SST: Interview with Lianne Oelke (Author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner)

Hello everyone! Today, I am thrilled to have Lianne Oelke (author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner) on my blog as a part of Sunday Street Team! Nice Try, Jane Sinner was one of my most anticipated releases in 2018, and I’m so thrilled to be able to interview her. Without further ado, let’s get into the interview!

1. Have you always been a writer?

Nope! I grew up loving books, but I never thought I was smart or skilled enough to become an author. It turns out that effort is worth a lot more than innate talent when it comes to writing. One of the first things I wrote for myself was LOTR fanfic in the 8th grade. I started a handful of novels in university, but never followed through with them. JANE SINNER was different. Because the story is so personal (and hilarious, at least to myself), I found myself strangely motivated to see it through.

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Blog Tour: Q&A with Jesse The Reader and Victoria Schwab

Hello,everyone! I’m ecstatic about the two guests I have today on my blog. In honor of the release of Because You Love to Hate Me, Victoria Schwab and Jesse George from Jesse The Reader are going to be answering a few Q&A questions!

 Jesse George’s Q&A

  1. Was Because You Love to Hate Me your first experience writing? How different was it to working on your BookTube channel?

    It wasn’t necessarily my first dip into the writing pool, but it was my first experience working with an editor. I tend to exercise a lot of writing for my videos whether that be during the brainstorming process or during the script writing process. Not all my videos are scripted, but my sketch videos tend to be. The primary difference in writing a piece for BYLTHM and working on my BookTube channel lies in the tone. My BookTube channel is more on the happy go lucky side of things, where as my BYLTHM piece dives into a bit of a darker topic. I’m excited for people to read the piece, though, because I feel like it’s different than what they’re used to seeing with me.

  2. Out of all fictional villains (books, movies, TV shows, etc), who would you be and why?

Without a doubt it would be Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events. He’s a villain that I love to hate. I find him ridiculous, outrageous, and completely over the top, which if you’ve seen my videos, you’ll know that a majority of them contain all of those things. My videos just lack the evil that Count Olaf brings to the table and I plan to keep it that way! 

  1. After Because You Love to Hate Me, do you think you’ll continue writing? Any specific projects you want to work on if so?

I’m currently working on two different writing projects! I won’t go into detail, because I’m terrified of jinxing myself, but I definitely hope to put out a book in the future. I’m in no rush, because I want to make sure I put out a piece of work that I’m proud of. I’m well aware that it’s going to take time to get to that point, but I’m looking forward to what the future holds. 

Victoria Schwab’s Q&A

  1. Was working on Because You Love to Hate Me  similar or different to writing your novels?

Writing short stories is a totally different art from writing novels, but I’m apparently even slower at it. It took me nearly 4 MONTHS to write “Death Knell” from first idea to finished draft. I had such a specific style for it in my head (I wanted it to feel like a folk song), and it became a matter of getting the execution just so.

  1. Out of all fictional villains (books, movies, TV shows, etc), who would you be and why?

I like to think Magneto from X-Men. My favorite villain is one who has a compelling backstory and a belief in what they’re doing. Anarchy is fun (see: Harley Quinn) but in the end, righteousness is more compelling. Plus, the ability to bend metal is pretty badass. So maybe this is more about who I’d WANT to be than who I would be.

  1. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to be an author/start writing?

Honestly, get to “the end” of whatever you’re trying to do. You can’t fix a blank page, and making something better is easier than making something from scratch.

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Blog Tour: Interview with Sierra Abrams (Author of The Color Project)

Hello everyone! Today, I’m thrilled to have Sierra Abrams on my blog today in honor of The Color Project‘s blog tour! There will be more information about Sierra and The Color Project towards the end. Let’s get into the interview!

1. Hi Sierra! Before we start the interview, can you briefly introduce yourself and The Color Project? 

Hi Liv! Thank you so so much for having me on your blog today! ❤ I’m Sierra and I wrote a book called THE COLOR PROJECT. It’s about a charity in a small town and how it affects the local community, as seen through the eyes of a girl experiencing her own personal tragedy while she volunteers at the charity.

 2. What was your inspiration behind The Color Project?

So many things that happened to me as a teenager. Most of them are spoilery things, but I can say that I wanted to read about more books set in San Diego!

 3. What is Bee’s Hogwarts house and why?

Bee is like me in almost EVERY respect….except her Hogwarts house. I’m a Ravenclaw, but she’s a Gryffindor. You wouldn’t think she is at first – she’s afraid of a lot of things – but I think that’s exactly what makes her a Gryffindor. She learns to do the hard, scary things anyway.

4. What is your writing process like?

A hectic, chaotic swirl of mad cackling, scribbling, drinking the tears of beta readers, and stirring my cauldron.

5. Which character was your favorite to write? Why?

I think, from this book, Suzie was my favorite to write. Suzie is Levi’s mom – you meet her about 1/4 of the way in – and she is just a LOVE BUG. She’s pushing through her sadness over her divorce in her own unique way that made me both laugh and want to join in. And she’s the BEST mom to Levi. Almost everything she said just clicked with me.

6. How long does it take you to write a first draft?

First drafts are a wild card in the sense of time. Some are 5 weeks. Some are 365 days. I never, ever know.

7. What inspired you to become a writer? Have you always enjoyed books as a child?

I fell in love with books at age 2, but I didn’t start reading for myself until I was 8. I got a set of HEARTLAND books for my birthday and just about melted out of love for them. I had already started writing, however – and I was taking it seriously, might I add – so this only fueled me to want to write more.

8. Do you have any upcoming projects that you’d like to talk about (if you can)?

I do!! I can’t say much about it, but I recently announced my second novel in my newsletter. It’s a New Adult contemporary set to release in the Fall of 2018, and you can already add it to Goodreads. 🙂 Thank you again so much for having me!! ❤

Thanks again to Sierra for such a wonderful interview!

Check Out The Color Project

Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

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Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

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About The Author

Author PicAt 7 years old, Sierra Abrams decided that one day she would publish a book. For over a decade, in between exploring other career options, she kept coming back to that very first dream. Now her life consists of writing books of all kinds… Kissing books, angsty books, killing books, whimsical books, and sometimes books that are all of the above. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, traveling, consuming sushi, or daydreaming about Henry Cavill.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday June 19
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Interview – Brittany´sBookRambles

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Review – ReadsandThoughts

Tuesday June 20
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Excerpt of The Color Project – TheYABookTraveler

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Review – TheHermitLibrarian   

Wednesday June 21
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Review – YAandWine

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST -Guest Post – LimeLightLiterature

Thursday June 22
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Review – AvdReader

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – DIY: The Color Project Bookmarks – LoisReadsBooks

Friday June 23
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Excerpt of The Color Project – TheReader&The Chef

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Mini Review & Favorite Quotes – TheLifeOfABookNerdAddict

Saturday June 24
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Interview – CurlyHairBibliophile  

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Mood Board – WonderfullyBookish

Sunday June 25
In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTReview – MorrissaReads

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Guest Post – AThousandWordsAMillionBooks

Monday June 26

In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTWays To Support Your Favorite CausesTalesOfTheRavenousReader

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Review – InkDin

Tuesday June 27

In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTReview – ILoveBooksGirl

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST –  Interview – Brooke-Reports

Wednesday June 28

In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTBook Hangover  – FablesandFae

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST –  Guest Post – Tiffthebooknerd

Thursday June 29

In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTReview – BookWyrmingThoughts

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Excerpt – SimplyNicollette

Friday June 30

In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTReview – LittleRedsReviews

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST –  Creative Post – LostInEverAfter

Saturday July 1st

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST –  Interview – ANewLookOnBooks

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Interview with Kayla Olson (Author of The Sandcastle Empire)

Hello everyone! I’m so thrilled to have a wonderful guest on my blog today. Kayla Olson, author of The Sandcastle Empire, has agreed to do an interview and I’m SO excited about it. I won’t say anything else because I just want to get straight to the interview. Let’s get started!

1. Hey, Kayla! Before we begin the interview, can you briefly introduce yourself and The Sandcastle Empire?

Hi, Liv, and thanks so much for having me! The Sandcastle Empire is a near-future sci-fi thriller/survival story about four girls who set off for an island in hopes of finding freedom there—only to find it more dangerous than the war-torn world they’ve left behind. As for me, I love coffee and chocolate and the beach…but would not want to be stranded on one! (That said, if I ever were stranded on one, coffee and chocolate would help considerably with the whole survival aspect.)

2. When you were young, did you want to grow up to be an author? 

I’ve always been an avid reader, but when I was young, I never quite knew how to approach being an author as a viable career. I was more of a journaler back then—but I did get into that because I dreamed of having my words written in a real, actual, book with a bound spine and a hard cover! It wasn’t until after college that I started writing fiction. Fortunately, by then, the internet was full of amazing resources on how to pursue the path to publication.

3. What is your writing process like? Do you have any specific things you need to do before you can begin writing?

Ooh, great question—I always love talking about process, and hearing how other people work, too. For me, whenever I get an idea, I always open a brand new Scrivener file and do my best to get the first page written. I’m a big believer in finishing what you’re working on (and these days, I have contracts and deadlines, so I can’t really switch projects based on feeling alone), so it helps to get the first line and the voice down for any shiny new ideas that hit me while I’m knee deep in drafting/revising something else! Having the first line and the voice ready to go helps immensely when it comes time to focus on the shiny new idea—it makes it much easier for me to slip into the project, even months or years after that initial spark.

4. (Cliche Question) How did you come up with the idea behind The Sandcastle Empire? 

I was having a particularly strong longing for a beach vacation, which coincided with some particularly strong nostalgia for the TV show Lost—the island setting came first, but quickly morphed from ohhh, I wish I was at the beach to I *must* write this story about this mysterious beach/island I never, ever want to visit!

5. What about Young Adult made you decide to write for teens?

Being a teen is such a huge time for developing relationships, empathy, and worldview—I remember that time of my life so clearly, and naturally gravitated toward writing about those years when I decided to focus on writing books instead of music. I also simply loved reading YA, so it made sense to write in the category I knew and loved so much!

6. Do you have any other passions besides writing and books? Do your interests influence your writing in any way?

Music was my first passion, and in fact, I think everyone—family and friends alike—expected me to go that route. I’ve always been a big fan of lyrics (think Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Sandra McCracken) and wrote a good handful of my own songs back in college. My background of writing/loving poetry and lyrics definitely influenced the way I approach words on the page!

7. Do you have any projects you are currently working on (if you are allowed to talk about it)?

I do! As you suspected, though, I’m not able to share specifics quite yet—I will say that it’s another YA sci-fi/survival story, with another tight-knit cast, and a good bit of mystery/intrigue there, too. It’s very different from The Sandcastle Empire, but still very me. I can’t wait to share more details about it—it’s planned for Fall 2018, again with HarperTeen, so watch my Instagram (@authorkaylaolson) or Twitter (@olsonkayla) feeds for more!

Thanks again, Kayla, for allowing me to interview you. It was a pleasure!

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Blog Tour: Interview with Victoria Scott (Author of Violet Grenade)

Hello everyone! Today, I am very excited to have one of my favorite authors on my blog! I’ve been a fan of hers for over a year now, and I’m on her street team (#VMafia). I knew I just had to jump at the chance to host her on her Violet Grenade blog tour run through Chapter By Chapter. Without anymore delay, I’d like to welcome Victoria Scott!

1. Hi Victoria! Before we start, can you tell us a bit about Violet Grenade?

Hi! Violet Grenade is a young adult psychological suspense about a teen runaway with a second personality. It touches on bullying, revenge, manipulation, and love.

2. You’ve mentioned that you usually get your book ideas with a BANG: how did you get your idea for Violet Grenade?

It came as a vision, actually. I kept imagining this small girl getting targeted by an assailant, and then being surprised when she turns out to be incredibly violent. I love the concept of not knowing who you’re messing with.

3. Was writing Violet Grenade different than writing your other books?

Yes, it was. This was my first psychological book, and definitely the darkest. It’s much, much darker than my previous books, and it was liberating to be given licence to push the envelope.

4. What character is your favorite to write about? Why?

The personality in Domino’s head, Wilson, is my favourite, though it was difficult to balance him. I wanted him to be funny, but dangerous, and that was tough to nail down.

5. What is your writing process like?

I’m a very fluid writer. I don’t jump around, and I follow a general outline. I try to write 1,000 – 2,000 words a day, five days a week.

6. How long does it usually take for you to finish a first draft?

Depends when my deadline is. Ha! I’d love to have a full year to write a first draft, but it usually ends up being where I have three months to write the entire thing. That’s the situation I’m in now drafting my next story.

7. What made you decide to write your books for young adults?

I think I sort of fell into it. I was in my twenties when I first started writing books, so I read a lot of upper YA. Now that I’m 100% adult, I sometimes tinker with adult books, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever fully make that leap. We’ll see.

8. Finally, can you talk about your next upcoming project?

I can’t tell you too much, yet. I’m writing the first draft of a new young adult book now, and I’m hoping to be able to announce something very soon. I’ll give you one hint: Nirvana.

Thanks again to Victoria for the interview! It was wonderful to have you on my blog!

Check Out Violet Grenade!

DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.

CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding.Violet Grenade

MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.

WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

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Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at

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SST: Interview with Laura Silverman (Author of Girl Out of Water)

Hello everyone! As a part of the Sunday Street Team, I’m one of the stops for a blog tour featuring Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman. I am BEYOND excited about this. Without too much delay, let’s get to the interview with Laura!

1) Hi Laura! Before we begin, can you talk about Girl Out of Water and what it is about?

Hi Liv! It’s about a California surfer girl who has to spend the entire summer in landlocked Nebraska. There’s family, romance, summer vibes, and probably way too many descriptions of food

2) Talk about your writing life: have you always wanted to be a writer?

I have! I’ve been writing stories since I could write, and I took creative writing courses in high school and college. I thought it was something I would work at for a long time and maybe one day in the far-off future I’d get published, but I decided to go to graduate school for creative writing, fully dedicated myself to the work, and before I knew it I was signing with an agent for my first novel!

3) What is your writing process like? Do you outline before or just dive into the story?

I definitely tend towards diving. I outline a little bit, especially as I get into later drafts and the structure becomes more important, but I let my characters drive the car pretty often

4) You’re very open with your chronic illness on social media: how do you think your chronic pain has influenced your writing life?

It limits it – I used to be able to write seven to eight hours a day, and that just isn’t possible right now. But I’m very grateful I have a passion and a job with flexible hours, so it’s challenging, but I’m making it work!

5) Have you always enjoyed books?

Yes, yes, yes! I’ve genre-hopped back and forth a bit over the years, but I’ve always loved reading and can’t see that ever changing

6) What was your favorite book as a child?

As a kid I loved Harry Potter, Matilda, Coraline, Anne Frank’s Diary, etc. The list of course goes on and on!

7) What are some of your other favorite Young Adult books (besides your own)?

I can never pick favorite books overall but some recent favorite reads are THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, THE HATE U GIVE, WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, and UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES.

8) Would you like to talk about any upcoming projects you have? How are they similar (or different) to Girl Out of Water?

I recently sold my second book – it’s also a YA contemporary, but it’s pretty different. My main character, Ariel, deals with academic pressure and examining his Jewish identity. Though – both books do have swoony romances


Thanks again, Laura, for your wonderful responses. It was such a pleasure being able to interview you on my blog!

Preorder Girl Out of Water 

Fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen will fall in love this contemporary debut about finding yourself-and finding love-in unexpected places.

Ocean breeze in her hair and sand between her toes, Anise can’t wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach with friends. Santa Cruz is more than her home-it’s her heart. But when her aunt, a single mother, is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins.

Landlocked Nebraska is the last place Anise wants to be. Sure, she loves her family, but it’s hard to put her past behind her when she’s living in the childhood house of the mother who abandoned her. And with every Instagram post, her friends back home feel further away.

Then she meets Lincoln, a charismatic, one-armed skater who challenges her to swap her surfboard for a skateboard. Because sometimes the only way to find your footing is to let go.

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Tour Schedule


Interview – Pretty Deadly Blog

Review –  Sarcasm and Lemons

Interview –  Curly Hair Bibliophile

Interview – Hopeful Reads

Mood board & Review – Here’s to Happy Endings

Review –  Book Nerd Addicts


Review – Fafa’s Book Corner

Interview – Books, TV, and More…Oh My!

Aesthetics Post – Roecker Reviews

Review – Next Page Please

Interview – Awkwordly Emma

Review – A Thousand Words A Million Books


Review – Books and Ladders

Graphics Inspired Quotes –  The Cozy Little Book Nook

Interview –  Tattooed Pages  

Review –  Crazy for YA


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Interview with Ruta Sepetys (Author of Salt to the Sea)

I’m beyond excited that I was given the opportunity to interview one of my favorite authors, Ruta Sepetys. I was able to meet her at the North Texas Teen Book Festival, and she’s extremely sweet and an overall lovely person. Without further ado, let’s get to the interview!

2. Hi Ruta! Before we get started, can you talk about the books you’ve written so far? 

I’ve written three historical novels: Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy and Salt to the Sea. They are all published through Philomel which is a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

2. What inspired you to go into writing? Specifically, historical fiction?

I am drawn to hidden history and stories of strength through struggle, so I look for topics that contain those elements. Writing historical fiction is like being a detective. I love discovering secrets and lost heroes.  Sometimes history can be perceived as boring. But through characters and story, historical statistics become human and suddenly we care for people we’ve never met, we can find their country on a map, and then—the history matters. Through historical fiction we can give voice those who will never have a chance to tell their story. That inspires me!

3. Is there a time period in history that you’ve wanted to write about but you haven’t yet?

There are many periods I’d love to write about! I’d love to write a novel set in the ’20’s and a novel set during the Depression.

4. Are there any characters you’ve written about that have been your favorite? 

I absolutely loved writing the character of Josie Moraine in Out of the Easy. The odds are stacked against her, but Josie is a fighter. She decides that she—and she alone—will be the author of her own destiny. She will learn to fly, even though she’s been born with broken wings.

5. In your opinion, what is the best thing about being a writer? 

My favorite part is the research. I love researching hidden history! I also love listening to readers share their interpretation of my books. I think the reader’s interpretation is more important than the author’s explanation. A book is different to every single reader. Each reader may read the same text, but they create characters and setting in their own mind and therefore no two are alike. That’s fascinating to me!

6. Besides writing and history, what are some of your other passions?

Music and family! Prior to becoming a novelist, I spent over twenty years in the music industry. I love the process of songwriting and making music. My family is probably my biggest inspiration. They’ve supported all of my creative endeavors and I adore them!

7. Which part of writing a book is harder: the research or the actual writing process?

That’s a great question. I’m sure it differs for every author, but for me the actual writing process is harder. Research is a fascinating exercise of hunting down clues and gathering information. Writing (crafting plot, managing pacing) is harder for me.

8. What are some of your favorite historical fiction novels (besides your own)?

  • A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

9. Lastly, what’s the next project that you’re working on (if you are allowed to talk about it)?

Yes, I’m very excited to talk about it! My new book is set in Spain during the 1950’s and reveals unknown history related to the Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco.

Thanks again to Ruta for allowing me to interview you; it was a pleasure to interview you. Thanks for reading, everyone!