Special post today, I got the honour to interview the lovely Jenn Bennett all about her new novel Starry Eyes – huge thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending me the novel to read early and for allowing me to interview Jenn, keep reading below to find all about Jenn’s latest novel.
1. What inspired you to write Starry Eyes?
I started out with a single idea: a boy with two moms that own a female-friendly sex shop. That’s not what the book is about, of course, but that’s the first spark of an idea I had. My family’s done a lot of camping, which is the setting for this, and my brother and sister-in-law got married immediately after bonding over a harrowing wilderness experience. Somehow, all of this sort of snowballed together.
2. What is one message you want readers to get from Starry Eyes after reading?
That no matter how hard you try to control every-little-thing in your life, you really can’t. Being able to adapt and roll with change may mean the difference in your overall happiness.
3. Was Starry Eyes a different writing experience than your other novels?
It was written during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, and their aftermath, which was enormously stressful for me. I had to force myself to turn off the news and stay focused on this lovely, good world I’d built, which was difficult.
4. If you were to cast Zorie and Lennon for a movie, who would you cast to be them?
Oh my! That’s a hard question. I think in my head, when I was writing, Lennon was somewhere between a young Gerard Way and Rami Malek. And Zorie…not sure. I guess I’d let readers tell me who they’d cast, as they are usually better at dream-casting!
5. And lastly, how long did it take for you to finish writing Starry Eyes
I wrote the first draft in six weeks—which is fairly typical for me, six to nine weeks. However, I got cold feet about three months before it was due, thinking that I wasn’t a gung-ho wilderness pro and therefore couldn’t authentically write it. I’ve done a lot of camping from childhood on, but I wouldn’t say I’m an expert. Or even an enthusiast. (When I was growing up and going on family camping trips, I would have said I was forced to camp against my will, LOL.) But my literary agent convinced me to have faith in myself and write it, and I’m really glad I did!
Book information + Synopsis:
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Publication date: June 1, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best-friends-turned-worst-enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together. Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to try to make their way to safety. But as the two travel deeper into the rugged Californian countryside, secrets and hidden feelings surface. Soon it’s not simply a matter of enduring each other’s company, but taming their growing feelings for each other.
Jenn Bennett is an award-winning author of young adult contemporary romance books, including: Alex, Approximately; Night Owls; and Starry Eyes. She also writes romance and urban fantasy for adults. Her books have garnered multiple starred reviews, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award, and been included on Publishers Weekly Best Books annual list. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two dogs.
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Huge thanks to Simon and Schuster and Aus Ya Bloggers for hosting this amazing Blog Tour and allowing me to have a part in it, hope you all enjoy Starry Eyes as much as I did!