#CharactersWelcome – author Courtney Stevens

HOW WE MET: I met Courtney before either of us were agented – 2010? 2011? We’d both entered in a one-sentence pitch contest, and I begged her to let me read her submission. It was fab.

(ME AND COURT AT SCBWI 2012 – SHE NO LONGER HAS THAT HAIR, AND I NO LONGER HAVE THAT EXTRA 20 LBS)

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SOME STUFF ABOUT COURTNEY:

  • If you’ve seen that CHANNEL YOUR BRAVE meme floating around? That was started by her.
  • She does some really cool things for #SCBWI
  • Courtney lives in the south, has more energy than most three year olds, and is an incredible speaker.
  • She is one of the most authentic people you will ever meet.
  • She is a stellar literary citizen.

 

COURTNEY’S BOOKS: 

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FAKING NORMAL is a book that I think everyone should read. I think that if this book would have come out ten years before it did (and before the market had so much YA contemporary) that it would be one of those quintessential MUST READ YA novels that you see everywhere. Her characters are SO incredible (actually, I think all these comments work for both books)

I pre-ordered THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH, and then it sat on my kindle for waaaaaaaaaaay too long. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. If you love over-coming stories and stories about hope and friendships and love, this is your book. Also, on a side note, I hate letters in novels. HATE. But I loved hers. We only saw one side, which I thought was brilliant, and I found myself looking forward to them instead of skimming.

And then Jo contacted Courtney to answer 3 questions:

WHAT FIVE BOOKS SHOULD EVERYONE READ? 

1. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
2. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
5. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
The only one Jo hasn’t read is Big Little Lies, the rest were spectacular.

 

WHAT’S UP NEXT?

A small southern town. A tomboy. A preacher’s kid. A John Hughes-ian look at sexual fluidity among six best friends.

Salivating…

ADVICE?

I once heard Gary Paulsen say, “Read like the wolf eats.” That sounds about right to me. He knows a lot about writing and a lot about wolves.

 

You can find Courtney in these places:

TWITTER, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE

 

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