I’m excited to be touring Kristina Springer and her latest book My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours
Seventh grade was supposed to be fun, but Tori is having major drama with her BFF, Sienna. Sienna changed a lot over the summer—on the first day of school she’s tan, confident, and full of stories about her new dreamy boyfriend. Tori knows that she’s totally making this guy up. So Tori invents her own fake boyfriend, who is better than Sienna’s in every way. Things are going great—unless you count the whole lying-to-your-best-friend thing—until everyone insists Tori and Sienna bring their boyfriends to the back-to-school dance.
Now for the usual questions:
What inspired the plot for your book?
I had my own fake boyfriend in 7th grade and I was thinking about that time and the idea for this book came to me.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I love writing about the middle grade and high school years. I think my voice fits there well.
What is your writing process like?
I tend to do book marketing related tasks in the mornings and write in the afternoons.
What are you working on now?
Another fun middle grade. I don’t want to jinx myself by saying too much but I’m loving it.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Hang out with my hubby and four kids (5, 7, 9, and 11), see friends, read and go to book club, yoga, and spend too much time on facebook and twitter.
Who do you like to read?
Meg Cabot, Sophie Kinsella, Lauren Myracle
Check out the My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours Release Contest until 1/15/14 on Kristina’s blog
Here’s what the winner will get:
• A $20 gift card (Starbucks or Amazon, your choice!),
• Autographed copy of My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours,
• Fake Boyfriend Emergency Kit, and a
• Variety of bookmarks/stickers from all of my books
Kristina Springer is the best-selling author of THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS, THE PAPARAZZI PROJECT and BOY SWAP. She has a Masters in Writing from DePaul University and she resides in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and children. Read more about her at http://www.kristinaspringer.com and follow her on twitter @TinaSpringer.
Praise For My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours…
“Irresistible as a fluffy kitten. I laughed out loud and so will you!” —Meg Cabot, author of the Airhead and Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls series
“Tori is an appealing, engaging protagonist whose peppy first-person narrative includes some introspective moments and incorporates issues that readers will appreciate, especially the importance of honesty, trust, and self-appreciation. An enjoyable, entertaining read.” —Booklist
“Friendship versus one-upmanship in seventh grade is the subject of Springer’s very funny and strongly realistic novel.” —Publishers Weekly
“The sheer exhaustion of a fake-boyfriend arms race, with the need to create fake email accounts and to come up with competing romantic gestures on the fly, is cleverly depicted.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The themes will resonate with any girl who’s ever gone through the hardships of middle school: friendship, boys, popularity, and, most importantly, choosing to do the right, but often more difficult, thing. A fun read.” —School Library Journal
“The dialogue is realistic, and Springer brings refreshing personalities to standard character types; Tori’s parents are divorced, but both parents are active in her life, for instance, and the popular girls aren’t mean.” —Kirkus Reviews