We have a lot of fantastic authors at OneFour KidLit and are excited to introduce them all to you. One author, four questions. Today we’re talking to Bethany Crandell, YA author of SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS.
Here’s the Goodreads synopsis: Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell.
Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there’s life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she’s ever had.
Can you share any cool details with us?
No way! You have to read for all the juicy tidbits. I can tell you though, that it’s highly irreverent and painfully honest. Chances are you’ll feel a little uncomfortable at certain points, but you’ll hear yourself laughing none the less.
What do you do in your daily life outside of writing?
I watch a lot of TV, eat more guacamole than is healthy, and complain about things. My most recent gripe is that my favorite grocery store is closing. It may seem insignificant, but I’m all about routine. Dropping me into an unfamiliar place with an empty cart and a self-imposed, 45 minute or less deadline, is my own personal purgatory.
What are you most excited about in the debut process?
It’s probably cliché, but walking into the book store and seeing my little book on the shelf. That’s going to be pretty exciting—and overwhelming.
What inspires you to write?
A better question would be what doesn’t inspire me to write. My two girls are the obvious go-to, but my husband, my spatially-challenged dog, my boss, the homeless dude by the 7-Eleven, a jaw-dropping sunrise, or bowl of guacamole…I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. The key is using it for got instead of evil…
|Bethany Crandell and her husband Terry live in San Diego with their two daughters and a chocolate Labrador who has no consideration for personal space. She writes Young Adult novels because the feelings that come with life’s ‘first’ times are too good not to relive again and again. SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS is coming spring 2014 from Running Press.|