Author Chat with Laura Silverman (Recommended For You) Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Laura Silverman author of
Recommended For You.
Read on for more about Laura and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Laura Silverman!
Laura Silverman is an author and editor currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her MFA in writing for children at the New School. Her books include Girl Out of Water, You Asked for Perfect, It’s a Whole Spiel, and Recommended for You. Girl Out of Water was a Junior Library Guild Selection. You can contact Laura on Twitter @LJSilverman1 or through her website LauraSilvermanWrites.com.
Meet Recommended For You!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets You’ve Got Mail in this charming and hilarious rom-com following two teen booksellers whose rivalry is taken to the next level as they compete for the top bookseller bonus.
Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at Once Upon, her favorite local bookstore. And with her moms fighting at home and her beloved car teetering on the brink of death, the store has become a welcome escape.
When her boss announces a holiday bonus to the person who sells the most books, Shoshanna sees an opportunity to at least fix her car, if none of her other problems. The only person standing in her way? New hire Jake Kaplan.
Jake is an affront to everything Shoshanna stands for. He doesn’t even read! But somehow his sales start to rival hers. Jake may be cute (really cute), and he may be an eligible Jewish single (hard to find south of Atlanta), but he’s also the enemy, and Shoshanna is ready to take him down.
But as the competition intensifies, Jake and Shoshanna grow closer and realize they might be more on the same page than either expects…
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
One day my agent tweeted about the lack of YA books with characters working part-time jobs. This really struck me because I worked throughout the majority of high school, as did many of my friends. I also love workplace comedies – they’re my favorite TV shows! So I realized how much fun it’d be to write a YA workplace romcom. I decided to set it at a mall so Shoshanna’s friends could also work there, and we could have a giant cast of characters and a fun place to interact with. I also brought in a lot of other inspirations like Clueless, The Office, 10 Things I Hate About You, and You’ve Got Mail.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Shoshanna! I feel like side characters usually end up being my favorite, but in this case, the main character Shoshanna really is my whole heart. She’s full of so much love and enthusiasm – okay, sometimes a little too much enthusiasm, but she’s working on it – and I was so sad to finish this book and stop writing in her voice.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first. Shout out to my friend Anna Meriano (author of the Love Sugar Magic series and the upcoming YA This Is How We Fly) who titled the book for me after it was written. I was brainstorming titles with my friends, and when Anna said Recommended for You, I just about died because the title was so perfect.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Iced tea is an essential writing drink – mint green tea is my favorite. As for snacks, I’m a big fan of chewy and sour candy, pickles, popcorn, and recently I’ve gotten addicted to zesty ranch veggie straws.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Right now, I’m finishing an adult book called The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet. It’s an incredible book, and I’ve been devouring it. Next up on my TBR is You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. I just picked it up from my local indie and can’t wait to read it! I’ve heard nothing but good things!
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
So many! But my three favorite YAs of the year have been Late to the Party, Today Tonight Tomorrow, and This Is How We Fly!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I have two books coming out in 2021! An anthology I’ve edited called Up All Night. It’s a collection of fiction YA stories that all take place between sunset and sunrise, and it features incredible authors like Nina LaCour and Tiffany D. Jackson. My next YA novel is titled Those Summer Nights – it’s still a WIP, but it will also be a workplace romcom!
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Definitely Shoshanna again! Shoshanna feels everything at 110%, much like I do, and that’s a lot of feelings! I wanted to write a story that shows her growing and learning some impulse control, but I also wanted to affirm her enthusiasm and passion. Hopefully I managed that!
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
It used to be drafting, but now I like revising more. The blank page can really overwhelm me. Revising, while often difficult as heck, is less overwhelming because I have something to work with and shape.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Love this question! There are so many causes I care about like Black Lives Matter, gun reform, and so on. I’ve found that on a personal level I really enjoy helping fund diverse classroom libraries. I love getting books into kids’ hands, and I’m grateful I can use my platform to help fund these library projects.
Recommended For You
By: Laura Silverman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Release Date: September 1st, 2020
Two winners will receive a copy of Recommended For You (Laura Silverman) ~ (US Only)
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