Interview with Holly Schindler, author of Playing Hurt

Today we are so excited to have author Holly Schindler! Her newest release is Playing Hurt, a contemporary young adult novel about a girl and a boy, both athletes and both going through a rough patch in their lives. I absolutely enjoyed Playing Hurt (see my review here) and am so happy to have Holly on our blog answering our questions.

hschindlerHi Holly! Welcome to our blog. Can you please tell us three little known facts about yourself?
1. Anyone who visits my blog knows I’m wild about my dog, Jake—but I’m actually wild about animals, period. I’ve had pets—cats, dogs—my entire life. I’ve actually only spent three years without an animal of some sort.
2. I did a very small amount of modeling as a teen—my favorite gig was modeling bouquets for a floral wholesaler.
3. I wore contacts for more than fifteen years…I ditched them around the time I turned 30; I am what I am, right?

What is one thing you can’t live without while writing?

playinghurtDo you make soundtracks for your books or have music playing when you’re writing? Or do you prefer quiet?
I usually do prefer quiet—I’m such a music fanatic that it can be a really big distraction… But I am getting better about letting music propel me, rather than slow me down.

Did you find writing PLAYING HURT easier or harder than writing your debut, A BLUE SO DARK?
Neither one was harder than the other, actually. I used to think it might be hard to follow up a debut with a second novel, especially if the first got good reviews…But I actually sold PLAYING HURT before A BLUE SO DARK was released—before any reviews came in, etc. So I was just putting out what my heart wanted to put out, rather than trying to match any expectations…

Chelsea and Clint’s Favorites:
This probably dates me, but when I tried to think of Chelsea’s favorite movie, I figured she’d like HOOSIERS—a great movie about small-town basketball (which was released when I was a kid in the 80’s). Clint’s favorite movie? I think that one ought to be A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. I think they’d both have the same favorite song—“Waiting on a Friend,” since that’s the song they dance to in the novel. And food…Clint’s a burger and a beer at the lake, as he insists in the book. And Chelsea? Deep dish pizza at Hill Toppers’ in Fair Grove.


Much thanks to Holly for stopping by our blog and answering our questions. Here's the blurb for Playing Hurt (in case you haven't read it yet):
Star basketball player Chelsea “Nitro” Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college—and everyone’s admiration in her hometown. But everything changed senior year, when she took a horrible fall during a game. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.

As a graduation present, Chelsea’s dad springs for a three-week summer “boot camp” program at a northern Minnesota lake resort. There, she’s immediately drawn to her trainer, Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player who’s haunted by his own traumatic past. As they grow close, Chelsea is torn between her feelings for Clint and her loyalty to her devoted boyfriend back home. Will an unexpected romance just end up causing Chelsea and Clint more pain—or finally heal their heartbreak?
If you're looking for a perfect romantic summer read, look no further than Playing Hurt. You won't regret it! Check out my review of Playing Hurt to read my complete thoughts about Chelsea and Clint. If you haven't already don't forget to add it to your wishlist!

Holly also wrote A Blue So Dark. I haven't read this one yet but it sounds really good and it's on my wishlist:

Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura’s dad left them. Convinced that “creative” equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet draws Aura toward the depths of her imagination. Just as desperation threatens to swallow her whole, Aura discovers that art, love, and family are profoundly linked—and together may offer an escape from her fears.

For more information on Holly, her books and other awesome stuff, go to her website, twitter and blog. She also blogs on YA Outside the Lines with other YA authors and Smack Dab in the Middle with middle grade authors. Happy reading everyone! :)

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