Author Of The Week: Chat with Tashie Bhuiyan (Counting Down With You), 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 Tashie Bhuiyan, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Tashie Bhuiyan is a Bangladeshi American writer based in New York City. She recently graduated from St. John's University with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations, and hopes to change the world, one book at a time. She loves writing stories about girls with wild hearts, boys who wear rings, and gaining agency through growth. When she's not doing that, she can be found in a Chipotle or bookstore, insisting 2010 is the best year in cinematic history. (Read: Tangled and Inception.)
Meet Counting Down With You!
In this sparkling and romantic YA debut, a reserved Bangladeshi teenager has twenty-eight days to make the biggest decision of her life after agreeing to fake date her school’s resident bad boy.
How do you make one month last a lifetime?
Karina Ahmed has a plan. Keep her head down, get through high school without a fuss, and follow her parents’ rules—even if it means sacrificing her dreams. When her parents go abroad to Bangladesh for four weeks, Karina expects some peace and quiet. Instead, one simple lie unravels everything.
Karina is my girlfriend.
Tutoring the school’s resident bad boy was already crossing a line. Pretending to date him? Out of the question. But Ace Clyde does everything right—he brings her coffee in the mornings, impresses her friends without trying, and even promises to buy her a dozen books (a week) if she goes along with his fake-dating facade. Though Karina agrees, she can’t help but start counting down the days until her parents come back.
T-minus twenty-eight days until everything returns to normal—but what if Karina no longer wants it to?
~ Interview ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I was inspired to write this book for the younger version of myself and for all the young brown girls out in the world, because I never had these kinds of stories while growing up.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Definitely Karina, but Dadu is a close second.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel! It was originally called Foolish Lionheart, due to a reference in the book, but eventually I thought of Counting Down with You and it fit the story perfectly.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
I love to snack on Oreos and Cheetos! (...Separately!)
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I think the most important thing I've learned as a writer is that it's really important to have a support system and people who love and care about you outside of your writing.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the little calendar days coming down from the top. It fits the book so well!
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta, Clues to the Universe by Christina Li, and Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong.
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I recently read an early copy of Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat and loved it immensely. Can't wait for the sequel!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Another YA contemporary called A Show for Two, inspired by when Tom Holland went undercover as a student at my high school during my senior year, releasing in 2022!
YABC: Are there any film adaptations, tv shows, audiobooks, or other adaptations in the works for this book?
There is absolutely a Counting Down with You audiobook and I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but I'm so excited to listen for when I do.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love drafting the most! It's so fun to create wholly new content and figure out the story for the first time.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Probably speed-writing. Fun fact: I wrote Counting Down with You in 30 days!
Counting Down With You
By: Tashie Bhuiyan
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Release Date: May 4th, 2021
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