Wednesday, June 6, 2012

An Interview with Gwendolyn Heasley!

Today on the blog, Gwendolyn Heasly is here! You might know her from Where I Belong, her debut book last year. This year she has a new book coming out on June 5th, called A Long Way From You!

For too long, Kitsy has had to satisfy her dreams of becoming a real artist by giving her friends makeovers before prom. So when her best friend Corrinne's family offers to sponsor her for a summer art course in New York City, Kitsy bids a temporary good-bye to Texas to say hello to the West Village.

Between navigating the subway and the New Yorkers—namely, the Art Boy who has a nice trick of getting under her skin—Kitsy knows that this summer is going to be about a lot more than figure drawing.

Gwendolyn was kind enough to answer a few interview questions for me! Here's your chance to get to know a bit more about this amazing author. Don't forget to leave a comment for her.

1) Let's start with a bit about you! What three words would you choose to describe yourself, and why?

Generous, inquisitive, kind

2) Is there a vice you have that we should all know about?

A vice I want the entire World Wide Web to know about? Okay, I'll give you two: peanut butter out of the jar and chocolate in any form.

3) What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

The best part that after working so hard on something, you release into the world and finally get to hear others thoughts. I love hearing all opinions, good or bad, on my novels. It makes me feel connected and it's so fun how everyone reads differently. 

The other best part is the schedule. I teach in the fall and I'm also earning my MFA, so I'm busy but I still have a very flexible schedule. My schedule gives me great freedom and I'm grateful for it. 

4) In A Long Way From You, Kitsy gets an opportunity to travel far from home. Did you ever have an experience like that?

I grew up in Minnesota and went to North Carolina for college. It was a long way from anything I knew and it was great. I was introduced to a new part of the country and made lifelong friends. Also, I drank a lot of sweet tea, which I miss.

5) What message would you like to share with your readers?

I think the message in both of my novels is that life is an adventure and we should all look at as so. Explore. Make New Friends. Challenge yourself.

Gwendolyn Heasley is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned her master’s degree in journalism. When she was a little girl, she desperately wanted to be the next Ann M. Martin- the author of the beloved The Baby-Sitter’s Club series. She’s incredibly grateful that the recession rendered her unemployed and made her chase her nearly forgotten dream. She lives in New York City, teaches college and eats entirely too much mac and cheese for an adult. She’s also currently at work on her third novel for Harper Collins.



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