14 May, 2014

Ontario Teen Book Fest Spotlight on John Corey Whaley

Thanks to Ontario Teen Book Fest bloggers What a Nerd Girl Says and Fangirl Feeels for inviting us on the OTBF Blog Tour!

Today we're shining the spotlight on John Corey Whaley, author of YA novels Where Things Come Back and Noggin. Check out his Q&A, enter the giveaway, and plan to see him in person at the Fest!


This is a FREE and UNTICKETED event!

When: Saturday May 17th, 9 am to 5 pm

Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761

The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.com

The event is sponsored by Mrs. Nelson’s Book Fair Company. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well.

Their website: http://www.mrsnelsons.com/

Confirmed authors

Katie Alender
Elana Arnold
Robin Benway
Livia Blackburne
Jessica Brody
Ava Dellaria
Katherine Ewell
Lauren Kate
Jessi Kirby
Catherine Linka
Lauren Miller
Mary Pearson
Lissa Price
Sarah Skilton
John Corey Whaley

About John Corey Whaley

John ‘Corey’ Whaley grew up in the small town of Springhill, Louisiana, where he learned to be sarcastic and to tell stories. He has a B.A. in English from Louisiana Tech University, as well as an M.A in Secondary English Education. He started writing stories about aliens and underwater civilizations when he was around ten or eleven, but now writes realistic YA fiction (which sometimes includes zombies…).

Q & A

RNSL: Noggin is your second novel. How was it more challenging to write than Where Things Come Back? How was it easier?

JCW: It was a lot more challenging in the sense that, as my editor says, I had been planning and "writing" WTCB in my head my whole life and, with Noggin, I had to start form scratch.  Unlike WTCB, it took a lot more trial and error and a whole lot of patience. Rewrites and revisions were my best friend.

RNSL: If you could pick another author to be your writing mentor, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

JCW: I'd probably pick Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., or Stephen King.  Vonnegut for tips on story and King for tips of productivity.

RNSL: What are you working on next?

JCW: No comment. ha.

RNSL: Is there one person or book who inspired you to write as a younger person?

JCW: As cliche as it sounds, The Catcher in the Rye was a huge inspiration for me from the time I was a teenager and up until I started writing.  I wanted to be able to speak to readers the way Salinger spoke to me when I was a kid, through Holden's story.  It was so personal, even though I was nothing like a private school kid from the East Coast.

RNSL: You didn't originally set out to write for young people--do you think you would switch to writing for a different audience some day (adults, small children)? Why or why not?

JCW: Even though it was never my full intention, it was one of the best accidents of my life.  Honestly, I have little to no desire to write for any other audience at this point. If an idea comes to me that involves a story NOT about young adults, then maybe I'll see what I can do.

Quick-fire questions!

RNSL: It's the middle of the night. You can't sleep! What do you do instead?

JCW: Eat. Watch TV. Surf the internet. All of the above.

RNSL: You find a secret door in the back of a closet--what do you hope is behind it?

JCW: Hmm...a refrigerator with an endless supply of leftover fried rice and iced coffee. Please and thank you.

RNSL: You're in a buffet that claims to serve everything you could ever want to eat. What's on your plate?

JCW: Pancakes. Tiramisu. Fried rice. Ice cream. Pizza.

RNSL: Describe your ideal writing cave in 10 words or less.


RNSL: Is there a book out there that you read and then thought to yourself, "I wish I'd written that!"


About Noggin

Listen—Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he's alive again.
Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he's still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she's not his girlfriend anymore? That's a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

Find out more about Corey here:

Blog Tour Schedule

May 2nd: Spotlight on Jessica Brody -- What A Nerd Girl Says
May 3rd: Spotlight on Elana K. Arnold -- Nite Lite Book Reviews
May 4th: Spotlight on Catherine Linka – Fangirl Feeels
May 5th: Spotlight on Livia Blackburne -- The Thousand Lives
May 6th: Spotlight on Lauren Kate -- She Reads She Blogs
May 7th: Spotlight on Katie Alender -- Movies, Shows and Books
May 8th: Spotlight on Lauren Miller -- A Bookish Escape
May 9th: Spotlight on Sarah Skilton -- Read Now Sleep Later
May 10th: Spotlight on Lissa Price -- Recently Acquired Obsessions
May 11th: Spotlight on Jessi Kirby -- What A Nerd Girl Says
May 12th: Spotlight on Katherine Ewell -- iFandoms Collide
May 13th: Spotlight on Mary Pearson -- The Windy Pages
May 14th: Spotlight on John Corey Whaley -- Read Now Sleep Later
May 15th: Spotlight on Robin Benway -- Adventures of a Book Junkie
May 16th: Spotlight on Ava Dellaira -- Fangirl Feeels

ends May 20, US only

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