Author Interview – Tracy Sweeney

imageWho designed the cover? My friend Liz Jaeger did an absolutely amazing job on the cover.  I swear she made me a hundred different versions – each one prettier than the next.  It was miserable picking just one.   I’m thrilled with the final product.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book? Unfortunately never back in time.  That would be awesome. I’m not Jillian. I’d tear the place up.

If you could go back in time what would or wouldn’t you change? Other than seeing to it that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake never break up? (Sorry, Jessica Biel, but we’re all thinking it.) Well, I’m not Jillian but we do share some similarities.  I was ridiculously shy and quiet when I was in high school.  I’m so outspoken now, it’s hard to reconcile the two personalities.  It would be a totally different experience.  And I own a flask.

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? I just finished The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater which is just so lovely.  I just started The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and it’s beyond amazing.  It’s probably going to gut me but the two main characters are killing me with cute.  I’m dying to jump on Laini Taylor’s sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why? I tend gravitate toward New YA so I’m a big fan of Laini Taylor and Stephanie Perkins.  I have such a crush on Etienne from Stephanie’s Anna and the French Kiss.

Who is your favorite author and why? I’ve never been good picking one favorite but I can tell you that right now that Gillian Flynn owns me.  I’ll read anything she writes.  She can take the most unlikable, unredeemable character and actually make you pull for them, even when you don’t even like them.  That’s ridiculously hard to do.  She’s amazing and evil.  I would be remiss if I didn’t add that both Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth are geniuses.

What do you do to unwind and relax? I wish I knew how to unwind and relax!  I’m always doing three things at once.  If I’m catching up on Dexter, I have my laptop, iPad and iPhone next to me where I’m probably working on marketing the book, posting a picture on Instagram, texting six people and on AIM with my best friend.  I’m probably folding clothes too.  I’m always folding clothes.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jillian Cross refuses to believe that a pair of skinny jeans has led to her untimely demise. Life just isn’t that cruel. But when an overly-enthusiastic attempt at squeezing herself into them leads her to fall and lose consciousness, she is faced with just that possibility. When she awakens with both a bruised ego and a bump on her head, she’s not in her tiny apartment but her childhood bedroom circa 1999-the spring of her senior year in high school. Jillian knows that time travel isn’t logical.

But then again, neither was her decision to wear skinny jeans. As she attempts to navigate her way through the halls of Reynolds High, walking the same path and making the same choices she made years before, she knows that any change she makes can have a catastrophic effect on her future. But when she strikes up an unexpected friendship with motorcycle-riding, cigarette-smoking Luke Chambers, can she pretend to be the same shy girl she once was? At least she has her pink sparkly flask to take the edge off. One little change won’t hurt, right?

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Genre – Chick Lit

Rating – PG13

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