8:04 pm EDT, July 28, 2012

Author Spotlight: Jenny Han

This week we will be having an author spotlight on some of today’s best young adult authors. Today’s spotlight is on Jenny Han, author of The Summer I Turned Pretty.

Along with the author spotlight, we will be giving away some great prizes like signed books from each author. Today we add a signed copy of It’s Not Summer Without You. Check back daily for the new spotlight as well as the new prizes!

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What is your most recent work and why were you inspired to write it?

My most recent novel is We’ll Always Have Summer. It is the third in a trilogy about a girl named Belly and the two brothers she falls in love with. They go to the same summer house every year and it takes Belly a while to decide who she really loves. It takes place over several summers with flashbacks. I had the idea to write the book because I wanted to spend a whole girl’s adolescence with her especially when things start to blossom and that is where the Summer I Turned Pretty starts.

What was easier to write the first line or the last line? And if you can quote it!

Last lines definitely! It is easier to button up a scene or a story. The first line I like labor over forever.

What is one YA book that is out now that you wish was out when you were a teen?

I liked The Babysitter’s Club but then I also started reading Flowers in the Attic and Stephen King when I was really young. I wish there had been more adventure or scary stories that were age appropriate for me. I wish I had things like The Hunger Games or Twilight because you are ready to read that and it is an appropriate story for teens.

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