coffee sweetened with half-and-half (and maybe a single shot of espresso if you had a rough night last night). 😉


About the Author

Jay Clark is the author of Finding Mr. Brightside, which author Jerry Spinelli (Stargirl) calls “one of my favorite YA books ever,” and The Edumacation of Jay Baker, which Booklist praised in a starred review: “The magic lies in the telling.” He’s also a random blogger. Surprisingly popular entries like “How to stop hating people in 21 minutes” and “8 tips for posting your best selfie yet!” can be found on his website: jayclarkbooks.com.

When he isn’t writing, Jay enjoys thinking seriously about getting a golden retriever puppy but then having second thoughts about it, playing tennis as if something important is at stake, and complaining about his monthly Starbucks expenses when they’re fully within his control. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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Canadian blogger, wife, mother, coffee lover, and sarcastic at heart! She has had a love for all things bookish since before Amazon and eReaders existed *le gasp*. You can also find her organizing tours and other fun things at Xpresso Book Tours.

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7 Responses to “Interview with Jay Clark + Giveaway!”

  1. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I really need to read this book, Giselle. I love how unique his tweet was!!
    And I love that each of his characters has a little bit of the author. Oh and haha the author seems to be obsessed with Starbucks! *high fives*
    Thanks for sharing, Giselle! 🙂

  2. Meredith

    This interview brought the smile to my face that I needed today! I love his humor! In fact, this interview has made me want to read his novel even more. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Megan

    This book sounds really cute! Not my usual, but I would totally give it a try, since it sounds like it has a touch of humour.