12/09/2012

#BIR2012: Easy by Tammara Webber - Author Interview & Giveaway

I think it is safe to say - Easy, surprised us, in a good way. I don't get a chance to read a lot of self published books anymore, but when I heard about Easy, I wanted to read it. So I purchased it and read it in a matter of hours - called Stacey and forced her to read it too; then we purchased the rest of Tammara Webber's self published books.

We were surprised at how great the writing is, the amazing love story and also that this book had not been picked up by a publishing company (it is now being released by Razorbill). If you don't believe us, then let me tell you this - as a self published book, it came in 2nd in the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards  Best YA Fiction category and 6th in Best Goodreads Author category.
We know, you are really busy with all the new publication stuff – but we are wondering if you have anything new in the works?

I’m working on a fourth in the Between the Lines series. After that, I’ll be writing another stand-alone novel.

We were wondering how you created your playlist for Easy - are these songs you listened to while writing or are they songs that work with that chapter?

Both. My actual playlist (the music I listened to while writing Easy) contained all of those songs, plus an additional forty or so tracks. Once I decided to create a playlist, I thought it would be best to apply songs to chapters, and narrow it down to those. Lyrics are generally important to me—I associate certain songs very strongly with particular characters and/or scenes, so most of them fell right into place.

You write such realistic, complex characters. Where do you draw your ideas from – are they based off of real life experiences?

My characters are influenced by many things, among them: personal experiences, experiences of people I know or speak with, news stories, dreams, you name it. Each character is an individual, apart from the other, and I try to find a way to understand them and how they react, even if I don’t agree with their actions. I keep notebooks with more information than ever goes into the story itself—backstories, connections, people with whom they've been involved, those they loved, trusted, hated or deceived. I don’t use all the details I amass about a character’s history before the book’s narrative begins, but those notes help me flesh them out as I write, and I add to the notes as I write as well.

Lucas has arms full of tattoos – if you were to get a tattoo that represents Easy – what would you get?

Definitely the poem. I wrote it in April 2010. I woke up with it in my head and scribbled it on a pad next to the bed. Later that day, I made a blog post of it, but had no idea I would ever use it for anything further. When I began writing Lucas, I went searching for it.

You started out this year as a self-published author and you are ending it with being picked up by a huge publishing company. How do you see yourself moving forward in the publishing world? Do you still plan on self-publishing or are you willing to try the traditional route again?

I’m straddling both worlds. Part of my contract with Penguin (US) allows for me to indie-pub the fourth Between the Lines book as my next project, after which I've contracted with them to produce another stand-alone novel. (Rights to all four existing books, plus the next two, have been purchased by Penguin/Razorbill UK.) My experience has been very positive thus far, though I’m busier right now than I've ever been in my life. 2013 will be an interesting year. The publishing landscape changes so rapidly, there’s really no way to know what my choices will be at the end of it. I think it’s best to concentrate on getting the promised work done, and dealing with the future as it comes.

What does being on the Goodreads Choice Awards in two categories (YA & Author) mean to you?

I was utterly floored. As a member of Goodreads, I've voted in past two Choice Awards, but never thought I’d be in one. These awards are the only worldwide “people’s choice” awards in literature that I know of, and it’s an honor to have been nominated. When the finalists were announced, I was shocked again, and when Easy finished in second place for Young Adult Fiction—well, I’m just glad I wasn't standing. I’m so grateful to everyone who read and loved the book, and to everyone who voted for Easy (or for me!).

 Check out our review of Easy!
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32 comments:

  1. I loved Easy as well! I read it before Atria picked it up - and I was blown away! I haven't read anything else by Tammara - but you know I will now!

    Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  2. I really like this blog it is simple to navigate and you have so many cool things for readers to enjoy and the giveaways are always awesome. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and so glad you did an interview with the author I love that.

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  3. I'm new to your blog, but so far I'm loving BIB on your blog!!

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  4. Hi! Just want to let you know about this linksy meme I started in case you'd like to join it.

    I love your blog btw. Old follower.

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  5. I am currently reading Easy and it is AMAZING. :) Thankful for this blog and its giveaway. :)

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  6. YES! BIR is BACK!

    I am so excited to see Easy being spotlighted- I am so in love with Tamara for being the break out New Adult hit of 2012!

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  7. I am thrilled to have discovered this blog! I'm so passionate about books; so many of them, so little time in my lifetime to read them all! So thank you for giving me a great list of books to work my way through. :)

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  8. And to "Books Complete Me" - I think that BIR is pretty awesome. It will be a great tool for me to use when looking for great books to read - you've already narrowed it down to the "best" for all of us by creating this blog, and that's a big deal, so thanks!

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  9. Oh Yay!!!! BIR is back! Thanks for all the fun AGAIN! I absolutely love BIR and follow it every year. :)

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  10. I am sometimes skeptical about reading indie books because they aren't always well edited. But I've heard such amazing things about Easy that I've really wanted to read it, so thank you for highlighting it and giving me the chance to win!

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  11. And BIR is an amazing resource each year! I use it as a librarian all the time! So I want to thank everyone who participates (Page Turner's blog, Books Complete Me, etc) so that we can have this each year!

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  12. I LOVED Easy! It's my favorite contemporary of all time. And I also love the concept of this event! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  13. I love this book! It is really great! Thank you for the giveaway! I love this event and hope it continues next year! Thanks again!

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  14. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing! This event is so much fun :)

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  15. I haven't read Easy but it's on my very long to-read list. I love BIR for finding out great reads I might have missed, overlooked or just hadn't gotten too.

    I love this blog, it's pretty, straight forward and the information here is always helpful. I'm so glad I found it.

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  16. I love your blog. Its great. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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  17. I've been wanting to read this book. So glad it made in your BIR2012!:)

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  18. It's awesome. I love this book, is one of the best books I've read too!

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  19. This event is great. I'm glad indie authors are getting the so much exposure theses days. Well,Tammara is no longer an indie author. And Easy was really good.

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  20. I'm really enjoying this event! This is my first time seeing it, and I'm really having a great time finding out what some of my favorite bloggers say their favorite reads of 2012 are! I haven't read Easy but my goodness, I've heard SO MUCH good said about it, I'm definitely interested in doing so! How exciting for Ms. Webber that she came in second in the GR YA contest - WOW and great news for a (then-)indie author!! - and also that she's now got a contract with Penguin. That must be like the best holiday gift she's EVER gotten! Congrats to her. And thanks for the interview, I learned a lot.

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  21. I haven't read this one, so thank you so much for the chance! I've heard good things about it!

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  22. The the recap of books I might have missed this year.

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  23. I love BIR and look forward to it every year now. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. I think BIR is cool! I hope y'all do it again next year!

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  25. I have to say that both are amazing blogs! And I like that both blogs are giving away different genres. It gives everyone different choices of books to enter to win. Thank you for being apart of this AMAZING and GENEROUS giveaway!!

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  26. I think its absolutely amazing, a lot of books I wanted to read and have not had a chance to yet and I am glad they are BIR pile :D

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  27. BIR is so much fin! Thanks PTB for posting!

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  28. I've found a lot of great books from both blogs! THANKS for what you do!

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  29. This is a great event and great blogs. Thanks so much!

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  30. I love this feature and learning about new and awesome books.

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  31. I am not sure about this one, as I sort of have a dislike of predictable plots. I do agree that there aren't many books out there about college, so that is one thing that interests me, but your review leaves me feeling that I am not so eager to try this one out at this time.

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