Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Bookanista Interview with Denise Grover Swank

HAPPY THURSDAY everyone! Welcome to another edition of Bookanista Thursday. I am EXCITED to have Denise Grover Swank with me today. But before I bring her interview, it's also Day 2 of my blog tour, and I will be in three fabulously places today - 

Check it out. And also, check out what the other Bookanistas are up to:

Christine Fonseca  interviews author Denise Grover Swank
Jessi Kirby and Jen Hayley are wowed by WANDERLOVE
Corrine Jackson is mesmerized by MAY B.
Stasia Ward Kehoe  interviews DIES IRAE author Christine Fonseca
Debra Driza is entranced by HEMLOCK
Katy Upperman delves into THE DISENCHANTMENTS
Nikki Katz  celebrates CINDER
Tracy Banghart  marvels at JULIET IMMORTAL
Jessica Love spotlights SHINE

Gennifer Albin spreads some love for the trailer for STARTER
And now, my special Bookanista interview with Denise Grover Swank. First, a little about Denise: 

  • BIO: Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and has two previously published, award winning books—Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, a humorous southern mystery and Chosen, an urban fantasy. Denise is the single mother of six children ranging in age from four to twenty-four. Her fourteen-year-old daughter is quick to point out what she gets wrong about teenage behavior in her books—and what she gets right. 

Twitter: @ DeniseMSwank
Facebook: Denise Grover Swank

And a little about her YA title, HERE:

  • Blurb: Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

    Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.

And now, my interview with the amazing Denise Grover Swank - 

About the Book:
  • Give me the blurb for the book in 140 characters or less:  - Julia lives with the guilt of killing her best friend, until she falls for a boy who says her friend is still alive – in another universe.
  • Do you have a fav character and why? - Julia. I love watching her growth throughout the book.
  • What do you hope readers will get from your book? - I hope that my characters feel Julia's pain and hopelessness as the book starts but see that there's always hope, even when circumstances seem impossibly dire.

About the Author:
  • What inspires you? - Everything. Book, movies, TV shows, music, my children, current events. Sometimes it's like my brain is a sieve that filters out everything going in to pick out a few things to use here and there.  
  • Hardest aspect of writing? Best? - I think the hardest part of writing is writing even when you don't feel inspired. But sometimes once I get started, an idea will pop into my head and re-inspire me.  The best part is creating magic, because when I write a book and it all falls into place, it's like magic.
  • Who is your writing hero? - Wow, I don't have just one and it depends on my current writing situation.  
  • Randomness:

o   Sweet or salty? - Salty 
o   Beach or mountains? - Beach 
o   Online or in person? - Online 
o   Ebook or print? - I used to be print but I've been switching more and more to ebooks 

 About the Future:
  • What’s next for you? - I'm finishing an edit of Sacrifice,  the third book in my urban fantasy The Chosen series. Then I'll write Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons, the second book in my humorous southern mystery series. And then I'll write THERE, the second book in the On the Otherside series.
  • One outrageous goal for the future? - To make a living writing books. I used to think it was outrageous. Now it seems obtainable. 

If you are now as intrigued as I am about Denise and her books, check out Amazon and Barnes and Noble and start reading :D

What are you reading these days?


  1. Awesome interview and HERE sounds amazing! Thanks!

  2. I was completely taken with the book cover. OMG! Something eerie yet fantastical about it. Okay, going to check it out!!

  3. So true, writing when we don't feel inspired it tough! Great interview with a great lady. I love Denise's books! She has a fan for life in me. Here is on my shelf waiting to be read.


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