Pen Friends ~ We are so pleased to introduce you to NYT bestselling Young Adult Author, Pintip Dunn! This lady is unstoppable. Read below and find out why…and don’t forget the giveaway! Details below interview.
SP: Welcome Pintip!
Thank you for having me! I’m so thrilled to be here!
SP: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and when you started writing?
Sure! I’m a lawyer-turned-mother-turned-writer. I graduated from Harvard, with an A.B. in English, and then received my J.D. from Yale Law School. I have three kids and live in Maryland right outside of D.C.
I’ve wanted to be an author since I was six, but I didn’t start writing my first novel until after college.
SP: You’ve got a pretty impressive resume, Harvard, Yale, Lawyer, mother, and now a NYT best selling young adult author? Is there anything you can’t do? Seriously, can tell us one thing that truly boggles you?
Ha! You’re funny. There are so many things I can’t do, it is boggling. I’m terrible at tech-y stuff (which is funny because my husband’s career is in software). Most of the time, I’ll just say, “Oh, I can’t do that because it sounds too hard” — and I’m talking about things like GIFs or canva or whatever. And then, either some patient friend will walk me through it, or I continue to not know how to do it.
SP: Congratulations on the upcoming release of Forget Tomorrow’s Sequel, Remember Yesterday and its companion novella, Before Tomorrow, from boy-protagonist Logan’s POV. Can you tell us how this series was birthed?
Sure! I had been writing seriously for years and was getting frustrated with the publication process, namely the rejections. An editor friend send to me: “I wish I had a crystal ball. Then, I could tell you five years from now, you will definitely be published and you wouldn’t worry about it so much.”
A few days later, I was taking a nap with my toddler son and in that hazy state between being sleep and awake. “Wouldn’t it be great,” I thought, “if we could send memories to our younger selves? Then I could see myself as a successful author and know that all this sweat and blood and tears were worth it.” My next thought was: “Hey, that would make a great idea for a book!” And presto: the Forget Tomorrow series was born.
SP: By now, you are a seasoned writer. But go back to your first novel. How long did it take you to write it? Hardest part? What carried you to the end?
I wrote my first novel directly after college — about 18 years ago! It was a total mess. The heroine was largely autobiographical, and I could not tell you what the plot was about. Either because it’s been too long — or more likely because I had no plot! I didn’t know a single thing about writing, and that manuscript is not fit to be read by anyone, but oh, the joy! I think those months were among the happiest of my life. I realized then that this was what I wanted to do with my life. It would be over a decade before I started pursuing this career seriously, but my love of writing was cemented in that first novel.
SP: You have written your last six novels on your phone (read why here) What do you consider a “pro” for writing books on your phone?
I love writing on my phone. The biggest “pro” is that I always have my phone with me and I can write anywhere. That means, when I’m in the carpool line at school or at the doctor’s office, I can whip out my phone and write a few paragraphs. These fifteen minutes here and there can really add up. Also, it’s much smaller and more portable than a laptop. So, I never have to make the decision about whether to bring my work with me — it’s always there.
SP: Favorite book?
Tough one. I’ll have to go with The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. If there was ever a perfect book, that is it!
SP: Favorite drink while writing?
SP: Dream vacation?
So many places I want to travel! My brother went to the Maldives recently for his honeymoon. The photos were sublime. So, probably there.
SP: Where can we learn more about you and your novels?
You can visit my website at www.pintipdunn.com, or find me on social media!
SP: Thanks again!
Thank you so much for having me! I am thrilled to be here!
READ REMEMBER YESTERDAY’S SYNOPSIS BELOW & WIN COPY of FORGET TOMORROW or REMEMBER YESTERDAY by being the first to email THE SPINNING PEN.
Companion to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning novel, Forget Tomorrow.
Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.
The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE and the forthcoming REMEMBER YESTERDAY.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com
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