Jenn was a Deb before she became a Tenner, so I’ve been waiting for her book for a looong time, and I’m so excited I finally get to read it. (I haven’t yet, but my copy is on order!)
Here’s the official synopsis of THE SECRET YEAR:
Seventeen-year-old Colt has been sneaking out at night to meet Julia, a girl from an upper-class neighborhood unlike his own. They’ve never told anyone else about their relationship: not their family or friends, and especially not Julia’s boyfriend. When Julia dies suddenly, Colt tries to cope with her death while pretending that he never even knew her. He discovers a journal Julia left behind. But Colt is not prepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship, nor to pay the price for the secrets he’s kept.
Jennifer R. Hubbard lives and writes near Philadelphia. She is a night person who believes that mornings were meant to be slept through, a chocolate lover, and a hiker. She has been writing ever since the age of six, when she used to write and illustrate her own picture books. She will read almost anything, but prefers to write short stories and young-adult novels. The Secret Year is her first published novel. She blogs at http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/ .
Thai food or Chinese?
Chinese. My husband, on the other hand, is crazy about Thai and points out every single Thai restaurant we ever pass.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Read everything; write a lot.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished rereading Austen’s PERSUASION.
If you couldn’t write in your current genre, what would you write?
Literary short stories and flash fiction—which is what I wrote before I got serious about YA novels.
Ocean or lake?
Spring or fall?
Spring, by far. I prefer blossoms and light to dying leaves and hay fever.
Last book you gave as a gift.
My own! I got my author copies just before Christmas. But I also gave a relative The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
Chocolate chip. The operative word here is *chocolate.*
Beach or mountains?
Both; that’s why I love the Northwest, and why I enjoyed Maine.
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Jennifer!