Google+ Reading Teen: SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider \\ Q&A + A GIVEAWAY!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider \\ Q&A + A GIVEAWAY!!

By Becca...

Today, I welcome Erin L. Schneider, author of SUMMER OF SLOANE, on the second day of Irish Banana's Summer of Sloane Blog Tour! Thank you so much Hannah and Erin! This was such a fun post to collaborate on, and I'm excited to persuade EVERYONE to read this epic book! Check out Erin's Q&A post below, and then stick around for an awesome giveaway!

By Erin L. Schneider
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (May 3, 2016)
Language: English

Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.

But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voice mails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.

Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu, and - although Hawaiian - should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion. Visit Erin online at Erin L Schneider or on Twitter: @ErinLSchneider1.

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

1. Was Summer of Sloane your first attempt at writing a novel?
ELS: I’ve been writing my entire life, but started taking things seriously back in 2008 – so SLOANE was actually my 4th completed manuscript, but my first YA contemporary. My other stories fell more in the YA Thriller and YA Paranormal categories, and there was even a YA Fantasy in there too – so it was an interesting twist to try my hand at a contemporary. If you’re interested, you can read more about my journey to publication here and here!

2. Have you ever broken a bone? (Funny story, I broke my arm because I ran into a wall.)
ELS: Ouch!! A wall? That had to hurt! J Considering I’m incredibly clumsy, it’s a surprise - knock on wood - I’ve never broken anything…but I did dislocate my knee when I was skiing many years ago and had to have ski patrol take me down the mountain in the bounciest toboggan ever…I still remember every single bump and dip we hit, I swear! And I’ve torn my calf muscle twice – once during gymnastics and once doing CrossFit. I think that’s life telling me to pick easier sports.

3. How do you cope with betrayal? Like Sloane, running away and keeping it far from your thoughts, or facing it head on?
ELS: I think it really depends on the situation. I’m not one to run away from anything and usually face things head on – but I think with Sloane’s situation, she had the luxury of leaving for Hawai’i shortly after hearing the devastating news. And sometimes getting away from it all gives you the time needed to think…and heal.

4. Are any of your characters based on people you know in real life? If not, would you ever consider doing that or do you just prefer creating them from scratch?
ELS: I would say there are many similarities between my characters and the people in my life – but there isn’t one person in particular who any of my characters are modeled after. I think most authors think about attributes from those around them, as it helps to get the character down on paper – but in the end, your characters are going to tell you who they really want to be.

5. What is your favorite way to spend a summer day?
ELS: If I had one way to spend a summer day, it would be sitting by the lake, reading a good book! But now that I have a little one at home, getting him outside to enjoy the gorgeous summer days we have here in Seattle…well, I think that’s becoming my new favorite way to spend a summer day!

6. If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
ELS: I would definitely tell younger me to enjoy everything in the moment and stop worrying about things I can’t control. As with many teens, I spent so much of my teenage years wanting to be older, wanting to be out from my parents’ house, things like that…now, what I wouldn’t do to be seventeen again! Oh and I’d also tell myself that while it might not feel that way, great things will happen later in my life…and all of it will be so worth it.

Tour Schedule:
Week 1:

Week 2:

3 Finished Copies of SUMMER OF SLOANE (US Only)

Are you excited for SUMMER OF SLOANE? Have you already read it? What did you think? I'm halfway through, and really enjoying it so far!! Let's discuss! (Also, breaking a bone really does hurt, and in my defense, I was actually playing Wall Tag, so it wasn't like I just ran into a wall for no reason!) :P

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