Golden Blog Tour: An Interview With Jessi Kirby PLUS A Giveaway

I’d love to welcome Jessi Kirby to Good Books And Good Wine today. She’s the author of one of my favorite books so far this year - Golden. She graciously agreed to answer a few of my burning questions, so y’all listen up and stick around because there’s a contest at the end!
Parker is a very intense, very studious girl. Were you at all like Parker in high school?Jessi Kirby | Good Books And Good Wine

I was no valedictorian, thanks to Math and Chemistry, but I was very much like Parker in high school as far as her character goes. I did what I was supposed to, stayed out of trouble, was always very goal-oriented, and also had a huge streak of hopeless romantic in me!

Golden is a beautifully written book, and definitely my favorite of your books so far. Can you talk a little bit about how you’ve grown as a writer since Moonglass?

Thank you so much! Maybe I shouldn’t say this, but Golden is my favorite too–and not just because it’s the newest on.  It’s a story that’s very close to my heart, and probably the most “me,” and yet it felt incredibly difficult the entire time I was writing it, so thank you for thinking that it shows growth! That’s the goal isn’t it? To push yourself to become better with each book.

What did you plan to do with your One Wild And Precious Life at 17?

At 17 I planned to travel the world and be a writer.  I’ve got the second part taken care of, and one day when my kids are grown and it’s just my husband and I, we’ll do the traveling part too!

Parker has a rebellion in the form of a road trip. Do you have any great road trip memories? Care to share?

My most favorite road trip was the one I took in the name of “research” for IN HONOR. My mom, my sister and I drove all around Arizona hitting the spots I wanted to work into the story–including Sedona and its vortexes (ices?), the country bar with the cute cowboys and Dime Beer Night, and the swimming hole where Rusty and Honor cool off. It was a total blast.
About The Book:

Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from “an author to watch” (Booklist).

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference

Published by: Simon & Schuster
To Be Released on: May 14th, 2013
Purchase it from: Simon & Schuster | IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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About The Author:
Jessi Kirby is the author of  Golden, which will be released in May of 2013, Moonglass, In Honor.  She is also a former English teacher and librarian, wife, mom, beach lover, runner, and lover of Contemporary YA, strong coffee, and dark chocolate.  In that order. (quote from Jessi’s website)

Find out more about GOLDEN here.
Follow Jessi via her Website | Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads

Here is all the info for the GOLDEN blog tour

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Sounds like a fantastic book, and I have been hearing nothing but good things, cannot wait to read it, and thank you for the interview.

  2. Looking forward to this book! 🙂

  3. I really enjoyed In Honor and I LOVE road trip books. Def putting this on my TBR pile.

  4. I seriously urge EVERYONE to read Golden. I loved it so much. It was my first Jessi Kirby book and has given me the motivation to read the rest of her books. It’s very possible Jessi Kirby might be put on auto-buy. Looove.

  5. Christina K. says

    I LOVE Jessi Kirby:)) Her novels and characters are so emotional and meaningful, and this is so cool that Parker is the most like her but it was the hardest to write.

    Love that she went on a roadtrip with her family for In Honor:)

    Lovely interview:)

    Thank you!!:)

  6. Freaking chemistry was my lowest grade in all of high school. It was THE WORST. This may also be why I still hate cooking.

    Reason I wish I could be a writer: travel as research. Hell yeah reasons to go on awesome trips.

  7. I am so excited to read this!

  8. Loved the interview!! I had a crazy chemistry teacher who would sing songs of the periodic table and play the guitar. Odd.

    Cannot wait to read Golden!

  9. The interview was so interesting that I went back to the top link and ready your review of it. It sounds excellent, deep and very thoughtful for a YA novel.
    Thanks for sharing the interview and review with us! 🙂

  10. This is an awesome interview!! I LOVE Jessi 🙂 All her books are perfect, and how cool is it that Parker is the most like her but the hardest to write:)

    Thank you:)

  11. I’m so eager to read this book, I’ve heard nothing but good things! It’s so interesting to hear more abou it from the writer.