GUEST STAR: Denise Jaden
It’s time for another Guest Star! Our guest this week is Denise Jaden, author of the brand new release, Never Enough!
About NEVER ENOUGH:
Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special…even if that means betraying her sister.
But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. And Loann is frightened she could lose the sister she’s always idolized.
As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship—and her sister—before it’s too late?
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Watch the BOOK TRAILER here:
And she’s got a Fantastic Giveaway:
Denise is holding a contest on her blog for four boxes of great books! Anyone who comments on Jessica’s blog (here) will automatically be eligible to win. Read more about the Contest!
Check out our Q&A with the Author:
Never Enough sounds like such a great concept. How did you come up with the idea?
A good friend of mine was struggling with overcoming a severe eating disorder. As a means of understanding her struggle better, I decided to write a story about a girl struggling with similar things.
What’s the first thing you do when starting a new book? What’s the first thing you do when finishing a new book?
When starting a new book, I’m really gung-ho about getting my writerly affairs in order. I turn off the Internet, warn my family of my secluded writing times, and push through my first two thousand words on the first day, whether I feel like I’m on track or not. The finishing of a book is much more fun! It varies from book to book, but let’s just say it almost always involves wine and chocolate.
Marcus in your book is very dreamy. I fell just a little bit in love when I read it. Is he inspired by anyone you know?
Yes, as a matter of fact. I had a good friend in high school who I hung out with regularly and he was a little like Marcus. We used to make derogatory comments to one another as a friendly gesture, and he was tall and lanky with dark hair like Marcus. This relationship of mine was always completely platonic, but there were plenty of times I thought of this old friend of mine while developing the friendship between Loann and Marcus.
As writers, we all love to procrastinate. What’s your favorite procrastination activity?
TWITTER!!! But Twitter helps spur me on to write sometimes as well. You can find me at @denisejaden, and I have a network of writers who procrastinate—I mean spur each other on—under the hashtag #wipmadness . You’re welcome to hang out with us any time!
If your main character, Loann, could give one piece of advice to teenage girls, what would it be?
That no matter how strange you think you are or no matter how much you think you don’t measure up or fit in, there is one perfect friend out there for you who will love the person that you truly are.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on another YA contemporary romance/mystery, tentatively titled FOREIGN EXCHANGE. It’s about a girl who sneaks off of her class trip in Europe, along with her crush, to find her missing best friend.
About the Author:
Denise Jaden spent her high school lunch hours trying to tame her frizzy/curly hair in the bathroom, or playing freeze tag in the drama room. She attended the theatre program at college, and then enjoyed a variety of occupations, including stage production, mushroom farming, and Polynesian dancing. The first draft of her debut novel, Losing Faith, was written in 21 days during National Novel Writing Month. This is her second novel. She lives just outside Vancouver, Canada with her husband and son.
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