Monday, October 11, 2010

Interview and Giveaway- Stephanie Morril and Me, Just Different!

Today I am honored to interview Stephanie Morrill, author of the Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series. She has also graciously agreed to a giveaway of an autographed copy of Me, Just Different, so stay tuned!

On to the interview! :)

Prism: Please tell us a little about yourself
Stephanie Morrill: I live in Kansas City with my husband and two kids. My husband was actually my high school sweetheart, which I think is one of the reasons I write for teens. I love reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so that's usually what I'm doing if I'm not changing diapers.

Prism: What inspired you to write about Skylar in your books?
Stephanie Morrill: When I started Me, Just Different (the first in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series), my goal was to write about a main character very different than me. Previously all my main characters had been behind-the-scenes type of girls, same as me in high school. With Skylar, I wanted to explore writing about a girl who was more comfortable being the center of attention than she was sitting alone in her room.

Prism: Any advice to aspiring authors?
Stephanie: Tons. That's why I started www.GoTeenWriters.com, where I answer questions and post about various aspects of the writing craft.

Prism: Any plans for more books about Skylar? If not, what are your plans for future books?
Stephanie: So Over It is the last book that will be told from Skylar's point of view. It's possible I'll write a spin-off series with Abbie as the main character. It's also possible that Skylar, Connor, and others will make guest appearances in other books I write.

Prism: What is the coolest/funniest thing a reader has ever said to you?
Stephanie: I have a girl who sends me the craziest e-mails where, like, every word is a different color. And her sentence structure and grammar is so bad, it takes me about 10 reads to figure out what on earth she's saying.

And one of the coolest/most humbling thing a reader has ever said was at a book signing. And actually, it wasn't the reader herself. I was making conversation about how cool her name was when her dad shared that they'd driven an hour and a half that morning just to come to the book signing. Words can't express how touched I was by that. I almost felt guilty! I wanted to put the rest of the signing on hold so I could buy her coffee. Or a pony.

Prism: Congratulations! You now have a holiday named after you. What do people do on that day?
Stephanie: Okay, this is like my favorite interview question ever.

Well, I love food, so people totally feast on my day. I especially love a big breakfast, so they could do that.

And they should all read a really good book. Not a book they find boring, not a book they feel obligated to like, but something that makes them really turn the pages.

Then they should finish the day with really yummy coffee.

Hmm. My holiday sounds kind of boring. Okay, there should be fireworks too. And one of those moon bounce things that's big enough for adults too.

Prism: Favorite Bible verse?
Stephanie: It's always changing. Right now it's, "Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58b

A great verse for writers!

Prism: What do most people not know about you?
Stephanie: Hmm. I tend to be a pretty open person. So instead I'll say something that surprises people, which is that I didn't go to college. I never could find one I was excited about, so I kept delaying until "next semester," and then it just never happened. I can't regret this, though. I ended up with the exact life I wanted.

www.StephanieMorrillBooks.com
~*~

Now, are you ready for a giveaway of Me, Just Different? Enter to win an autographed and personalized copy from Stephanie Morrill!

How to enter:

Mandatory entry:
Leave a comment saying that you want to enter!

Addition entries:
(1) Become a follower of A Girl of Many Colors (or comment that you already are one)!

(1) Post about the giveaway and give me a link!

Please leave one comment per task on this post. Each task listed is worth one (1) entry. Entries must be put as a comment on this post, or I cannot count it.

When will the results be announced? 

After randomly selecting a reader on Monday, October 25, I will announce the winner of the giveaway on Tuesday, October 26. Be sure to spread the word so that others can join!  

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Blessings,

49 comments:

Ariel said...

I would like to enter :)

pinkdaddysgirl[at]msn[dot]com

Ariel said...

I am a follower.

pinkdaddysgirl[at]msn[dot]com

Katie said...

Please enter me!

Katie said...

I follow :)

MaidenOfEmmanuel said...

Put me as the first number of entree (did I say entree right :P?) for your book giveaway, Prism!

MaidenOfEmmanuel said...

I'm already a follower of A Girl of Many Colors/aka: Prism.

MaidenOfEmmanuel said...

I blogged about the book giveaway at http://bookworm4god.blogspot.com/2010/10/stephanie-morrill-book-giveaway-at-girl.html.

Emii said...

Hey Prism,
Loved the interview! And I love the story of the wild or wacky or whatever email, Steph!
KUTAW! :D

Kay said...

I am already a follower and would like to enter.

Kay said...

I have bloged about your give away. Here is my link.

http://randomlykay.blogspot.com/

Katie M said...

I'd love to be entered to win this book!!! :-D

Katie M

legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

Count me in, please.
Thanks for the chance to win.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Inspired Kathy said...

I'm a new follower.
bkhabel at gmail dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

karenk
kmkua at yahoo dot com

Cathy W said...

Please enter me, thanks.
cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

Cathy W said...

I'm a new follower
cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

Katie G. said...

Please enter me! I have been wantin gto read this for a while now. :) Thanks!

God bless!
~Katie G.

Katie G. said...

I am a new follower! Thanks again!

katiegalyean (at) yahoo (dot) com

Karla Meachem said...

Thanx for the entry!!!

empowered_life (@) yahoo (dot) ca

Sierra said...

I follow.Sierra

Sierra said...

I want to enter.Sierra

Sierra said...

I blogged it here:

http://missionkool.blogspot.com/2010/10/another-giveaway.html

and here

http://sierrasbooklist.blogspot.com/2010/10/another-giveaway.html

Great interview. =)
Sierra

Anonymous said...

I really like that you write about teen girls... being one myself, it makes it easy to relate to your books. Thanks for the chance! P.S.- I am a behind-the-scenes type of girl:)
April
apeygirl[at]gmail[dot]com

barbjan10 said...

Enjoyed the interview and am a new fan of Stephanie. I'm excited that she writes for teens and with 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren - I have several teen readers in the family that would enjoy her writings. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win this book. I hope I do! Oh, yes, I definitely want to be entered into this giveaway.

Sharing Christ's Love,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

barbjan10 said...

I am a follower of A Girl of Many Colors and plan to enjoy visiting this site often.

Blessings,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

barbjan10 said...

I have shared about this giveaway on my blog. barbjan10blog

Blessings,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Jazmine~ said...

I would love to enter =) Stephanie's book looks very intriguing.

Jazmine~ said...

I am following as of now. =)

Shelley said...

I would love to enter your giveaway! I haven't read the series before, and it sounds really good! :)

Shelley said...

I already follow your lovely blog! :)

apple blossom said...

I'd love to be entered in this drawing. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Leah said...

Hi.
Please enter me i would love to win.
dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

Leah said...

I'm also a follower.
dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

nancyedavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

I am a follower

nancyedavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

Tweet! Tweet!
@NancyeDavis

http://twitter.com/NancyeDavis/status/27299198364

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barbjan10 said...

I see I still have a little time to take another chance on the giveaway of this cute book. It would be fun to read this together with a couple of granddaughters. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. I'd sure like to.

Blessings,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Courtney said...

I am a new follower and I would like to enter:)

Annie said...

I'm not entering, but that was a great review and the book looks awesome!!!

Smiley Faces,
Annie

Kait said...

I would like to enter! Thanks for the giveaway!

I'm a follower +1

Thanks!

Kait
momiswayweird(at)gmail(dot)com

Memzie said...

I would love to enter!

Memzie said...

I already follow you!

Jordyn said...

OOO Sounds great! I would love to enter!

~Jordyn

Jordyn said...

I follow you :)

Jordyn said...

Oh yeah, I blogged about this too :)

http://livelaughlove-lll.blogspot.com/2010/10/giveaway.html

Mahalia said...

I'd love to enter!

Mahalia said...

I've also followed your blog!

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