Wednesday, October 24, 2012

6 Questions With Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

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Happy Hump Day! I'm uber excited today to share with you guys an interview I did with FROM WHAT I REMEMBER authors Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas. FROM WHAT I REMEMBER is like "The Hangover" in book form for teens everyone. Think funny adventure from five very unique characters with a hint of romance. Anywho, without further ado, please welcome Stacy and Valerie!

1. How did you guys come up with the concept of the book?

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how this idea evolved, but it started with a small idea of a girl waking up in a strange place, not remembering what happened the night before, and having to piece it together. We knew we wanted to set the book in a foreign locale, and we knew we wanted it to be highly plotted, with a real ticking clock moving things along. Everything else in the book came about over time, in trying to work out the story and figure out who the characters are.

2. Which character is the most like you?

Valerie: Although I would say there is a little part of each character in me, I would have to choose Kylie as the character most like me. I was not an outcast in high school, but I had plenty of worries and neuroses, and I really didn’t know who I was for a very long time. I was also stubborn and passionate about my points of view, and needed a little perspective.

Stacy: Funnily enough, I think Will is the most like me. A little outrageous, anti-establishment, obsessed with clothes and always ready with a snarky comment.

3. What's the craziest thing you ever did in high school?

Valerie: I went to boarding school in Northern California and a lot of crazy stuff happens at boarding school, but probably my craziest stunt was sneaking off campus for an entire weekend, getting on a Greyhound bus and going to Los Angeles to visit my boyfriend. Didn’t get caught…

Stacy: I went to high school in Pittsburgh where things were pretty tame, for the most part. I grew up in an upper middle class neighborhood where in several parts of town, everyone had pools. I think the most outrageous thing we did was to go pool hopping in people’s swimming pools in the middle of the night. We’d climb over their fences, sneak through yards, slither through bushes, whatever it took to get into their pools for a dip, until we got bored or spotted and then we’d run away into the night. Never got caught…

4. What about the craziest thing you ever ate?

Valerie: I’ve eaten lots of weird things. I’m half Chinese and a lot of the stuff at certain Chinese restaurants is pretty unorthodox – duck tongues, fish eyeballs, chicken feet. I’ve eaten fried insects, and horse meat pizza in France.

Stacy: I’ve traveled extensively through Asia and South America, where I’ve eaten bugs, grasshoppers and various animal organs.

5. Do you guys have any plans on writing another book together?

Yes! We are currently writing two YA novels, and they are both almost done, God willing!!! One is closer to FROM WHAT I REMEMBER, in that it is a funny, romantic story, while the other one is a romantic thriller set in Berlin.

6. Twitter fun! In 140 characters or less tell everyone why they should pick up a copy of FROM WHAT I REMEMBER.

This book will make you swoon, laugh, snort, think, reminisce, ponder, and laugh again, so read it now!!!!

Lena here. I'm still reeling from the horse meat pizza and grasshoppers. *Shudders* Ladies, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to answer a few questions for us. Special thanks to Laura from Disney Hyperion for setting all of this up. Y'all, be sure to grab a copy of FROM WHAT I REMEMBER ASAP. You don't want to miss out on all the fun. For those contemplating getting an eBook verses hardback, I suggest you go with the hardback. Trust me on this'll see. :-)

Anywho, what's the craziest thing you guys have ever done?


  1. Seeing these two on the blog makes me remember ow much I loved loved loved this book & how I was sitting on a glorious (DISNEY) Cruise ship while reading it. ha ha. I honestly thing there are so many (non obsessive) readers who would also find a lot to love about this book.

    If only my senior year had some adventure like this one. ;)

    Thanks for sharing the interview! I'm excited to see the authors are collaborating on other work! Yay!

  2. Great interview, this sounds like a great read! My kids, husband and I like to read the same books; it's like our very own little book club. We just finished reading a great book called "The Gilded Butterfly" by Sergei Selivanov. You can check out the book and get it right off the website, I'll have to suggest this book to my family. Thanks for the post and the suggestion!

  3. From What I Remember was SUCH a FUN book. I enjoyed reading it so much, and I thought the adventure that the characters went on was crazy, hilarious and just plain fun! Great interview Lena :)


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