Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Presents Jessica Brody

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit is a web ring of YA authors which I've recently had the great honor to join. Check these posts for the latest releases!

This week I'm so excited to welcome fellow contemp author, Jessica Brody!  Jessica's newest release, 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER, hit the shelves last week, and sounds like the perfect fun summer read.  Check it out:

Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.
“The #1 reason you’ll love this book? Because it’s tons of fun.”
-Bestselling author Meg Cabot
 “Famous and spoiled teenage heiress Lexington Larrabee could give the Kardashians a run for their money in this opulent and fast-paced story…sharp writing and over-the-top scenes will appeal to readers looking for a fun summer read.”
-Publisher’s Weekly
“This unusual riches-to-rags tale is fun and interesting…the mysteries layered throughout, as well as the depth of the main characters, draw you in. Lexi is an obnoxious but lovable character you’ll root for!”
-Romantic Times Book Review (4 Stars!)
 About Jessica:

Jessica Brody is the bestselling author of The Karma Club and My Life Undecided, as well as two books for adults: The Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover. In researching this book, she took on several minimum wage jobs, her favorite of which was working the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant. She splits her time between California and Colorado. Visit her online at: www.jessicabrody.com

You can also find her on:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jessicabrody
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jessicabrodyfans
YouTube: www.youtube.com/jessicabrody1

Now let's find out a bit more...

1. Do you have a pre-game writing warm-up? Something you do before you write to help get you in the right frame of mind?
Yes, actually I have a whole SLEW Of things! First off, I can’t write at home. I have to write in a public place. Like a coffee shop. For some odd reason, all the stuff going on around me keeps me from getting distracted! I know, counter-intuitive, right? It’s when I’m alone in my office that I find SO many other things to do and think about!
Secondly, I have a really cool “white noise” track that I listen to. Despite the fact that I have to have people and things around me when I write, I can’t have any noise. (Writers are so weird!) So I found this track called “Waterfall Entrainment” and it’s nothing but a constant waterfall sound that goes “SHHHHHHHH!!!!” in my ear. I loop it and play it full blast.
And third, I ONLY drink coffee when I’m writing. I’ve actually managed to trick my brain to thinking that coffee equals productivity. Plus, limiting my caffeine intake makes the caffeine more effective. So as soon as that coffee hits my blood stream, I am ready to rock!
2. Is there a time of day you like to write best?
Definitely the morning. If I wait too long, I get bogged down with other stuff and I lose motivation. And then I’m like, “Eh, screw it! I’ll write double the amount tomorrow!” Which of course, I never do. So I like to write first the morning and get it done!
3. Where do you write most often? Do you have a picture you wouldn’t mind sharing of your writing space?
I’m on the road a lot so I don’t really have a permanent writing space. I try to find a coffee shop near wherever I’m staying and write there. Panera Breads and Corner Bakeries are always good reliable spots. But I’ve been known to write in some very strange places! I finished my most recent novel in the lobby of a LaQuinta near the Orlando airport at 4 am in the morning.
4. What things do you always have on hand when writing? Special pens, notepads, snacks…
Just the aforementioned coffee, white-noise track, and of course, my headphones!

5. How do you stay focused when writing?
I don’t allow myself to check email, Twitter or Facebook at anytime during my writing session. It’s way too easy to get distracted that way. I only write about 2-3 hours a day but those are 2-3 intensive hours of JUST writing. Nothing else. For me, it’s easier to just power through and not take breaks then to write on and off all day.
 6. What is your worst writing distraction/procrastination tool?
Basically ANYTHING that needs to be done in my house: Laundry, cleaning my office, organizing my desk, unpacking my suitcase. Which is why I always have to get out of the house if I want to get any writing done!
7. Describe your perfect writing day:
I love days when you sit down to write and the next thing you know, three hours have passed by and you’ve written 3000 words without even trying. Those are the best days!

That would be a DREAM DAY.  Thank you so much for stopping by, Jessica! Can't wait to check out 52 REASONS!

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