Saturday, July 25, 2015


Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is the author of two other YA novels, How My Summer Went Up in Flames and Famous Last Words (A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book for 2014). She lives with her family in New Jersey and spends her summers “down the shore,” where she dreams of taking surfing lessons and observes sea life while keeping her toes in the sand.

Now, let's get to know this badass a little better. 

What is your favorite word? 
My kid made it up in the hopes that’ll be the next big catchphrase.
What is your least favorite word?
What sound or noise do you love?   
Kids laughing.
What sound or noise do you hate?    
A leaf blower on a Saturday morning.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  
Marine biologist/mammalogist.
Presidential speechwriter. Dog groomer.  
What profession would you not like to do?
What is your favorite color Popsicle?
Sprinklers or Slip N Slide?

Favorite John Hughes Movie?
Sixteen Candles.
Last song you listened to?
Believe, Mumford & Sons.
What book do you wish you would have written because it’s just that good?
The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson.
In one sentence or less, what does every aspiring author need to know?
Believe in yourself, write what’s in your heart, and never give up.

See...she's a badass!

Now, some details on the book that's up for grabs in the SAND IN MY TOES prize pack.

Click here for a full list of prize packs

For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn't just the perfect summer escape, it's home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her costal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can't help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.

Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy's summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

Do yourself a favor and stalk this girl via her website, twitter or Facebook. And be sure to add her books to your Goodreads list.


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