Friday, July 29, 2011

Author Interview: Lisa Schroeder (The Day Before) & Giveaway

Lisa Schroeder is a native Oregonian which means her childhood summers were spent camping, fishing, reading books (of course!) and playing in the sun, when it finally came out. These days, Lisa spends her summers, and every other part of the year, sharing all of the wonderful things Oregon has to offer with her husband and two sons. She is the author of numerous books for kids and teens, including CHASING BROOKLYN (Simon Pulse, 2010) and IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES (Aladdin, 2010).

Which character came to you first – Amber or Cade? What sparked their story in your mind?

Amber came first, though I didn’t know much about her when I started writing. I’m very much a discovery writer, so I take a couple of seeds of ideas, and start in and see where they take me. As Amber began packing that morning for the day, I thought, hmmm, what’s she going to take with her? It was then that I discovered her love of jelly beans and that she was a drummer.

When I started writing, I wasn’t quite sure what was going on in her life that would cause her to want to get away for the day. All I knew was I wanted to write a book that took place over 24 hours, the day before a girl’s life was about to change forever.

How do you think you’d react if you found yourself in Amber’s position?

I think I’d be really pissed off and scared to death. And I honestly can’t imagine doing It – getting on that plane and going to a place unknown.

Amber has fantastic taste in music. Do her preferences reflect your own? If you had to pick a theme song for The Day Before, what would it be? Why?

She’s a big fan of Pink, and I love her too. She also loves White Stripes, which is probably an obvious choice because of the female drummer, and while I enjoy a couple of their songs, I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan or anything. The other reference in the book that comes from my own tastes is Matt Nathanson. I LOVE him. They’re in Cade’s car at that point, and I could totally see Cade being a Matt Nathanson fan, because Cade is a singer/songwriter I think Matt is one of the best singer/songwriters out there today.

Both Cade and Amber are talented musicians. Do you play any instruments? Are there any you wish you could play?

I wish I could play the guitar. I recently took some lessons, but my hands are just too small and it’s really hard for me. I’ve been toying with the idea of taking piano lessons – we have this beautiful piano in our house that my in-laws gave us, and no one plays it. I can dink around on it, and play melodies by ear, but I am seriously considering taking up lessons in the fall.

What’s your favorite jelly bean flavor? Do you have any calming quirks like Amber’s jelly bean habit?

Oh, hard question. Favorite flavor. Um, I’ll go with tutti-frutti. As for calming quirks, since I was a little girl, I’ve twirled my hair around my finger to calm myself. I still catch myself doing it on occasion.

Cade and Amber play a game where they test one another’s knowledge of popular movies. Are the movies they mention favorites of yours? How did they fit into the story – did you have the particular movie in mind as you crafted the scene, or did you find movies to match the moment?

A couple of them would probably make my top twenty list, yeah, like “Say Anything” and maybe “Footloose”. Mostly, the movies came about as I was building that scene and I’d try to think of a movie that fit the moment. It was pretty fun, actually, and it felt a little bit like I was playing the game with the characters too. I did work at putting one movie in there – “Before Sunrise” – because I wanted this to be almost like a teen version of that movie. So that was one I worked a little harder at putting in there.

Have you ever written a story in prose? Do you find verse easier or more challenging? What would you say to a potential reader who might be wary of a verse novel?

My middle grade novel, IT’s RAINING CUPCAKES, is in prose. And my next YA will actually be in prose as well, though there will be a bit of poetry sprinkled throughout. I think both have their own challenges, really. With the right story, verse comes easily for me. I don’t know why that is, and I’ve stopped trying to figure out why, I just go with it.

It makes me sad that people are wary to try a verse novel. What I want people to know is there is still a story there. I mean, story is always my number one priority. The verse will never take away from the story, but instead, add a little something special to it. The language, the line breaks, the poetic devices – all of it helps to create an atmosphere I can’t get with regular prose. I know not everyone will like it, but I wish people would be so quick to judge it before they give it a try.

What is a random fact readers probably don’t know about you?

I am not a fan of macaroni and cheese. This is one reason why I adore Cade.

If you had one day to spend however you wanted, what would you do?

I would probably go to either the beach or Central Oregon and take a walk along the river. I’m pretty sure the day would involve being around water in some way. I think water has such a calming effect, you know? One of my favorite things to do is walk along the beach and then sit on a blanket and read a book with the beautiful ocean in the background. Sounds pretty heavenly, doesn’t it?

Thanks so much for having me, and for your wonderful review of THE DAY BEFORE!

For more about this author, please visit:


Thanks to the amazing Lisa Schroeder, one (1) winner will receive an adorable sand dollar necklace (like the one Amber has in the book!) from this etsy seller, AND a signed copy of The Day Before!

Please follow the instructions! A lot of entries so far haven't.

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment on anything in this interview (please include your email address so I can contact the winner) *required
  • Link to my review of The Day Before (and mention this giveaway) somewhere -- on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc -- and leave a direct link in your comment *required
  • Following is not required, but appreciated
  • US Only -- the necklace will be shipped by me, and the book will come from Lisa
  • Ends 8/5/11 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Please review my giveaway policy

Extra Entries:
  • +1 for each additional place you share the review/giveaway
  • +1 for a thoughtful comment on my review
  • +1 for every place you follow Lisa Schroeder: Website | Facebook | Twitter (leave relevant screennames)

Thanks so much to Lisa Schroeder for taking the time to answer my questions, and for providing this awesome giveaway!


Misha said...

Great interview! This book has been on my TBR for quite a while.

I love Matt Nathanson! And Say Anything too! I wanted to learn to play the guitar, but somehow that never happened. I wish I could play some musical instrument, but I don't have the patience to learn. haha

(Not an entry)

Andra said...

I really liked this interview :) Though I am kind of upset that you don't like mac and cheese...I pretty much eat mac and cheese everyother day :D Thanks for the chance to win! I've been wanting to read this for ever!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Zombie Girrrl said...

I love being near water, too, but I can't read there because I'm too distracted by the urge to jump in.

I tweeted a link to your review and mentioned the giveaway:!/Zombie_Girrrl/status/96998764774035458

+1: I commented on your review

+1: I follow Lisa on Twitter: Zombie_Girrrl
Thanks for the giveaway! I really hope I win; I love verse novels (and that cute necklace).

Jenna said...

I had no idea that Lisa was from Oregon. That being said, our perfect days are pretty much the same. I had never really thought of water having a common effect, but now that I think of it, water definitely makes me feel at home. Especially because of all the rain.

I can't wait to check out her newest book!


Krystal said...

I love being near water, always makes me feel more peaceful. I saw this book on Good Reads and have been dying to read and review it!!! Thank you for this chance. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom facebooked!/profile.php?id=100000547840483
liked author on fb as Lindsay Ann
follow her on twitter as Icecream1891
left a comment on your review as Krystal Larson

GFC follower of author's blog as Krystal Larson

+6 I think Thank you so much!

kimyunalesca said...

Awesome Interview and Giveaway! I'm a new follower and just recently posted my First Book Interview check it out ^_^

Anonymous said...

Awesome giveaway & interview!

+1 I follow you on twitter (VampireXlover78)

+1 like author on facebook (savanna ucinski)

Sarah said...

I absolutely loved her idea of what to do with herself on a day off. The idea was so calming and peaceful. Serenity comes to mind.!/clearxxeyes/status/97095150634934272 <Mentioned on Twitter<3

Review: I'm also hesitant about novels in verse! Your positive comment about that makes me more excited to read it. +1

I follow Lisa =D clearxxeyes +1

Thanks for this!

Anonymous said...

Tutti-frutti jelly bean flavor. Hmm. And not like macaroni and cheese? Pssh. XD

I mentioned your review and giveaway, Casey, on my blog: (I apologize if you have to scroll down a while.)

+2 I also shared on Twitter (!/MostImportantL/status/97138231996448769) and Facebook (
+1 My review comment is under the name Linda @ Most Important Letter, of course.
+3 I follow Lisa under Linda (website), Most Important Letter (Facebook), and MostImportantL (Twitter).

Thanks for the giveaway, Lisa and Casey!

Linda @ Most Important Letter

Marty said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds really interesting. I just moved to the Oregon coast so it was interesting to see that the author is from there :)

I posted this giveaway on my facebook page:

Marty said...

I tweeted about this giveaway here:!/chippybreath/status/97203630515552256

Marty said...

I blogged about this giveaway here:

Marty said...

I follow Lisa Schroeder's blog.

Marty said...

I liked Lisa Schroeder's FB page via Marty Woodruff.

Marty said...
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Marty said...

I follow Lisa Schroeder on twitter via chippybreath.

MarthaE said...

Thanks for the interesting interview and the giveaway. I wish I had been allowed to get piano lessons when I was young. After my older siblings gave my parents such a hard time at practicing they didn't even try with me. :-(

I tweeted on the review here:!/MSEREADS/status/97372507048394753

+1 I left a comment on your review.
+1 I follow GFC MarthaE
+1 I follow on Twitter MSEREADS
+1 I follow on facebook Martha Eskuchen

Yolande said...
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Yolande said...

This is an awesome giveaway and interview! I don't like mac & cheese either.

I tweeted:

and I follow Lisa on Twitter under the username: YolandePLL

Thanks again!

Contact me here: candycane16 @ roadrunner . com

~Yolande :)

Sierra Cullen.♥ said...

I love the interview! I want to visit Oregon. :) Lisa has a good idea of what to do on a day to herself. The water is peaceful; and an ocean in the background must be a beautiful sight.

+1 - Thoughntful comment on review
+1 - Website Follower {GFC: Sierra Cullen.♥}
+1 - Facebook "Like" - Sierra S.


Chey said...

Ooooh, The White Stripes! :)

I tweeted linking to your review and mentioning the giveaway-!/ohaiitschey/status/97601176677265409

+1 Facebook- Cheyenne Teska
+1 Twitter- @ohaiitschey

Thank you so much, I've been wanting to read this book for a while!


LoriStrongin said...

I've actually been wanting to read this one. Other than the Iliad and Odyssey, I've never read a book in prose but am certainly willing to try. I like the premise and definitely think I'll be adding this one to my TBR pile. Thanks for the fun interview!

And yes, Pink is awesome!


LisaILJ said...
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LisaILJ said...

I am really excited to read this. Chasing Brooklyn was fantastic, and has stuck with me years later. I tweeted about the contest and review here:!/LisaLLibrarian/status/97824762562232320

thanks! leyser73 at yahoo dot com

+1 I follow Lisa's blog using the GFC name LisaILJ
+1 like her on FB using the Name Lisa Jay
+1 follow her on Twitter LisaLLibrarian
+1 put it on my FB wall, screen name Lisa Jay

Amy said...

I love Lisa's poetry novels! She is very talented in verse or in prose!

I would love, love, love a copy of this book, Lisa and my girls would love it too.

Love Between Pages said...
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Love Between Pages said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

I love reading verse or prose novels. And I also don't like macaroni and cheese.


Email: alejandrapersan(at)yahoo(dot)com
*(Sorry I forgot to leave my email in my previous comment.)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

thank you for the awesome contest! the necklace is beautiful and the book looks amazing! thanks!

+1 following lisa on twitter (in_the_hammock)

inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

Jordan said...

I don't know how she can't love mac and cheese :)

But, I love being near water. It makes me happy, and everything seems so calm even when it really is chaotic and, well I just love it.

GREAT review, and I can't wait to get my hands on The Day Before! So excited for it!


Verbenabeth said...

Very cool giveaway, and the book looks fantastic! I especially loved the progression of characters. I generally begin with the main character, and he/she kind of introduces the others. :) The whole interview was really interesting. Thanks!

I retweeted your message about the interview (@semayawibeth), and mentioned it on FB too. Here's hoping I'm lucky!


Racquel said...


This is such a great interview & giveaway! Thanks you so much & also to Lisa:D:D

Arlene said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway! The interview with Lisa Schroeder was fun to read. LOL I twist my hair too when I'm nervous or anxious. :) Thank you for posting the interview.

I tweeted your review and interview:!/SarleneS/status/99653403180941312


aurora M. said...

Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance this book is/sounds so good I love her work!

+1 I follow Lisa's blog via e amil at veltara(at)yahoo(dot)com
+1 like her on FB using the Name Aurora Momcilovich
+1 follow her on Twitter @scarletredwill
+1 put it on my FB wall/Aurora Momcilovich
+1 I tweeted this giveaway!/scarletredwill/status/99652684302401536
+1 I left comment on your review.

I think the necklace is fantastic and hope I take this great book in a BIG WIN!
Thanks for fantastic giveaway!

Aydrea said...

I love that she is not a fan of mac and cheese. That is so random!

Tweeted it -!/arick01/status/99665419169837056

+1 Twitter follower @arick01

danceislove27 At gmail DoT com

cegluna said...

Ok so I agree with Lisa that Oregon is beautiful but disagree about Mac and cheese :)

Read your review and I too was very hesitant about reading a book written in prose. UNTIL I read Far From You. And then Chasing Brooklyn. And Oh my did Lisa just sweep me in and it didn't make a lick of difference.

I follow Lisa on Twitter (@cegluna).


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