There are a few things Grace Anderson knows for sure. One is that nothing will ever come between her and her best friend, Kya Kessler. They have a pact. Buds Before Studs. Sisters Before Misters. But in the summer before senior year, life throws out challenges they never expected. And suddenly the person who’s always been there starts to need the favor returned. Grace and Kya are forced to question how much a best friend can forgive. And the answer is not what they expected.
Author Janet Gurtler
Janet lives near the Canadian Rockies with her husband and son and a little dog named Bruce. She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot.
Janet only gives 5 stars to the books she reviews because she is an author herself and knows that no book can appeal to everyone, but like a child, it is very special to the creator.
I’M NOT HER was published by Sourcebooks Teen Fire in May 2011.
IF I TELL released Oct 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks Teen Fire.
WHO I KISSED Sourcebooks Fire 2012.
Janet’s work will also appear in the THE FIRST TIME anthology, DEAR TEEN ME anthology and WHO DONE IT anthology.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would go to the future so I could meet my grandchildren (assuming I’m going to have some)
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
I would like to meet my Grandfather because I never got to meet him and he has a really interesting life story. It would be awesome to talk to him about it.
One food you would never eat?
People who drive slow in the fast lane. People who take more than 15 items in the 15 and item or less grocery lines.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
16 Things I Thought Were True comes out in May 2014. It’s about a deadbeat dad, a roadtrip and dancing in your underwear.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I absolutely LOVE getting emails from people who’ve read a book of mine and enjoyed it enough to contact me!
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read, write, revise repeat.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would live in Hawaii, because um…it’s HAWAII!!!
What is your favorite Quote?
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Sofia Vegera, because she’ beautiful and funny. I’m nothing like her but I’m okay with that.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Judy Blume, Sara Zarr and A.S. King
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Of course! I see lots of other people I know in my characters too. 😉
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
Wake up. Coffee. Drive son to school. Write. Pick son up from school, take him to swimming. Write or exercise. Cook supper. Walk the dog. Read or tv. Bed. OMG. I just fell asleep hearing about my own life.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
David Levithan. Hi David! Um. Call me?
Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
A bunch of small ones. Quantity over quality.
Who or what inspired your last book?
This book is inspired by friends. Also, I got really hurt by a best friend in Junior High. I would have to say I never really got over it. Past it, but not over it.
What drew you to writing this genre?
I am drawn to contemporary fiction because of the person I am today and the troubled teen I was years ago. I love real stories that make me feel and I hope that is what I write.
This or That
TV or Movies? MOVIES
Hot or Cold? HOT
Black or White? BLACK
Night owl, or early bird? EARLY BIRD
Print or Ebook? PRINT
Chocolate or Vanilla? CHOCOLATE(USUALLY)
Regular or Diet? DIET
Horror or Romance? ROMANCE
Action or Drama? DRAMA
Pizza or Pasta? PIZZA
Skittles or M&Ms? M&M’S
Sweet or Salty? SWEET
Summer or Winter? SPRING.
Gum or Breath Mints? GUM
Cats or Dog? DOG
Heads or Tails? HEADS
Truth or Dare? TRUTH
Text or Talk? TEXT
Introvert or Extrovert? INTROVERT