FINDING AUDREY Blog Tour & Giveaway: Interview with Sophie Kinsella

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Posted 06/03/2015 by alicemarvels in Author Interview
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Today we’re very excited to welcome Sophie Kinsella to the blog to discuss her first YA novel, Finding Audrey, which we loved! Scroll down below the interview for your chance to win a copy and a Finding Audrey coffee sleeve!

 

Audrey often talks about fighting her “lizard brain.” Was it difficult to get into her mindset and write about her experiences with social anxiety? 

I think everyone has a sense of anxiety in certain situations—that’s what jitters or butterflies in the stomach or stagefright are. There’s a spectrum, and people with social anxiety disorder have this anxiety to an exaggerated, even extreme degree. So that was the starting point for Audrey’s “lizard brain”—and I think that’s why people can relate to Audrey’s condition even if they don’t suffer from it themselves.

 

Besides Audrey’s book of quotes, what other book, YA or otherwise, would you recommend to Audrey to help her through her recovery if you met her in real life?

For myself, when I want to find some peace in my head and escape from real life, I always turn to Agatha Christie. There is something so soothing and restful about her plots. They distract a busy mind, and they appeal to everyone.

 

Frank’s obsession with gaming will be familiar to many teens and adults. Have you ever become addicted to an online game like LOC or Candy Crush?

I’ve tried playing screen games with my kids, but I can’t really see the appeal! I’m still obsessed with books, writing them and reading them, and I do still love to shop . . . I’d say my obsessions make me less like Frank and more like his mother, Anne. She constantly worries about her family, making sure she’s keeping everyone together and healthy. I’ve recently become obsessed with making fruit and veg smoothies in the morning, and that seems like something Anne would do.

 

I love where FINDING AUDREY ends, but I would love to meet up with Audrey and her family again in future stories. Any chance we’ll have a sequel in the near future?

The truth is, I don’t know yet. I have some ideas, but it always takes me a while to think through whether I have a story I want to tell. With Becky Bloomwood (of the Shopaholic series), she comes a-knocking when she’s ready for a story. If Audrey comes a-knocking, you’ll be the first to know. 🙂

 

About Finding Audrey:

Finding Audrey by Sophie KinsellaFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Available June 9th! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | iBooks | Indiebound | Google Play

 

 

 

About Sophie Kinsella:

Sophie Kinsella, author of Finding AudreySophie Kinsella raced into the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide.  Becky has since featured in six further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic and now Shopaholic to the Stars! Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Sophie has also written six standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number and her most recent standalone book, Wedding Night.

Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.

Find Sophie online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Blog Tour:

Make sure to stop by the rest of the stops on the blog tour for more fun interviews and guest posts! 

June 1st:

Crossroad Reviews

Me, My Shelf, and I

June 2nd:

Read.Breath.Relax

Fangirlish

June 3rd:

Bookhounds YA

Winterhaven Books

June 4th:

Alice Marvels

Once Upon A Twilight

June 5th:

Jessabella Reads

Fiktshun

June 6th:

The Reader Bee

Katie’s Book Blog

June 7th:

Reviews Coming at YA

Babbling About Books And More!

June 8th:

Jenn’s Bookshelves

The Midnight Garden

June 9th:

Teenreads

The Book Addicts Guide

June 10th:

Tales of the Ravenous Reader

Candace’s Book Blog

June 11th:

Librarian’s Picks

Addicted Readers

June 12th:

Mostly YA Book Obsessed

A Midsummer Night’s Read

June 13th:

Lost in Literature

The Young Folks

June 14th:

No More Grumpy Bookseller

Bibliophilia, Please

June 15th:

Silver’s Reviews

Peace.Love.Books

 

 

 

 

Giveaway:

Thanks to the lovely folks at Random House Children’s Books, we have one copy of Finding Audrey to give away + a Finding Audrey coffee sleeve. Enter via the Rafflecopter below (US entries only please).

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9 Comments


  1.  

    CANDY CRUSH! My husband and the rest of his family got totally obsessed with that for a while and were constantly trying to get ahead of one another on the various levels. I never got sucked in though. Probably because I was reading 😉 Also, I could absolutely go for a fruit smoothie right now. YUM.

    Fantastic interview ladies!




  2.  

    I agree with Jenny – my husband and kids love CANDY CRUSH! Making yummy and healthy smoothies sounds like a great morning habit and treat. Give me a game vs book and the book will always win.

    Thanks for the wonderful interview 🙂




  3.  

    Ahh this sounds like all kinds of fun. I am with Sophia, I am still obsessed with books, and I am sure I always will be. I really need to check this one out.




  4.  

    I love this author so I’m excited you interviewed her today! I agree that I think in a sense, we all have some kind of anxiety about certain things. I really want to read this even more than I did now. Thanks so much for sharing this!!




  5.  

    Kinsella wrote YA? cool 🙂 I like her adult books




  6.  

    Oh my hubby loves Candy Crush and the like, I am not a gamer, although I like watching the interactive ones my son plays on PS3. I suffer from anxiety and can relate.




  7.  

    I’m glad she is doing something with anxiety disorder. I think a lot of teens will get something from this book. Brilly interview!




  8.  

    I’ve seen some good things about this one




  9.  

    Thanks for sharing the interview. So excited that Finding Audrey is coming out!! I adore Kinsella’s writing style, so I’m definitely looking forward to reading the book. I like fruit and veg smoothies too. 🙂





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