The Debut Dish: Natasha Sinel and Carol Riggs (+ Giveaway)

Posted September 6, 2015 by Jana in Author Interview, Debut Dish, Discussion, Giveaway / 1 Comment

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?


The Fix by Natasha Sinel
September 1, 2015 from Sky Pony Press
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One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open.

Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone.

On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as a superficial gym rat, she’s thankful to have allies in her loving, laid-back dad and her younger brother.

But a conversation with a boy at a party one night shakes Macy out of the carefully maintained complacency that has defined her life so far. The boy is Sebastian Ruiz, a recovering addict who recognizes that Macy is hardened by dark secrets. And as Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her secret could ruin her seemingly perfect family, keeping silent might just destroy her.

The Fix follows two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were dealt. It’s also about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets and the hope and fear that comes with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Love can make you brave.

Why should readers pick up your book?
I think we all hope to meet someone who just sees us from the inside out, and understands. When Sebastian becomes that person to Macy, he breaks her world wide open, and she can’t continue to hide herself and her painful secret anymore. THE FIX tells the story of two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were dealt. It’s also about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets, and the hope and fear that comes with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?
So far, the best thing is seeing how proud the people close to me are—my family and friends, critique partners, and agent. They’ve been with me every step of the long journey to get here.

What’s your favorite movie theater candy?
Mild duds.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Tarot cards! At the amazing Writing Yoga Retreat (writingandyogaretreat.com) last summer, I had an amazing one-on-one session in which we used Tarot to dive into my character’s motivations and feelings. The cards that came up were so perfect for my character, I almost heard the eerie Twilight Zone music playing. As soon as I got home, I bought my own deck, and I now use it whenever I need inspiration for character development.

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The Body Institute by Carol Riggs
September 1, 2015 from Entangled: Teen
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Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…

For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…

Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…

Describe your book in five words or less.
Downloading minds for weight loss.

Why should readers pick up your book?
Haven’t we all wondered what it’d be like to BE someone else? Morgan, the main character, gets to do just that. It’s a story of identity and body image: who we are inside as well as outside. How society’s expectations of our appearance—especially as it relates to weight—makes a difference to our sense of self. Served with some sinister conspiracy stuff on the side.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?
Getting to know other writers and readers (like-minded souls), and sharing my writing with them. It’s nerve-wracking and exciting in the BEST way.

What’s your favorite movie theater candy?
I never buy movie theater candy, but if they sell Almond Joy candy bars, I’d vote for those!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A gossamer-winged dragon figurine perched on an open book. There’s a photo of it on my website if you’re curious, under the “About” tag.

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