Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tour Kick Off: The Evolution of Lillie Gable by @kristenotte1

Young Adult Contemporary
Date Published: March 31, 2015

Meet Lillie Gable-
high school sophomore, outgoing, beautiful, athletic, and funny...

She is the life of any party. Her boyfriend, Jake, is a smoking hot senior, and Lillie is on track to be a starter on the varsity girls' basketball team this year.

But trouble looms behind the fa├žade. Lillie's home life is a wreck. Her father is hiding a secret, and Lillie is determined to find the truth, even if it tears apart her family.

While she searches for the truth about her father, the last thing Lillie needs is a feud with Angela Barrett, the brass, bleached blonde senior who is the queen of the rumor mill. Angela is determined to ruin Lillie's reputation because she has set her sights on Lillie's boyfriend, Jake.

Heartbroken and humiliated, Lillie can't return to the life she once knew. Does she have the strength and resolve to forge a new path now that everything is changing? 

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
I’m in this business for the long haul. Currently, I work part time teaching reading and coaching basketball (not at the same time), but the rest of my days and nights are dedicated to writing. Writing is my passion, and my story ideas are endless, so I plan to write for many more years. I find that I never have enough time to get all the stories down that I want to write. I think that’s a good problem to have!

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
The hardest part of the writing process for me is getting my butt in the chair to write the first draft. I love the revision stage where I flesh out the story and make the details come to life, but the first draft is difficult. During the past year, I’ve learned a few tricks that have helped with my focus during the first draft stage. First, I write with the wifi router turned off in my house to remove distractions. Second, I outline in great detail, complete with a chapter-by-chapter outline and character sketches.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
I joined a writing group a few years ago when I lived in Cleveland. That group was integral to my growth as a writer. When I moved a little over a year ago to Cincinnati, I had to leave the group, but I have stayed in touch with a few of the members who have transitioned into beta readers for me. I think writing groups, either online or in person can be very beneficial to writers.

#4 – What is next for your writing?
I have a children’s chapter book series titled The Adventures of Zelda. The fourth book in that series will be released early this summer. I also am working on a spinoff from that series. After those two projects wrap up, I will return to writing the Eastbrook series. The third book will be centered on Brent who has been a secondary character in the first two books. I can’t wait to return to writing about those characters!

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
Oh yes! I read most genres of young adult. I also love epic fantasy and mysteries. I am currently listening to the audio book of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s already one of my favorite young adult books of all time. I also started reading Torn by Kate Sparkes. Some of my favorite authors right now are Brandon Sanderson, Becca Andre, Laini Taylor, and Katie McGarry.

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Lillie Gable is determined to find the truth about her family, even if it threatens to tear apart the life she knows and loves.

This or That?

#1 – iPod or Mp3? iPod

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? – Mashed Potatoes

#4 – Comedy or Drama? - Drama

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Neither!

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy

#7 – Call or Text? Text

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook

Kristen Otte is an author who calls Cincinnati, Ohio, her home. Her mission is to bring joy and laughter to people young and old with stories. She writes books for children, teens, and adults. In her free time, she can be found running, reading, coaching basketball, playing board games with her husband, or walking her crazy dogs, Zelda the Pug and Peach the Boston Terrier.
Learn more about Kristen and her books at

May 3 - Penny For My Thoughts with Interview
May 4 - Texas Book Nook
May 5 - Andi's YA Books 
May 7 - Head in the Clouds with Interview
May 16 - Books Direct
May 17 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

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