Thursday, October 17, 2013

Boy Swap by Kristina Springer: Interview and Excerpt


This is your fifth published book. Do you have favorite?
I love ‘em all—they’re like kids. But I’ll always have a special spot for my first book, THE ESPRESSOLOGIST. A number of my faithful readers have told me that BOY SWAP is their fave.

What's next for you?
I’m currently working on a fun middle grade book and don’t want to jinx it by talking about it too much. It’s my first middle grade since MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, which was a Scholastic bestseller, so I have a lot to live up to! My middle grade fans have been asking me for something new and I want to deliver. J MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS is also releasing in paperback later this year—12/31.

How do you imagine audience as you are writing?

I write for myself but I also write for my audience. I was a technical writer for years and with that you are always just writing for your audience—never for yourself. You need to constantly think about what their needs are. But with fiction you are mostly writing what you enjoy. I do occasionally think, will my readers like this? So I try to keep a balance of both. 

How do you weave so much elements of information into your stories and yet you keep them so fast-paced?

I naturally write very fast-paced stories. So I just go with it and when I'm finished I go back and add in the needed details.

Many writers describe themselves as "character" or "plot" writers. Which are you? And what do you find to be the hardest part of writing?

I'm definitely plot driven. Once I get a story in my head I'm writing it as fast I can and then I go back and add in the quirks and details. I'd say the hardest part for me is revision. It always takes me awhile to see how something should be different or could be better.

If you were brought to a deserted island, which 3 books would you bring with you?
Good question! I'm totally not a re-reader so I'd probably grab Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, and Sophie Kinsella's newest releases.

The main character in BOY SWAP is a self-appointed “band nerd.” Were you a band nerd in high school?

Totally. I even played the flute like Brooke. But that’s where the similarities end. Brooke is much stronger than I was in high school. And she’s got a great-looking boyfriend that other girls are envious of. I didn’t even date in high school.

What is your favorite scene in the book?
I had sooooo much fun writing this book and there are several scenes that pop out in my mind. My absolute favorite is the end though. It played out like a movie in my head. I love it!

Would you have joined a Boy Swap club in high school?
Hmm. Well, like I said above, I didn’t even date in high school. But if I really wanted to be popular and this was a chance, I think I just might have.

Boy Swap by Kristina Springer
Publication date: October 16th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Boy Swap: The secret to sisterly love and scholarly bliss.

Research shows that seven out of ten girl fights are over a guy. The Boy Swap Club fixes all that. In an effort to spread around male cuteness and minimize fights and backstabbing, they just share boyfriends. And Brooke Thomas, consummate band member, has been asked to join the super secret club because the president of the club has the hots for her guy.

Brooke doesn’t want to share her boyfriend. I mean, who does? But how can she say no? She, a second chair flutist in the school band, finds herself sitting between the Varsity Cheerleader Captain and the Homecoming Queen at the first meeting. Her friends will never believe this in a million years. Too bad she can’t tell them. But she knows. This one event can change her entire life. What if she becomes actual friends with one of these girls? It might be worth sharing her boyfriend.

Besides, he’ll always love her best, right?

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“Hey, Brooke, sorry I’m late,” he says, dropping his backpack and slipping into the seat across from me. “I would have been here earlier but Cass’s friend Caitlyn was tearing through my truck in the school parking lot. Said she dropped her cell phone in there but I haven’t seen it.”
“No worries.” I give him the most understanding smile I can and briefly touch his forearm. Okay, this might be a little forward of me but he doesn’t shrug me off or anything so I’m taking the opportunity. “I went ahead and got you a drink too. Do you like chai lattes?”
His eyes brighten and his mouth slightly opens, like he’s taken aback. “Yeah. Love them actually.” His eyebrows scrunch together like he’s trying to figure out how I knew his favorite drink.
Whoopsie. Did I go a step too far? I mean, it isn’t like I have his favorite pineapple and pepperoni pizza in a small collapsible cooler in my backpack for a snack when we get hungry. Okay, I do. But it isn’t like I’m going to take it out or anything. Not now, anyway.

Kristina Springer is the best-selling author of the young adult novel THE ESPRESSOLOGIST (Macmillan FSG, October 2009) which sold film rights and is being filmed for a web series, has sold in six countries, and was a 2010 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book; the middle-grade novel MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS (Macmillan FSG, August 2010) which Meg Cabot says is “Irresistible as a fluffy kitten.  I laughed out loud and so will you!" was a Scholastic Book Club Bestseller and a 2012 YALSA QUICK PICK and will be out in paperback this December; a young adult novel, JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS, which was a Fall favorite (Macmillan FSG, October 2011) and an ebook only young adult novel, THE PAPARAZZI PROJECT, which hit #1 on the Amazon Top Free Teen Romance eBooks list earlier this year. Her fifth book, BOY SWAP, is out in ebook format October 16th. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts in Writing from DePaul University. You can read more about her at

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