Author Of The Week: Chat with Kristen Orlando (You Don't Know My Name), Plus Giveaway!!

Author Of The Week: Chat with Kristen Orlando (You Don't Know My Name), Plus Giveaway!!

Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!

Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!

We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!

 

 

 

Introducing Kristen Orlando, YABC's Author of the Week!!

Writing is one of the great loves of Kristen Orlando’s life and she has been lucky enough to make it her living, first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the other great love of her life, Michael. You
Don’t Know My Name is her debut novel.

 

 

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Meet You Don't Know My Name!

Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.

Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?

Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in the captivating and emotional page-turner, You Don't Know My Name, from debut novelist Kristen Orlando!

 

 

 

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YABC:   What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I write for a living (I was a TV producer and then I worked in marketing/advertising) and while I was pursuing my passion and got to create every day, I really missed creative writing. I wanted to write a young adult novel because it’s my favorite genre, but I just didn’t have an idea in mind.  It’s funny how inspiration comes to you. Sometimes it hits you in the most random moments. Mine certainly did. The idea for YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME came to me in the shower (where all the best ideas develop, don’t you think? What is it…is the the quiet? Is the scalp massaging? Shower = magic zone) My husband and I had just watched the movie, Red,which is about retired CIA operatives hunted by assassins. After we had watched the movie, I was in the shower and thought, “What would it be like to be the daughter of one of those top secret spies? What an interesting and dangerous double life you’d have to lead!” And then I realized…oh, my gosh, that’s the book I want to write! The plot came to me so quickly. I think I even came up with the underground group’s name, The Black Angels, somewhere between shampooing and conditioning. I was so excited by the idea I ran dripping wet through my house (in a towel of course…don’t want to scare the neighbors) to bounce the plot off my husband. He loved it and encouraged me to write it. So I did.

 

YABC:   Who is your favorite character in the book?

That’s like asking me to choose my favorite child! I have a soft spot of course for the main character, Reagan. But I have two characters I just loved writing. Harper (who is Reagan’s best friend) and Sam (Reagan’s surrogate aunt). Harper is based on one of my really good friends and she was just a blast to write. She’s effortlessly cool and quick-witted and fearless in a way that Reagan is not. But she’s got a heart of gold and is a total ride-or-die friend. And I loved writing Sam. She’s strong and fierce but funny and very loving. I wish I could write Reagan and Sam or Reagan and Harper scenes all day long.

 

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

If you count the series title (THE BLACK ANGEL CHRONICLES), that came first. That came in the shower before I had even written an outline. But YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME came after some chats with my editor. I think it’s the perfect title for this book because Reagan has been so many different Reagans and had so many different identities. But she’s never said her real name out loud. There’s even a line in the book where she says that the more identities and cover stories she gets, the longer the pause in remembering her real name.

 

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

Be patient with yourself. Not everything you write is going to be perfect. Keep finessing. Keep trying. Keep learning. Keep working towards making the work and yourself better.

 

YABC:   What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I am obsessed with my book cover. I know I’m biased, but I think it’s one of the most gorgeous book covers I’ve ever seen. Seriously! I love the red and black. And I love her in sunglasses. And I love that the face is mysterious and you’re not quite sure who she is or what she looks like. I also really love that any young woman can look at this cover and see themselves in it.

 

 

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

Currently editing the second book in THE BLACK ANGEL CHRONICLES! Then I’ll starting writing the third book.

 

 

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

I love, love, love revising! I think staring at just total white, blank pages can be a little overwhelming and intimidating. I am a word dumper. I just dump all the words out of my brain and then go back to revise. My first drafts are horrific. But it’s like sometimes, I just need to get the story out of my body. Then I make it pretty. I really enjoyed the editing process as well. I’m a super collaborative person, so I love coming up with ideas with my team.

 

YABC:   Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

Definitely the Wounded Warriors Project. The Black Angels are unsung, silent heroes. They put their lives on the line every single day. They die for their country, in the shadows and in secret. So I have always had a soft spot and love of people who are just so selfless. The world would be a very different place without all of our silent heroes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Don't Know My Name

By: Kristen Orlando

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: January 10th, 2017

 

 

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Comments 19

Donia Eskander on Monday, 02 January 2017 19:21

The cover looks really cool and has unique art. The blurb for the story sounds so exciting!

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The cover looks really cool and has unique art. The blurb for the story sounds so exciting!
Tiffany Engler on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 06:30

I love this cover!! I can't wait to read it!!!

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I love this cover!! I can't wait to read it!!!
Dianna G. on Friday, 06 January 2017 19:56

The cover is so mysterious and dramatic with the color contrast. As for the summary, it sounds like a thrilling read!

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The cover is so mysterious and dramatic with the color contrast. As for the summary, it sounds like a thrilling read!
John on Friday, 06 January 2017 20:47

I think the cover is very atmospheric and original! I appreciate all the hard work and thought that went into the synopsis!

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I think the cover is very atmospheric and original! I appreciate all the hard work and thought that went into the synopsis!
Kristy Petree on Saturday, 07 January 2017 13:37

The cover is beautiful, very eye-catching. Love the synopsis - what a choice to make! Thanks for the chance.

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The cover is beautiful, very eye-catching. Love the synopsis - what a choice to make! Thanks for the chance.
Sara Stevens on Sunday, 08 January 2017 02:06

The cover drew me in. The synopsis sealed the deal. This book sounds awesome!

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The cover drew me in. The synopsis sealed the deal. This book sounds awesome!
Anne on Sunday, 08 January 2017 21:20

This sounds like an exciting read! Cover is awesome!

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This sounds like an exciting read! Cover is awesome!
Candice Gigous on Monday, 09 January 2017 15:33

The cover is eye-catching. The synopsis is very interesting. Sounds like an exciting read.

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The cover is eye-catching. The synopsis is very interesting. Sounds like an exciting read.
Linda Romer on Thursday, 12 January 2017 14:08

You don't know my name sounds like a good read. I think the cover is cool! Thank you

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You don't know my name sounds like a good read. I think the cover is cool! Thank you
Camille Hartford on Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:39

Great cover and an interesting premise. Curious to read.

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Great cover and an interesting premise. Curious to read.
Courtney Gendreau on Thursday, 12 January 2017 22:33

The cover is a definitely an attention grabber. Looks like an interesting read

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The cover is a definitely an attention grabber. Looks like an interesting read
Kelly G on Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:58

The cover for this is amazing, and the story sounds great! I love spy thrillers!

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The cover for this is amazing, and the story sounds great! I love spy thrillers!
Nancy Hernandez on Thursday, 26 January 2017 20:13

The cover is awesome and the story sounds so cool, I cant wait to read it.

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The cover is awesome and the story sounds so cool, I cant wait to read it.
Laquesha Bailey on Saturday, 28 January 2017 07:56

The cover is insanely beautiful! And the synopsis is unique and intriguing.

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The cover is insanely beautiful! And the synopsis is unique and intriguing.
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 29 January 2017 16:33

The cover attracts my eye every time I see it. I love it! The synopsis sounds exciting and I love the choices facing the main character.

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The cover attracts my eye every time I see it. I love it! The synopsis sounds exciting and I love the choices facing the main character.
Dan Denman on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:10

The book cover is very unique! The synopsis makes me think that I will like this story and the characters!

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The book cover is very unique! The synopsis makes me think that I will like this story and the characters!
Danielle on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 01:47

I really like the cover. The girl seems formidable and assured but relaxed.
The synopsis hints at angst, action, and romance that draws the reader in wanting more.

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I really like the cover. The girl seems formidable and assured but relaxed. The synopsis hints at angst, action, and romance that draws the reader in wanting more.
Penny Olson on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 22:59

Both the cover and the synopsis convey a sense of suspense and excitement.

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Both the cover and the synopsis convey a sense of suspense and excitement.
Kara Lauren on Thursday, 02 February 2017 18:01

I love this cover! It pops out at you for sure! The synopsis is awesome, I love the idea of a female teenage spy!

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I love this cover! It pops out at you for sure! The synopsis is awesome, I love the idea of a female teenage spy!

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