BLOGOVERSARY: Jennifer E. Smith

Welcome to another feature for my Blogoversary! 

If you've missed any of the other Blogoversary posts, you can find the schedule with links to each one here.

Today I'm ecstatic to have one of my favorite YA Contemporary Romance authors, Jennifer E. Smith, stopping by to let me interview her!!! Woop! Woop! You can see my Friday Favorites post about Jennifer here.

I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight back in 2012 and LOVED it (review here)!  That was when I became a fan and I've been one since. I also read and LOVED This Is What Happy Looks Like last year (review here). Jennifer is contributing a physical ARC of The Geography of You and Me to one lucky person!

The Geography of You and MeThe Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith
YA Contemporary Romance
April 15th 2014 by Little, Brown for Young Readers


Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.


with Jennifer E. Smith

1. In the last two books you’ve published as well as your upcoming release, The Geography of You and Me, it seems there is an ongoing theme of your main characters meeting and developing relationships in uncharacteristic ways (i.e. on a plane, over email, and now on an elevator). What inspired you to write these types of stories?

I've always been interested in themes like fate and timing and chance. My characters tend to have a hole in their hearts that only the other can fill, and that spark of connection is especially interesting to explore when it happens somewhere unexpected – when you take two entirely different people who might not have otherwise met, and who don’t even realize yet that they need each other, and put them together at just the right moment.

2. Have you or someone you know ever built a friendship or fallen in love with someone met in a similar way?

I haven’t, actually. Most of mine have had fairly ordinary beginnings. I have a few friends with more interesting stories, but I think the start of every relationship – whether it’s on an airplane or in an elevator or at a coffee shop or on a blind date – depends on those same ingredients of timing and fate. There’s sometimes just as much magic in the ordinary as the extraordinary, don’t you think?

3. With The Geography of You and Me being released in April, would you share with us your favorite place or city that you’ve visited in your travels?

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some amazing places over the years. Some of my favorites: South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina, Australia, Ireland, Prague, Italy…I could go on. But the place that really has a hold on me, the one that has really captured my heart, is Scotland. I lived there for a year while I was in grad school, and I completely fell in love with the country. Some of this book is actually set in Edinburgh, and it was a joy to visit it again through Lucy’s story.

4. Can you give us a hint or a teaser about what you’ll be working on next?

My next book follows two teens on the night before they leave for college. They’ve been together for much of high school, and they’re about to head off to opposite coasts, and they’ve been waffling all summer about whether or not to stay together. They have one night left to decide, so they spend it revisiting all the places that have been significant to their relationship.

5. What are three books you’re looking forward to reading that will be released in 2014?

I was lucky enough to get an early read of WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart, which is astonishingly good. I’m also really looking forward to the THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares and NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley. (And many, many more!)

About the Author

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her work has been translated into 27 languages, and her next young adult novel, The Geography of You and Me, will be out in Spring 2014.

Other books by Jennifer (click on the covers to take you to Goodreads):
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight This Is What Happy Looks Like You Are Here
The Comeback Season The Storm Makers

The first giveaway is for US Continental entrants ONLY and this is what you can win:
- A copy of Bound by Prophecy and Shifting Fate by Melissa Wright + Prize Pack
- ARC of The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
- Copy of Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
- Copy of Meant to be Mine (releasing in May and will be delivered then) by Becky Wade
- Copy of After Hello + Swag
- Copy of Pivot Point or Split Second by Kasie West (winner's choice)
- Signed paperback of Echo in Time by C.J. Hill
- ARC of Friends and Traitors by C.J. Hill
- Signed copy of The Art of Wishing or Signed ARC of The Fourth Wish by Lindsay Ribar (winner's choice)

The second giveaway is for International entrants ONLY.
- One book by a participating Blogoversary author (authors listed on the schedule above) of $15 USD or less from the Book Depository (winner's choice). Book Depository must ship to you for free to be eligible.
- ebook (Kindle or Nook) of Dear Mr. Knightley
- ebook (Kindle or Nook) of Slayers by C.J. Hill

All my usual requirements apply.
Ends February 28th.

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