The Other Summer Girl
Sarah D. Towne
Book Genre: Fiction, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publish date: January 29, 2014
Publisher: Sarah D. Towne
The Other Summer Girl takes place during the first year of college at Indiana University. Melanie Collier is the main character who deals constantly with her sometimes self-induced social alienation at a top party school in the Midwest. Her roommate, Amy Clevenger, doesn't help Melanie's social anxieties much because she's always walking in at 4 in the morning with or without shoes.
One day after spring break, Melanie is walking back to her room from the bathroom when she stops in to say goodnight to a girlfriend on the tennis team. She notices a few attractive guys in the back of the room, and one of the guys in particular immediately notices Melanie. Lleyton Harris is the Australian rock star on the university's tennis team.
Melanie never imagined herself going to such a large university because it seemed just too impossible - too many people and too far from home. But after a chance meeting with the Australian and his Vegemite, Melanie learns how to slow down and take in her new life in Bloomington, Indiana.
Melanie might have found a second wind at IU, but will Melanie and Lleyton have the same chance surviving the summer, too...
Book Buy Links
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Other-Summer-Girl-Sarah-Towne-ebook/dp/B00I1OR1KO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392341881&sr=8-1&keywords=the+other+summer+girl
Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/Other-Summer-Girl-Sarah-Towne-ebook/dp/B00I1OR1KO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392340489&sr=8-1&keywords=the+other+summer+girl
Sarah D. Towne is a twenty-something English teacher, tutor, and writer living in the Midwest. She loves writing about all of the random, wonderful, and beautiful things that happen in the late-teens and twenties.
Towne earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from a small Midwestern university where she began The Other Summer Girl.
The manuscript started off as a short story in a creative writing class at Indiana University. The sequel will be out in May 2014.
Social Media Links:
Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/sarahdtowne
Sarah is very kindly giving out a free copy of her book to the 50th and 100th follower on her Facebook page J
She also has a contest going on to win a free Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.
It involves Proof of Purchase of her book.
You can find more information by clicking the link below:
Hi Sarah and welcome to my blog!
Firstly can you tell us about yourself?
Hello! I am so happy to be in front of you all introducing myself and my book, The Other Summer Girl! I am from the United States. I am a Midwestern girl with roots in California and Pennsylvania. I also feel like I grew up with the ocean having lived five minutes from the Pacific Ocean and near the Atlantic Ocean. I travel frequently to southern Florida where I get my fix of Caribbean colors.
How long have you been writing?
I have been seriously writing since freshman year of college, and that’s been about 10 years ago. I started my career writing poetry, publishing a few pieces in various literary magazines. It wasn’t until my junior year of college that I decided to enroll in a Fiction class. I took four English classes that semester: 2 writing and 2 literature. The fiction class was my favorite. It was the first time I was introduced to writing in a longer form. My book, The Other Summer Girl, started off as a short story called “He Started It.” I have to thank my professor for circling the line “the other summer girl” in the short story because it’s been with me every since.
What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?
It started out as a challenge to myself. I thought I could finish the first draft before my thesis began in my MFA program, but I decided to finish another manuscript I had been working on throughout my 2-year program. The first forty pages stayed in my bedside table drawer for a year before I attempted another try at writing an entire book about the subject.
I wanted to complete a novel in my lifetime, and so I decided, why wait any longer? I was writing up to 3,000 words per day for months in a row until I hit the ending. I have wanted to tell this story for a long, long time.
Once I started writing more and more scenes, I have gradually fallen in love with writing fiction as much as I love reading it. I knew it was love when I had to make myself go to bed one night after getting so involved in a chapter that I just wanted to keep writing. I couldn’t wait to wake up and finish writing the scene.
Are you working on anything new right now and can you tell us more?
I am currently working on the sequel to The Other Summer Girl. I want to expand on the relationship between the two main characters, Melanie and Lleyton. They need more time together in college, so I am going to give it to them. I also want to expand on the character, Melanie, because I think she is representative of many college women because she has a difficult time sorting out and dealing with social issues, anxiety, academics, love, and a potentially broken heart.
I am still working on a title, but I plan on releasing the book in May 2014. Stay tuned J
What motivates and inspires you to write?
Without a doubt, I cannot imagine my life without writing. It’s one of those things that you find in life that makes you feel all sorts of wonderful. I am constantly trying to figure out how to better my craft.
Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
The single most important piece of information I can give to anyone writing out there is something that I admittedly ignored for a long time: you must write.
What is your preferred method of writing:- The plot pre-planned from day one, or just go with the flow and see what happens next?
A little bit of both. For the first book, I wrote and wrote and wrote and left the shaping for later. I described to a friend recently that revising The Other Summer Girl was a process of shaving off the parts that didn’t work. I have an entire notebook full of notes to remind myself of things I want to add, and the more I wrote the more I was able to write more specific notes about what I wanted to see next.
For the sequel, I am using the same strategy, but since it is my second book, I know how and when to outline more effectively. I don’t mean outlining in the traditional sense, though. I might write pages of notes about one scene or write few notes about how I see the sequence of events going for the ending. I might write a single word next to a chapter number just so I remember what the focus will be. But this always changes. Notes are only a starting block. The real writing for me comes when I get lost in a scene and my typing and my brain have a happy dance.
Do you like to write while listening to music and if so, does your book have particular playlist you’d like to share?
Yes, yes, yes! I love listening to music when I write. In fact, more often times than not, I have to listen to music to write. It gets me in the zone. It helps me block out my surroundings and focus on the story. It’s as if it distracts me enough to begin writing.
Music is also a very important part of Melanie and Lleyton’s relationship in The Other Summer Girl. It’s how they speak to one another. I’ve broken down the music titles per chapter on my website. If you follow this link (http://sarahdtowne.com/about/the-book/), you will see the complete playlist with links to the YouTube clips.
I listened to these songs on repeat several times throughout writing and revising this story. They help me get into the mood of the characters and the scenes.
Do you have any weird writing rituals? (Such as, you can only start writing after you’ve scoffed all the choc-chip cookies and drank 3 cups of full-caff coffee? Or only after you’ve listened to a certain song or playlist? etc… do share)
Lots of music and on repeat (I will try not nodding my head in public) and lots and lots of coffee.
What is the very best thing about writing for you?
The sound of a perfect sentence. That in itself is wonderful, but when it’s coupled with a reader who feels the same sound I created, the feeling for me is that much cooler.
If you had a choice – a dream come true - which would be your preference: Your books serialised - a weekly show or made into movies?
I think it would be amazing to make The Other Summer Girl and its sequel into a movie. Videography, photography, music, and writing all in one. Nirvana!
What 7 words best sum up your novel?
Personal, (yet) relatable, sexy, smart, adventurous, emotional, and (finally) humorous!
Thanks so much to Sarah for sharing her fabulous novel and totally fantastic give-aways with us today. So don't forget to head over to Facebook and click that Follow button for your chance to get a free copy of her book, or head over to Sarah's website for the awesome Kindle give-away!
I was supposed to be here in the morning with a Book Blitz, but sadly the author has re-scheduled for a later date. So I'll be back on Friday instead, hope you'll find the time to stop by J