Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ontario Teen Book Fest: Spotlight on Josephine Angelini


And I'm back! My second author for the Ontario Teen Book Festival is Josephine Angelini, author of the Starcrossed trilogy and the Worldwalker trilogy.

But first! Here's a little about the event once again:
  • When: Saturday March 3rd , 9am to 5pm
  • Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
  • The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org/
  • THIS IS A FREE AND UNTICKETED EVENT! There is also a FREE lunch provided by Panera Bread!
  • If you want to post about it on social media, use the hashtag #ontariotbf!
The event is sponsored by Once Upon A Time. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well. You can find out more about them on their website: http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/

I'm not the only stop on the blog tour! You can find the rest of the authors featured here:
FEB 19th
Spotlight on Jennifer Brody - What A Nerd Girl Says
Spotlight on Abdi Nazemian - Read Now Sleep Later 
FEB 20th
Spotlight on Anthony Breznican - Starkiller Reads
Spotlight on Lilliam Rivera - Movies Shows and Books 
FEB 21st
Spotlight on Jessica Cluess - The Readers Antidote
Spotlight on Cindy Pon - My Fangirl Chronicles 
FEB 22nd
Spotlight on Keynote Speaker Ellen Hopkins - Germ Magazine 
FEB 23rd
Spotlight on Aditi Khorana - Nite Lite Book Reviews
Spotlight on Mary Pearson - Adventures of a Book Junkie 
FEB 24th
Spotlight on Emily Ziff Griffin - Nite Lite Book Reviews
Spotlight on Brandy Colbert - Read Now Sleep Later 
FEB 25th
Spotlight on Keynote Speaker Josephine Angelini - The Readers Antidote 
FEB 26th
Spotlight on Isabel Quintero -  What A Nerd Girl Says
Spotlight on Amy Spalding - My Fangirl Chronicles 
FEB 27th
Spotlight on Jonathan Maberry - Seeking Bazinga
Spotlight on Keynote Speaker Jeff Garvin - Movies Shows n Books 
FEB 28th:
Spotlight on Ava Dellaira - Book Lovers Book Reviews
Spotlight on Kim Turrisi - Starkiller Reads 
MAR 1st:
Spotlight on Jessica Brody - Adventures of a Book Junkie 
MAR 2nd:
Spotlight on Robin Benway - What A Nerd Girl Says
Spotlight on Lindsey Summers - Seeking Bazinga

And now, about my author, Josephine Angelini!

Who is Josephine?

Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.  
About the first book in her Worldwalker trilogy, Trial by Fire: 
The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted... which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian... Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?  

THE INTERVIEW:

How does it feel to be a keynote speaker for such an awesome event?!
I don't know what the heck I was thinking when I said yes.  I'm such and idiot.  I have been wracking my brain for a topic.  Any ideas?  (Seriously, Nicole.  I have no idea what to talk about.  Help me!)  I hope I don't totally blow it.  Maybe I'll just get up there and tap dance.  To answer your question I feel honored, but nervous and like a giant dork for saying yes when there are tons of people who'd be better at it.
[worry not, readers, Josie and I put our heads together to find the perfect subject for a keynote speech] 

What made you want to switch from YA and write a middle grade book?
-Long story short, my parent's house burned down.  Yes, the house I grew up in.  (They're fine, btw.  No injuries of any kind, but they lost everything.)  It got me thinking about my childhood and I'd just recently become a mother myself.  When I set out to write Snow Lane my daughter was just a few months old, so I had a new perspective on childhood.  I realized that I needed to write about mine.  I wanted to write something hopeful and uplifting for her, even though there are some dark and difficult issues in Snow Lane.  Emotionally, it was the hardest thing for me to write, but I needed to do it.  The time was right for me to speak out.  That being said, I don't know if I'll ever write another Middle Grade book.  I said what I needed to say in Snow Lane and I'm very happy with it.  I've made my peace.

What fantasy world would you most like to live in?
The one where I get to be powerful and magical and have the ability to fly.  It's not the place that matters, but your place in it.  For instance, I'd love to live in Harry Potter's world, but what's the point if I'm a Muggle?  It would be exactly where I'm at now.  Which is fine because I love my life.  Come to think of it, maybe I am a Muggle in Harry Potter's world.  

What are you writing now?
I just finished a contemporary YA book.  It starts as a romance and then it goes off the rails.  Put it this way, it's like a romance and a thriller collided at the midpoint.  It's got a few twists in it that I think will surprise people.

What’s your writing process?
I write every day.  I'm a "planner" not a "pantser" and I have to work in shifts.  I write at night after my daughter goes to sleep, and then in the morning after she goes to school I edit what I put down the night before.  I can't sit still for longer than an hour and half, two hours tops (I'm way too ADD) so I have to break it up.

How does it feel to have written 2 full trilogies, and do you have any new series planned for the future?
It's strange to think how fast it's all gone.  In some ways I feel like I'm still learning how to do this writing thing and in other ways I look back at how much I've grown and I feel like I've climbed a couple of mountains.  You come up with and idea, you chip away at it every day, and before you know it you've got two series!  It's crazy, but very gratifying.  I just count myself lucky that there are people who actually want to read all my books!
My next project is something I've been outlining for about three years now.  It's an adult fantasy series, but it will take me a long time to finish it.  It's my biggest world yet, with multiple points of view and the most complicated plot I've ever attempted.  I'm ready for it, but it's an ambitious endeavor so I'm not going to project how long it will take.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The ability to make everyone the best versions of themselves.  Including me.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE INTERVIEW, JOSIE!


The Giveaway: It's a rafflecopter giveaway! The prize for the giveaway is an Ontario TBF poster signed by all attending authors (please make note that authors can cancel, or be missed in the signing of the poster…though that is all VERY rare!). You can find it on Rafflecoptor here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/8952c82035. Or enter below:


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