Meet The Newbies is all about introducing and celebrating the debut authors of 2015 across the book blogosphere through interviews, giveaways, and fun events! If you want to learn more, you can read the introductory post here.
I have the pleasure of featuring Isabel Bandeira, the author of Bookishly Ever After, which sounds absolutely incredibly. Today, I’ll be featuring Isabel, interviewing her, and talking ALL about her book.
Firstly, let’s meet Isabel
Isabel Bandeira grew up surrounded by trees and lakes in Southern New Jersey, right on the edge of the Pine Barrens. Her summers were always spent in Portugal, where the cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs only fed her fairy tale obsession. Between all those influences and her serious glitter addiction, it wasn’t a surprise when she started writing stories of her own.
In her free time between writing and her day job as a Mechanical Engineer who designs and develops medical devices, she reads, dances, figure skates, and knits.
Isabel lives in New Jersey with her little black cat, too many books, and a closetful of vintage hats. She is represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio & Olson. BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER is her debut novel.
Find her on Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest,Twitter or at her website.
On to the interview!
Bookishly Ever After sounds so wonderful, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Next, we’ve got a quick and fun interview with Isabel!
1. Describe Bookishly Ever After in 5 words.
Book nerd are the best.
2. What’s the “story behind the story?” What inspired you to write BEA?
Bookishly started as a short story I wrote for a yearly no-kiss blog hop. I decided to write a scene about a bookish girl channeling her favorite heroines while trying to impress a boy she liked. There was a camp I went to when I was a teen and they had this horrible two-rope bridge over a muddy stream, so I decided to force this bookish character to cross that bridge to get to the boy. After finishing that scene, I couldn’t get the characters out of my head.
Then, I went to the Eastern PA SCBWI Poconos retreat, where I was given the prompt “Your character falls in love at first sight” in a workshop. The little scene I wrote about Phoebe in that workshop became part of the first chapter of Bookishly Ever After.
3. What has your favorite part of being a debut author been?
Holding my book for the first time (or rather, holding my book for about two seconds before my 1.5 year old niece grabbed it and ran away, making me chase her before she destroyed one of my few ARCs… the video is pretty hilarious to watch. I would have been happy crying if I wasn’t laughing so hard). It didn’t feel real until that moment.
Favorite moment #2 was signing a very beat up/loved copy of the book for a friend’s daughter. It was amazing to know this book was read, tossed in backpacks and lockers, and enjoyed. That time, I actually did happy cry!
4. Did you always want to be an author? What made you start writing?
Yes. My mom still has copies of the “books” I made when I was old enough to hold a crayon. I’ve always loved books and stories and I can’t remember a time when I hadn’t wanted to make my own. There was a period of time after high school when I thought it was impossible, but after meeting some of my favorite (modern) authors a few years ago, I decided it was time to stop only writing fanfiction/simm RPG posts/short stories to be shelved and try to write in my own worlds again.
5. If you could put your character in any other 2016 YA novel, which would you choose and why?
Phoebe has a special love for Paranormal and Fantasy YA so it’s a toss up between Tobie Easton’s EMERGE (mer people!!!! Feebs would be over the MOON) and Evelyn Skye’s THE CROWN’S GAME (Russia! Enchanters… a MASKED BALL. Just that last one would be enough to make Phoebe one happy bookworm. Just.. don’t ask her to fight anyone to the death).
Doesn’t that sound amazing? I’m so glad Isabel could stop by today, and I am crazy excited to get my hands on a copy of Bookishly Ever After. How perfect does it sound?
More About Bookishly Ever After
In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably one filled with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.
Everything changes when Phoebe learns that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her. So, Phoebe turns to the heroines in her favorite books for advice on a personality overhaul. Becoming as awesome as her book characters isn’t as easy as it sounds and when another girl nets Dev for herself right from under Phoebe’s nose, she’s crushed.
Then, to up the suckage, she gets assigned as his co-counselor at a sixth grade camp and has to spend an entire week tied to the hip with the one guy on the planet she wanted to avoid. Can she make it through the potential danger of romantic bonfires and nature walks without Dev figuring out she’s still not over him, or will her counseling career end in emotional disaster? Can she ever go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?
You can also buy it on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and the Book Depository.