Author Of The Week: Chat with Meredith Ireland (The Jasmine Project), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
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 Meredith Ireland, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Meredith Ireland was born in Korea and adopted by a New York librarian. Her love of books started early and although she pursued both pre-med at Rollins College and law at the University of Miami, stories were her fate. She currently resides with her two children, and Bob, a carnival goldfish, who’s likely a person. She writes young adult books, some of which you may like. The Jasmine Project is her debut novel.
Meet The Jasmine Project!
Jenny Han meets The Bachelorette in this effervescent romantic comedy about a teen Korean American adoptee who unwittingly finds herself at the center of a competition for her heart, as orchestrated by her overbearing, loving family.
Jasmine Yap’s life is great. Well, it’s okay. She’s about to move in with her long-time boyfriend, Paul, before starting a nursing program at community college—all of which she mostly wants. But her stable world is turned upside down when she catches Paul cheating. To her giant, overprotective family, Paul’s loss is their golden ticket to showing Jasmine that she deserves much more. The only problem is, Jasmine refuses to meet anyone new.
But…what if the family set up a situation where she wouldn’t have to know? A secret Jasmine Project.
The plan is simple: use Jasmine’s graduation party as an opportunity for her to meet the most eligible teen bachelors in Orlando. There’s no pressure for Jasmine to choose anyone, of course, but the family hopes their meticulously curated choices will show Jasmine how she should be treated. And maybe one will win her heart.
But with the family fighting for their favorites, bachelors going rogue, and Paul wanting her back, the Jasmine Project may not end in love but total, heartbreaking disaster.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
My favorite character is Jasmine herself. I loved writing a soft hearted, funny girl who has lost track of her worth. I think so much of being a teenager, and a person in general, is learning who you want to be and what you are worth. I like that she’s not fierce and ready to take down the world, but afraid of giving up the good that she has because she appreciates it. I also really love that she’s an adoptee where her adoption is just a facet of her life and not the focus.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first! We actually had a completely different and very long working title. Karen McManus of One of Us Is Lying fame suggested Project Jasmine, which became The Jasmine Project and the rest was history.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
It took me a little while to get the emotions of the beach scene right from the heartbreak of the flashback to the breakthrough. Without giving too much away, it’s such a pivotal scene and I’m proud of how it turned out.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
To read. No, seriously, that’s it. Reading critically is the most important thing you can do as a writer. It helps you know where the craft is, where the market is and what the expectations are. Read for world-building, for character, voice, emotions, pacing. Reading inside and out of your genre and category are important too. You may fall in love with something new or just take away a new skill.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love how the cover captures the lighthearted and sweet vibe of the book. I’m also excited to see a Korean American girl front and center and I thought the texts were fun and made it stand out. The rose on the phone cover was my idea as a nod to The Bachelor series.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2021?
Other than mine, lol? My friends have books coming out and I’m so excited for them. Never Saw You Coming releases on the same day as I do and in an alternate covid-free universe we would’ve had an event together in person. I’m excited for Jade Fire Gold and Within These Wicked Walls, as well as You’ll Be The Death of Me.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2020?
Oh this is hard. It’s a toss-up between Jade War which established an immigrant community in a way I’ve never seen before. And Black Sun which was incredible from start to riveting finish.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
My second YA rom-com, Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller, will release next fall and I’m very excited about it. It’s about two rivals for valedictorian of their hyper-competitive school who team up to win back their exes on an overnight road trip to the University of Pennsylvania. It’s very close to my heart as the MC is also an adoptee and demisexual on page. I adore enemies to lovers and went to a hyper-competitive high school so it’s hitting all my favorite notes.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love drafting! I love the almost trance-like nature of letting a story flow through you where you’re just a conduit for the characters and scenes. Revising is what makes it a book, but let’s face it: it’s work and a lot of it. Drafting to me is the pre-reward for revising.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I actually have a super sense of smell and it’s the worst super power in the world! Imagine being able to smell what someone ate or the garbage from the next room and that’s basically me. I’d really love invisibility but instead… I got this.
The Jasmine Project
By: Meredith Ireland
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 7th, 2021
Two winners will receive a copy of The Jasmine Project (Meredith Ireland) ~ (US Only)
*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*