The Compulsive Reader: Looking Ahead: Ann Redisch Stampler and Where It Began

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Looking Ahead: Ann Redisch Stampler and Where It Began

Looking Ahead is a feature in which new upcoming books and their authors are featured! Take a minute to read the interview, get to know them, read about their book(s), and find them on the internet!

 Up today is Ann Redisch Stampler and her YA debut, Where It Began!

TCR: Can you describe your book in ten words or less?

ARS: Gabby can’t remember totaling Billy’s car, but everything has changed. Why?

TCR: What has surprised you the most about the publishing process?

ARS: What was surprising and wonderful was that the process in publishing “Where It Began” was so completely collaborative and friendly. My editor and I talked on the phone and I made notes on her concerns and suggestions and this enabled me to do a serious rewrite that made the book more intensely what it was trying to be. I didn’t feel oppressed; I felt happy. (I am a compulsive, OCD-ish, stays up all night in a rewriting frenzy kind of rewriter – doing a good revision in general makes me happy.) And then we exchanged the manuscript several more times and bounced ideas off each other. It has been a remarkably angst-free process, and I love the final result.

TCR: What was your reaction when you first saw your cover?

ARS: I thought, and still think, that the cover is gorgeous. It isn’t what I was expecting – in my mind’s eye there was a car wrapped around a eucalyptus tree, billowing smoke, and the night sky. Or there were Gabby and Billy, lying on the hood of his car, parked in a turnout on Mulholland Drive and looking down at Los Angeles. Or lying on his bed throwing darts at…never mind, no spoilers from me!

And then I saw the cover, this cover, and it was perfect. Now, when I think about Gabby (which happens all the time; she keeps popping up and wanting to talk with Emma, the narrator of the next book) she has taken on the face of the girl on the cover. That’s her.

TCR: Where can we stay up to date on you and your book?

ARS: I have a new blog, “Novel in the Oven,” at www.annstampler.blogspot.com, and a website at www.annredischstampler.com (although “redisch” is such a pain to spell, that www.annstampler.com will get you there, too). And “Where It Began” also has a facebook fanpage at www.facebook.com/WhereItBegan , although right now it’s contents consist entirely of posts from friends going yay, a novel, congratulations! And there’s more: Simon Pulse has a very nice place to find out more about the book and about me at http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Ann-Redisch-Stampler/79138691/author_revealed.

Thanks so much, Ann!

To read the official summary of Where It Began, see below!
"Gabby Gardiner wakes up in a hospital bed looking like a cautionary ad for drunk driving—and without a single memory of the accident that landed her there. But what she can recall, in frank and sardonic detail, is the year leading up to the crash. 
As Gabby describes her transformation from Invisible Girl to Trendy Girl Who Dates Billy Nash (aka Most Desirable Boy Ever), she is left wondering: Why is Billy suddenly distancing himself from her? What do her classmates know that Gabby does not? Who exactly was in the car that night? And why has Gabby been left to take the fall? 
As she peels back the layers of her life, Gabby begins to realize that her climb up the status ladder has been as intoxicating as it has been morally complex...and that nothing about her life is what she has imagined it to be."
This one will be out March 6th, 2012! What do you all think about it--does it sound like something you'll pick up?

Well, if so, then I have one ARC to give away, courtesy of the author and S&S! All you have to do to enter to win is comment below and let me know what you think. Sorry, but this contest is open to U.S. residents only, please!


Rachel said...

I can't wait to read this one! It's definitely one of my most anticipated 2012 reads, and this interview just makes me more excited. Ann seems lovely, the interview was great! :)

Kyle said...

This looks great! I love books where we learn things about the narrator at the same time he/she does. I'll be reading this even if I don't win the arc :)

Mirka Breen said...

Thank you for hosting Ann. She’s so talented, and her YA looks fabulous.

Anonymous said...

This cover immediately reminded me of Jenny Han's Summer trilogy. Since Ann Redisch Stampler and Jenny Han are both published by S&S, I wouldn't be surprised if the same team designed the covers.

I'm curious to find out in this book who Emma is because she's the narrator of the next book.

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Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

Thanks for the interview! I can't wait for this book either, and the cover is awesome :D

Thea said...

I love the cover, too, especially that bit of rainbow. It looks so hopeful. The book sounds interesting, too. I enjoy books with involving memory loss.

anonymeet said...

Thanks for the contest. This looks fantastic!

Woods said...

I'd love to read this book as soon as possible! I seem to have a growing love for realistic fiction, and this book sounds as though it would be a great read.

Thank you for the interview. And congratulations, Ms. Ann!

Woods said...

The more I read around about WHERE IT BEGAN on the Internet, the more I want to read it now, now, now!

Woods said...

"Gabby can’t remember totaling Billy’s car, but everything has changed. Why?"

I like books that deal with the mind. Even if I don't win this ARC, I'm definitely running to my local book store as soon as WHERE IT BEGAN comes out!

Nancye said...

Wow! This book sounds amazing! I would LOVE to win a copy!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Ms. Perk said...

This sounds great--my romance-loving tissue box-toting teen library patrons are going to love it!

Kare said...
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Kare said...

I love these kinds of books! Thanks for the giveaway!

Woods said...

I really do look forward to reading this. It somewhat sounds similar to THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, which I'm starting to read now. But THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX is sci-fi while WHERE IT BEGAN is contemporary, which I like.