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Marcus is a Cupid. Lena is a Reaper. Opposites attract in the exciting new Switched At First Kiss series by the acclaimed author of The Dirt Diary.
Dared to kiss the adorkable Marcus Torelli at a party, Lena thinks it’s the perfect opportunity to cross First Kiss off her list of “Things to Accomplish Before I Turn Fourteen.”It’s only when she gets sent on an assignment the next day she realizes something went horribly wrong. That ZING she felt wasn’t the thrill of her first kiss – she and Marcus have swapped powers! Lena is not your average eighth grader, she’s a soul collector with an serious job to do. And Marcus turns out to be a supernatural matchmaker (like cupid, but without the diaper).Now logical Lena finds herself with the love touch, and sweet, sentimental Marcus has death at his fingertips. The truth is that Lena should never have taken that dare…because one little kiss has Lena and Marcus in a whole lotta trouble.
Title: I’m with Cupid
Author: Anna Staniszewski
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Series: Switched at First Kiss, Book 1
1. What’s your favorite color?
This might be pretty predictable for a Cupid to say, but I’m a big fan of red. It’s the kind of color that grabs your attention.
2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My grandpa always gives the greatest advice. When I told him about a girl I had a huge crush on, he told me: “Stop dragging those oversized feet of yours and do something about it!”
3. Tell us your most embarrassing story!
When I was in kindergarten, I got up to audition for the class play and wound up peeing my pants in front of everyone. Yeah…Not sure I’ll ever be able to look at a stage again without having traumatic flashbacks.
I love making people laugh, and I think sometimes a story can just be a funny story and be wonderfully satisfying. But then again, laughter tends to be even more impactful when it touches on something more serious. That’s why I try to weave in a deeper emotional core into my stories, even though I also want them to be light and funny.
The premise for I’m With Cupid—a girl Grim Reaper and a boy Cupid accidentally swap powers—already brings in the more serious topics of love and death, but the characters are also dealing with more typical tween things like first crushes and first kisses. I wanted to find that balance so that we get to see Marcus struggling with his fear of death and Lena questioning if love is real (or if it’s just a series of chemical reactions in our brains) while also bringing in some G-rate romance, wild hijinks, and familiar middle school drama.
I actually got a little choked up as I was writing a more serious scene later in the book (no spoilers!) mainly because I’d been having so much fun laughing with the characters up to that point that I’d gotten really attached to them. When we’re able to see characters being funny and dealing with crazy hijinks, I think we really empathize with them when they have to deal with more difficult things in their lives. And for me as a writer, it makes those characters, and those stories, that much more interesting.
Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. When she’s not writing, Anna spends her time teaching, reading, and eating far too much chocolate. She is the author of the My Very UnFairy Tale Life series, the Dirt Diary series, and the forthcoming Switched at First Kiss series, all published by Sourcebooks. Visit her at www.annastan.com.Find Anna: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook
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