Monday, January 6, 2020

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith @tiana_smith @XpressoTours

How to Speak Boy
Tiana Smith
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 7th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Two sworn enemies start to fall in love through anonymous notes in How to Speak Boy, a fun and charming YA novel from Tiana Smith.

Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They can’t stand one another, either in competition or in real life.

But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other one is.

Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters and find themselves unknowingly falling for the competition. Before the state tournament, the two of them need to figure out what they want out of life, or risk their own future happiness. After all, what’s the point of speech and debate if you can’t say what’s in your heart?

Interview with Tiana Smith

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in How To Speak Boy?
Quinn and Grayson are similar in a lot of ways, which of course, is why it takes them a while to realize they’re perfect for each other. They’re competitive, yet insecure at the same time. They don’t back down from confrontation, and they’re hard workers. Grayson keeps his cool better than Quinn, who can sometimes see things more black and white than Grayson.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?
I wish I could! I can’t really say much about it. What I can say is that I’m working on another YA romance and I hope I get to share it with readers one day soon!

How long would you say it takes you to write a book?
Totally depends on the book! My first book took about ten months to write, then about four months to edit. My second book took about three months to write, and two months to edit. I’m one of those people that works better when I have a deadline.

What is your favorite childhood book?
I loved the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. The first book is called Dealing with Dragons, and I remember re-reading that series so many times. I still love it!

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from How To Speak Boy who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.
I’d like to hang out with Quinn. She’s not all that social, so we’d probably hang out at her house listening to music, and I’d be down for that. Personally, I’m pretty introverted most of the time too.

What was the hardest scene from How To Speak Boy to write?
Carter was a challenging character for me to write. So, his scenes were all a bit tricky. If I say too much more, I’ll start giving away spoilers and I don’t want to do that. Suffice to say, his actions and internal feelings were complicated and I had to think a lot about how he’d respond to things, especially near the end.

What made you want to become a writer?
Honestly, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do as long as I could remember. My parents and teachers were all really supportive of my writing from a young age, which helped me feel like this was something I should pursue.

Just for fun

(a Favorite song: 
Right now? Risk it All, by the Vamps

(b Favorite book: 
This question is evil and I refuse to answer it, haha!

(c Favorite movie: 
She’s the Man

(d Favorite tv show: 
Right now my husband and I are watching Chuck (like five years after it first aired, but whatever) and are really liking it!

(e Favorite Food: 
Any kind of baked sweet.

(f Favorite drink: 
I’m boring, but probably water. I don’t like a lot of flavored drinks.

(g Favorite website: 
Uhhh, I’m not sure if I just have one? I go to so many websites each day. I spend way too much time on Twitter, does that count?

Thanks so much for visiting with us today!

Thanks for having me!

Author Bio:

Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Rocky Mountains. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her ninja boy, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She’d love to be fluent in sign language, but for now she gets by with awkward hand gestures and even more awkward French. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to be a lion tamer.



Nancy P said...

Sounds like a good read.

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