Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

Welcome to Author Jennifer Gooch Hummer

Jennifer Gooch Hummer has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and major film studios. Her short stories have been published in Miranda Magazine, Our Stories, Glimmertrain and Fish. She has continued graduate studies in the Writer’s Program at UCLA, where she was awarded the Kirkwood Prize in fiction. Jennifer lives in Southern California and Maine with her husband and their three daughters.


Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
My book is about friendship and how even in the worst of times good friends can save you.

How did you know you should become an author?
When I was seven years old, I was brushing my teeth, minding my own business, when the girl in the mirror smirked at me and said, “You’re going to be a writer.” I shook my head. This was the worst possible thing I could be, writers were old and not famous. Plus, I had big plans to be a professional Avon Lady. “Nope,” I said. But that girl kept smirking at me and by fourth grade I knew she was right.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Actually, it’s a radio show. Cosmo Radio. But never with my kids in the car.

Favorite smell?
Clean air. Unfortunately I live in Los Angeles so clean air happens about six times a year, and only after it rains.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the future. I love technology. I can’t wait to see hologram computers and take a trip around the earth in a space shuttle. I’m expecting both to happen in my lifetime, actually.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Make a promise to you characters that you will tell their story no matter what.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
I’ve always wanted to write a play with no dialogue. The two main characters will have been married for fifty years, so they no longer even need to speak to one another. Body language and intuition is all they need to communicate.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
This too shall pass.

What was your favorite children’s book?
The Lorax. It’s amazing to me that some kids who have now seen the movie had never read the book! How can anyone have never read The Lorax?

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Autumn. Love love love it.

Black or White?
Three-quarters of my wardrobe is white. I never followed that No White After Labor Day rule. No one really follows it anymore, but when I was little wearing white after Labor Day was a serious Faux-pas.

Horror or Romance?
Ucch, Romance. I don’t understand how being petrified could possibly be fun.

Harry Potter or Twilight?
Harry Potter. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

PC or Mac?
Mac. I love all things Apple. I’ve never felt so worried for our future as when Steve Jobs died. Now that I’ve read Walter Isaacson’s book I feel better though. There are still brilliant people at Apple.

Girl Unmoored

Apron Bramhill is coming of age in the 80s. And she’s come unmoored. Her mom has passed away, her evil stepmother is pregnant, and her best friend has traded her in for a new model. Fortunately, she’s about to be saved by Jesus. Not that Jesus—the striking actor, Mike, who plays him in Jesus Christ Superstar. Mike and his cantankerous boyfriend, Chad, offer her a summer job in their flower store. When she uncovers Chad’s secret, Apron is forced to see the things the adults in her life fail to—the true meaning of love, friendship, and tolerance.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Girl Unmoored
Open to US only
Ends 5/14/12

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