20 Questions~ With Sarah Ockler!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

This is a brand new feature for the blog! This is where I ask publishing professionals (authors, marketers, and bloggers) some awesome questions!

Today I am happy to have Sarah Ockler on the blog! She is the author of many Young Adult books, her newest one released this week! Without further ado, here is Sarah!

1. Explain what part of the Publishing world you are a part of (ie. Publisher, Author, Blogger etc.)

I’m an author.

2. Who is your favourite author of all time, and why?

This answer changes for me every time I discover a new favorite, so I’ll just share my current obsession – Maggie Stiefvater. Her writing is just so evocative, and her characters are never what they seem on the surface. I love getting lost in the worlds of her stories. The Raven Boys series is my absolute favorite.
3. Who would you chose to play you in the movie depicting your life?

Drew Barrymore. Through the ages, of course!

4. What was/is your favourite candy or snack from your childhood?

It’s a toss up between Keebler Fudge Stripes and Pringles Sour Cream and Onion potato chips. I haven’t had either in decades!

5. Who is your favorite fictional character, and why?

At the moment it’s Dean Winchester from Supernatural, because reasons. I mean, he’s super flawed and kind of a jackass, but on the inside, he’s all vulnerable and loyal. I love multilayered characters like that.

6. Do you have a TV show that is your guilty pleasure? If so which one is it?

Um... is it cheating to say Supernatural? And the only reason I’d call it a guilty pleasure instead of just a pleasure is that I’ve been watching back to back episodes on Netflix instead of working on my new book, which is due... very soon.

7. Do you have a bucket list? If she what is one item on that list?

Nope. Generally, if there’s something I want to do, I do it (or make the plans to do it, if it’s something that requires planning, like a big trip for example). The whole crazy thing about a bucket list is that you never know when you might kick it. If you spend all that time working on your list, and then you die tomorrow, well. That’s one day you could’ve been doing something fun, like hiking or eating cake or hanging out with your favorite person, but instead you stayed home working on your list. Sad trombone, right? ;-)

8. Are you a Mac or PC

Um. What is a PC?

9. Do you have a favourite fictional couple?

A few come to mind, but I can’t say because spoilers! I’m a sucker for the seemingly impossible romances that ultimately work out... on the very last page!
10. What is your most anticipated movie you cannot wait to see, and why?

The last part of The Hobbit trilogy! There are so few movies I look forward to seeing on the big screen, but the Tolkien adaptations are some of my favorites. I loved the Lord of the Rings movies, and the first two parts of The Hobbit were great. I can’t wait for the last.

11. What season is your favourite, and why?

I’m an autumn kind of girl. I love hot cider, thick sweaters, Halloween, the changing and falling of the leaves, the smell of fire in the hearth. It’s such a sensual and beautiful time of year. Also, hibernating. Love hibernating on a chilly night, especially if I have a nice creepy book to read (the Beautiful Creatures series is one of my favorite fall reads).

12. If you could do any profession, other than your own for a day, which would it be and why?

I’d love to be a professional tarot reader. I’ve studied the cards for several years now and I’ve often wondered what it would be like to read for a living.

13. Who was your first ever concert?

Rush! My best friend’s older brother took us. It was winter, and we got into a car accident on the way there, but he didn’t let that stop us from getting our late 80s / early 90s rock on!

14. Where is your favourite reading spot, and why?

I don’t actually have a favorite reading spot. I can curl up anywhere with a book and get lost in the pages. But if I have a fuzzy blanket, all the better!

15. Did you have a nickname as a child? If she what was it?

Not one that really stuck – I honestly don’t remember! I know, I’m causing a lot of trouble on these questions today!

16. What posters did you hang on your wall when you were younger?

Haha you’re really taking me back. Okay, at the risk of totally dating myself here: The Coreys took up a lot of wall space (and if you don’t know who the Coreys were, I can’t help you!), George Michael, Kirk Cameron (yeah, I know, but it was before all that), Robert Smith, and Alyssa Milano.

17. What is your favourite genre to read, and why?

My favorite category to read is YA, and that’s pretty much the only thing I read. But I’m open to any genre in YA – fantasy, romance, contemporary realistic, historical, science fiction, horror, anything. I’m not a huge fan of dystopian, though.

18. If you could describe yourself as a potato chip flavour, why would it be and why?

Chocolate dipped salted potato chips. A little sweet, a little salty, a little crunchy!

19. Do you agree with the notion that over time, ebooks will eliminate print books?

Nope. For one thing, once the apocalypse hits, ebooks are toast, and we’re back to scavenging the ruins of libraries. So, there’s that!

20. What are you reading right now?
I’m reading PRINCE OF THORNS by Mark Lawrence, though I’m not exactly sure whether it’s YA or adult. So far, it’s pretty interesting!


Who would you love to see fill out this survey?

J.K. Rowling!

About the Author

Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of several books for teens: The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, and the upcoming #scandal. Her books have received numerous accolades, including ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls’ Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, Amazon Top Movers and Shakers, and nominations for YALSA Teens’ Top Ten and NPR’s Top 100 Teen Books.
She’s a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, tarot enthusiast, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in Colorado, Sarah enjoys hugging trees and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex. In addition to her website at sarahockler.com, fans can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.

About the Book

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

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