Today's Ontario Teen Book Fest post highlights Brandy Colbert! Check out our Q&A and the signed poster giveaway! Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour links leading up to the festival on Saturday, March 3, 2018. See you there!
About Ontario Teen Book Festival
When: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Colony High School, 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
As always, the event is FREE! No ticket is needed.
A FREE lunch will be provided by Panera Bread. (Yes, sandwiches, chips, and drinks! You can bring your lunch too if you want. I try to bring a little snack to share.)
If you're tweeting/sharing the event, please use the hashtag #ontariotbf!
Once Upon A Time Bookstore will be on hand if you want to purchase books. There will also be T-shirts and posters available for purchase as well. Check out their website at http://www.shoponceuponatime.com!
Want to help promote the event? Grab the attending badge or the banner up top and stick it on your various social media channels--you know you wanna!
Blog Tour Schedule
Spotlight on Keynote Speaker Ellen Hopkins - Germ Magazine
Spotlight on Keynote Speaker Josephine Angelini - The Readers Antidote
Spotlight on Jessica Brody - Adventures of a Book Junkie
About Brandy Colbert
Brandy Colbert is the award-winning, critically acclaimed author of Pointe, Little & Lion, and the forthcoming Finding Yvonne and The Revolution of Birdie Randolph. Her short fiction and essays have been published in several anthologies for young people. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.
About Little & Lion
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.
Winner of ALA’s 2018 Stonewall Book Award for YA fiction
Interview with Brandy Colbert
RNSL: Is writing a social or a solitary task for you?
BC: It is completely solitary! I'm lucky to have a great group of writer friends in L.A., and they all get together often, writing at cafés and coffee shops. I'm always envious of their ability to work together, but I do my best writing when I'm alone. I concentrate better when I'm by myself, and like to read sentences and dialogue out loud as I go along. That probably wouldn't work so well with other people around.
RNSL: Was there a person who introduced you to a love of reading/writing? Who was it and how did they do it?
BC: My mom has always been influential in my reading life. My parents had lots of full bookshelves in our house when I was growing up, and trips to the library and bookstore were important parts of my childhood. My mom, especially, was a big reader and always encouraged me to buy and borrow books. My parents have always been supportive of my writing, even when it was just a hobby.
RNSL: Who is your ideal reader?
BC: I'm grateful for anyone who reads my work, but I'm especially happy when black girls connect with my books. I didn't find a lot of books featuring girls who looked like me when I was growing up, so it's a privilege to write books about girls who deal with the things I was experiencing back then.
RNSL: Do you listen to music when you write? Why or why not?
BC: I love music, but I don't listen to it while I write! I love it when writers make playlists for each of their books, but I find it a bit distracting to listen to music when I'm in the middle of a project.
RNSL: If I were not an author, I would be a ______.
BC: My day job is freelance copyediting for books and magazines, which I love. But if I were not able to write books, my dream is to be a professional tap dancer! I've been tap dancing since I was a kid, and it's one of my favorite things in the world. When I don't have the time to take classes, I love watching videos of the Syncopated Ladies, who are so talented and show how versatile tap dancing can be.
RNSL: Cake or Pie? And why?
BC: Cake! I am pretty picky about pies, but I love almost all cake and crave it constantly.
1 winner gets an Ontario TBF poster signed by all attending authors! Please note, authors can cancel, or be missed in the signing of the poster…though that is all VERY rare! Enter here or use the Rafflecopter widget below.