Author Chat with Whitney Gardner (Fake Blood), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Whitney Gardner, author of Fake Blood.  

Read on for more about Whitney and her book, an interview, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

 

Meet Whitney Gardner!

Whitney Gardner is an author, illustrator, and coffee addict. Originally from New York, she studied design and worked as an art teacher and school librarian before moving to Victoria, British Columbia, where she lives by the Salish Sea with her husband and two pugs. In the rare moment Whitney isn’t writing or drawing, she’s likely to be reading comics, knitting, or roasting coffee. Her books include the Middle Grade graphic novel, FAKE BLOOD (September 4, 2018; Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers); and the Young Adult illustrated novels, CHAOTIC GOOD (March 13, 2018; Knopf Books for Young Readers) and YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE (March 7, 2017; Knopf Books for Young Readers). Visit Whitney online at heywhitney.com

 

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Meet Fake Blood!

A middle schooler comes head-to-head with his vampire slayer crush in this laugh-out-loud funny graphic novel that’s a perfect coming-of-age story for anyone who’s ever felt too young, too small, or too average.

It’s the beginning of the new school year and AJ feels like everyone is changing but him. He hasn’t grown or had any exciting summer adventures like his best friends have. He even has the same crush he’s harbored for years. So AJ decides to take matters into his own hands. But how could a girl like Nia Winters ever like plain vanilla AJ when she only has eyes for vampires?

When AJ and Nia are paired up for a group project on Transylvania, it may be AJ’s chance to win over Nia’s affection by dressing up like the vamp of her dreams. And soon enough he’s got more of Nia’s attention than he bargained for when he learns she’s a slayer.

Now AJ has to worry about self-preservation while also trying to save everyone he cares about from a real-life threat lurking in the shadows of Spoons Middle School.

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Whitney Gardner

FAKE BLOOD; September 4, 2018; Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Interview responses

 

YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the book?

My favorite character in Fake Blood is definitely AJ's older sister, BB. She's fun and bratty in that way that only older sisters can be, but she also really does care about her brother and tries to give him advice. She gives AJ a hard time, but she would do anything for him.

 

 

YABC:   Which came first, the title or the novel?

The title actually came first! This is going to show my age, but there was a show on MTV in the ‘90s where sock puppets would make music videos. They once sang a song about fake blood and it used to get stuck in my head all the time. When I came up with the concept for the book I kept hearing that song, so I borrowed it for my title.

 

 

YABC:  What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?



The scene I want to talk about would be a major spoiler for the ending of the book, but let's just say it involves one of those giant Paul Bunyan statues. The one I used to live by was nowhere near as big as the one in the book, but I like to imagine they are one and the same.

 

 

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

 

Finish your books. I used to come up with idea after idea and never finish them. And I wondered why my "career" wasn't picking up. I had a long talk with one of my artist friends who scolded me and explained I would never have a finished book if I never finished a book. Listen to your friends, they are wise.

 

 

YABC:   What was your favorite book in 2018?

UNDEAD GIRL GANG, by Lily Anderson. If FAKE BLOOD was a YA book these two would go hand in hand. Both have goofs and spooks, and soft quiet moments. It's my favorite sort of book. One you have so much fun reading because it doesn't take itself too seriously.

 

 

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

I'm currently working on illustrating a MG graphic novel about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg titled BECOMING RBG. Debby Levy, who wrote the picture book I DISSENT is writing the script. It's an honor and so inspiring to work on.

 

 

YABC:  Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

AJ is running away from his potential slayer through downtown St. Johns in Portland, Oregon, where I used to live. I had moved to Canada when I was working on this scene and drawing over all the details of my old neighborhood was making me very homesick.

 

 

YABC:  Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Revising. No doubt. Drafting for me is the hardest part. I love taking something messy and making it better; it's much harder to pull scenes out of thin air. When you're drafting you have to be okay with your writing being bad, and that shakes my confidence all the time.

 

 

YABC:   What would you say is your superpower?

You mean other than flying? I'd say drawing. I might not be the best at it, but every time I hold a pencil in my hand I feel powerful.

Whitney Gardner is an author, illustrator, and coffee addict. Originally from New York, she studied design and worked as an art teacher and school librarian before moving to Victoria, British Columbia, where she lives by the Salish Sea with her husband and two pugs. In the rare moment Whitney isn’t writing or drawing, she’s likely to be reading comics, knitting, or roasting coffee. Her books include the Middle Grade graphic novel, FAKE BLOOD (September 4, 2018; Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers); and the Young Adult illustrated novels, CHAOTIC GOOD (March 13, 2018; Knopf Books for Young Readers) and YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE (March 7, 2017; Knopf Books for Young Readers). Visit Whitney online at heywhitney.com

 

 

Fake Blood

By: Whitney Gardner

Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR

Release Date: September 4th, 2018

 

 

 

 

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Renee Moore on Thursday, 06 September 2018 13:41

My son would love this!

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My son would love this!
John on Saturday, 08 September 2018 16:32

"What do you think about the cover and the synopsis?" Good ligne claire cover! Sounds like a great graphic novel!

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"What do you think about the cover and the synopsis?" Good ligne claire cover! Sounds like a great graphic novel!
Marisa Fort on Monday, 10 September 2018 19:26

The cover is amazing and the synopsis sounds awesome!

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The cover is amazing and the synopsis sounds awesome!
Debra Branigan on Sunday, 16 September 2018 15:21

Love the fact you were a school librarian. I was until recently a 8th grade English teacher. Love the fact you live in British Columbia. I was born in the Pacific Northwest and grew up there. Also love the fact this is a graphic novel. Too many people discount them. I think the synopsis sounds good and I know the title/book cover will attract kids who like this genre.

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Love the fact you were a school librarian. I was until recently a 8th grade English teacher. Love the fact you live in British Columbia. I was born in the Pacific Northwest and grew up there. Also love the fact this is a graphic novel. Too many people discount them. I think the synopsis sounds good and I know the title/book cover will attract kids who like this genre.
Amie Lambert-Gaudet on Monday, 24 September 2018 21:00

I LOVE the cover. It has colors that grab your attention and the illustrated characters on the cover make you want to flip it over to read the synopsis.
The synopsis does its job of piquing the interest of the potential reader.

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I LOVE the cover. It has colors that grab your attention and the illustrated characters on the cover make you want to flip it over to read the synopsis. The synopsis does its job of piquing the interest of the potential reader.
Amber Terry on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 03:25

Always down for vampires and comics--two great tastes that taste great together I really like the cover illustration, too!!

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Always down for vampires and comics--two great tastes that taste great together :) I really like the cover illustration, too!! Thanks for the chance to win!
Emily on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 20:17

I love graphic novels and this looks to be right up my alley!

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I love graphic novels and this looks to be right up my alley!
Penny Olson on Saturday, 29 September 2018 23:12

The cover and the synopsis seem like a lot of fun. My daughter would love this.

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The cover and the synopsis seem like a lot of fun. My daughter would love this.
Dan Denman on Tuesday, 02 October 2018 11:11

The book cover is fun. I think I will like the characters and this story.

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The book cover is fun. I think I will like the characters and this story.

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