Novelist in Progress: Bethany Crandell

Novelist in progress…in which we get to know an author before the release date.

bethany crandellName: Bethany Crandell
Author’s Website, Goodreads Page
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Based In: La Mesa, CA (8 miles east of downtown San Diego)
Favorite Read: Hi, I’m Bethany and I’m a book slut. I typically fall in love with whatever I’m reading at the time and then move on to the next one.
Pet Peeves: Drivers who don’t use their blinkers. The sound of people eating popcorn at the movies. The checker at my grocery store who thinks his cartoon voices are funny.
Fiction-How-To or Publishing Book You’ve Found Most Helpful: Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…hugging myself in a padded cell.
Work in Progress: Stalking Whitney Houston, a contemporary YA about a girl trying to figure out who she is, not who her mother wants her to be. Continue reading

Novelist in Progress: Courtney C. Stevens

Future Release: The Fab authors you need to know about now!

courtney stevensName: Courtney C Stevens
Hometown: Bandana, Kentucky
Based In: Nashville, TN
Website, Twitter
Favorite Read: Winger by Andrew Smith; I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Pet Peeves: Cruelty to people working in the service industry, Room temperature drinks.
Fiction-How-To or Publishing Book You’ve Found Most Helpful: Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…Well, I am a professor, so I would definitely teach. I was also in youth and college ministry for nearly a decade, and that will always appeal to me. In the summers, I could totally work for a mowing/lawn service. But not if I had to also operate a weed eater, I’m too short for that.
Work in Progress: Faking Normal – Releases February 25th, The Blue-Haired Boy – Impulse release March 5th, Untitled Project (working title-The Truth Hurts) – releases Spring 2015
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Young Adult Fiction, 2014
Author Crush: Well, Smith and Zusak for sure, but there are so many people I admire. Here are a few: John Corey Whaley, Veronica Roth, Leigh Bardugo, Shaun Tan, Oliver Jeffers
What I’m Learning About the Craft So Far: The trickiest thing in writing (for me) isn’t writing a scene that works; it’s writing a scene that works with all the other scenes. There are a million ways to get from here to there, and authors have the obligation and responsibility of choosing the most powerful, compelling way to tell the story.
How I Deal With Writer’s Block: If Continue reading

Novelist in Progess: J.A. Bennett

Novelist in progress…in which we chat with a promising soon-to-be-published author.

Name: J. A. Bennett_jenniecrop
Hometown: Orem, Utah
Author’s Website
Current Residence: Tooele, Utah
Favorite Read: Anything YA, especially romance.

Pet Peeves: Being late, and people who drive too slow ahead of me.
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…Is there really any other option? For me it’s always been about
writing. I can’t see myself doing anything better. Can I be a professional reader? [Laughter]

Work in Progress: The Definition of Awkward, YA romance about a girl who’s well…awkward.

What I’m Learning About the Craft So Far: The number one thing I want to do is always Continue reading