The Debut Dish, a Debut Author Challenge feature, is where you go for the scoop on some pretty awesome debut authors and their new books! Hopefully these interviews will inspire you to add many, many more books to your to-read list. Because, really, who doesn’t need more books in their lives?
When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High’s resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:
1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.
Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?
Describe your book in five words or less.
Edgy contemporary YA with heart.
Why should readers pick up your book?
Faking Perfect is about discovering new sides to people, even the people we think we have all figured out. I think everyone can relate to that.
What’s the best thing about being a debut author?
Meeting other authors. The YA community is such a close-knit, supportive place.
What’s your favorite movie theater candy?
Peanut M&Ms and anything else that involves chocolate.
What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A fat gray cat. She’s not odd, exactly, but she is fat. And spoiled.