Friday, November 27, 2015

The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill ~ Q&A, Feature & Giveaway

It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey... 

With her trusty baton and six insanely organized clipboards, drum major Liza Sanders is about to take Destiny by storm—the boat, that is. When Liza discovered that her beloved band was losing funding, she found Destiny, a luxury cruise ship complete with pools, midnight chocolate buffets, and a $25,000 spring break talent show prize. 

Liza can’t imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She’s therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking shockingly hipster-hot. And she’s especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens be Liza’s ex–best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that’s the band’s greatest competition.

But it’s not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza’s best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she’s about to find herself lost at sea.

Val had the opportunity to interview Lauren!

So much band and choir in this book, I have to ask: Any band or choir in your past? (I have some in mine!)

I was in the concert band until I graduated from high school, and did marching band my freshman and sophomore years (flute-totin’ band geek right here!). I also sang in church choir for several years in middle school and high school. I was your basic music nerd.

There was this band trip I went on to LA, yeah . . . very interesting. So this is on a boat. Is the whole band there? Are there just a few? What’s the deets?

The Trouble with Destiny takes place on the spring break band trip, which this year is happening on cruise ship. Since it’s spring (and marching season is the fall), it’s the concert band that’s going, but any good band geek knows that marching season never really ends! I basically stole the premise from my freshman-year band trip, when we took a cruise to the Bahamas and played a concert aboard the ship, though Liza’s trip is much crazier than my own!

How did you meet these characters? Did they come waltzing in your head, or did something trigger them into existence?

A lot of these characters were inspired by my own experiences in band, being married to a certified music nerd, and working with teenagers involved in band and orchestra. And though I hate to admit it, there’s a little bit of me in Liza. I was definitely a nerdy, high-strung teenager! And when I was in marching band, for some reason we were obsessed with Rocky Horror Picture Show, so that definitely found its way into The Trouble with Destiny.

Lauren Elizabeth Morrill is many things, including, but not limited to, a writer, an educator, a badass roller derby skater, a former band nerd, an aggressive driver, and a die-hard Mac person. She also watches a lot of TV, eats a lot of junk food, and drinks a lot of Coke. It's a wonder her brain and teeth haven't rotted out of her head.

Lauren is the author of Meant to Be, Being Sloane Jacobs, The Trouble With Destiny, and the forthcoming My Unscripted Life (October 2016), all from Random House.

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  1. I am so excited to read this book. On my winter TBR list, when I hibernate from the cold.

  2. Looks like an interesting book to read. I have been avoiding the store crowds so this will help pass the time away. Thank you and good luck.

  3. I want to thank you for having the giveaway. I like to read the excerpts, reviews and author interviews to pick my next books to read. I know "The Trouble With Destiny" will be on my list to read. Thanks Suck In Books for doing such a good job. Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Thanks for the interview.Sounds likes an interesting book. congrats to Lauren

  5. Ooh I love her books! I want to read this one :)

  6. Hmm taking the idea from a real life trip- I can dig it!

  7. Great post & interview! Thank you for the giveaway & hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

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