This week's Author of the Week is actually a pair of authors who are cowriting one of the hottest contemporary series of the summer! Meet Ann Maree Craven and Michelle MacQueen, check out their latest release, and then be sure to enter to win!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Secrets have a way of getting out.
And I, Addison Parker, am the queen of secrets.
Really, I’m the queen of the entire school, but that’s one label I never wanted.
After an injury leaves me benched from cheerleading, it’s a relief.
I can spend time with my two best friends: yoga pants and books.
That’s secret number one.
Secret number two? Well, I’d have to kill you if I told you.
The only person I want to tell is Bookboy, my anonymous online friend. In my head, he’s perfect, a dashing prince straight out of one of my romance novels.
Whoever he is, he’s not the one person I can’t even look at. Because Julian Callahan is definitely not a prince.
But maybe a prince isn’t the answer because my life has never been a fairytale.
I have a secret.
Really, I have a few.
I am not my twin. Okay, that’s more fact than secret. My brother is dead, and I don’t miss him. That juicy enough? I think I’m supposed to wish he were here, but he did something terrible that night.
I’m writing a romance novel. Love is kind of cool, sue me. But that’s not the secret. That’s about a girl I’ve known for years, and I’ve never been able to stop thinking about her.
I also have this new online friend. LitGirl makes me smile a lot these days. And yet… she’s not the one I want. At least, I don’t think she is.
How do I choose between the only girl who knows me, the one leaving her hilarious comments in the margins of my book, and the girl I’ve loved my entire life?
One is anonymous. The other, only a dream.
But these secrets… they just might hurt us all.
Book 3 in the Redefining Me series, The C Word is a full-length, standalone YA romance with all the feels.
Get your copy HERE!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Michelle MacQueen is a USA Today bestselling author of love. Yes, love. Whether it be YA romance, NA romance, or fantasy romance (Under M. Lynn), she loves to make readers swoon. The great loves of her life to this point are two tiny blond creatures who call her “aunt” and proclaim her books to be “boring books” for their lack of pictures. Yet, somehow, she still manages to love them more than chocolate. When she’s not sharing her inexhaustible wisdom with her niece and nephew, Michelle is usually lounging in her ridiculously large bean bag chair creating worlds and characters that remind her to smile every day - even when a feisty five-year-old is telling her just how much she doesn’t know.
1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
In high school, the labels you get slapped with often become unchangeable and make people believe untrue things about you. Our writing duo decided to tackle various labels with the Redefining Me series. The C Word highlights the label of cheerleader. A lot of people don't necessarily consider this one of the bad ones, especially compared to "fat", "disabled", and "nerd" from the first two books. But it carries with it it's own weight. We wanted to show that you don't have to be the person everyone says you are. You get to choose how you treat people, and how you let your friends treat people.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
Addison and Julian are the mains, but as much as we love them, they aren't our favorite. Beckett Anderson rotates around the outside of the group featured in this series. They're heavy books and he provides the light moments we as authors sorely needed and we suspect the readers do too. He's just good and happy in a way few people are.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title, definitely. Ann Maree knew she wanted to write a book called the C Word and Michelle jumped on it as soon as she heard the idea behind it.
4. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Enjoy it. Celebrate every success and even the failures. As writers, we get to live in worlds of our own making. It's a powerful thing. Many of us are cranking out ten or so books a year and it becomes like a business. We forget that each time we type "the end" we've reached the top of another mountain. It's really easy to finish a book and just move on to the next.
5. What’s up next for you?
We have a YA M/M series releasing this fall. Dating Nashville will be available September 25th and it tells Beckett Anderson's story. We didn't plan a character like Becks in the N Word and the C Word. He kind of snuck up on us. But now our readers are demanding his story so we're going to give it to them. M/M is a new challenge for us, but we're loving every single minute of it.
6. Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
We don't have a specific scene, but any scene that is just day to day stuff. The fluff we have to add in. Both of us fly through emotional scenes, feeling every word, but then when it comes to a scene in a classroom or at a lunch table, we stall.
7. Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Addison. It was difficult because she didn't start out at the most likable character in part because of certain things she went through before the series began. She's having a tough time and is stuck in this role everyone has put her in. It takes some redemption in her own chapters, but also through Julian's eyes. We let him show us why we should love her too.
8. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Drafting. Especially since we co-write. Right now we're working at a pace of two chapters a day - one from each of us. And during the drafting phase, we not only get to put our own vision to paper, but we get to read what each other is doing. Every day we send our chapters and it's like getting a little present. I swear, we rarely even have critiques for each other. We just grin the entire time we read them and then gush over how great it is.
Three lucky readers will each receive an e-book of THE C WORD. The giveaway is open internationally. Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form linked below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.