Welcome to today’s stop on Meet the Newbies!! I am excited to be hosting Catherine Lo, the author of How it Ends which releases on June 7!! Her book is on my wishlist as I type this, it sounds so good!
Catherine’s Yearbook Entry!
Author Most Likely To Get Lost on the Way to School
Nickname: Snoops. (Because I’m what I call curious and what some other people call nosy).
First Day of School: June 7
Homeroom: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
Extracurricular Activities: Reading, running, online shopping, finding new and creative places to store the bazillion books I buy.
Favorite Class: English
Favorite Quote/Motto: “Fate loves the fearless.”
My Q&A With Catherine!
I figured that since this is called “Meet the Newbies”, it might be fun to go ahead and actually MEET you! But when I was coming up with questions, I thought about how being an author was really just one part of the bigger picture. With that in mind, I want to ask some questions about things that make you you.
As a Teen
What was your high school experience like?
I was incredibly shy as a teenager, and very studious. I had a small group of close friends, the closest of which was my friend Lynn. I spent a lot of time reading (big surprise, right?) and dreamed of one day becoming an author.
I wasn’t a huge fan of English class back then, though – largely because I always seemed to get the teachers who made people to read their work aloud. I much preferred studying math and science, though I was famously a disaster when it came to labs. I once blew up my chemistry independent study, after which my teacher gently suggested that I do a research project instead.
If you had the chance to go back and do it again, what would you change?
I would definitely challenge myself to step outside my comfort zone more. I’d love to go back and be more outgoing, joining more clubs and teams.
As an Author
What has been the most exciting part of the process so far? The most rewarding?
There are so many exciting parts! A definite highlight was when the finished hardcovers arrived on my doorstep at the beginning of May. I thought my heart was going to explode out of my chest when I opened the box to see my novel as an actual book.
It’s also been very rewarding to see my students react to the news that I’m becoming a published author. They’re so excited for me, and it’s prompted a lot of discussions about following your dreams and not giving up on your passions, even when the going gets tough.
As an Everyday Woman
What are a few things you simply cannot get through the day without?
My morning coffee, my close friends, and my family.
Describe the absolute perfect day for you- sky’s the limit!
I love the outdoors, and especially being by the water. My perfect day would be spent on a beach in Hawaii, splitting my time between reading and playing in the water with my family. Throw in some surfing lessons and a gourmet meal, and I’d be in heaven!
Shannon’s Sidenote: This sounds like the actual best day ever. EVER. I suppose you don’t want a random blogger tagging along?
As a Reader
What book has made the most impact on your life (in any way, really) and how?
I don’t even know how to begin narrowing this one down! My shelves are packed with books I can’t bear to part with because they’ve touched my life in one way or another.
Shannon’s Sidenote: I feel you on a spiritual level. Plus, it sounds better than “book hoarding”, so this is my new stance 😉
Is there a book that you could read over and over again and never get tired of?
This is kind of a funny one, because I mostly read fiction…but the one book that I can’t seem to stop reading is Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller. It’s a memoir about the author’s childhood in Africa, and I’m completely fascinated by it.
Shannon’s Sidenote: Adding another book to my TBR! It does sound fascinating!!
Book & Author Info!
How It Ends by Catherine Lo There are two sides to every story. It’s friends-at-first-sight for Jessie and Annie, proving the old adage that opposites attract. Shy, anxious Jessie would give anything to have Annie’s beauty and confidence. And Annie thinks Jessie has the perfect life, with her close-knit family and killer grades. They're BFFs…until suddenly they're not. Told through alternating points of view, How It Ends is a wildly fast but deeply moving read about a friendship in crisis. Set against a tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing, the novel shows what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on June 7th 2016
There are two sides to every story.
It’s friends-at-first-sight for Jessie and Annie, proving the old adage that opposites attract. Shy, anxious Jessie would give anything to have Annie’s beauty and confidence. And Annie thinks Jessie has the perfect life, with her close-knit family and killer grades. They're BFFs…until suddenly they're not.
Told through alternating points of view, How It Ends is a wildly fast but deeply moving read about a friendship in crisis. Set against a tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing, the novel shows what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.
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