by Jodi R. Moore
Summer Jobs Books
3 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, May 10, 2013!
About the Book:
We’ve all seen the commercials – a pretty pop star promises your skin will be clear if you just . . . For fifteen-year-old Kaylin Bidwell, it doesn’t matter what they say. She knows the truth. Those products won’t clear up her acne. She even proved it for a science fair project, hoping to win a spot at science camp with the guy she’s had a crush on for 20% of her life. But the only kind of spot she may end up with this summer are the ones on her face. Kaylin is determined to find a solution, even if it means interning for a company that makes acne products that never work. Could Kaylin help make something better? What she really wants is something better than better – a cure.
The first 3 Chapters are available HERE!
Exclusive Interview with the Author!
1) What’s the first thing you do when starting a new book? What’s the first thing you do when finishing a new book?
I started LET’S FACE IT by writing a letter to my agent from the perspective of the fifteen-year-old main character, Kaylin. It really captured her passion as she told the story of her summer quest to cure acne. It was a great way for me to get a sense of the character and the story.
One of the things I was most excited to do after finishing the book was to write the song (also called “Let’s Face It”) that is mentioned in Chapter 22. I don’t play piano very well, so it took me awhile to find someone who could play the role of the pop star in the book and bring the song to life. Even though not a ton of people have seen the youtube video, I love that there is a song that goes with the book. http://www.youtube.com/summerjobbooks
2) Do you listen to music while you write? If yes, what do you like to listen to?
I’ll often put a song on repeat that evokes the feeling I’m trying to capture in a scene. One of my favorites is “Gazebo” from The Secret of My Success soundtrack. I also make playlists related to the story that I can listen to when I’m driving. If I were to pick a theme song for LET’S FACE IT (other than the song I wrote), it would be “Chances” by Five For Fighting.
3) Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s your least favorite?
I really enjoy hearing what people think about the story. One of my favorite ways to do this is to make a mock-up book and give it to middle school girls. It’s so exciting to get the book back with their comments. I also love reading the reviews on Amazon — especially ones from teens.
The least favorite part for me was doing final edits just before publication. Every time I read the manuscript I’d find something else I wanted to change.
4) Are your characters based on real people in your life?
A high school friend of mine read the book and said she would’ve known I had written it even if my name wasn’t on the cover. The specific characters aren’t literally based on real people — with the exception of one I won’t mention since I didn’t change his name. (Hopefully, he won’t end up reading it or that would be a bit embarrassing!) But, more than the characters, my friend probably recognized some of the situations the characters were in.
5) What was your favorite part about researching this book?
Hopefully, this isn’t a spoiler . . . Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine, was definitely inspiring to me (and to the main character, Kaylin) so getting an encouraging email from one of Jonas Salk’s adult children who had read the manuscript was very special.
Jodi R. Moore grew up in San Diego, where her parents encouraged her to pursue her passions for her own enjoyment. Writing – from poetry to songs to stories – is something she has always enjoyed. She often writes about girls going after their dreams and making them happen, drawing from her experiences in the entertainment industry with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Dualstar Entertainment Group, Universal Music Group, and The Walt Disney Company. A graduate of Stanford University, Jodi currently lives in Los Angeles. Visit the Author online at www.JodiRMoore.com
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