Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff @shanipetroff @XpressoTours

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over
Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart… what could go wrong?

After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can’t get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari’s. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev!

When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!

Guest Post:

"What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?"

To date, all of my books have been told from a female perspective. So, when we meet a character from the opposite sex, he’s seen through the eyes of my lead.

In some instances, this means she’s built him up—or down— in her mind a certain way, other times her own self-confidence (high or low) affects her take on him. We learn about these guys from their actions, dialogue, etc., but it’s all through the eyes of the lead.

The most difficult – and the most rewarding – part is making these characters (and this is true of characters of any sex) three-dimensional and with agency.

Sometimes, my main character doesn’t see their flaws, sometimes she finds issues where there aren’t any. Each book would be very different if it was told from someone else’s point of view.

In order to give each character a life of their own, I really try to dig into who they are before I start writing. I like to figure out what makes them tick, their history, their family, their likes, dislikes, fear, dreams, hobbies, and so on. We won’t see all of it spelled out on the page, but it helps me craft the character and understand their interactions with those around them. It also makes it easier to write their dialogue, to try and make it authentic to who they are as a character.

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over centers around Sari’s story—but her ex, Zev, and two guys she meets on her trek home, Fitz and Dylan, play big parts in the book. It was a lot of fun (and work) figuring out who they were, what went through their heads, and making sure they each had their own distinct personalities. I definitely wanted to make them sound authentic, and one of my favorite parts of the book is the friendships—including the one between Fitz and Dylan! Who knows, maybe some day, they’ll get a book all of their own! J

Author Bio:

Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the “Destined” series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.



Giselle said...

Thanks for hosting today, Nancy! :)

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