Giveaway & Interview: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Welcome to Author Jennifer E. Smith

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of four novels for young readers. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into over twenty languages.


What is one book everyone should read?
The Great Gatsby.  Every single time I read it, it feels like a different book to me.  It’s like the Mona Lisa of novels; as your perspective changes, it seems to shift too.  It’s completely brilliant.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The ability to fall asleep whenever I’d like.  (I’m a bit of an insomniac – though unfortunately not the productive kind.)
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Super Sleeper. 
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Vanilla.  I know it’s a little boring, but what can I say?  It’s a classic.
Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird. 
Hidden talent?
I can juggle. 
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s a love story about the power of timing and fate.  (And there’s a cute boy in it.)
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m just finishing up my next YA book, which is called This Is What Happy Looks Like, and my first middle grade novel, The Storm Makers, will be out in April.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Hearing from readers.  There’s nothing more gratifying.  When I was younger, it never really occurred to me to write to the authors whose books I admired, but now everyone is so connected, and it’s so much fun to get notes from people around the work who enjoyed the book.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
I’d like nothing more than to spend a year studying abroad at Hogwarts.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read as much as you can, and write as much as you can.  The rest will work itself out.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I spent a year in St. Andrews for grad school, and while I was there, I fell in love with Edinburgh.  There’s something really magical about the city, and as long as you have a sturdy umbrella, I think it’d be a wonderful place to live.
What is your favorite quote?
It’s a line from Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens that’s actually the epigraph of Statistical Probability:  “And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.”
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A writer!
How did you know you should become an author?
Because I’ve always loved to read, and there’s no better prerequisite to becoming a writer.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Site

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18C. Hadley’s in 18A. 
Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

Giveaway Details:
My review copy of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Site
Open to US only
Ends 2/21/12

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