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YA Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Patty Blount!

*Giveaway!* Easy Entry! U.S. only~Ended 03/11/18 Theresa S. is the winner!

Today’s featured guest is Young Adult author  Patty Blount!

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Learn some fun facts about Patty in this short Q&A. Leave a question on the blog for a chance to win The Way It Hurts!
1. What genre(s) do you write? 
 I write young adult and contemporary romance, mostly, but I’ve got some ideas for romantic suspsense and horror I can’t wait to tackle. ​
 

2. Coffee or tea lover?   

Um, neither? I don’t like coffee, tea, or soda. I drink flavored ice tea occasionally, but I adore all things chocolate.

3. Name one thing on your bucket list.  

 We were JUST talking about our bucket lists tonight. On mine? I really want to ride in a private jet once in my life. To me, that’s the ultimate! ​

4. Do you have pets?    
Not right now and I’m sad. I can’t convince my husband to let me get a puppy. ​

5. When I wake up every morning I… look out the window and make sure the world is exactly as
I left it. This goes back to a nightmare I had when I was a kid in
which I go to sleep with green trees and blue sky and wake up to nuclear
winter. Every morning since I was about ten years old, I look out the
window and make sure it’s not real. ​

6. Weirdest​ or unique thing you own.  

 
YA Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Patty Blount! Well, let me preface this by saying, “I’m old.” I grew up in the
eighties when big hair and crazy clothes were popular. One thing I still
have from way back then is a painted denim jacket. People used to paint
album covers on the back of their jackets. Still got my Led Zeppelin
one. ​

7. Do you have ​any hobbies or particular skills?    

 
I’m a pretty good baker. Every holiday, I get requests for my Italian Rainbow cookies.

8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?   

 
 My stories have an edge. I hope they’ll make people reading them kind of
mad, actually. I find when people are mad is when they take action. A
story like THE WAY IT HURTS should upset you and make you uncomfortable
before you finish it. ​

9. What inspired you to write The Way It Hurts?

 
I was inspired to write THE WAY IT HURTS after a number of Twitter wars erupted a few years ago. Someone posts something that’s a bit clue less or maybe a LOT clueless and then, half a million people try to tell that person where they messed up. Sometimes, this call out culture does great things. Others, it’s just a form of bullying. I try to show both of those perspectives in this book. ​

About Patty Blount

Patty Blount

Patty Blount grew up quiet and invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice writing smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. Today, she’s the award-winning author of edgy, emotional contemporary romance. Powered by way too much chocolate, Patty gives a voice to characters facing realistic situations like rape (SOME BOYS, 2014), bullying (SEND, 2012), and grief (NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, 2015). She enjoys hearing from her readers so visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

The Way It Hurts

YA Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Patty Blount!
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There may be two sides to every story, but sometimes there’s only one way to set things right…

Music is Elijah’s life. His band plays loud and hard, and he’ll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he’d rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town…until the lead starts to sing.

Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother’s. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program–and being the star in her high school musical isn’t going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder.

Elijah can’t take his eyes off of Kristen’s performance, and snaps a photo of her in costume that he posts online with a comment that everybody misunderstands. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don’t stay online…they follow them into real life.
YA Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Patty Blount!

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Patty Blount is giving away an ebook of The Way It Hurts, (U.S. only) to one lucky commenter!

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12 responses to “YA Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Patty Blount!

  1. I like that your books make you think!!! I'm really looking forward to this one as I agree with you when it comes to the call-outs on twitter. So much of it leans to the bullying side (in my opinion) there is such a fine line…. I try to pay attention to a lot of it as I have learned much myself. LOVE your jacket!!!!

    • oooo, let's see. How about to my private island? Or, wait! How about to Hollywood to my own production studio, where all of my books are being adapted for the big screen? Of course, I'll have to jet out to the west coast so my people could meet with their people…lunch with George and Alma 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. This books sounds good! I love your comment on wanting to get readers mad. I notice I am more invested in a story when it illicits strong emotions from me. I look forward to reading books by you!

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