Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Poppy Mayberry: Return To Power Academy by Jennie K. Brown Interview

Poppy Mayberry: Return To Power Academy
(Nova Kids #2) by Jennie K. Brown

Publication Date:  October 10, 2017
Publisher:  Tantrum Books

Finding out you were wrong about something important can be a let down. But Poppy is pleased to learn she's not just a Monday. She's a Cusper, a weekday lucky enough to have TWO powers. Poppy's elation is short-lived when she, Ellie, Logan, and Sam return to Power Academy as camp counselors, only to find themselves out of their element and struggling with the new drama teacher and his disaster of a school musical. When some campers go missing, Poppy and her team of weekdays are on the case. Soon, Poppy begins to realize that much like her powers, the seemingly-perfect town of Nova has some flaws, and the origin of her powers is as questionable as Headmistress Clothes-too-tight Larriby's choice in outfits.If only there were more days in the week!



Jennie K. Brown is a high school English teacher by day, freelance magazine writer by night, and middlegrade/young adult author by late-night and weekend. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Jennie can be found reading a good book, traveling, or spending time with her awesome husband, amazing son and super-spoiled yorkie.In 2010, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) named Jennie the Pennsylvania English teacher of excellence, and she currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Council for Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA). She is also an active member of SCBWI, NCTE and ALAN.


 1.  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I first knew I wanted to be a writer when I was in about fifth grade! I loved writing scary stories (inspired by Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), and won a Halloween scary story writing competition.
2.  How long does it take you to write a book?I would say that ranges anywhere from a few months to get through a first draft to a year just getting into decent shape!
3.  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?I write fast and work hard. Because I’m a full-time English teacher, when I get a sliver of time to write, I need to use the time wisely.
4.  What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?Hmmm … this is a tough one. I always have to have a drink in hand. Cappuccino or wine.
5.  How do books get published?It would take me pages to answer this question, and there is a ton of great resources on this topic. Someone writes a great book, gets an agent, and then gets a contract! That is the dream situation.
6.  Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?Typically, my ideas are inspired by life experiences.
7.  When did you write your first book and how old were you?Poppy Mayberry, The Monday was my first full novel, and I started writing it when I was 27.
8.  What do you like to do when you're not writing?I enjoy spending time with my family and reading.
9.  What does your family think of your writing?They are all super, duper supportive!
10.             What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?How many revisions a book goes through before publication. SOOOO many! But SOOOO worth it.
11.             How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?I’ve now written five books! Because each book comes from such a special place in my heart, I really can’t narrow it down to one!
12.             Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?My biggest piece of advice for writers is to be readers! Read, read, read.
13.             Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?I do! I’ve had a number of readers express their love for Poppy and Pickle – her adorable yorkie. I’ve even had a few readers dress up as Poppy for school character days and for Halloween!
14.             Do you like to create books for adults?I haven’t attempted adult fictions --- but maybe one day!
15.             What do you think makes a good story? An engaging plot, memorable characters, and a touch of mystery --- I think it’s a personal thing!
16.             As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?As a kid, I wanted to be a news anchor!
17.             What Would you like my readers to know?Keep reading! I write for readers like you all! Xo!

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