Author Chat with Adrienne Tooley (Sweet & Bitter Magic), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Adrienne Tooley author of
Sweet & Bitter Magic.
Read on for more about Adrienne, her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Adrienne Tooley!
Adrienne Tooley grew up in Southern California, majored in musical theater in Pittsburgh, and now lives in Brooklyn with her wife, six guitars, and a banjo. In addition to writing novels, she is a singer/songwriter who has currently released three indie-folk EPs. Sweet & Bitter Magic is her debut novel.
Meet Sweet & Bitter Magic!
There's no golden ratio for a family, despite what number-crunching Violet might think.
Twelve-year-old Violet has two great loves in her life: math and pie. And she loves her parents, even though her mom never stops nagging and her dad can be unreliable. Mom plus Dad doesn't equal perfection. Still, Violet knows her parents could solve their problems if they just applied simple math.
#1: Adjust the ratio of Mom's nagging to her compliments.
#2: Multiply Dad's funny stories by a factor of three.
#3: Add in romantic stuff wherever possible.
But when her dad walks out, Violet realizes that the odds do not look good. Why can't her parents get along like popular, perfect Ally's parents? Would it be better to have no dad at all, like her best friend, McKenzie? Violet is considering the data when she and Ally get cast in the school play, and McKenzie doesn't--a probability that Violet never calculated. Maybe friendship and family have more variables than she thought.
Filled with warmth, math-y humor, and delicious pie, this heartfelt middle grade read is perfect for fans of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. Includes illustrated charts, graphs, and diagrams throughout.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Tamsin, definitely. I found her voice immediately, and writing her felt so natural. Her feelings (or lack thereof) were a lot easier for me to pinpoint than Wren’s. I also have a lot of respect for her--her circumstances are pretty terrible at the beginning of the book, she’s very aware that what she did was wrong, and she doesn’t try to rationalize it or justify it. But she continually thinks of ways that she can redeem herself, ways to contribute to try and help the people she hurt heal. For someone who cannot love, she’s still got a big heart underneath it all.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first, here! For a long time I had it saved in my dropbox as “Witch Love Story” or “Queer Witch Project.” My editor and I went back and forth for a while, but ultimately the team came up with this title that I think fits the book perfectly.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Persistence. At first I was afraid that if I didn’t write something perfectly the first time it was wrong or not worth pursuing. But now I’ve learned that sometimes you get an idea that you’re not ready to write yet, or you write a scene that then needs to be completely rewritten to find the heart or soul of it. That doesn’t mean you’ve failed, it means you care enough about the characters and idea to give it the time and effort it deserves.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
There is SO much I love about the S&BM cover. The soft, whimsical covers that reflect the writing in the book. The two main characters so lovingly illustrated. The easter eggs across the entire jacket wrap. But I have to say that my favorite part of the cover is that Tamsin and Wren are holding hands. When I set out to write this book, I never wanted the love story to be a secret, and the soft, quiet defiance of holding hands on the cover is really meaningful to me.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers, The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney, and an ARC of This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’ve been working hard on my next book, SOFI & THE BONE SONG slated for Spring 2022! This is another standalone YA fantasy, about a Sofi, a musician who loses her coveted title to a girl who has never even played the lute before. When she sets out to expose her rival’s use of illegal magic, what she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family, music, and the girl she thought was her enemy.
YABC: Are there any film adaptations, tv shows, audiobooks, or other adaptations in the works for this book?
An audiobook of SWEET & BITTER MAGIC is set to release on March 9, 2021!
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or revising?
This is a fun question, because the answer always seems to change based on which one I’m currently doing! When I’m drafting, I’m dreaming of revising, and when I’m revising, I’m dreaming of drafting. But for me, I think ultimately I like revising more, because to me, that’s when the story really becomes a book.
YABC: What advice would you give to new writers?
Be diligent, be patient, and always be looking for ways to level up your craft. Read widely and often! So much about what happens to a book after you write it comes down to luck and timing, that it’s important to focus on what you can control: ie your characters, the heart of your writing, constructing an intriguing voice, studying and improving your craft.
Sweet & Bitter Magic
By: Adrienne Tooley
Release Date: March 9th, 2021
Publisher: S&S/Margaret K. McElderry
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