Blog Tour & Interview: #16 Things I Thought WereTrue by Janet Gurtler

On tour with Sourcebooks.

Thanks for stopping by for the tour for #16 Things I Thought Were True! The author, Janet Gurtler, is stopping by to answer some of my questions, so check that out below. First the info on the book...

#16 Things I Thought Were True

by Janet Gurtler
YA Contemporary
Paperback, 283 Pages
March 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire


Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan's mom gets sick, it's hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn't as far away as she thought...

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan's getting to know the real Adam, and he's actually pretty a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She's not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend...and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can't imagine living without.


Author Interview

Welcome to my blog today, Janet!

1. It’s crazy how social media has taken over our lives! I love the Twitter references in 16 Things I Thought Were True. Do you tweet and have you seen any interesting or humorous tweets?

I do tweet. I go through phases where I tweet a lot and then hibernate for awhile too. I can definitely say I have lots of online friends who I’ve never met in person, like Morgan. I do find when I’ve met online friends, it’s always been a cool thing. I’ve seen lots of great tweets and even find that it’s crazy how fast you learn about news. My friend was running in the Boston Marathon last year and it was Twitter that made me aware of the bombing.

2. The main characters end up on a road trip together. Do you have a favorite memory of taking a road trip?

Most of my road trips have been family ones. I did a couple with a girlfriend when I was younger and I had my first car, which was a purple Pacer. Yes. A fishbowl car. There were lots of McDonald’s and chips and shopping.

Lol! Oh to be a teenager. :)

3. If you could take a road trip anywhere (somewhere you haven’t been yet), where would it be?

I’d love to have a whole lot of time to tool around and really explore British Columbia. I want to go back to Victoria Island someday. It really is a beautiful province with so many interesting things to see.

That is one place I would love to visit too.

4. What do you love the most about 16 Things I Thought Were True?

I love the last line in the book so much. “And I wiggle my ___.”

It makes me happy. My editor wanted to change it to I wiggle my butt, but I asked if we could keep “___” and she said yes! There was dancing.

Sorry I had to edit that. I think everyone can figure that one out. It's funny how the little things can be big things to us. :)

5. What types of books do you normally read? Do you have a favorite or two you could share with us?

I mostly read YA and my favorite genre is contemporary. All time faves would include Vera Dietz by A.S. King. Hate List by Jennifer Brown is another fave.

I'll have to check those out.

6. What’s your favorite thing about being an author?

I’m pretty fond of working in my pajamas on some days and hanging out at Starbucks to work other days. I also really like that I can work around my son’s swim and school schedule. I love hearing from readers who have liked my books. It’s very cool to talk to someone about a book I wrote. Very very cool.

I would think that would be one of my favorite things too - the working in pajamas and hearing from those that have loved my books.

Thanks for stopping by today, Janet!

About the Author

Janet GurtlerLike all of us, I am different things to different people. Mom. Sister. Auntie. Wife. Daughter. Cousin. Friend. And I love all of my roles especially Mom, but at the end of the day, when I am all alone with myself drifting off to sleep, I am Writer.

My road to author was a little windy. While in college, I worked as a DJ in a night club. I like to tell people that because it makes me sound cooler than I am. After college I worked as an advertising copywriter for radio and then TV and eventually was lured over to sales and marketing. I missed writing though and years later (always a late bloomer was I) after having my son, I started my first book. I've been writing books ever since and once I started writing YA, found like I'd found my way home.

I can block out almost anything when I'm deep inside a story. Writing one or reading one. Books continue to be something I turn to when I'm happy or sad or tired or wide awake. You get the picture right :-)

Two Random Janet Gurtler facts.
1. I wear socks to bed.
2. I hate talking on the phone. Don't like it. Never have.

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