Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Truth About Boys by Shana Norris ~ Author Interview


6 guitar strings. 2 boys. 1 summer to let it all go.

The summer before college, Kate Watts wants to do three things: make music, hang out with her best friend Ashton, and scoop ice cream. With an ailing grandfather, a flaky mom who shows up once every who-knows-when, and a looming tuition bill to pay, Kate doesn't need any more complications

But "complications" have a way of finding her.

Like when an infuriating new boy named Rory humiliates her at a party.

Or when her wild cousin Paisley shows up unexpectedly at her doorstep to stay. 
And then when she’s offered the chance of a lifetime–if she throws away the dream she’s been working for.

Soon, straight-shooting Kate gets swept up in a whirlwind of parties with Paisley, all while falling for hot-and-cold Rory…until she begins to suspect that Rory and Paisley might be keeping a huge secret together. Will Kate have to leave everything behind to untangle the truth—including herself?

The Truth About Boys is a companion novel to The Boyfriend Thief and The Secrets Between You and Me, and the third book in Shana Norris’s Stolen Kiss collection.

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Val got to interview Shana Norris!

Author Interview...

Most days, Shana Norris still feels like she’s stuck at sixteen, which is probably why she enjoys writing about teens. She's played the flute since she was eleven years old, but is definitely not planning to start her own DJ business anytime soon. Shana lives in a small town in eastern North Carolina with her husband and small zoo of pets, which currently includes two dogs, seven cats, and a small flock of chickens.

Shana Norris has entertained millions of readers as the author of Troy High, the popular Swans Landing series, and the Stolen Kiss Collection, which includes The Boyfriend Thief, The Secrets Between You and Me, and The Truth About Boys. You can find her at

Tell me about where this book takes place?  Why did you decide on that location?

The Truth About Boys takes place in Asheville, North Carolina. We first meet Kate in the second book in the series, The Secrets Between You and Me, when Hannah spends the summer with her aunt in Asheville. So when I decided to write a book about Kate, I went back to her hometown. I originally chose Asheville because I absolutely love it. I live in eastern North Carolina, but my husband and I love to take trips to the North Carolina mountains. Asheville has a great vibe to it, a small city nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There's so much to see and do. I wanted other people to fall in love with Asheville just as I have and so I wrote about a girl who has grown up there and is now facing the fact that she'll soon be leaving to go off to college, which makes her sad and homesick already.

What's Kate's favorite down time activity?

Making music! Kate loves music and she plays the piano and a little guitar, but what she really loves is creating songs. That's one of the things you learn about her in the book.

What's Rory's favorite food?

Hmm, I think I'd have to say pizza. He's a pretty typical teenage guy and he loves pizza with lots of cheese, pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms.

Describe the first meeting between Kate & Rory in three words. (awkward?, messy?, swoony?, misunderstanding?, etc)

Misunderstanding. Sparks. Funny.

Tell me something about Paisley that we don't learn in the book.
Paisley's bedroom is all decorated in pink and lace. She hasn't yet given up her childhood decor, and still has teddy bears and dolls all over her shelves.

Would you say this is a YA book for teens or is there something for everyone?
I think there's something for everyone! It's about teens and meant for teens, but I think that any age can enjoy it. Adults can be reminded of their own teen years and facing the emotions that come up with moving out of your childhood home. Teens can sympathize with Kate and Rory as they try to figure things out in their lives.

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