Monday, October 15, 2012

{Interview & Giveaway} Jolene B Perry, author of Knee Deep


YAY! Today Girls on YA Books has a special guest!
Welcome Jolene B Perry! She is obviously an author of many more books than Knee Deep but that was the book I read by her so naturally that is the theme of the interview yes? ;D 
Stick around for a fun and deep interview with an awesome giveaway at the end!
So, let's get started!!....

~The Author~

IMG_9102.JPGFind her on...~Website~Blog~Goodreads~Twitter~
I wear juvenile T-shirts, worn-out chucks, and eat too much chocolate. I write. A lot. I make up words, drink Shirley Temples, and suffocate a little without my iPod.

  •  You have a various amount of books out and soon to come, how do you keep track of them all? I actually do a crappy job of this, lol. Every once in a while I forget about something... The "real" answer is that I have a running list on my iPad of "coming soon" projects, and what needs to be done on each. I occasionally forget to update this... I'm seeing a theme here... But it seems to work out in the end ;-)
  •  Lots of books = lots of love interests and characters, how do you manage to keep each character and love interest unique? Maybe I don't ;-O Kidding. I started college as a theater major, so for me, books are all about characters. Even given the EXACT kind of situation - friends to lovers for example - there are a MILLION ways to do this because there are a million settings and a million different kinds of people, and, and, and... I do run into the problem of running out of names... And occasionally, I'll come up with the perfect fix for a character, and realize I used something slightly similar for another book. Fortunately I have a good memory for this kind of thing, and pick it out.
  • What winter release are you most excited for? Why? I don't know. I'm holding a couple of them now. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater, and Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally. I JUST finished Everyday by Levithan and loved it. I'm DYING for The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, and the second book to Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.
  •  Luke...Romeo?? *swoons* If you were a teenager once again, would you be one of the girls pining over him? For what reasons (other than hotness ;D I think we get that obvious bit there hehe) I love boys with a sense of humor, and Luke's T-shirts would get me. I also love that his mom made big bucks, but he still wore tattered shorts. And surfer?? Hello :-)
  •  Ronnie deals with a lot of self-finding issues and other issues and in most cases she could have just asked her parents or friends for advice but instead she thought it was better to keep it in. This is what most teenagers go through...If you could go back and tell your teenage self one piece of advice, what would it be? To relax a little bit. To know that four years of high school seems like an eternity, but it's really just a blink.  What's your thoughts on talking to your parents/school councilor/friend? I WISH Ronnie would have trusted the people around her to go to them, and I think sometimes people don't because they feel like that person won't understand THEIR situation because it's so different. The thing is, teachers do not teach for the money (I was one) they teach because they love it (most of them). They will find a way to help.
  •  Have any specific authors been inspiration to you throughout your writing career? Laurie Halse Anderson, John Green, Carol Lynch Williams, Mindi Scott, David Levithan...
  •  And here is the big one...What advice would you give someone who's relationship becomes abusive like Ronnie's? The thing is. When we're IN those relationships, it feels "different" it feels less dramatic than it is because facing the fact that we're dealing with someone no one should have to live through feels too big to confront - at least that's what happened to me. If you're not sure about how your significant other is treating you, talk to the people who love you the most. Get outside perspective, even if it's just from a friend (in the end it's going to be our friends who save us in some way). And then hopefully people in those situations will be able to go from telling someone they're close to, to someone more "official" who can help in different ways. 
Thanks Jolene! Great answers! Very fun and deep indeed! <3

~The Book(s)~
Knee Deep
My review! (MAJOR LOVE!!)
Buy on ~Amazon~Barnes&Noble
Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He's her soul mate. He's more uptight every day, but it's not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she's adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he'll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won’t give up on someone she’s loved for so long.

Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He's the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she's playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him? Or is Juliet? The lines are getting blurry, but leaving one guy for another is not something that a girl like Ronnie does.

Shawn’s outbursts are starting to give her bruises, and Luke’s heart breaks as Ronnie remains torn. While her thoughts and feelings swirl around the lines between friendship and forever, she’s about to lose them both. {Goodreads}

More books by Jolene:
The Next Door Boys (Next Door Boys #1)Night SkySpill OverFalling 
Click pics for goodreads pages!
And more!! >>>  

~The Giveaway~ 
 So you guys are in such luck today!
Jolene was SO generous with her giveaway!!
Ready?? Here's the....
~Paperback of  Knee Deep
~1 ebook of winner's choice of any Jolene Perry book released (including ARC of Falling and Dizzy)
~ANOTHER 1 ebook choice (same as above)
Yes that's right there will be 3 winners! 3 amazing prizes!!

But before we get to the rafflecopter here are some....
 You must be 13 years or older.
Please refrain from leaving any personal information in the comments section
There will be 3 winners(chosen by Rafflecopter).
Each winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email/tweet. If not, a new winner will be chosen
This is an International giveaway!
Giveaway ends October 29.
Have fun!!! <3

Good luck you guys!
Thanks for stopping by!! :D
Have a great day/week!


  1. Great questions! Four years of high school do go by in a blink. So enjoy it as much as you can! Join every extracurricular activity you can. And Luke seems like a Romeo indeed. This interview = Major Love! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

    1. Thanks! I've been told but I plan on living it out! haha Oh..he was! ;D Thanks!! <3

  2. Thrilling interview. I'm excited about The Raven Boys as well. I won a copy of Knee Deep and have only good things to say about what I've read so far. Thank you for this giveaway.

    1. Thank you! I am wary of all books from Mrs. Stiefvater...her Wolves of Mercy Falls book didn't rub me the right way. But hope you enjoy it! :) Isn't it really good!? Your welcome! :)

  3. Jolene has so many books and I have not read a single one, but I want to read them all. NOW!!

    1. SO many books! I only got one down..many more to go but I do want them all..NOW!! as well! ;D Good luck! Hope you get to read one soon! :)

  4. Great Review! Can't wait to read the book!

  5. I love Jolene Perry but I haven't read that one yet -- your review makes it sound so good so now I really want to read it!!

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