Monday, April 15, 2013

Wide Awake Blog Tour: Interview

Wide Awake (Wide Awake #1) by Shelly Crane
A girl.
A coma.
A life she can't remember.

When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she's been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can't remember them. She can't remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can't remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the 'old her' makes her start to wish she'd never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he's dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.

Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?

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Author Bio:
Shelly is a YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a wonderful husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband's job. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read.
Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.
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How did you come up with the idea for Wide Awake?

I thought the idea of a girl waking up from a coma and not remembering anything while also falling in love with the man who was giving her the means to walk again would be an intriguing combination.

What are your plans for upcoming releases?

I have the sequel\spin-off to Wide Awake planned for the end of the year titled Wide Open. I have the final book in the Devoured Series and a contemporary, Smash Into You, from the guy's POV, Jude, who is on the run but doesn't know who chasing him. Then he realizes they are after a girl, Marley, as well and takes her away with him.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I started writing because we travelled with my husband's job. We live in Florida, but were in Illinois in the snow. We didn't know anyone and didn't know how long we were going to be there, so I started reading, which I'd never been a reader in my life before. I was hooked. But when I had read almost every book there was in the YA dept at Borders, I realized that a lot of the books were the same. I got to where I didn't want to read anything anymore because I was tired of reading the same story. So the idea for my book, Collide, came to me and I figured if it was fun to read a story, it would be fun to write a story. I started and it was like...crack. :) I was addicted in the best way. Collide, a 130,000 word book, was done in 3 weeks time. And I started the next one. I didn't even think about publishing until I had 4 finished manuscripts and 2 partials on my laptop.

How did you decide between self-publishing and traditional publishing?

After about 25 rejections saying that my books weren't what was trendy for today's current YA market, I decided to self publish. Honestly, I didn't think anyone was going to like it and it wouldn't hurt to just 'throw it out there'. No one was more surprised than me when Significance became a bestseller. :)

This or That:
Coffee or hot chocolate?
Mountains or beach? Beach!
Dogs or cats? Dogs
Basketball or football? Football, for sure.
Caleb or Mason? ;) Ahh! How could you! lol Um....Mason. But that's just because I just finished him and I've got him on the brain!

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