Yes, in fact, BlogTour2009 is back! It's been a while. Sarah Ockler (Author of the upcoming 20 Boy Summer from Little, Brown)was so kind as to happen to schedule me for very little blog touring while I've been working on my revisions. And she didn't even know when they were coming. Very serendipitous of her, don't you think?;)
So please welcome Utah's own Sydney Salter who I have met and actually had lunch with! Yay! Her book is entitled My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters.
I managed to get an ARC of this book, and I have to say, the voice had me hooked on about page two when Jory says, (something like) "I stood up, pulled my pajama bottoms out of my butt, and went downstairs. Because admit it, isn't that always the first thing you do to your pajama bottoms when you stand up?
A bit about My Big Nose (other than pajama bottom wedgies . . .): Seventeen-year-old Jory Michaels wakes up on the first day of summer vacation with her same old big nose, no passion in her life (in the creative sense of the word), and all signs still pointing to her dying a virgin. In spite of her driving record (it was an accident!), Jory gets a job delivering flowers and cakes to Reno's casinos and wedding chapels. She also comes up with a new summer goal: saving for a life-altering nose job. She and her new nose will attract a fabulous boyfriend. Jory survives various summer disasters like doing yoga after sampling Mom's Cabbage Soup Diet, enforced-mother-bonding-with-crazy-nose-obsessed-daughter night, and discovering Tyler's big secret. But will she learn to accept herself and maybe even find her passion, in the creative (AND romantic!) sense of the word?
And now the lovely wonderful Sydney herself!!
Sydney Salter held a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer, including her brief stint delivering pies and flowers, wrecking vans, and destroying wedding cakes in Reno, Nevada. Sydney now lives in Utah with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and two big Bernese Mountain dogs. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and, of course, baking and decorating cakes (but not driving them anywhere).
(Also, I love this picture of her. She looks so casual and happy and I LOVE that bridge!!!!)
No BlogTour is complete without the Feasty Five!
*ahem* No really, I have to clear my throat. I have this stupid cold hanging on. *hack*
AP: What kind of soda does (would) your MC drink?
SS: Anything diet--with her weight-obsessed mother that's all she can find in the fridge. And she's not about to spend her Nose Fund on something like soda!
AP: Talk about your paycheck going right up your nose. *snickers* Okay, I admit, I've been waiting this whole post to make that joke!! *Note, Sydney does not look amused . . . . :D* What is your MC's favorite kind of flower? How about yours?
SS: Daisy. Read and find out why! I like daffodils myself.
AP: Oh yes, that's a fun part! Does your MC believe in magic? Do you?
SS: Well, at one point she does wonder about being cursed by a fairy. I've had a few magical moments...
AP: Would you like to expand on that last statement??
AP: M'kay, moving on . . . Superman or Batman?
SS: Superman for sure!
AP: Ha! One who goes against the tide! Give us one line from your book. You don't even have to give it context.:)
SS: Although I had to admit that eight hours of sleep a night for a year had done nothing for my beauty--if anything, it had made my brain simply more alert and aware that I lacked beauty or any other distinguishing features, skills, or appealing qualities.
AP: *dies laughing* Okay, this is seriously a hilarious yet strangely touching, very irreverent book!! Because my book is aimed at a younger audience, I do need to throw in the disclaimer; I would recommend this book for no younger than about 14 because there is casual drinking and drug usage as well as a hilariously accurate awkward sexual encounter. (That every adult should read!) Aaaaaand disclaimer over.;)
You can find Sydney at www.sydneysalter.com and her book here.
Sydney also has an amazing-looking book coming out in September called Jungle Crossing about Mayan myth and Culture as discovered by a teenager on vacation in Mexico. Check it out here!
*psst* She also had several things coming down the pike that I can't tell you about yet . . . but they sound awesome!!!!!