Sunday, December 3, 2017

2017 Debut Authors Bash-- Corrie Wang Q&A + Giveaway

Corrie Wang

Corrie Wang is passionate about libraries, road trips, and eating all the food, everywhere. Corrie grew up in Buffalo but spent her formative years in Brooklyn, where one of her last paying gigs was managing a three-story nightclub on the Lower East Side.
She currently lives in Charleston, where she and her husband Shuai Wang own and operate Short Grain food truck— named one of Bon Appetit magazine’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants 2016 and a 2017 semi-finalist for a James Beard Award. The Takedown is Corrie’s debut novel.
And fyi it's pronounced Wong y'all.

1.     What were your favorite books growing up?
Growing up, reading was my everything. I lost myself in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books and A Wrinkle in Time (along with the rest of the books in that series) more times than I can count. Where the Red Fern Grows was the first book that ever made me ugly cry. I also read anything creepy I could get my hands on, which meant lots of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

2.     Besides reading, writing, and blogging, I love fashion!  What would be a typical outfit that Kyla would wear on weekends?
Since Kyla lives in Brooklyn she has great access to so many amazing consignment stores. So she’d definitely be wearing a “find” she was proud of aka something she could never afford to buy new by a young designer that – since the book is set a few years in the future – is now just cutting her teeth at design school. I see Kyla doing lots of playful mixes of patterns, pairing casual items with dressy items. Her fashion touchstones would be along the lines of Tavi Gevinson and Yara Shahidi. But Kyla also likes her comfort. If she and Mac were bumming around the neighborhood, she’d for sure be in sweats and a tee.

3.     What 3 hashtags would you most associate with The Takedown? (Could be a word or phrase or anything that would remind you of The Takedown)
#fckthemsmallbetches (my favorite line from the book)
#thefutureisfemale (as my characters all exemplify)
#resist (what Kyla does the entire novel)

4.     I love books that show the power and dangers of social media (mostly because SCARY!!)— can you name a favorite book, movie, or TV show that would have turned out much differently if Twitter or Instagram or Facebook was involved?
It might not have screwed up the plot line any, but The Goonies wouldn’t have been the same with the kids snapping selfies the entire time.

5.  What recent/upcoming books have you read that you would recommend to YA fans?
Tons! Still one of my favorite books this year was The Call by Peadar O’Guilin. It’s this weird, creepy story about kids in Ireland that are randomly sucked into a faerie world and forced to fight for their lives. (Spoiler: most don’t make it). I loved Renee Watson’s contemporary Piecing Me Together about a girl trying to figure out how to be her best self. I thought fellow debut Emily Baine Murphy’s The Disappearances was so creative, lovely, and atmospheric. How Dare the Sun Rise, a memoir by Sonia Uwiringiyimana, is essential reading about her experiences coming to the States as a refugee. As for upcoming, my favorite is by fellow Disney FreeForm-er and Riverdale writer Britta Lundin. Her debut, SHIP IT, about a girl trying to make her two favorite stars ship IRL while travelling around various comic cons is SO smart, honest, and laugh out loud hysterical. The only problem is you have to wait until May to get your hands on it. But in the meantime, Dhonielle Clayton’s The Belles comes out in February and is absolutely yummy. The perfect curl-up-with-it winter read.

5.     What’s next for you?
The Takedown television rights were purchased by a bad ass, all female production company. My fingers are crossed for that project. Meanwhile, my second novel comes out with Disney FreeForm Fall 2019. We’re keeping that project under close wraps for now, but it’s going to be a action-packed wild ride with some of the most adorable characters I’ve ever written. You know, if I do say so myself.

The Takedown

Pub Date- April 11, 2017

It would have been funny, if it just wasn’t.

Kyla Cheng doesn’t expect you to like her. For the record, she doesn’t need you to. On track to be valedictorian, she’s president of her community club and a debate team champ, plus the yummy Mackenzie Rodriguez has firmly attached himself to her hip. She and her three high-powered best friends don’t just own their senior year at their exclusive Park Slope, Brooklyn high school, they practically define the hated species Popular. Kyla’s even managed to make it through high school completely unscathed.

Until someone takes issue with this arrangement.

A week before college applications are due, a video of Kyla “doing it” with her crush-worthy English teacher is uploaded to her school’s website. It instantly goes viral, but here’s the thing: it’s not Kyla in the video. With time running out, Kyla delves into a world of hackers, haters and creepy stalkers in an attempt to do the impossible—take something off the internet—all while dealing with the fallout from her own karmic footprint.

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  1. This book sounds very exciting as I love the mystery promised and i may even learn a bit more about social media and technology while reading.

  2. For some reason this just reminds me of Pretty Little Liars, so I'm interested in seeing what happens in this book!

  3. I didn't have to deal with social media when I was in high school, so these stories appeal to me. I just can't imagine what teens have to go thru with the 'threat' of what someone could do to them. Plus add in a mystery and I'm there!