April 10, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
Hi everyone, today I’m with Erin L. Schneider, the author of the amazing book Summer of Sloane. The book will be release on May 3rd, 2016 by Disney Hyperion and believe me, this book is very cool.
About the author
Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu, and – although Hawaiian – should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers.
Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.
Hi Erin, welcome to Ceres Books World! Congratulations for your debut novel, Summer of Sloane.
Hi Carine! Thank you so much for having me here – although I really wish we were doing this interview in person, over on your side of the world!
- Could you describe Summer of Sloane in ten words?
ELS: Only ten? Yikes. Alrighty, here goes:
BFF’s. Boyfriends. Betrayal. Broken hearts. Summer. Hawaii. New possibilities. Forgiveness.
- Are you waiting patiently for the release date or are you excited and impatient?
ELS: Honestly, this changes daily. I feel like I have so much left to do before May 3rd, but I also can’t wait for it to finally be here!
- When and why did you begin writing?
ELS: In some ways, I’ve always been a writer – making up stories when I was a kid, of places I dreamed of going or things I always wanted to do. I reconsidered writing seriously back in 2008…so you could say it’s taken me a while to get here! But after all this time, writing is still my creative outlet, my way of dreaming out loud. I get to make up stories for a living and I seriously cannot think of anything more I’d rather be doing!
- What inspired you to write Summer of Sloane?
ELS: Like many authors, you write what you know and in my case with SLOANE, I shared some very similar experiences with her…right down to throwing up on a cute boy while playing chicken off the beaches of Waikiki (not my proudest moment, but hey, I got to write about it years later)! SUMMER OF SLOANE was the fourth book I wrote and the one I wrote the fastest (and subsequently, the one that sold) – I started it back in 2010, dropped it for another story I was working on at the time, then came back to it in 2013. I think it had something to do with the incredibly crappy year I was having at the time, because I sat down one day and started where I left off – and finished the first draft of it not even three weeks later. You can read more about my journey to publication here if you’re interested.
- What was the hardest part of writing your book?
ELS: Definitely finding the right ending. I originally had a much different ending for SLOANE – but after working on revisions with my editor, we ultimately decided the current ending was the right direction to go. Not to mention, doing all of my revisions and edits while I was pregnant – not sure any writer should ever attempt that…talk about writing to a deadline!
- Who is your favorite character from the book and why?
ELS: I think Penn might be one of my favorites! He was so much fun to write and flowed onto the page the easiest out of everyone!
- Have you other writing projects in mind actually?
ELS: I’m toying with a few ideas, but nothing has been confirmed just yet! With all things debut and having an 8 month old son vying for my attention, it hasn’t made for much time to write! But I hope to get back to it after my launch – and I guess we’ll see what happens next!
- Who is your inspiring or favorite author?
ELS: I’d definitely say that Roald Dahl originally inspired me to first write – his stories were so magical and all these years later, have still stuck with me. In the last decade, J.K. Rowling of course has been an incredible inspiration – she essentially paved the way for all things KidLit and YA and made both of these genres respected by readers of all ages. More recently, I’d definitely say both Sarah Ockler and Jandy Nelson are two of my favorite authors and both inspire me still – in fact, books from both were used as my comparison titles when we went out on submission for SLOANE back in 2014!
- Which book are you impatient to read in 2016?
ELS: There are so many amazing debuts coming out from fellow 16’s which I can’t wait to read / own – THE LOOSE ENDS LIST by Carrie Firestone and LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA by Katie Kennedy are definitely two of them! Some other favorites I’m looking forward to: EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas, THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater, and definitely HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD by J.K. Rowling!
- Could you let us dream and tell us what you like the most in Hawaii?
ELS: My mom’s side of the family is native Hawaiian, so I’ve been going “home” to the Islands my entire life – and after having lived there during my college years, I think I’d have to say what I love the most about Hawai’I (aside from all the great food!) is how beautiful it really Living there, you tend to take it for granted…but now that I’m back in Seattle, I can’t tell you how much I miss staring out at the ocean, watching the sunset, and feeling the sand between my toes. I’ll move back again one of these days (after all, I can write from anywhere!) and when I do, I’ve promised myself I need to appreciate it way more than I did when I was in college!
Thank you so much for this interview, Erin.
Thank you so much for having me, Carine – it’s been so much fun getting to know you and I appreciate all of your love and support for SLOANE!
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.
These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.
Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.
But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.