Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Smash Into You Blog Tour: Interview with author Shelly Crane

Smash Into You
By Shelly Crane


Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.

Never stop running…

Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.

Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.
What was the first thing you did when you found out you hit the best sellers list for the first time?
Took my boys and hubby to Dairy Queen for blizzards to celebrate. J
I read that you weren't a big reader until you read Twilight, how surprised was your family that you became a bestselling ’ author?
Yep, I watched the second Twilight movie and when he said, "Will you marry me?" it drove me crazy to wait a year. So I picked up the next book and then the next to see what happened. To be honest, I wasn't really in love with that story, but I did fall in love with reading and began to devour book after book.
I hadn't even told anyone I had written a book, let alone published one, until it was already selling. They were surprised, not because I wasn't a big reader, they wouldn't have known that anyway, but because I was a stay at home mom and we traveled around with my husband's job. They wondered when I had time to write one book let alone the five I had published at the time. I just sacrificed sleep and did what I needed to do with my kids during the day and hardly ever slept at night for a long, long time. It all paid off in the end.
When I say, “Significance is becoming a movie”, what’s the first word that comes to mind?
I know they are all special to you, but if you were stuck on an island with just one of your male characters, which one would it be?
I know everybody loves Caleb the most, but I would have to say Merrick from Collide. He's not only extremely handy and strong, he loves with his entire being, even when it was against everything he'd ever known before. He's tall and buff and big and strong, yet he's brought to his knees so easily in his love for Sherry. For him to see everything about her, all the good and bad and embarrassing, and still be so incredibly in love with her was my ideal guy. He was the first guy I ever wrote and I poured all my swoon into him because I never (honestly) expected anyone to read it. There were no expectations for that book. It was purely for my enjoyment and because the idea came for the book and it wouldn't let me go until I sat down and wrote it.
What book/author are you loving right now?
Bet in the Dark by Rachel Higginson was the last book I finished. Before that it was Caught in a Jam by Lila Felix. Both awesome books and anything these two ladies write, anything, is amazing and are some of my favorite books. Currently, I'm reading Amber Garza's Falling to Pieces. I'm not that far in, but I like her writing style a lot. I'm on the hunt for more sweet YA love stories.
5 random questions:
Pets: Dogs or cats? Dogs. I have four. Scrappy, Biff, Tiger, & Lady.
Kids: boys or girls? Boys! I have two and if you handed me a girl, I wouldn't' know what to do with her.
Vacations: Family road trip or vacation abroad? Family road trip.
Seasons: Summer or winter? Winter. I live in Florida though, so it's only 'winter' for a couple weeks.
Social Media: Facebook or Twitter? Facebook. Twitter is still one of those things I do a lot, but don't really love. I do love my Facebook though.
 About the Author
Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She loves paperbacks, coffee, and candy corn, and to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read.
Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.