Monday, July 31, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock @TiffanyPitcock @XpressoTours

Just Friends
Tiffany Pitcock
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

A new spin on the classic smart-girl-and-bad-boy setup, this witty contemporary romance shows how easily a friendship – even one built on an elaborate lie – can become so much more.

Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow―especially when you really, really want it to be the truth.

With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that TV shows and movies have always promised. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends.” But that might be the biggest lie of all.

Debut author Tiffany Pitcock delivers a spot-on depiction of first love and the high school rumor mill in Just Friends, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

Interview with Tiffany Pitcock
What inspired you to write Just Friends?

          I was in 11th grade when I first came up with the idea of JUST FRIENDS. I was going through my first real break up and marathoning tons of teen movies and I started to think about the friends-to-lovers trope. What if they weren’t actually friends first and everything was based on a lie? After a certain point, you stop trying to get to know someone, so what if all of your initial information was false? It kind of grew from there. I didn’t seriously sit down to work on it until my sophomore year of college, though.

When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

          Eight-years-old. How do I know that? Because I promised my third-grade best friend I’d dedicate my first book to her, and I never forgot it.  

What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

          Probably first or second grade? I don’t remember. I hated reading for a long time (at least until third grade) before I realized I didn’t hate reading, just the books my teachers were trying to force me to read.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

          Romance! Preferably, contemporary romance, but I’m not picky. I am the target audience for unnecessary romances, and I am fine with that.

What is your favorite book?

          It’s probably Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. That’s been pretty consistent. A close second is This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. It fluctuates, though.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

          Growing up, my favorite author was Meg Cabot. But now? I honestly don’t have one. I’ll read anything and, though I have a few authors I do buy everything from, I wouldn’t classify any of them as my ‘favorite’. It fluctuates so often, that really my favorite author is whoever I’m reading at the time.

If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

          Ideally, I’d like to say, like, regency England or something, but practically? Nowhere, no time. I like the time we live in and, though it’s slightly terrible, it’s better than it has been in the past. I don’t think I could get past the whole no-toothbrushes-or-indoor-plumbing thing to really appreciate the past.

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

          It’s easy when I actually make myself do it. I’ll procrastinate for weeks, but when I actually sit down to write, it flows pretty quickly. I write in spurts, so it’s difficult sometimes. If I even go one day without writing, then it’ll be another week before I do it again.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

          I have two cats! One is a twelve-year-old black cat named Tuddy. She’s super cute and super mean. She HATES strangers. I also have a little kitten named Pos. She’s the cutest thing and loves everyone.

What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?

          I don’t really have a favorite food. It’s pretty much the same as what I said about authors - whatever I have now is going to be my favorite.

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

          Just write. Write whenever you find the time. It doesn’t have to be every single day, but it has to be often. Writers write, there’s no way around it.

Author Bio:
23. Writer. Reader. Sarcastic.

I was born and raised in Arkansas, which isn’t terribly exciting. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I used to sit in class and write stories in my notebooks, thinking that everyone did. It turns out, everyone didn’t. I love writing because it means I’m putting my thoughts, feelings, and soul out there for someone else to read – for someone else to feel. The fact that someone can read my words, and empathize with my characters – characters that wouldn’t exist with out me, that I created from my mind – is such a wonderful concept to me. I could happily write for the rest of my life as long as there was one person out there who was affected by my words.



Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank for sharing the interview. I love the sounds of this book and would love get my hands on it. :)

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