Interview with author Amy Fellner Dominy and GIVEAWAY

Today we have author Amy Fellner Dominy stopping by our blog for a chat! Her debut novel is OyMG, a contemporary young adult novel about an outspoken girl who may have to hide an important part of her to win a scholarship to attend the school of her dreams. I very much enjoyed OyMG (see my full review here) and if you haven't read the blurb, here it is:

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Jewish girl. Christian camp. Holy moly.

Ellie Taylor loves nothing better than a good argument. So when she gets accepted to the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp, she's sure that if she wins the final tournament, it'll be her ticket to a scholarship to the best speech school in the country. Unfortunately, the competition at CSSPA is hot-literally. His name is Devon and, whether she likes it or not, being near him makes her sizzle. Luckily she's confident enough to take on the challenge-until she begins to suspect that the private scholarship's benefactor has negative feelings toward Jews. Will hiding her true identity and heritage be worth a shot at her dream?

Debut author Amy Fellner Dominy mixes sweet romance, surprising secrets, and even some matzo ball soup to cook up a funny yet heartfelt story about an outspoken girl who must learn to speak out for herself.
Sounds good, huh? Read on for a chance to win a finished copy of this novel, but without further ado, here's Amy...

afdominyHi Amy! Welcome to our blog!
Thanks! So glad to be here. J

What are five adjectives that describe you when working on your WIP?
Relentless. Obsessed. Energized. Exhausted. Disciplined.

What inspired you to write OyMG? Was it based on a personal experience or an accumulation of ideas and opinions over the years?
The answer is both.

The idea/theme of the book was based on personal experience. Like Ellie, I know what it’s like to feel different. When I grew up, I was one of the only Jewish kids in my school. I understand the temptation to hide the part of yourself that you think someone else won’t like—whatever it might be.

The plot of the book was an accumulation of things. Speech and debate came from an article I read about a local high school. The scholarship issue came from researching financial aid for my daughter. A PBS program on schools with quotas in the 50s added another piece. Really, I steal things from all sorts of sources. I always tell my friends to be careful what they say: It might end up in a book.

If you can mash up OyMG and another YA novel, which one will it be and will the characters get along?
I’ve been thinking about this question and I’m raising the white flag. I can’t think of a mash up! I’m mashless. Unmashable. Mashfree. I need mash help! Anyone? Please?

Does Ellie have a quirk that is entirely autobiographical?
Actually, she does. When I was Ellie’s age, I had a lot of conversations with God. We talked, we bargained, we argued. In the book, Ellie talks to God in exactly the same way I did. I can even remember feeling a little bad for Jesus in case he was up there and felt left out.

What is next after OyMG? Will there be a companion book and we'll see the characters again?
I’ve spent so much time with these characters, if I had an opportunity to write another book about them, I’d love to. But right now, I’m excited to move on and get to know some new characters. In fact, I’ll get to introduce them to the world next year! My next book, Audition and Subtraction, will be out fall 2012, from Walker & Company. It’s about fourteen-year-old Tatum who could lose her spot in District Honor Band—and her best friend—when a new guy transfers to her school. Friendships change and romance sparks in unexpected places.

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Thank you so much to Amy for stopping by our blog and answering our questions. Amy also made a book trailer for OyMG. Check it out:

For more info about OyMG click on the cover above to take you to Goodreads. You can also go to Amy's website, her Facebook page and chat with her on Twitter.

GIVEAWAY
Thanks to Kate and Bloomsbury Teen I have a finished copy of OyMG to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just fill out the form below to enter.

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3 comments

  1. Nice interview. Thanks for the chance to win. :-)

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  2. Hi Chelley! I don't need to enter the contest because I bought my own copy of OyMG but I just wanted to say I LOVED this book! It's so good and funny! I can't wait to read Amy's next book, AUDITION AND SUBTRACTION, but my fingers are crossed for a sequel to OyMG too!

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  3. What a terrific interview. I recently read a review of OyMG and thought I really wanted to read this book. After reading Amy's responses to your questions I am even more excited about reading the book (I use to talk to God in a similar way when I was a kid) Thanks for the giveaway!

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