I took a break last month to watch Olympics and bake whoops ahah. But fear not! I am back with a bang and yes, another blog tour- a SUPER AWKWARD blog tour…
D’ya get it?
I should explain for those that don’t. Thanks to the lovely Olivia over at Scholastic, I was sent a copy of the brilliant Super Awkward by Beth Garrod – which I love and you should all go out and buy right away! Seriously, put down your coffee and go buy!
And now for that moment you’ve been waiting for since you clicked/pressed/tapped/smacked- whatever you did to get here…but if you’re here by mistake, stick around and read my super awkward author Q&A?
Thank you for agreeing to do this interview!
Thank you for asking!
How did you feel when you were told Super Awkward was going to be published? Did you call anyone?
What a nice question. I felt SO happy. And a bit overwhelmed (I was at work, walking towards my desk, checking email on my phone).
My husband and I had agreed that if I ever – in one of those dream worlds – got a book deal, we’d celebrate by going to a restaurant I’ve always wanted to go to. So as soon as I found out, in a sort of wobbly-voice, excited way, I rang him and said ‘Let’s go to that restaurant. TONIGHT!’. He completely missed the point and was like, ‘Err, no? We have plans’ in a slightly confused manner. I then had to spell it out. Such a romantic moment.
Do you relate to any of the characters in Super Awkward?
All of them in way. And I hope that other people do too. I probably relate most to Bella, as she’s full of good intentions – that always seem to go wrong. And she loves dogs. And Dairy Milk with Daim. And she never seems to stop talking, without saying anything that’s actually useful. A bit like this answer. I should stop. I’ve stopped.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
This would be a lot easier to answer if I hadn’t had SO many. Definitely asking the man in our local garage – who wore a bright black wig perched on top of his sticking out grey hair – for a ‘toupe’ instead of a ‘newspaper’. That was pretty bad. And knocking myself out by walking into a wall at my first job was quite memorable. Well it would have been if I wasn’t passed out on the floor with everyone staring at me.
Were you a geek at school?
OF COURSE. And because my school was really small, it totally maximised the chances for geeking out. I would do ANYTHING to avoid lessons. I entered competitions about animals, I played double bass in a youth orchestra, I even once sang in an opera (I really can’t sing). And a had a brace that went round my head.
Thing is, as I’ve got older, I’ve realised that the people who I love hanging out with, and who I think are the coolest, are the ones that are happy being themselves (opera-singing-animal-revising-or-not). I really think it’s that kind of confidence that makes someone cool – not how many Instagram followers they have, or how good they look in a unicorn print unitard (although I wish I could look good in a unicorn print unitard).
Are any of the events that happen in Super Awkward based off of real-life events that have happened to you/anyone you know?
A couple are based on stuff that’s happened to me – mainly because I’m so bad at life. The rounders ball whacking into a chin that turned into a beard-bruise is one that happened to me. And texting a boy (who at the time I thought was the World’s Sexiest Man), with a message about him (key point – not FOR him), where I referred to him ‘World’s sexiest man’. And making a TERRIBLE auto-correct error in a message to a relative (except mine was way too rude to put in this book) (he has never acknowledged it since).
One of the best things about writing Super Awkward has been all the stories that my friends (and fam) have shared. Some of those maaaaay have made it into the book. Especially the one about helping a friend maintain a fake period after a ‘Can I have a towel’ mix-up.
Did you face any struggles/bouts of writer’s block in the process of writing super awkward?
I struggle mainly with bouts of telling myself I’m being productive and ’researching’ but really I’m just reading Sugarscape or watching videos of dogs breathing loudly. And I hate writing the bits where things are going badly, as I like to get back to the bits where Bella is full of optimism again.
What is your writing process? Do you have a special place where you write?
I’m very disorganised, and very forgetful. So I once I start I just keep going for as long as possible otherwise I don’t have a clue what’s going on. I turn into a bit of a human-cushion when I’m writing, as I just stay put, except to reach for biscuits.
What house are you and your characters in over on Pottermore? Do you fit into more than one house? (I’m a total Slytherin!)
A Slytherin? Interesting. I came out as Hufflepuff, although before I was sorted, I always thought I’d be a Ravenclaw. But I trust in the hat.
I think Bella would be a Hufflepuff, cos she’s loyal and loves her friends, and hates when things are rubbish for people. Tegan would probably be a Ravenclaw, cos she always able to figure her way out of the situations they get themselves into. And Rach would probably be Hufflepuff too, as her friends come before anything else. Although she’d probably call it Pufflehuff.
Any advice for aspiring writers?
Yup – something I read a couple of years ago when I was really stuck on a draft. You can’t wait for the perfect moment to sit down and write. You’ve just got to do it. Or you will never finish.
And also, write for the right reasons – because you enjoy it.
Why should people buy the book?
They shouldn’t – they should come round to mine and borrow a copy, and while they’re here have a cup of tea and tell me their funny stories.
Thank you!!! – No – THANK YOU!!
If those sweet ass emojis didn’t sway you into going to buy Beth’s amazing book then check out the blurb below!!
I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely WINNING at FAILING at life.
1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket.
2. I accidentally called my geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn’t impressed.
3. I’m a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way.
4. I always fail maths and science.
So it figures that when I meet the FITTEST BOY IN THE WORLD, Zac, I’m doing solo star jumps. While dressed as a cereal box.
(NOTE TO SELF, fancy dress = HE-WILL-NEVER-EVER-FANCY-ME dress.)
Now I’ve got to somehow persuade Zac to come to prom with me while avoiding my evil ex and dealing with a secret so mega-awks I want to Ctrl-Z my brain… What could go wrong?
Oh yeah, that’s right. Absolutely everything.
Also over on Amazon, Super Awkward is currently £3.50- BARGAIN!!!!!
Or get it over at Book Depository, where delivery is free!
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And check out the locations of the other stops on the tour here-