Welcome back to the blog tour for Firsts!
Today, we're sharing a Q&A from Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, who talks about what inspired Mercedes and her journey, why it's important to have books that discuss sexuality, and thoughts on her publishing journey!
We're also giving away a copy of the books as well, so read on for more!
Q&A with Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Author of Firsts
St. Martin's Griffin, January 2016
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us! You know that we’ve been very excited for your debut, and it’s an honor!
Q: First things first: since we live in the age of instant communication, could summarize Firsts for us in one hundred forty characters or less?
17-year-old Mercedes gives guys the chance to get their awkward first times over with. Their girlfriends might not be too happy about it.
Q: As someone who grew up in the late 80s/early 90s, YA was an extremely sanitized genre, limited to the occasional kiss or fade-to-black scenes in books like the Sweet Valley High series.
Consequently, it’s exciting and inspiring for me to see books like yours, tackling teenaged sexuality. Could you discuss just what inspired you to write Firsts?
Q: While some writers may put their books out into the world with no expectations on themes or ideas on what they hope readers may derive from their works, there are also writers who do hope that readers come away with a theme and/or idea.
Would you count yourself amongst the former or the latter? And if the latter, what’s one theme or idea that you hope readers take away from Mercedes and her journey?
Q: As a debut author, what’s one expectation that you’ve had about publishing that has changed since you’ve progressed in your publishing journey?
Q: And what’s next for you?
Thanks so much for having me on your blog!
Thank you so much, Laurie! We loved your book, and think it's an important one. Happy book birthday, and we're so glad that your book is now out in the world!
Let us know what Laurie's interview, and check out the details for the book below!
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin