Title: My New Crush Gave to Me
Author: Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
This sweet, funny holiday romance from the author of Romeo And What’s Her Name features cute boys, plenty of rom-com mishaps, and a determined heroine readers are certain to fall for.
Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, a National Honor Society member, and the most popular guy in school. Plus he contributes to the school paper, where Charlie is a co-editor. Basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem is—he barely knows she exists.
But Charlie has a plan: rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with the perfect gift. The catch? She has no idea what to get him. Enter J.D. Ortiz–Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, disorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite
of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.
Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?
Shani Petroff’s newest young adult comedy of errors, My New Crush Gave to Me, is the perfect read for those searching for some love and laughter along with their holiday spirit.
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1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
It varies depending on the book! For MY NEW CRUSH GAVE TO ME I had the story pretty flushed out in my head, so I didn’t have a formal outline (which I tend to use). Instead, I pulled out a calendar and marked when specific events in the story needed to take place. There is a lot of gift giving and important dates (ie. Christmas, the Secret Santa exchange) in the book, and I wanted to make sure everything happened in the right timeframe.
2. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
Different things spark me. I knew this one was going to be a Christmas book, and I couldn’t stop thinking about memories of a Secret Santa exchange I helped put together while I was on a theater tour years ago. Before I knew it, the book centered around a Secret Santa drawing. For AIRPORTS, EXES, AND OTHER THINGS I’M OVER, I got stuck at the airport for what seemed like an eternity (and thought I saw someone from my past), and I knew I had my next book idea!
3. How long have you been writing?
I always liked writing and would dabble a little bit when I was young, but it wasn’t until after college that I decided to make it a career. I wound up as a news writer for a local TV news station and then turned my focus to fiction! My first book, a middle grade novel, BEDEVILED: DADDY’S LITTLE ANGEL, debuted in 2009.
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Stick with it! Sometimes the hardest thing is just sitting down and getting started, but don’t let fear (or procrastination) stop you. If writing is something you love, make the time for it, keep at it, and don’t give up.
5. What are your favorite:
Books/authors/genres: Too many to name! Growing up it was definitely everything by Judy Blume (and she’s still a favorite). Genre wise, I tend to read some of everything, but often lean toward romantic comedies, dystopians, sci-fi, mysteries, and supernatural books.
Movies/TV Shows: TV and movies are my biggest procrastination tools. Some of my favorite current TV shows are Supernatural, Psych (they have a TV movie coming out soon), and The Goldbergs. (I’ve also been watching a lot of superhero type shows like The Flash). For movies, I love a good romantic comedy or action film.
Music: Changes with my mood! (I’m really bad at picking favorites, b/c there’s so many that I like – ie. different songs for different moments/feelings/etc.)
Food/Writing snack: Whatever is in my apartment. When I’m writing, I find myself getting up to check my fridge constantly. I try to stock it with healthier items, but more often than not, I wind up snacking on chocolate, ice cream or whatever junk food I can find.