Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Eric Devine is the author of multiple works of Young Adult fiction, most recently, Press Play. His work has been listed by YALSA and Booklist for reluctant readers and for Best in Sports. He is also a veteran high school English teacher and is married to his high school sweetheart. He and his wife have two wonderful daughters and two not-so-wonderful Labradors. 

Now, let's get to know this badass.

What is your favorite word?

What is your least favorite word?

What sound or noise do you love?
The first few raindrops before a downpour. I love the anticipation you can hear after they fall. 

What sound or noise do you hate?  
The crackling of motorcycles.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 
Construction, because it’s the antithesis of my skill set.

What profession would you not like to do?
Anything in an office with meetings and pulse-checking boredom attached.

What is your favorite color Popsicle?

Sky Blue. Reminds me of Little League baseball.

Sprinklers or Slip N Slide? 
Slip n Slide, but only if it’s enormous, and down a hill, and I’m covered in baby oil. Right, I did that once. Good times.  

Favorite John Hughes Movie?
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. That ending. So good. 

Last song you listened to?

Taylor Swift’s “Style”. Don’t judge; it’s hypnotic while driving.

What book do you wish you would have written because it’s just that good?
So many, but either, I’ll Give You the Sun or Grasshopper Jungle

In one sentence or less, what does every aspiring author need to know? 
This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Told ya. Straight-up BADASS!

Okay, so let's check out the books Eric's giving away in the GRITTY BOYS OF SUMMER prize pack: 

Click here for a full list of prize packs
TAP OUT: Seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch lives in Pleasant Meadows, a trailer park where questions aren't asked since everyone already knows the answers from their own experience. He dreams of rescuing his mother from her constant stream of abusive boyfriends but in reality can barely duck the punches that are aimed at himself.
When Tony is coerced into joining his friend Rob's Mixed Martial Arts class, he is surprised to find that he has a talent that he actually wants to develop. But with a meth-dealing biker gang that is hungry for recruits and a vicious cycle of poverty and violence that precedes him, Tony is going to need a lot more than blood and guts to find a way out.

DARE ME: When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure?

PRESS PLAY: Pound by sweaty pound, Greg Dunsmore’s plan is working. Greg is steadily losing weight while gaining the material he needs to make the documentary that will get him into film school and away from the constant jeers of “Dun the Tun.”
But when Greg captures footage of brutal and bloody hazing by his town’s championship-winning lacrosse team, he knows he has evidence that could damage as much as it could save. And if the harm is to himself and his future, is revealing the truth worth the cost?

You can stalk Eric on his website, Twitter and Facebook, and make sure to add his books to your Goodreads list.


*Many thanks to James Lipton for letting me steal sharing his awesome interview questions*