Author Chat with Carrie Ann DiRisio (Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me), Plus Giveaway!

Screen-Shot-2017-09-07-at-9.43.41-AM

Today we're excited to chat with Carrie Ann DiRisio, author of Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as MeRead on for more about Carrie and her book, plus a giveaway.

 

Meet Carrie Ann DiRisio!

 
 Carrie Ann DiRisio is a YA writer and creator of @BroodingYAHero. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with one large fluffy cat, and is currently pursuing her masters in Digital Marketing, although her true dream is to become a Disney Villainess, complete with a really snazzy gown.
In addition to writing and plans for world domination, she also enjoys running, coffee, Krav Maga, and knitting. 
 
Meet Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me!
 
 

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist? 

Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are? 

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide (with activities--you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love. 

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

 
 
A Chat with Carrie Ann DiRisio:

1.) Who is your favorite character in the book?

 

Blondie DeMeani! She's the antagonist, and Broody's evil ex-girlfriend. She's also a really fun deconstruction of the "evil girl" in popular fiction. We so often see the pipular girl, or the prety girl, or the girl who likes girly things, be labeled as the villian in a novel, and usually its for very flimsy reasons. I wanted to dig into this interlaized misogyny, but do it in a way that uses humor to educate, rather than insult. Humor can be a very tricky tool to use, but I truly hope others will love Blondie as much as I do.

2.) Which came first, the title or the novel?

 

For this book, the main character came first. Broody McHottiepants has been tweeting for a few years now, and we decided the time was right to give him the spotlight he so craves. It was really fun turning a parody twitter account into the main character (and co-author) of his own book!

3.) Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

 

Oh, wow. Well, I've been writing since I was five, so let me think back to the beginning of my more professional writing career, when I was querying agents. I think the hardest, most vital lesson I've learned is that the path to success looks different for every single author. Comparison is truly the thief of joy, as the saying goes. And also, that path can be a long one, full of a lot of heartbreak. Stubbornness is a great skill to have in this industry!

 

4.) What do you like most about the cover of the book?

 

EVERYTHING! Not even kidding. Linnea Gear's art leaps off the page, the font is so fun, and the color is beautiful. I couldn't be happier. I smile every time I see it.

5.) What was your favorite book in 2016?

 

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I read it when I was utterly exhausted, and creatively drained. The magic found in that story really inspired me. I recommend it to everyone. (And I'm the founding member of the Slate fan club, so if you like slightly dangerous, tough pirates, come sit by me.)

6.) Is there anything that you would like to add?

 

I'd love to talk a bit about the structure of the book. It's very unusual, because it includes both a narrative (what we would think of as a traditional "story") as well as chapters written by Broody himself, that are full of advice on how to be a main character. So, the book is sort of a really unique, fun hybrid between fiction and nonfiction.

7.) Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

 

Can I say Broody himself? ;) He can be a bit of a challenging character to work with, because everything he does is over-the-top, adverb-filled, and utterly full of his ego. But, he's also got a good heart, somewhere under all that hair gel and smoldering charm.

8.) Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or                   Revising?

 

Drafting for sure! I am a rather impulsive, big picture person. Story concepts come easy to me, but the fine-tuning part always takes me forever. As a teen, I never revised stories, because I was always too excited to get to work chasing down the next big idea. Now that I'm older, I am learning to enjoy the beauty that comes from polishing a draft.

 

 

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me

By: Carrie Ann DiRisio

Release Date: October 3, 2017

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

One winner will win one copy of the book with a signed book plate and a Broody candle. (US & Canada only). 

 
 

*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Author Chat with K.M. Walton, David Arnold, & Jame...
Giveaway: THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING (US...

Related Posts

 

Comments 6

Already Registered? Login Here
John on Thursday, 07 September 2017 17:06

The cover looks humorous. "Twitter personalities"--ugh! Fun book, I imagine.

0
The cover looks humorous. "Twitter personalities"--ugh! Fun book, I imagine.
Delaney on Saturday, 09 September 2017 23:16

I'm SO excited for this book! I think the cover is so sassy and this book sounds so hilarious!

0
I'm SO excited for this book! I think the cover is so sassy and this book sounds so hilarious!
Lily M. on Monday, 11 September 2017 07:26

Seems like its going to be a fun book, just what I need right now

0
Seems like its going to be a fun book, just what I need right now :)
Melanie Bracco on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 16:51

The cover is awesome and the synopsis sounds interesting!

0
The cover is awesome and the synopsis sounds interesting!
Darla on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 02:52

not fond of the cover. I just don't like the illustration. The synopsis reveals it'll be a satire.

0
not fond of the cover. I just don't like the illustration. The synopsis reveals it'll be a satire. :)
Danielle Hammelef on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 20:06

The cover is hilarious and matches the humorous synopsis.

0
The cover is hilarious and matches the humorous synopsis.

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Unicorns Are Real! (Mythical Creatures Are Real!)
Stardust and glitter and rainbows, oh my! Did you know...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
This Is Not a Love Scene
Lights, camera―all Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a...
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc
Bestselling author David Elliott explores how Joan of Arc...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Dragons Are Real! (Mythical Creatures Are Real!)
Moonlight and courage and sparks, oh my! That's what dragons...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe
Who do you become when you have nothing left...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Leaving Jackson Wolf
Passing through the transition hallway at South Park High...
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Once & Future (Once & Future, #1)
King Arthur as you've never imagined! This bold, sizzling...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Tuned Into You
A summer party is the last place Lydia Flowers...
 
3.8
 
0.0 (0)
Beware the Night (Beware the Night, #1)
When her world divides, pitting light against dark, Veda...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
controlfreak_wordart (wecompress.com).png
He actually gets the girl in this story. His perfect...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Soul of Power (The Waking Land, #3)
One young woman learns the true nature of power—both her...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Oath Taker
Light magic is forbidden. Dark magic spells death....
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Twisted Saga Collection 1
Save almost 40% off the price of the single books...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Sin Soldiers Cover
Red compound makes them angry. Yellow exhausts them. Blue drives...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Hunter's Truce
The Big Bad Wolf never killed for fun—he was on...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Lions and Lamps
Aladdin-meets-steampunk in this brand-new retelling from K.M. Robinson ...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Internment
 
5.0
"Seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her family live in fear after reporting that they were Muslim on a Census record. Because..."
Unicorns Are Real! (Mythical Creatures Are Real!)
 
4.0
"UNICORNS ARE REAL! is a bright, colorful, and cute book about unicorns. The images really leap off the page with..."
This Is Not a Love Scene
 
3.3
"THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE follows Maeve, who lives her life in a wheelchair due to a form of..."
Dragons Are Real! (Mythical Creatures Are Real!)
 
5.0
"This adorable board book brings dragons to life in a very fun way with bright and vivid images and cute..."
The Soul of Power (The Waking Land, #3)
 
5.0
"THE SOUL OF POWER is a strong conclusion in The Waking Land trilogy. While the first book focused on Elanna..."
Dragonfell
 
4.0
"DRAGONFELL is a fun middle grade that addresses being different and not fitting in easily in the context of a..."
Skyward
 
5.0
"Sanderson raises the YA sci-fi quality bar in this high-flying story of human survival, friendship, legacy, loss, and confronting enormous..."
Hurricane Season
 
5.0
"HURRICANE SEASON is a powerful middle grade novel that deals with some really important issues. Finola (nicknamed Fig) is in..."
The Afterward
 
3.7
"It's been a year since a team of knights, a mage, and a thief defeated a great evil. Hope sprung..."
You Are Light
 
4.7
"This elegant board book is a celebration of light with a simple lyrical poem accompanied by die-cut colored circles. When..."
The Lost Coast
 
5.0
"THE LOST COAST is lyrical, ethereal, and deliciously haunting. Danny has moved to Northern California with her mother, to a..."
Dia de los Muertos: Celebrate the World
 
5.0
"Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, teaches young readers all about this ancient tradition celebrated in Mexico and..."
So Many Sounds
 
5.0
"So Many Sounds is a fun bedtime story that will surly engage the child who doesn’t want to sleep, and..."
Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story
 
5.0
"Gittel’s Journey tells the story of a brave young Jewish girl immigrating to the United States from Easter Europe, all..."
The Flight of Mr. Finch
 
5.0
"The Flight of Mr. Finch is a sweet story about the power of friendship and the importance of self-sacrifice. Lovely..."
Meet the Artist: JMW Turner
 
4.3
"J.M.W. Turner was a landscape painter and student of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1789. As a young teen..."
We Rule the Night
 
4.3
"WE RULE THE NIGHT is an engaging YA fantasy that takes place in a world at war. Revna works in..."
Dragons in a Bag (Dragons in a  Bag, # 1)
 
4.0
"Dragons in a Bag is a whimsical, moving, and magical tale. Perfectly tailored to it’s intended audience, Dragons In a..."
Internment
 
5.0
"This book absolutely wrecked me. INTERNMENT is a YA contextual dystopian that takes place in the near future. Extrapolating from..."
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe
 
4.7
"THE LAST VOYAGE OF POE BLYTHE is a fascinating YA fantasy/dystopian that is even better than Condie's Matched series. The..."