Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Interview and Book Giveaway: Jeanne Ryan and NERVE

It is my pleasure to bring you this interview of Jeanne Ryan. Not only does this book have the coolest cover, but it's one of those stories I devoured without stopping. Leave a comment to enter to win a copy and please spread the word about this gripping debut novel. I'll announce the winner here on February 8th.

Jeanne Ryan is the author of NERVE, a young-adult thriller published by Dial/Penguin in September 2012. School Library Journal said, “Ryan questions the nature of entertainment and explores the concept of privacy in a world of increasingly sophisticated social media. Teens will find themselves drawn in by the story's possibilities, and unNERVEd by its outcome. Give this to Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games fans.”  It was included on the LA Times Fall 2012 roundup of young adult fiction and will soon be released in six foreign editions.

On Writing:

Favorite thing about writing a first draft: The possibility. At this stage, your book can be ANYTHING, and live up to the brilliant story you see in your head. J As the words flow and the story grows, the reality is that those first-drafty words won’t be brilliant, but, still, there are surprises at every turn and that’s exciting too.

Best thing about writing for kids and/or teens: The exhilaration of re-imagining all those “firsts”.

Favorite word? :  Yes!

One word that describes your path to publication: Dogged.

If I could have two dream careers, I’d be an author and a: Film director.

On Life:

If I could snap my fingers and solve one of the problems here on earth, it would be: An end to violence in all forms.

One question I wish I had a definitive answer to: The nature of God.

Best thing about being a child: Letting yourself fully enjoy the moment without worrying about the past or future.

Worst thing about being a child: The lack of power.

Best thing about being a teenager: The deliciousness of so much yearning.

Worst thing about being a teenager: The frustration of so much yearning.

Most memorable teen moment: I can’t think of an individual moment, but the most memorable experience was moving from Seoul to Detroit in ninth grade. I felt like a total alien.

One thing I’d like to say to my teen self: So, you wanna be a writer? Start writing!

A quote I live by: If not now, when?

My dream vacation:  Hawaii, with no itinerary.

In My Perfect World…

Everyone would get appreciated and a sense of fulfillment at least once a week.

There would be an abundance of opportunity and hope.

No one would be deprived of love.

Every child would have love.

No one would ever feel scared.

Peace would be free for everyone.


  1. Oooooooh, I really, really want to read this book! Love the interview. Great job, both of you!

  2. Great interview -- definitely a book for my "Must Read" list! Now I'm inspired and ready to take on the day. Thanks, Angi!

  3. Awesome interview. This cover scares me (in a good way)!

  4. YES! YES is a perfect word!!! I totally want to win this book:)

  5. Fun interview, you two! And I just want to add how much I LOVE this amazing book. Definitely a "can't put down" story!

  6. Terrific interview! Thanks so much, Jeanne and Angelina! I esp love Jeanne's answers to the best/worst thing about being a teenager. Oh, and POSSIBILITY -- I agree that's the most awesome part of first drafting! :)

  7. Great interview - NERVE sounds amazing. Another great book for my TBR pile!

  8. I just had the pleasure of meeting Jeanne in Seattle! Great to get to know her even more here. NERVE sounds really engaging.

  9. I want to hug Jeanne now. (And I got to read an ARC so don't enter me in the contest!)

  10. Awesome interview, which is not surprising because Jeanne and her book are both awesome. I already have my own copy, so please don't enter me in the contest, but whoever wins will be very, very happy.

  11. Great interview. What wonderful answers, Jeanne!
    —Salina (sorry--don't know how NOT to sign in as Penguin, instead of as myself!)

  12. I haven't read the book but now so, so want to. Enter me please!

  13. Lovely interview! I can't wait to read this book! :) lchardesty at yahoo dot com

  14. Great interview and I adore her perfect world. Can I live there, please? :)


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