Nyrae Dawn is in the HOUSE!
Y’all we are super thrilled and ecstatic to have one of our friends with us today talking about her newest YA book, What a Boy Wants! Nyrae Dawn is made of pure writer awesomeness, we love her work and we hope that you will too!!
This is a truly fun book, was there any particular scene that had you rolling with laughter while writing?
A couple. Sebastian has the ability to make me laugh, which I guess it strange since he comes from my head. LOL. One of my favorites is when he and Jaden are escaping Alexandra’s dad. I was laughing at they tumbled down the tree together, “running for their lives” before being forced to dive into Aspen’s trunk. Another is when he starts to realize he’s in love and the girl is being “friend” with him and he’s thinking all sorts of thoughts he isn’t used to.
We love the cover! Can you tell us a little about the cover design process?
I know a cover artist and contacted her to make it. I filled out a form about the book and what I’d like. She made a couple mocks and while they were good, they weren’t “right”. They didn’t feel like Sebastian. It was really important to me to find something that totally felt like him and fit the book. I talked the ears off of a couple of my friends and we ended up finding the image. I KNEW it was exactly right. It is exactly how I pictured Sebastian right down to the eyebrow ring. I sent it to the designer and there you have it!
We heard you’re busy writing a companion novel, What a Boy Needs, with Jaden as lead. Can you give us any spoilers, fun tidbit, release date…we’ll take anything!!
I don’t have an exact release date, but it’s tentatively scheduled for mid-June. For a teaser can I say… Jaden + Sebastian + graduation + LMFAO’s Sexy and I know it = Trouble? lol.
As a book lover and writer, what one book do you recommend the most? Why?
Oh wow. That is a tough question. I’m a HUGE boy point of view fan so those are always my favorites. I’m also very picky about the ones I like though. Though she hasn’t released a boy POV book yet, one of my heroes is Sarah Ockler. She writes so beautifully. I’m always telling people who much I love her work.
a book that made you cry – Drangonfly in Amber by Diana Galbaldon (adult) and Take Me There by Carolee Dean (YA).
do you act out the scenes you write – Sigh. Totally. It’s embarrassing when I write at Starbucks.
the best thing about The Hunger Games – The depth of human love, loyalty and sacrifice in some of the characters, particularly Katniss and Peeta. What they would do or sacrifice for those they love. It’s incredible.
worst job you ever had – working at a video store!
cartoon character you most identify with – Pepe Lepu (no I don’t stink, lol). I’m a huge romantic and obsessed with love
Thanks so much for letting me crash your blog today!
We love you and you’re welcome anytime!!!