As part of a Teen Book Scene book tour, we're happy to bring you an interview and giveaway with the author of RIVAL, Sara Bennett Wealer!
Thanks so much, Sarah!
2. Brooke is described as "popular, powerful and hating every minute of it", does this describe your high school experience, or was it different for you?
I don't think I was ever really powerful like Brooke is, in the sense that I could help make or break someone else's social standing. I had my moments of popularity, but mostly I stuck with a few close friends. Brooke hates her popularity because she feels like it masks who she really wants to be, whereas I was lucky that I got to do and be what I wanted. I was a singer and a writer, and people pretty much saw me that way.
3. Your bio says that you majored in voice at University, what made you decide you didn't want to try to make a living as an opera singer?
Making a career as a performer is extremely difficult. Not only do you have to have an extraordinary ability, you have to be willing to work your butt off, make sacrifices, face a ton of rejection and keep yourself in peak physical shape all the time. When I got to college I realized that my voice probably wasn't special enough to stand out in the way it needed to. More than that, I realized I didn't want a singing career bad enough to do what it would take to develop my voice and then put it out on the marketplace. There were tons of other singers who did want it that badly. Rather than try to compete with them, I decided to focus on writing and pursue singing as a hobby. I'm so glad I did it that way!
4. Do you have a favorite character in RIVAL? What is it that made that character special to you?
I love Kathryn's friend, Matt. He's honest and dependable, funny and a little vulnerable - I sort of see him as an homage to the wonderful guy friends I've had in my own life. Everybody needs a Matt, and I've been blessed to have had a few.
5. What's the strangest question that anyone has asked you about this book?
I don't think anybody's asked me a strange question, but I did hear one description that made me laugh: Someone said that RIVAL sounded like "Bring It On," only with choirs. It *is* sort of like that, I think!
Rival hits stores on March 1, 2011!
Sara has graciously offered us a copy of RIVAL to give away to one of our followers!
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Read my review of RIVAL here.