Yay! I am super excited to have been asked to join the blog tour hosted by the Fantastic Flying Book Club for Save the Date by Morgan Matson!! Morgan Matson is one of my favourite Young Adult contemporary authors and it was an amazing opportunity to not only review her newest book, but also ask her some questions!
This was definitely a highlight in my book blogging ‘career’ and I am honoured that my first author Q&A was with Morgan!
Keep reading to the bottom of the post for a link to a cool giveaway!
Q & A
First off, I want to just say thank you for joining the blog tour and answering my questions. You’re one of my favourite young adult authors and I am honoured to be able to ask you some fun questions!
What was your inspiration for this book? Did it come to you quickly, or was it a slow process?
It was a couple of different things! I’d been wanting to write about a big family for a while – Palmer, one of the side characters in The Unexpected Everything, comes from a big family and I just spent a lot more time talking about her siblings than I should have, since we never actually meet them. I’d been wanting to try something different in terms of the timeline – my last three books had all taken place over the course of a whole summer, and I thought it would be a fun challenge to write a book that took place over only a couple of days. So it came from wanting to try a whole bunch of different things, all at once!
The main character Charlie clearly loves her family. Which one of her family members was your favourite storyline/dialogue to write?
I was happiest writing the scenes when the whole family was interacting. So many characters, so much banter! It was great. My favourite character to write by far as Charlie’s brother J.J. I actually had to pull him back in spots because he was just threatening to take over whole scenes. My editor kept reminding me that this wasn’t a book about J.J.
What was your favourite place to write this book? Was it different during the editing process?
I love to travel and take writing retreats, so this book was written both in my home in Los Angeles and all over the world! My favorite place to write this was probably Italy, where I was in the summer of 2016, on a writing retreat with friends. In the editing process, I tend to like to be at home so I can pace around, think through things, go for walks.
What is your favourite quote from the book?
“I didn’t just get here.” – multiple people say it throughout the book, and it’s something I always say, so I love that it got incorporated.
What young adult novel have you recently loved and would recommend?
I loved Siobhan Vivian’s Stay Sweet! Such a great summer read about friendship, feminism, and ice cream.
Name 2-4 fictional characters you would love to be friends with in real life.
Hermione Granger, Lara Jean Covey, Bertie Wooster, and Nikolai Lantsov.
Apart from reading, I love watching TV. Reality shows are a guilty pleasure for me. What are your go-to TV shows?
I watch SO much TV. Lately, I’m loving Superstore, Brooklyn 99, The Good Place, The Good Fight, Killing Eve, Westworld, and Speechless.
Thank you so much to Morgan for answering these questions! It was such a great opportunity!
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For this giveaway, there are three copies of Save the Date up for grabs! It’s open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on June 21st. Please read the rules in the Rafflecopter before entering the contest.
About the Author:
Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.
Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.
Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world.
Morgan’s first novel, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, was inspired by her love of road trips, snacks, and the quest for the perfect playlist. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize.
Her second novel, Second Chance Summer, was inspired by her experiences spending summers in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. It was the winner of the California Book Award (YA category) and was named to the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults List, selected for the Oklahoma Sequoya List, and selected as a School Library Journal Best Book.
Her third novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, was published in 2014, and was a Publisher’s Weekly and international bestseller. It was named to the YALSA Teens Top Ten list, and the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award List.
Morgan’s fourth novel, The Unexpected Everything, was published May 3rd, 2016.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Murphy.
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