The Rosewoods: Taking the Reins by Katrina Abbott – Author Interview & Giveaway


Taking the ReinsThe Rosewoods: Taking the Reins by Katrina Abbott

Brooklyn Prescott (if that’s even her real name) is the new girl at The Rosewood Academy for Academic Excellence, now that she’s moved back to the States after two years living in London. Rosewood, a boarding school for children of the rich and famous and known for its celebutantes, is missing just one element important to any junior’s education: boys. But luckily for Brooklyn, and the rest of the Rosewood girls, there’s a boys’ boarding school, The Westwood Academy, just a few miles away.
On her very first day, Brooklyn meets Will, a gorgeous and flirty boy on campus to help with move in. But is he who she thinks he is? And what about Brady, the cute stable boy? Or Jared, the former child actor with his grown-up good looks who can always make her laugh? As Brooklyn settles in at Rosewood, she’s faced with new friends, new challenges and new opportunities to make herself into the girl she always wanted to be. Whoever that might be.
Taking The Reins is the first installment of The Rosewoods, an exciting new Young Adult series for readers who love fun, flirty love stories.


KatrinaAuthor Katrina Abbott

A survivor of adolescence, Katrina Abbott loves writing about teens best: best friends, cute boys, kissing, drama. Her main vice is romance, but she’s been known to succumb to the occasional chocolate binge. She may or may not live in San Diego with her husband, kids and several cats. Taking the Reins is not her first book.

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If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

My e-reader, a toothbrush and a functioning genie lamp.

One food you would never eat?

Chicken feet—although I do not really classify that as food.

Pet Peeves?

Oh, lots, but let’s say one of my big ones is people who look down on Romance as a genre.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Taking the Reins is the funny and sweet YA romance I wish had been around when I was a teen.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I’m working on book 2 of The Rosewoods series! I’m very excited about it, although it doesn’t have a title yet.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?

I love telling stories. And working in my pajamas.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Read as much as you can to learn what to do (and what not to do).

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?

Right here, and right now. We have a rich history to look back on and a bright future ahead – and now we have e-readers too.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

A writer, of course! Or a mermaid.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

I can see parts of myself in all of my characters, even the boys.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Get thick skin if you want to be an author.

How do you react to a bad review?

Read a good one. Life is about balance.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?


You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?


What do you do in your free time?

What is “free time”?

What’s your favorite season/weather?

Autumn. The smell of leaves, the brisk weather, the return of hot chocolate and wool socks to my life.

Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?

Small ones—the thrill is in the opening!

What words or expression do you overuse?

‘Where did I put my car keys?’

What’s your favorite word?

‘Pesto’. And also, ‘yes’.

If you could leave this world for your “book world,” would you?

If I could inhabit my book world as a teen I’d go for it in a heartbeat. In my current adult state though, definitely not. I don’t think I could survive in an all-girls’ school full of teenagers at this point in my life!

Describe your book in 5 words.

Smart girls and cute boys.


Titles: do you write the books first and the title comes next or does the title come to you as you write?

Usually as I write.

Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?

I can’t say. I mean, no. They wouldn’t. Ever.

This or That

Answer a few or all of them…

TV or Movies?


Hot or Cold?


Black or White?



Night owl, or early bird?

Night owl

Print or Ebook?

Ebook for bedtime reading. Print for collecting and research.

Chocolate or Vanilla?


Regular or Diet?

Sadly, diet.

Coke or Pepsi?


Horror or Romance?

Romance. Always romance.

Pizza or Pasta?

Yes. Please.

Skittles or M&Ms?


Sweet or Salty?

Depends on time of month.

Summer or Winter?


Gum or Breath Mints?


Beach or Pool?


Shoes or Sandals?


Cats or Dogs?


Apples or Oranges?

They really don’t compare.

Truth or Dare?


Text or Talk?



Introvert or Extrovert?



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