Monday, July 28, 2008

Welcome YA RITA Finalists!

The Fictionistas’ Fabulous Fiction Giveaway has arrived!

In honor of the upcoming Romance Writers of America® national conference, the Fictionistas have interviewed all five RITA® finalists with Young Adult novels. For those not familiar, the 2008 RITA honors the top romance fiction published in 2007, and over 1000 novels and novellas were judged in 12 categories.

Winners of the awards will be announced August 2 at the RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony to be held at RWA’s 28th Annual Conference in San Francisco, California.

Why should you read these interviews? Other than the fact that you’ll learn some fun new facts about your favorite YA authors, the Fictionistas are giving away a bag of YA books from the RWA conference to one lucky commenter. To enter, just comment on any of the interviews this week. The more times you comment, the more chances you have to win!

We’ll begin the interviews tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29, but for now, meet our finalists!

Melissa Marr
Prior to writing, Melissa taught college lit. After a decade of teaching, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing. Wicked Lovely, the first novel, was simultaneously released in the US and the UK by HarperCollins in 2007 (with translation rights also sold in seven countries). It debuted as a NY Times Bestseller. Critical responses both here and abroad have been positive. Ink Exchange, the second novel, released in Summer 2008 to similar responses. Currently, Melissa lives in the DC area with her family and writes full time.


Kelly Parra
Kelly is the author of the novel Graffiti Girl. She lives in a diverse agricultural town in Central California with her husband and two beautiful children. Visit her website: www.KellyParra.com, and follow the Secret Fates blog at SecretFates.blogspot.com.


Rosemary Clement-Moore
Author of Prom Dates From Hell, Rosemary has been writing stories all her life, even when she should have been doing other things, like studying Algebra. Her first paying job was as Chuck E. Cheese. She worked in theatre for years, and now she writes full time, which is her dream job, because she gets to work in her pajamas and take a break every afternoon to play Guitar Hero.




Maureen Johnson

Maureen is the author of six novels, including Girl at Sea. She’s a graduate of the University of Delaware, home of the Fighting Blue Hens, where she was a writing major, but spent most of her time working on shows. After college, she became the literary manager of a wonderful (but now defunct) Philadelphia theater company. Soon after that, she moved to New York to study theatrical dramaturgy and writing at Columbia University School of the Arts. Her first novel was released in 2004.


Simone Elkeles
Simone was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Her funny way of looking at life and the world around her has an affect on the people she hangs out with. If you hear people laughing, you’ll probably fine Simone not far away. She writes about teens because she was a teen in the 80s (when spiked hair and blue eye shadow were “rad”) and she loves writing about those exciting teen relationships and romances. She’s the author of three books, including Leaving Paradise.

Okay, you know the rules…leave a comment during this week and you’re entered the win the bag o’ books! Enter as many times as you like. Check us out all week!

32 comments:

  1. Many thanks to the finalists for interviewing with us this week! Good luck to you all!

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  2. We're SO glad to have you guys, and best of luck!!

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  3. This is great! What a fantastic idea. Can't wait to read the interviews. Good luck to all the finalists!

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  4. Victoria Janssen11:04 AM

    Ooh, awesome. I really love Maureen Johnson's work.

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  5. Mega good luck to the finalists! Thanks for doing the interview!!!!

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  6. Many wishes of luck and many thanks for visiting Fictinistas!

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  7. Thanks to the Fictionistas for letting me visit this week, and good luck to each of the finalists!! It's going to be a fun time in SF!! Hope to meet those of you going to SF, and please don't forget to say Hi!

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  8. Fighting Blue Hens? Why didn't I go to a school with Fighting Blue Hens? That's up there with the Banana Slugs. :)

    Congrats to the RITA finalists!

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  9. What a neat idea!

    I'll be at RWA, so I may be reading these posts late, but I will be reading them... I've so far read 1 1/2 of these YA Rita finalists, and those 1 1/2 have been fantastic! (No surprise there...) Hope to have them all read by awards night... ;-)

    Cara

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  10. Does commenting in the hope of wining the books for your 19 yr old writer daughter count? I know she would love to get some YA books and she will be reading all the interviews too :D

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  11. Ilona, that's totally cool! :) We'll just choose the winner...we won't be checking to see whether you will be reading the books or passing them onto some other lucky person. :)

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  12. hello, fictionistas, found you by way of 'dear author' and popped by to say: i like your name. i'm new to the idea that ya doesn't have to be for y only, and was converted to this radical concept by susan juby's 'alice' trilogy which i love with unholy glee.

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  13. Can't wait to read the interviews! Esp. Kelly Parra's!

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  14. It was very generous of the RITA finalists to take time out for us this week.

    I can't wait to read the blog this week!!!

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  15. It was very generous of the RITA finalists to take time out for us this week.

    I can't wait to read the blog this week!!!

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  16. Congrats to the finalists. How exciting and look, prizes for US. How cool.

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  17. Thanks for the interview! I had fun answering the questions, even though I realized I'm boring when asked what I carry in my purse.

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  18. What an awesome line-up of talent!! Can't wait to read all the interviews.

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  19. I'm looking forward to the interviews. I've been readng more YA over the last 2 years and am always on the lookout for a good book :)

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  20. This sounds really fun and what a great line up of authors to look forward to reading more about!!

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  21. Oooo, I can't wait- all of them are favorite authors of mine! Can't wait to read their interviews! :) And would love to get that basket of YA books!

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  22. Congrats to the finalists!! Good luck!

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  23. Good luck to the finalists!! This is such a wonderful idea.

    Ann Dennis

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  24. Wow! What an amazing group of finalists!!!! Very nice choices!

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  25. This is such a great ya blog! and WOW, what a contest!

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  26. Fun! Awesome contest.

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  27. Wow, I didn't even know about this blog. Now I must RSS it! YAY a new reading blog! :)

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  28. Whoo, awesome!
    I've read three out of the five authors, now I'll have to add the other two to my list.

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  29. Yay! Looking forward to all these interviews. :D

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  30. I look forward to the interviews... great to place faces with names too!!

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  31. leaving a comment... cause I have YA ideas!

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  32. Best of luck to the finalists. Good to see you here.

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