Today we're excited to chat with Shani Petroff, author of Airports, Exes and Other Things I'm Over.
Read on for more about Shani and her book, an interview, plus a giveaway!
Meet Shani Petroff!
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She is the author of Romeo and What's Her Name, My New Crush Gave to Me, and the Bedeviled series, which includesDaddy's Little Angel; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress; Careful What You Wish For; and Love Struck, and is the coauthor of Ash. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she's not locked in her apartment typing away, she spenda a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and online shopping.
~ Interview ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I got stuck in a Florida airport while trying to make my way back to New York City. At one point, I thought I saw a recent ex of mine headed my way. (I actually ducked.) It wasn’t him, but I realized it would have made for a much better story if it had been him. I wound up brainstorming, and by the time I finally made it home, I knew I had my next book idea!
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I like them all for different reasons! I feel like I got to spend the most time with Sari and Zev, so they have a special place in my heart. I also love Sari’s family, as well as her best friend, Trina! However, the two guys, Fitz and Dylan, who went along on the travel adventures were so fun to write! I absolutely adore them. I definitely would love to revisit them at some point in time!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The book came first. My editor, Holly, actually came up with the title. We had a brainstorming session along with the director of Swoon Reads, and we’d been throwing a lot of different titles around—and liked the idea of a list. We knew we were close, but not quite there—until Holly said Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over, and we had that ‘yes!’ moment!
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I think the cover is beautiful, and I love the lettering. I think Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over is such a fun title, and the cover real highlights it. Pink is also one of my favorite colors, so that was an added bonus!
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?
Picking just one is so hard—there’s so many I can’t wait to read! ‘What If It’s Us’ by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera is definitely a book I can’t wait to get my hands on!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m working on a book called Finding Mr. Better-Than-You. It’s about a girl who gets dumped at the beginning of senior year and is determined to find someone better than her ex.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
It depends what point of the process I’m in. When I’m drafting, I think revising is so much easier and can’t wait to get there, and when I’m revising, I think how much easier it is to be drafting.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
There are several! I think giving back is very important. I try to do what I can, and some of the places I support include First Book, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the UJA (I sit on a couple of boards there), and the American Heart Association.
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over
By: Shani Petroff
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: May 15th, 2018
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