Thursday, July 2, 2015

Author Thursday: Interview with Deborah Blumenthal

Today's guest is Deborah Blumenthal, and she's talking about her YA book Mafia Girl. It sounds pretty awesome. (I love that cover!) RT Book Reviews said, "The twinkling backdrop of Manhattan and the budding romance between two opposites will make YA fans adore this novel." You know you want to check it out. ;)

1. What flavor is your writing?

Cappucino.

2. If this book was made into a movie, who would you cast to play the characters?

Vanessa Hudgens as Gia, and someone who looks like Kevin Costner did about thirty years ago!! If you find him, let me know!

3. What is your favorite scene in MAFIA GIRL?

Gia and Michael meet in an intimate bar in downtown Manhattan for a drink. She’s the daughter of a Mafia don and he’s a cop who’d like to put her father behind bars. It’s the first time they’re out together and the chemistry between them is so intense that they can barely look at each other.

4. What are you reading now or what books do you have in your TBR pile?

I just finished, “The Other Language,” by Francesca Marciano, and I’m about to start, “My Struggle,” by Karl Ove Knausgaard: Book 2: A Man in Love. Then I’ll start “Redeployment,” by Phil Klay.

5. What are you working on now?

Another romance novel and some picture books, and I’m exploring ideas for another young adult novel.

You can find out more about Deborah at these links:
“What’s in a name? Everything . . . if you have my name.”

At her exclusive Manhattan high school, seventeen-year-old Gia is the most hated/loved girl in school. Why? Her father doesn’t have a boss. He is the boss—the capo di tutti cappi, boss of all bosses. Not that Gia cares. But life gets complicated when she meets a cop she calls “Officer Hottie” and feels a surprising chemistry. Then Vogue magazine wants to feature Gia in a fashion spread about real-life bad girls. On top of this, she’s running for class president. Can Gia step out from under her dad’s shadow and show everyone there’s more to her than “Mafia Girl?”

Mafia Girl is now available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound.

Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist who now divides her time between writing children's books and adult novels. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times (including four years as the Sunday New York Times Magazine beauty columnist), and a home design columnist for Long Island Newsday. Her health, fitness, beauty, travel, and feature stories have appeared widely in many other newspapers and national magazines including New York’s Daily News, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Self, and Vogue. Blumenthal lives in New York City.

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