I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview the lovely Lisa Aldin about her new YA contemporary novel, One of the Guys. Find out more about her debut YA novel below, and then check out the interview full of boy advice, tomboy talk, and Lisa’s writing experiences.
One of the Guys
By: Lisa Aldin
Publication: February 10th, 2015
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Coming-of-age
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Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She’ll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she’s sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.
Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.
But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends–the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she’s built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.
About the Author:
Lisa Aldin graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in English Literature. She now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and daughter. ONE OF THE GUYS is her debut novel.
Q: What was it like when you found out that One of the Guys was going to be published? What do you want readers to take from your debut novel?
Lisa says: Oh, gosh. IT WAS THE BEST PHONE CALL EVER! I’d like for readers to have fun while reading ONE OF THE GUYS. I hope it’s an uplifting read. I hope people have a smile on their face when they finish it!
Q: In One of the Guys, Toni Valentine, our main character, is a total tomboy. Are you a tomboy or where you ever a tomboy?
Lisa says: I’ve never been huge fan of skirts. =) But sometimes it’s nice to get dressed up and get a pedicure. So I think I’m a mix of a tomboy and girlie girl. Sometimes it just depends on my mood!
Q: What is your advice for girls on boys, whether friends or crushes?
Lisa says: Tough one! This is sort of cliche but I’d say just try to be true to yourself. Don’t make yourself into someone you’re not because you want to impress anyone. Also, honesty. Try to be honest.
Q:Did you have more guy or girl friends in high school? What’s your most embarrassing/silliest boy story?
Lisa says: I had a group of girl friends in high school. And I had a series of crushes, none of which went anywhere. I think they all remained pretty secret, actually. So I don’t really have many boy stories from high school! Ha. I guess I kinda watched from a distance! I didn’t really start dating until college, which suited me.
Q:What is your advice for teen writers?
Lisa says: If you write, you’re a writer. Read and write and never stop working at it!
Q: Finally, do you have anymore upcoming projects? Can you share any exciting new details?
Lisa says: I’m working on a major revision for a novel right now. And I’ve got ideas for more! I don’t have details yet, as nothing is finished, but I hope to publish more in the future!!
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