Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Interview With Sandy Hall + 2015 ARCs Giveaway


Want a chance to win all of these highly anticipated 2015 ARCs? Is that THE WINNER'S CRIME I see? Well, I'll tell you more about that in one minute. Thanks to the fabulous people at Macmillan, I had the honor of interviewing Sandy Hall, author of Swoon Reads first published novel, A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Y'all, I read devoured this novel last week, and it is SUPER cute! If you haven't read A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT yet, this interview will definitely make you want to ASAP. Without further ado, here's Sandy!


How did you come up with the storyline for A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT? Why did you decide to write this novel in 14 different points of view?

These first two questions have related answers because the idea for the book came about in a bunch of different ways. As a teen librarian, I know what my kids at work are looking for and what they're not finding on the shelf. Several years ago, I had a teen ask why there weren't many books about the first year of college. I filed that question away, thinking that if I ever wrote a book it should show normal everyday college life. Then when I heard about Swoon Reads I asked some teens what kind of romance they'd like to read. And one of the girls gave me a long paragraph about a boy and a girl who live parallel lives that never intersect. I loved the idea of that story, but felt like it'd been written many times. BUT! I realized that if I got out of the main characters' heads, and told it from everyone else's point of view, that it would be something different. And definitely nothing that I'd personally read before.

Which character in your novel do you relate the most with?

I like to think that there's someone in this book for everyone, but I feel like I personally relate to all of them in one way or another. Although I recently took a quiz that Swoon had linked on their website to find out which ALSD character you are and I got Victor.

If you could pair Gabe and Lea with other fictional characters, who would they be and why?

Oh gosh, as much as I love this question it's so hard for me to answer! I like to think of ALSD as sort of an ode to shipping and Gabe and Lea are the OTP of everyone in the book, and they're definitely mine. I just like them together so much that my brain is rejecting any legitimate answers.

What's your favorite quote from A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT?

It's not so much a quote, but a moment. When Gabe is reading his essay about himself and compares his shyness to the bicycle that grew into the tree. It's the first bit of Gabe characterization I came up with and I really love that image.

Care to share what you're currently reading and working on now?

Reading-wise, I'm catching up on my lengthy TBR list. I have a ton of ARCs from Book Expo that I haven't touched yet, not to mention all the great books that came out while I was busy editing and touring. I listened to I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson over the weekend and I loved it. It was such a great story to immerse myself in while I was driving to Virginia for a convention. Writing-wise, I'm one of those people that doesn't like to talk about what they're walking on until it's done. Otherwise I feel like I could jinx myself. But I'm definitely working on another romance!



Sandy, thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. Now, it's giveaway time! Let's take a second and take a look at the prize again, shall we?


What you can win:

*I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
*The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Curse #2) by Marie Rutkowski
*Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson
*Dream A Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
*A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me by Jason Schmidt
*Save Me by Jenny Elliot
*The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver



I'm seriously jealous of the winner here! To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends October 25th. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.



"The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together...."


a Rafflecopter giveaway

140 comments:

  1. SQUEEEEE! What an awesome contest, me want! =)

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  2. I'm a high school librarian. It's the best job in the world!

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  3. What an awesome selection of ARCs!
    I'm really excited to get my hands on A Little Something Different, the plot summary seems to match the title ;)

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  4. Loved the interview! I'm excited for A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT. It looks really good!! Thank you for this AMAZING Giveaway! :)

    Rafflecopter name: Vannah Batista

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  5. Thank you so much for this chance. I am not a fan of comtemps (usually) but I really enjoyed Alittle Something Different

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  6. I read A Little Something Different and loved it! See a romance play out from the perspective other than the people falling for each other was very fun. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

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  7. Congrats Sandy! I can't wait to read this book. It sounds really fabulous. Thank you for the interview, I always love hearing from an author.

    Thanks for the chance to win these amazing ARCS. They're beautiful and I want them all. ;)

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  8. I am so excited for A Little Something Different. I'm actually disappointed in the fact that I haven't read it yet. So excited!

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  9. I recently bought Sandy's book, because I am ALL for shipping. Also, I loved the idea of having all these different perspectives shipping theses two characters. It sounds so fun and sweet!

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  10. Thank you so much for the giveaway!
    And ohh, I definitely want to read I'll Give You the Sun now. ;D

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  11. AHH Winner's Crime!!! I want to pet the cover! haha I'm so very much looking forward to the second book. Thank you so much Sandy for this amazing giveaway! :)

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  12. I *adored* A Little Something Different! So sweet and romantic and SHIPPY. XDD And I cannot wait for those 2015 releases! Thanks so much for doing this interview and giveaway. :D

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  13. Great interview and I need to read this book :)

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  14. This was a great interview! Thanks so much for sharing all of the information and hosting the giveaway! :)

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  15. Great interview! P.S. Love the blog layout!

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  16. Words cannot express how excited I am to read A Little Something Different! I enjoyed the interview! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  17. I have A Little Something Different up to read soon and I'm really looking forward to it.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  18. The only book with 14 POVs. WOW! I am excited for this and I wonder how their lives would intertwine with each other. I love contemporary books! This would be an awesome addition! (Coincidentally Sandy is also the name of one of my best friends!) <3

    Carmel @ http://carmelandkyla.blogspot.com/

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  19. ALSD is one of the cutest books I've read all year. Can't wait for 2015's offerings.

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  20. Great selection! Can't wait to read A Little Something Different

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  21. Congrats Sandy! And I’ve seen this book EVERYWHERE so now (obviously) I’ve got to read it :) Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!! :D

    Rabiah (name on Rafflecopter)

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  22. I cannot wait to read this book!! I have it sitting on my desk but just haven't found the time. It sounds adorable. :)

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  23. Great interview! I'm jealous that she's already read Jandy Nelson's new book. (I know it is out, but I haven't gotten to it yet!)

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  24. I loved Something A Little Different. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  25. I admit, I didn't know too much about A Little Something Different until today - one of my bloggy friends is reading it at the moment. It has come highly recommended to me! Happy belated publication, Sandy :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  26. Good luck to everyone who's entering. You know, I've never heard of any of these books before this post. >.>

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  27. A little Something Different was super cute and I can't wait to see what you give us next! Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

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  28. Great interview, I haven't heard about this book before, but whoa at 14 POVs in it.

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  29. Thanks Sandy, I cant wait to read your book.

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  30. I am so, so excited to read A Little Something Different! I was lucky to win it in a giveaway, and I have been eagerly checking the mail- I LOVE the idea of 14 POVs! So unique sounding! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  31. this is such an amazing giveaway! thank you =D

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  32. Thanks for the chance to win amazing books!! :)

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  33. Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win! - Ashley

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  34. I love that as a librarian you take the time to seriously talk about the wants of your patrons. My sister has formed a great bookish relationship with the librarian who oversees the YA section at our main library. This is a wonderful giveaway contest, thank-you. :)

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  35. This book sounds so interesting. And I love the cover. I just added it to my TBR list and hope that I will get the chance to read it soon. What a great interview. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  36. A Little Something different was so great! Thanks for the giveaway <3

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  37. Your book sounds brilliant!! And the cover is soooooo pretty! :D Thank you!

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  38. Great interview! I'll have to add that to my TBR list! Thanks for the epic giveaway too!! :)

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  39. Great interview and such a unique approach to a story!

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  40. Good luck to everyone entering!

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  41. I STILL NEED TO READ THIS! It sounds absolutely amazing (and I'm waiting on the copy my friend is sending me!)

    Also HOLY SHIT THAT GIVEAWAY. OMGGGGG

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  42. I ADORED A Little Something Different! It was completely original and awesome! I love the squirrels POV! Too cute ;D

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  43. I really liked A Little Something Different and look forward to the next Swoon read! This giveaway is amazing, thank you so much!

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  44. Eep! Wonderful interview and amazing stack of books!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  45. just recently got back into reading again after two babies, so this would be an awesome win for me. :)

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  46. This is great! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  47. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway!!! :D I still need to get my hands on this book, I want to read it so bad!!!

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  48. Such an amazing giveaway!! So many great books

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  49. Thanks for the great interview! This book is definitely on my list : )

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