Erynn Mangum+Giveaway

erynnmangumToday we're welcoming author Erynn Mangum. Erynn has graciously dropped by for a visit AND she's giving away a signed copy of Miss Match, the book that started it all. Details on how to win the book at the end of the riveting interview.

::Putting on my Diane Sawyer glasses::
Erynn, you have a great “how I got started” story. Can you tell us about that?

Sure! I've been writing stories ever since I was a little kid. My first story was a riveting novel that I wrote at the ripe old age of six. It was about a puppy who ate, played and then slept and was titled “The Pupe” (or, Puppy, as we would spell in the Adult English language). I kept writing and I'd fill notebooks with stories, characters, plot ideas and then I graduated to filling laptops with the same things. My senior year in high school, I started taking classes through the Christian Writers Guild and going to conferences. I wrote Miss Match as a fun story that I wasn't planning on doing anything with. I was proposing a suspense novel to an editor when she asked me if I had anything else and I gave her Miss Match. Long story short, that's how I ended up getting started.


Your August release, Sketchy Behavior, is a YA. What made you get right with the Lord and write for teenagers?

Ah, so my testimony? 🙂 Until I had my son almost a year ago (it's seriously been a year???), I had always worked with teens in some way. I interned at my church with the junior high and high school girls for a long time. LOVED it. Loved them! So it was kind of a natural-ish step to write for teens.

Tell us about this new book.

Kate Carter has two gifts – art and sarcasm. When her high school art teacher has her class do a series on “Art in the Workplace” and includes a segment on Criminal Sketching, Kate finds her talent in forensic artistry.  Her near-photo-quality sketch helps capture a murder and puts her on the front page of her small town's newspapers and suddenly everyone wants to be her friend. Until the murderer escapes, appears to be targeting Kate and was Justin in art class smiling at her?

Sounds awesome. My Charmed Life series was a teenage sleuth who found her fashionable life at stake on a regular basis, so I'm a big fan of that suspense thread. Anything that harkens back to Veronica Mars (moment of silence….) has my vote.

Love how you mentioned Veronica Mars. Awesome show. And love teen sleuths!! I never really know how I get my ideas. Most of the time in the shower. Sometimes while I'm eating. With SB, I think I was hyped up on a little too much sugar and pregnancy hormones. I wrote a potential proposal for it, put it away for awhile and couldn't stop thinking about it. So I pulled it back out, begged my agent to send it out and here we are.

What was your research process like for this book?

I'm pretty tight with Google. And WebMD. And all matter of sites that Google manages to pull up for me. If the FBI had been monitoring my internet searches while writing Sketchy Behavior, I probably would have been put on some kind of a federal watch list.

And then you also tested the e-novella waters recently.

Easter Carats released in Man306302y. And my next novella, Fish and Chips, should release either late June or early July. I wrote them because I needed something to add a little more stress to my to-do list during my son's nap times.

Any fun summer plans?

Hanging out with my Nater Tot, planning his first birthday party (insert sad Mom tears here), writing, swimming and hopefully I'll be getting some frozen yogurt in there one of these days. How about you?

Happy first birthday to your baby! This summer I'll be traveling a bit, finding some sort of painting project that will make me insane, and continuing my obsessive longing for the beach. And eating ice cream.  So tell us what your favorite thing about writing is.

I love when the ideas and the words are just flowing. I think that has a lot to do with how much caffeine I've ingested before sitting down to write. I love developing characters and sticking them in awkward situations. Awkward scenes are the best.

Oh my gosh, awkward scenes are the best. And I've heard of this mythological word flow, but have never seen it myself.

Biggest writing challenge?

Ask any editor I've ever worked with and I think they'd tell you this: I struggle big time to keep to a timeline in a book. It's my biggest downfall. Thankfully, it's only a minor rewrite, but still. Also, I'm not the biggest fan of descriptions. I don't like reading them and I don't like writing them. I'd rather imagine what someone looks like than be told what they look like.

Oh, I'm LAUGHING. My editor Jamie would be laughing. I have worked on eight books with her and it wasn't until this last book that I ACCIDENTALLY got the timeline right. (And then later screwed it up somehow, but still I got it! I finally got it!) It's SO hard. You wouldn't think so, but it is. It hurts my head to think about what day it is. What's wrong with a nine-day week?

Okay, tough question. ::Takes off Diane Sawyer glasses. Steely gaze:: Your favorite ice cream?

Almost anything Blue Bell. I might have to go with their Dutch Chocolate. SO GOOD.

You're obviously a big fan of coffee. You're standing in line at Starbucks. What do you order?

Depends on the weather. If it's cold, I'll get a caramel macchiato. If it's warm, I've been really liking their new Mocha Coconut Frappucinos. For a little bit, I went through a Chai tea phase. That seems to have passed.

Mocha frapp all the way here. I'm not only enough to drink the other stuff. . . What's the book you wish you'd written?

Diary of A Wimpy Kid. Hysterical. Or Henry Reed, Inc. I read that book as a nine year old and I can still remember most of it. If that's not quality writing, I don't know what is!!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is genius. All adults should try one of those. It's a great book, period; but a great book to read in small vignettes, like at the dr's office, in the car rider line, while waiting for your takeout. And one of the few books that makes me laugh out loud in public.

Thanks, Erynn, for stopping by. We'll be anxiously awaiting August for Sketchy Behavior.

Thanks so much, Jenny! This was way fun!

Guys, do get in the running for a signed copy of Miss Match, answer the following question by next Friday, July 15th. Winner announced Monday July 18th.  What's a good book you've read this summer?

AND don't forget, if you comment on all six MYFASE blog posts (June 27-July 11),  you'll ALSO be in the running for an ARC of There You'll Find Me AND a $25 dollar Barnes and Noble card, in addition to any other books you win these two weeks of book/author fabulousness.  Come back Monday when we'll be talking to the awesome Sandra Byrd, author of the beautifully-covered book To Die For.

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Jess - July 9, 2011

Just finished The Island by Elin Hilderbrand and really enjoyed it! Just discovered her so I’ll have to catch up on all her other books. LOVED Miss Matched and Eryn’s other books as well!!

Katie P. - July 9, 2011

I reread a book by Ann Rinaldi, called Time Enough for Drums. It was about July 4th, and how a teenage girl struggles to come to terms with becoming an adult during the Revolution. Sigh worthy, clean, romance too….. 🙂

D Martin - July 9, 2011

My favorite read so far this summer was Searching for Spice by Megan DiMaria.

capillya - July 9, 2011

I honestly don’t know how anyone would NOT want to read Sketchy Behavior after reading her description! I was even sold right after she wrote, “Kate Carter has two gifts – art and sarcasm.” She’s speaking my language already!

I read an ARC of Marie Lu’s LEGEND last month and loved it — it’s a dystopian read about a young military prodigy who’s trained to hunt down another young most-wanted criminal. And there’s also little description in the book (which I’m also a fan of!), pretty pragmatic writing, and it moves quickly — I read it in a short amount of time, two days! (this is very short for me!)

Madisyn - July 9, 2011

Love Erynn Mangum and her books! 🙂 I recently enjoyed Crazy in Love by Dandi Daley Mackall, and your Katie Parker series!! 😀

Molly - July 9, 2011

read some good jane Austin…. Amazing books, just take a while to read 🙂 I love me some pride and prejudice 🙂

Molls - July 9, 2011

Erynn mangums Luaren Holbrook series… BEST. BOOKS.EVER! Of course yours jenny are right up there at the top too 😉

Alli - July 9, 2011

Sketchy Behavior looks sooooooo good! My favorite book I’ve read this summer is Just Between You and Me. I finally earned enough money to buy it and I do not regret it. Great novel Jenny!

Em Sto - July 9, 2011

My favorite would have to be “Redeeming Love”; it is serious and intense but amazing!! My favorite re-reading book is defintely “A Billion Reasons Why” All the way!! 😀

Joy Andrea - July 9, 2011

I LOVE Jane Austen’s books, and I’ve been working on the “sequels”. Some are quite good, but others are….meh…. 🙂 But I think some of my favorite companion books are by Amanda Grange–they’re diaries from the male protagonist’s point of view for each of the Jane Austen books. Amazing!!!

Madi A. - July 9, 2011

So Erynn, I just had to say that I’ve read each of the books in your “Miss Match” serious 3-5 times each! I LOVE them. Keep writing!:)

Dakota - July 9, 2011

Ahh…books. Food for the imagination. Lately, I’ve been bouncing between the Harry Potter series (on the seventh book finally!) and all my old favorites: Hope was Here by Joan Baur, Cheaper by the Dozen, Little Women, Mara Daughter of the Nile by Eloise McGraw, Phantom Tollbooth, The Sherwood Ring…and I just picked up a couple Agatha Christie mysteries from the library, where I basically live in the summer. Ok, all year round.

Erin - July 10, 2011

Read The Pioneer Woman’s “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels” a couple weeks ago- one of those where in the space of 10 minutes, I was skimming her blog, found a reference to this book she’d written about her and Marlboro Man’s love story/first year of marriage, found out you could get it in a Nook version, bought it and started reading it, and basically didn’t get off the couch for the next three hours, it was SO adorable and funny and romantic and genuine, and it was ten times better knowing it was a true story!

Laura - July 10, 2011

My favorite book this summer has been Latte Daze or Save the Date (mainly because I’ve only read 2 books this summer xD). But I thought they were both AMAZING! I’ve been trying to find some good Christian books, and those are by my 2 favorite authors 😛

Rachelle Rea - July 10, 2011

Reading The Eleventh Hour in Michael Phillip’s The Secret of the Rose series. Like nothing else I have ever read. A classic and yet containing so many amazing twists and turns, it kept me flipping! Thank you for the giveaway!

Lindsay - July 10, 2011

The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers was sooo good!!! Also, House Rules by Jodi Picoult was very good…This is a tough question.

Jess - July 11, 2011

I love all of the comments above…a great way to get an “I want to read ASAP” book list going!

Just recently finished “Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…of Sorts” by Ian Cron. He’s a talented storyteller!

Rachel Billings - July 11, 2011

I loved Erin’s book Double Shot!

Cara Putman - July 12, 2011

I have that book on my TBR pile. I’ve read so many really great books this summer. Two of my current favs are Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn and Pattern of Wounds by J. Mark Bertrand

Sheri - July 12, 2011

Love Erin’s books!! I read and loved the Scottish historical series by Liz Curtis Higgs with Here Burns My Candle and Mine is the Night! They were great!

Katherine - July 12, 2011

I don’t have much time to read- what with work and all 🙂 but I just finished The Lincoln Lawyer and loved it. and i am in the middle of The Bourne Supremacy– so good!!

Katy - July 12, 2011

Hi Erynn! I’ve never heard of you or your book before tonight…but now I do! I love discovering authors! Your book looks like a neat read!

My favorite read this summer? Ohh, that’s a hard one to answer! Umm…hmm…well, I just finished Ronie Kendig’s new release, Wolfsbane, and that was TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!! I’m totally in love with it! So…ya, I’m going to name that one my favorite this summer. 😀

Thanks for the chance to win!

~ Katy

Katie - July 16, 2011

I’ve re-read the Book Thief- I think it gets better with each reading 🙂

D Elizabeth - July 16, 2011

I’ve Read a lot of good books this summer!
-The Help, by Katheryn Stockett
-The Patron Saint of Liars by Anne Patchett
-Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
-Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones
-Miss Invisible by Laura Jensen Walker
-Black by Ted Dekker
-Crazy Love by Francis Chan

My favorite is a a three way tie. I love Save the Date and Miss Invisible and Throne of Fire. They were all amazing for different reasons.

jenncallinghome - July 17, 2011

I’m enjoying John Grisham’s The Testament.


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