I’m excited to be participating in this year’s 2014 Contemporary Scavenger Hunt, hosted by the lovely BookBelles, and to have Kelly Oram on the blog! Check out this interview, a little more about her book CINDER & ELLA, and then enter the giveaway!
First off, here’s CINDER & ELLA!
It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.
And now the interview!
Describe Cinder & Ella in 10 words or less.
A heartfelt contemporary retelling of Cinderella with a Hollywood twist.
Cinder & Ella is a fairytale retelling- what are some of your favorite fairytales/retellings?
My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella, but I also love Beauty and the Beast, The Frog Prince, and The 12 Dancing Princesses. A couple of my favorites would be Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer and My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison.
What themes do you hope for readers to take away from your novels?
Well, a recurring theme in my books tends to be figuring out who you are and being true to yourself. Self esteem/self worth is one of the hardest things for a teenage girl (or the rest of us) to have. Everyone is beautiful and strong and brilliant in their own right. The trick is believing that and letting others see that in you.
Out of all of your novels, which one’s been the most fun for you to write?
I’d have to say Serial Hottie. I had so much fun with it for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it’s a quirky, silly book. It’s meant to be a bit ridiculous, so I really got to let my off-key sense of humor fly.
When did you know you wanted to be an author and what or who inspired you to become one?
I wrote for many years before I realized I was a writer at heart. I used to write a lot of fan fiction and it was all the people I met in that world encouraging me to try to write a novel for real that inspired me to finally go for it. (I owe them all a huge thank you!)
What are some of your favorite things to do when you’re not reading or writing? 🙂
Read!! I read a ton! I also love golfing, singing, watching sports, hanging with my kids (there’s a million of them. Okay4 but it feels like a million), and all things outdoors.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Spring or Fall? Fall
Comedy or Drama? (movie) Comedy
Coffee or Tea? Neither. Diet Coke!
And finally, check out Kelly’s Giveaway!!! <—
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.
Breenah A said:
I can’t think of any off the top of my head! I’ve been too deep in vampire and dystopian novels lately, but I’m ready for something a little less supernatural.
B. Dancsi said:
One of my favourites YA contemporary books are from Colleen Hoover and from K. A. Tucker
I am a Shannon Hale fan. I like retellings.
Joanna C. said:
On the top of my head, my current favorites are This is What Happy Looks Like, Along For The Ride, and The Distance Between Us 🙂
Kim Waters said:
My absolute fave YA contemporary books are Stephanie Perkins’. I loved LOLA most, but ANNA & ISLA were fantastic too. 😀 I’m also a huge fan of everything Sarah Dessen. Jennifer E. Smith is up there too. 🙂
PS. Love that Kelly’s a BSB fan! Me too!!