by Leah Rae Miller
Genre: Contemporary YA
Length: 352 pages
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Imprint: Entangled Teen
Blurb: On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.You can find The Summer I Became a Nerd on Goodreads
Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.
You can purchase it here:
- The Bookdepository
And I got the change to interview the author about her book!
Hi Lea!Thank you so much for being here on K-Books today.
1. When did you first discover that you wanted to be a writer?
When I became a mother. I’ve always considered myself a creative person, but I can’t draw worth a flip. So, when I started staying at home with my kids, I needed a creative outlet. I gave it a shot years ago when I feel in love with historical romance novels, but never finished. When I started reading more YA and discovered how awesome it was, that’s when I really put my mind to it.
2. Your book is in the YA Contemporary genre. Did you always want to write in this genre?
I hadn’t read a lot of YA contemporary growing up. My first completed novel was actually a YA paranormal, but I absolutely love teenage romantic comedy movies. So I decided to try my hand at something along those lines. I’m so glad I did!
3. What genre book do you enjoy reading?
I’ll read anything! Paranormal, epic fantasy, contemp, historical romances, horror, classics… You name it, I’ll try it!
4. Do you have any authors that you look up to or that inspire you?
So many! John Green, Stephanie Perkins, R.J. Anderson, Neil Gaiman. But I think my favorite and most inspiring is J.K. Rowling. I know, that’s a pretty generic answer, but my love for the Harry Potter series knows no bounds.
5. Your book The Summer I Became A Nerd is soon to be released. What was the inspiration behind that story?
I just wanted to write something that would be fun for me personally. I wanted to write about something I love. “Comic books” was the first thing that popped into my head and I thought, “Perfect!”
6. How do you feel about unleashing this story into the world?
I have so many feelings about this whole experience. I’m nervous as all get-out. I’m scared, too. I’m curious to see what’s going to happen. But most of all, I think I’m just excited!
7. Do you take any personal experiences and adapt them into your writing?
All… the… time… And not just my own. If a friend of mine talks about a unique experience or idea, I always say, “Do you mind if I use that in a book one day?” I try to soak up inspiration whenever I can get it.
8. Are there any particular scenes that you enjoy writing more than others?
It’s not so much particular scenes as it is particular characters. I just love writing characters. I get really excited when I know a specific character is going to be in a scene.
9. And finally what can we expect to see from you in the future?
Hopefully, you’ll see a lot more from me! I have a lot of different stories in the works and I’m enjoying every minute!
Getting to Know You – Quick Fire Round
Contemporary or Paranormal? Contemporary
Sci-Fi or Dystopia? Sci-Fi
Hardcopy or E-Book? Hardcopy
Bookmark or Dog-Ear? Bookmark!
Book or Movie? Book
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Summer or Winter? Winter
Ice-Cream or Cake? Ice-cream
Coffee or Tea? COFFEE!!!
Nice guy or bad boy? Nice guy
About Leah Rae Miller:
Mother, wife, and YA author living on a windy hill in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Leah Rae Miller loves fuzzy socks, comic books, cherry coke, and brand new office supplies. THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD releases May 7, 2013 from Entangled Teen. Stay cool!
You can find Leah here:
- Author Website