Teen Read Week 2018: Author Chat with Kevin Brooks (Born Scared), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Kevin Brooks (Born Scared)
as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!
Read on for more about Kevin, his novel, plus a giveaway!
Meet Kevin Brooks!
Meet Born Scared!
In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. A must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee’s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.
A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.
In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~
YABC: Did you prefer a specific genre as a teen? Or was any genre game?
My approach to reading as a teen was exactly the same as it is now. I had my favourite genres, the kind of stuff I’d always go back to – crime fiction, science fiction, Westerns – but I was never limited by genre. I’d try absolutely anything. If I liked it, I read it; if I didn’t, I didn’t.
YABC: What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer?
Writing of any kind is all about life, so although it’s very important to write as much as you can, it’s just as important – if not more – to make sure that you have a life. If you spend all your time writing, to the detriment of everything else, you won’t have anything to write about.
YABC: What book from your younger years do you still recommend today?
Nine Stories, by JD Salinger. It’s a collection of nine longish short stories, all of which are stunningly good. It had a massive effect on me, both personally and as a writer.
By: Kevin Brooks
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: September 11th, 2018
I think the cover is fantastic and enhances the title perfectly. I cannot wait to read this sequel. I have liked Mr. Brook's work since Martyn Pig.
I just heard about this book last weekend (it was recommended at a lit conference I went to). It sounds like something I would love and I really like the cover.
I love the cover which matches the thriller promised in the synopsis. The synopsis presented here is for a different book and I went to Goodreads to read the one for this book.