Laura Bowers (laurabowers) wrote,
Laura Bowers

GCC presents Sara Hantz

he next gal making the rounds on the Girlfriend Cyber Circuit is Sara Hantz!  Sara is the author of THE SECOND VIRGINITY OF SUZY GREEN, a 2008 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age pick.

Suzy Green used to be one of the coolest nonconformist “almost-Goth” party girls in Australia. That was before her older sister Rosie died and her family moved to a new town. Not even her best friend would recognize her now. Gone are the Doc Martens and the attitude. All she wants is to be like Rosie—perfect. The new Suzy Green makes straight As, hangs with the in-crowd at her new school, and dates the hottest guy around. And since all her new friends belong to a virginity club, she joins, too. So what if she’s not technically qualified? Nobody in town knows . . . until Ryan, Suzy’s ex, turns up.

As the past and present collide, Suzy struggles to find her own place in a world without her sister.

Publisher: Flux
ISBN-10: 073871139X
ISBN-13: 978-0738711393

"I loved this book. I read it in one sitting and could not put the book down. I think that Flux has a hit with this book. I think Suzy is more like the modern girl. She has flaws and is not perfect. Reading this book is like hearing your best friend tell you the story of her life. It is fun, sweet, and hilarious. Sara Hantz really knows how to get into the teenage mind and tells us that we are okay just the way we are. Another great addition in teen chick lit and I hope to see more with this author."--Young Adult Book Central (5 Stars!)

"This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and really made me remember what being a teenager is like. Trying to fit in sometimes means giving up some of the things you love - Suzy finds this out the hard way. All of the characters were so well developed, and one of my favorites was Maddie, the best friend who struggles to believe all that Suzy is going through to impress her “new” crowd of friends. I applaud the author for encouraging teens to just be themselves instead of trying to be something they aren’t."--Upon Further Review

Author Bio:
Sara Hantz started writing when she ran out of degrees to study and decided it was much more fun to make things up than to comment on dry academics. Born in England, she moved to New Zealand a few years ago. The Second Virginity of Suzy Green is Sara's first novel.

To read an excerpt, go here!

Also, check out Sara's blog for more news and updates about her books!

Welcome, Sara! Grab some coffee, get comfy in the beautician’s chair, and let’s get down to the gossip.

First off, what hair styling product can you not live without?

Text It

What beauty product can you not live without?

My Clinique moisturizer

How long have you been with your current stylist and what are your appointment conversations like—chatty and personal, or quiet and professional?

I’ve been with her for two and half years, ever since I moved to the area. We have chatty and personal conversations…. I go every month so we know each other pretty well!

Here's your “Hypothetical Questions of the Week:”

HQ #1: If you could hit the rewind button, which book published by another author do you wish you could have written? Which movie screenplay?

Bridget Jones Diary and the screenplay for it

HQ #2: You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it?

Going to the movies (several times!!)

HQ #3: Paparazzi are stalking you, looking for shots of odd things authors do while writing. What do they catch you doing, hmm?

Talking to myself, dancing, working out if characters can physically do the things I have them doing.

HQ #4: You’ve been locked in a bank vault with that guy from The Twilight Zone, so you finally have time to read! What’s the first book you crack open? (And don’t worry—no one stepped on your glasses.)

Marian Keyes latest

HQ #5: If I asked the members of your critique group who you’re most like when critiquing manuscripts, would they choose Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul or Simon Cowell?

Randy Jackson (with maybe a bit of Simon thrown in)

The Lightening Round—no more than two words per answer!

Do you . . .
    Outline or wing it?
    Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut?     Keep trap shut
    Sell by proposal or completed draft?     Completed draft
    Love to edit or cringe at the thought?     Cringe
    Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old?     Writing new
    Write better at home or in a coffee shop?     Home
    Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough?     Read it

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
    Time to write?
    Movie?     Love Actually
    Book?     To Serve Them All My Days
    Author?     Sophie Kinsella
    Song?     What are you doing the rest of your life?
    Pair of shoes?     Brown flat boots
    Guiltiest pleasure?     Marshmallows
    Line from a movie?     'Just in cases’ from Love Actually

Thanks for stopping by, Sara, and best of luck with THE SECOND VIRGINITY OF SUZY GREEN!

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