YOU GUYS! I’m wicked excited to be celebrating the release of The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith and am in some EXCELLENT company too, with this blog tour. See the GINORMOUS BUTTON BELOW!
So, as you can see by my review I LOVED The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith and was more than happy to ask her a few questions as well as open up my blog space to her.
I bet you are curious about an evening in the life of Jennifer E. Smith, so Jennifer why don’t you show us what an evening in your life is like?
6pm – I’m having drinks with some editor friends around the corner from my office. It’s nice to unwind at the end of the day with my colleagues.
7pm – After a quick drink, I head off to meet some non-publishing friends for dinner, which is nice too. They’re friends from college, and we meet at a fun restaurant downtown, and spend the night catching up, since I haven’t seen them in a few weeks.
8pm – Still at dinner, but we wrap up earlier than usual tonight. It’s mid-week and we’re all exhausted, so we say goodbye and promise to email each other the next day to put another date on the calendar.
9pm – I take the subway back uptown to my apartment, where my dog is ridiculously excited to see me. He has a dogwalker who takes him out in the afternoons, but it’s always nice to come home to him at the end of a long day. I take him out for a short walk around the block, then watch a little bit of TV.
10pm – I check my email before I go to bed, just to catch up on a few book-related things, responding to my editor and my publicist. The thing about working full-time while writing is that you end up cramming the book stuff into random parts of the day. I set aside a full day to write at least once a week, but it’s the other stuff that can be a little bit hard to maintain – social networking, keeping up with emails, approving copy, etc. But it all gets done somehow…
11pm – I usually get into bed around now. Sometimes I read a little bit – not for work, but for fun. Other times I just listen to music or call my sister before going to sleep.
12am – I’m a terrible sleeper. Most days, I have so many thoughts whirling around in my head that it can take me hours to fall asleep, and even then, I’m usually up a couple of times in the night. I have to keep a pad of paper by my bed to write down all the random thoughts that seem to only crop up when I’d much rather be sleeping.
1am – Finally asleep.
2am – Up with an idea for how to fix something that’s been bothering me in my work in progress.
3am – Asleep again. Even though the dog is snoring.
4am – Still sleeping. Even though my upstairs neighbor is inexplicably awake and seems to be walking around his apartment with unnecessarily loud boots on.
5am – At this point, the dog usually decides he’s ready to go to the park. It doesn’t ever matter to him that I’m not, in fact, ready. Or awake. For the next hour or so, he will go through a routine that involves jumping up onto the bed and nudging at my blanket, then sitting back and wagging his tail, then running to the window and whining. After repeating that a few times, he usually gives up and simply stares at me for another half hour or so, until I finally drag myself out of bed to start the day.
1. One of the characters, Oliver, in The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight is English. I just love an English accent. What is your favorite accent?
I love English accents too, but my favorite is definitely the Scottish accent. I went to grad school at St. Andrews, and made a lot of Scottish friends. I had no problem understanding them while I was living over there, but somehow, when I talk to them now, I’m always completely lost for the first part of the conversation. It’s like they’re speaking another language. It always takes me a little while to get used to it again, which makes me laugh, but I have to say, it’s a great accent.
2. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a contemporary young adult novel, which is a fantastic genre. What are a few of your favorite contemporary novels?
I don’t know if these count as contemporaries, since they’re a little bit older now, but two of my all-time favorites are Bridge to Terabithia and Where the Red Fern Grows. More recently, I really enjoyed If I Stay and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and I’m also a huge fan of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.
3. I really LOVE the cover of The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight. However, the title, although a mouthful, sticks out as well. Which do you think is more important, Title or Cover?
I think they’re both incredibly important. It will definitely be interesting to see what kind of effect e-books have on the impact of book jackets as we go forward, but for now, there are no two bigger selling tools for publishers. I feel really lucky to have had such a great designer for this book. The jacket manages to capture the feel of the story so well. It’s cinematic and romantic and just really unique. Plus it was no small feat to fit such a long title on there!
4. Finally, do you truly believe in love at first sight?
I do. I have to admit that I never really thought about it much before I wrote this book, but as you might imagine, it now seems to come up quite a lot, and I’d like to believe it’s possible. (Though I still can’t tell you the exact statistical probability…)
WOW, you made it all the way to the bottom! Which means, dear reader friend, you deserve a reward. I have a gently read review copy of The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight up for grabs. To win my copy, just tell me in the comments if you believe in love at first sight. This contest is open internationally, I’ll draw a winner on January 10th and announce the winner on this post.