Monday, March 11, 2013

YA Contemporary Challenge: Interview with Nicole McInnes!

Today I have an interview with the awesome Nicole McInnes.  Nicole McInnes’ debut novel, Brianna on the Brink will be published on March 15, from Holiday House.  It’s also part of the contemporary challenge so make sure to add it to your TBR!

book cover of Brianna on the Brink by Nicole McInnes

Popularity didn’t come easily for sixteen-year-old Brianna Taylor. She didn’t wear the right clothes or come from the right family. In fact, she didn’t come from any family at all, unless you counted Jolene, who just wasn’t that much into being a mom. So when Brianna joins the cheerleading squad, she finds herself suddenly popular. But then a one-night stand has life altering consequences, and Brianna must accept help from the one person closest to her mistake.

No longer in control, Brianna must reevaluate all that she thought was important and learn the true meaning of family.

Describe Brianna on the Brink in 140 characters or less!

Red hot cheerleader falls from grace & the pyramid, triggering her ascent to reality, humility & the kind of family she’s never known.
Why did you decide to write a contemporary YA novel?

Brianna’s voice was just there from the beginning, and since I’d recently written another contemporary YA, I knew it was the perfect fit for her story.
What do you think makes Brianna on the Brink stand out in the YA market?

While teen pregnancy stories are nothing new, it’s Brianna’s unique background and her grit in overcoming her particular past and her unusual present that make the book stand apart from others in the genre.
Are there any authors that inspired you and/or your book?

I’m inspired by too many authors and books to name them all. A few that spring to mind are Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl as well as the work of Jay Asher and Natasha Friend.
Are there any YA contemporary novels that you would recommend to readers?

I just finished Gayle Forman’s If I Stay this morning, and I thought it was just brilliant and gorgeously heart wrenching.
Readers, you can find out more about Nicole McInnes and Brianna on the Brink over on Twitter or on Nicole McInnes’ website!
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  1. Cecelia

    While I’m not usually a contemporary YA fiend, the summary for this one did spark my interest – I want to know what happens to Brianna. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Christina Kit.

    I absolutely love characters who redeem themselves and change over the course of the book, especially when they’re unlikable at the beginning!

    This was a cute interview!

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