Today, I am part of my first ever blog tour for a book that I am fully behind! I am currently reading it actually! I pre-ordered it and I am so excited to get to read it and review it for my blog at a later date. That being said, today I get to introduce you, my readers, to the book and also to learn more about the author, Jennifer Leigh, through an interview with the author! I am so excited to share this with you all. Can you tell? If not, let me tell you that I love the fact that I am getting to support a fellow book blogger. Yes, Jennifer Leigh is a book blogger at Bound to Writing, which I found out about from Danielle at Introverted Bookworm. First, lets find out a bit more about the book before we delve into the author interview.
Not Like Everyone Else Synopsis:
Ryan can’t seem to get her memories in order. When she breaks it off with her long-term boyfriend, Corey, she can’t help but feel free. But mysterious events keep Ryan asking “just what happened?” After her family moved to Ryton, after Carter goes missing, after Jacob is in the hospital. All of these afters, but Ryan can’t remember the befores. With Harper and Elliot by her side, Ryan can only hope that she does not forget… again. Will Ryan be able to recover her memory to figure out what happened when it all went dark?
Now that we know about the book, if you want to purchase it you can at the Amazon link below, want to interact with Jennifer click on the Bound to Writing link, and if you want to go to learn even more about the book (like GoodRead reviews) go to the Goodreads review link below:
Now that you know a bit about the book, here is the interview with Jennifer Leigh:
Q: When did you start writing?
A: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I clearly remember loving when we’d have to write stories in school. Then I would go home and write on Notepad. It was a lot of fun and definitely shaped the reason I love to write today.
Q: What is your writing routine like?
A: I’m terrible with my writing routine, if I’m being honest. I usually only write during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) or Camp NaNoWriMo and edit the other months of the year. When I’m focused enough to write, I set a timer for 30 minutes, curl up under a blanket, and write as much as I can. I also never go back to edit while I’m writing a story because then the story would never get done.
Q: Where is your favorite place to write?
A: I love writing in bed. It’s the easiest place to curl up with a blanket and some comfy pillows.
Q: What is your favorite thing about writing?
A: Writing is the best escape from reality. It helps get thoughts and feelings out using a creative outlet. Writing has been the one thing that has always been there for me and I’m grateful that I can use it to be creative and make myself feel better when life gets stressful.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: Everywhere! Life is full of ideas. I definitely get a lot of ideas in my dreams. Though, sometimes I find that I piece together bits of my dreams and real life.
Q: How long does it take to write a book?
A: Being that I usually only write during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) it takes me about 30 days to write a book or at least the first 50,000 words. It takes me much longer to edit. For editing, I take around 9 months to a year to go through multiple rounds of editing.
Q: Why do you use a pseudonym?
A: When I first decided to self-publish my first novella, The Stranger I Knew, I needed to put a name on the cover. I didn’t feel like my last name really worked for an author name, so I ended up using my middle name. I like the flow of it and when I get married, I won’t have to worry about changing it.
Q: What gave you the inspiration to write Not Like Everyone Else?
A: Ryan, my main character, came to me one day with her story. Though she was very vague. The more I wrote her story, the more she revealed to me. This is one of the rare stories, that I didn’t have a single clue what would end up happening, but I love the way it all turned out.
Q: Who is you favorite character in Not Like Everyone Else? Why?
A: My favorite character is Harper. She is such a bubbly and strong character that I can relate to. I had a lot of fun writing her and all of her quirkiness.
Q: What is the strangest thing you Google searched for Not Like Everyone Else?
A: Definitely having to break out of zip ties. Now, I can’t say any more or it would spoil the book. Just so you know, there is a lot of information on the topic and there are even videos to show you how it is done!
Q: Any fun scenes edited out of Not Like Everyone Else?
A: A baking scene. It was seriously out of character for Ryan to be so fun and playful and a baking competition was so out of place. As I read the scene, I ended up laughing so hard because it was like a completely different set of characters were making an appearance in the book.
Q: What advice do you have for other authors/potential authors?
A: Follow your dreams. It’s easy to put aside writing for everyday life, but you should never give up if you truly want to be an author. It’s a lot of work,. Yes. But it’s all worth it when you get to see your cover for the first time and hold a physical copy of your book.
I am so glad I got to learn a bit more about Jennifer through this interview and I am sure you are as well, but now you can see who Jennifer is and get a bit more info as well (including some links to finding her, you know if you wanna stalk her as a fangirl or something like that hehe):
About the Author
Jennifer Garey is a self-published young adult author and blogger that writes under the name Jennifer Leigh. She has participated in National Novel Writing Month where all of her thoughts come together and books are created. Jennifer has three published books: Incognito, In Plain Sight, and her new release Not Like Everyone Else. She also has published a short story, The Stranger I Knew. Her blog, Bound to Writing, focuses on young adult books and writing. She lives in New Jersey with her fiancé, two guinea pigs, and cat.
Find more by Jennifer Leigh at:
(Yes, I am giving you her blog link a third time because I want you to visit her seriously! She is all kinds of awesome.)
Want to visit the others on the blog tour? Here are the dates and who is posting for the blog tour for “Not Like Everyone Else!”
June 15 – (release day!)
Laura @ YA Book Divas– exclusive excerpt
Natasha @ Bookworms Corner– exclusive excerpt
Jasmine @ Reading with Jax– review
& Grey @ Grey Winters – author interview
Simant @ Flipping Through The Pages– review
Nina @ The Cozy Pages– exclusive excerpt
Annie @ Annie Woods Books – review
& Hannah @ Sprinkled with Words– review & author interview
Kaleena @ Reader Voracious – exclusive excerpt
& Shalini @ Book Reviews by Shalini – exclusive excerpt
Ashley @ Under Covers Book Blog– author interview & exclusive excerpt
& Faith @ Sucker for Coffee– review
& Shilpa @ Living in Fiction – exclusive excerpt
Lacy @ A Ravenclaw Library – review & exclusive excerpt
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