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May 12, 2012

Blogger Birthday Bash: Alissa Grosso Interview and Giveaway!

Happy Belated Birthday to Alissa Grosso's Ferocity Summer!Ferocity Summer released a few days ago, on May 8th! Ferocity Summer is Alissa's second book. Ferocity Summer is a hot new contemp, perfect for reading on vacation!  So come read this interview with Alissa Grosso and checkout Ferocity Summer! Remember to comment so you get an entry in the giveaway!

Ferocity Summer Alissa Grosso

Why did you start writing books for young adults? And why this genre?

The teen years are some of the most interesting and dramatic years of our lives. Memories from our young adult years stay with us into our not-so-young adult years. There are so many things I love about the young adult genre, but perhaps the best thing is that few other genres can claim readers that are this passionate about their books.
Who was your favorite character in the whole story? And why?
I think my favorite character in Ferocity Summer was Raisin. This may sound strange, since she has a relatively small role in the story. However, in an earlier draft she was actually the main character. After the story changed completely, I couldn’t bring myself to completely say goodbye to Raisin, and so I managed to squeeze her in, even if we only get a glimpse of her own story.
Any tips or tricks for aspiring writers?
I think there are 3 basic things you need to be a successful writer. First, you must read a lot. The only way to learn how to write books is to read as many as you can. Second, you must write a lot. The first novel you finish, the second novel you finish, they might never go anywhere, but they are essential practice. The more writing you do, the better your writing will become. Finally, you must have patience. It can take a lot of time to see a story idea through from beginning to end, but that’s only the beginning. The publishing world moves very slowly. You’ll likely end up doing a lot of time waiting.
What is your writing atmosphere like?
Very furry. I have some pets, and they like to keep me company when I’m writing. Although I enjoy their companionship, I could do without their editorial contributions and the fur that clogs my keyboard.
What is the best part about having your book released in May?
I think of May as the beginning of summer, and for a book called Ferocity Summer, it’s a perfect release month!

Speed Round 

Turtle or Fish? 
Turtle, in deference to Yertle, a turtle who lives at the library where I used to work.
Reading or Writing ? 
Writing unless I hit one of the tough patches, then I would definitely prefer to be reading.
Print Books or E-books? 
Print Books - I’m still old fashioned that way, plus they look so pretty on my bookshelves.


~Fishy >O


  1. My favorite month is September because it's my birthday month! :)

  2. October because its my birthday month, and breast cancer awareness month and down syndrome awareness month

  3. October...I love fall and all the fall colors.The weather is my favorite this time and also Halloween is my favorite holiday :D

  4. October because Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year.

  5. My favorite month use to be my bday month, but now its May because there are just wayy too many awesome books coming out during May:)

  6. November because that's my birthday month!