Last month, the Fall Fourteeners launched in style with a great Kindle Paperwhite giveaway! (It came pre-loaded with some of our favorite YA titles--14 of them, naturally.) Today, we're excited to interview the winner of that prize, Jennifer Weiser!
Welcome to the blog, Jenn! Thank you for following the Fall Fourteeners, and congratulations on winning our Launch Week prize! Now, for our readers, please tell us a bit about yourself!
Thank you, Fall Fourteeners!! Hi everyone! I’m Jenn and I’ve never been really good at bragging about myself, but here goes nothing! I have a mad obsession with books, writing, book boyfriends, strawberry lemonade, chocolate, blogging, and Twitter stalking!
I’m not exaggerating when I call my love affair with books an obsession… considering I’m usually in a book store enough times during the week that I’ve made friends with all the sales associates at my local B&N and Books-A-Million. I wouldn’t be surprised, either, if those who work at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Lexington, KY can recite my address by now. Winning the Kindle has become a dream, because not only can I instantly download more books to continually fuel that healthy obsession of mine, but now, I won’t be lugging around tons of books when I go to the park with my four-year-old and gathering weird looks from the other mothers as I complain about the weight!
Sounds like our kind of reader! What’s the first book you remember reading that was important to you?
I know I should probably answer with something profound and intellectual, like a classic that everyone can nod along with and say “Oh yeah,” but I won’t. Because even though I love the classics just like everyone else, if I’m going to be real, I have to tell you that the first book that ever left me utterly speechless and in agony of stressing with a book hangover for a week would be Kiera Cass’s The Selection. To this day, it’s the book I continue to pull off the shelf and read over and over again. I’ve worn out my copy so much that I had to buy a new one, and all my friends this year for Christmas received a copy whether they wanted it or not. For those of you who haven’t read it, I really encourage you to!
Think bachelor, but instead of being some weird hunk that might have commitment issues, make him a nineteen year old prince who’s looking for a wife, and who happens to be dating 35 young women for the first time in front of his entire country and cameras because it’s entertaining and tradition. Now, take that, mix in a beautiful girl from a lower class in the country who not only doesn’t want to be a part of the selection, but has somehow managed to catch the prince’s eye, the king’s hateful glances and the rebels that are continually fighting outside the palace walls. Just when you think it can’t get any more complicated, the ex-boyfriend enters the military only to be added to guard rotation in the palace. Try dating a prince, while the country watches, the king wants you gone, and your ex that you still love wants you back…but now, you just might be falling for the prince, who you swore that you wouldn’t.
That’s what I call awesome.
We'd have to agree! Since we’re all about YA, we’d love to know, what do you like most about Young Adult novels?
I love YA for so many reasons! Mostly because it’s thrilling and fun! My favorite years were from sixteen to eighteen, and reading and writing YA just bring me back to the time of my life that I loved so much. It was the thrill of the first dates, break ups, the falling out of friendships, breaking curfew, and of course the drama! I’m a drama queen, so that is probably my favorite thing about YA. No matter the type of YA book I pick up, I’m always promised that there will be drama!
Yeah, we’re into drama too. So tell us what Young Adult drama is your favorite right now!
Ha! Well, I’ve already told you about Kiera Cass’s The Selection, but alongside her, my next top favorite is hands down Sarah Maas’s Throne Of Glass series. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a sucker for castles, ball gowns, princes, moody guards, and the allure of danger. With the Throne of Glass series, you get all that with one awesome twist--one very kick butt heroine, who just so happens to be her country’s most feared assassin! The series is fantastic! A girl who is trained to be a skilled killer, a king who needs a champion, a prince who wears his heart on his sleeve and a captain of the guard who may not trust her, but can’t seem to live without her, make this series a must! Of course, your killer assassin has her own secrets and when they finally come to light, nothing and no one will be safe from her wrath.
How can you not love that? :)
We love it! We also love extras at the ends of books (and we’re hoping our editors let us include some)! What kinds of extras do you like the most?
I love when authors include deleted scenes, but my favorite is a switch of character point of views. Just being able to get a glimpse into the mind of the love interest or the villain is thrilling to me. I’m always curious as to what the others might be thinking and feeling. When an author includes a small scene from a different POV, I know it’s better than sliced bread.
Last question! Will you risk reading in the bathtub with your brand new Kindle?
Certainly not! I’m not skilled enough to chew gum and walk at the same time! There’s no way I will chance losing my new friend to the watery depths of murky bath water. :) Rest assured Fall Fourteeners, Kindle and I will never tempt that fate. :)
It was great talking to you, Jenn! Readers, if you want to get to know Jenn better, you can follow her on Twitter @JenniferWeiser or check out her website at http://jenniferweiser.blogspot.com/.