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Saturday, July 14, 2012

GCC Spotlight on: NEVER ENOUGH by Denise Jaden

Today’s visiting girlfriend is Denise Jaden with her latest book, NEVER ENOUGH.

About the Book:

Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special…even if that means betraying her sister.

But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. And Loann is frightened she could lose the sister she’s always idolized.

As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship—and her sister—before it’s too late?

Our Interview:

KRISTINA: How did you get the idea for Never Enough?

DENISE: At the time, I had a close friend who was struggling with a severe eating disorder. I started writing the book mostly so I could understand my friend and her struggles more.

KRISTINA: If your book was made into a movie, who would star as your main character?

DENISE: If Kat Dennings was a little younger, she would make a perfect Loann.

KRISTINA: Would you ever try writing in another genre?

DENISE: Maybe dystopian, but I’m a YA Contemp girl at heart.

KRISTINA: Who is the Young Adult author that turns you into a fangirl?

DENISE: Laurie Halse Anderson

KRISTINA: What is your most favorite (or, weirdest, craziest, funniest, most touching etc.) comment you’ve received from a fan?

DENISE: My favorite comment is that my writing voice reminded her of Laurie Halse Anderson

KRISTINA: Are you on twitter? Where can we follow you?

DENISE: Yes! I LOVE Twitter. I’m at @denisejaden and, sadly, you can find me there at most times of the day.

KRISTINA: What are you working on now?

DENISE: I’m working on another YA contemporary novel, this one a romance/mystery. It’s called FOREIGN EXCHANGE, and is about a girl who sneaks away from her class trip in Europe, along with her crush, to find her missing best friend.

KRISTINA: Do you prefer reading on an ereader or book in hand?

DENISE: I prefer a hard book, but I do have two ereaders, and they’re certainly convenient for taking work or reading with me.

About Denise:

Denise Jaden spent her high school lunch hours trying to tame her frizzy/curly hair in the bathroom, or playing freeze tag in the drama room. She attended the theatre program at college, and then enjoyed a variety of occupations, including stage production, mushroom farming, and Polynesian dancing. The first draft of her debut novel, Losing Faith, was written in 21 days during National Novel Writing Month. This is her second novel. She lives just outside Vancouver, Canada with her husband and son. Find out more online at http://www.denisejaden.comor on Twitter: @denisejaden

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