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September 01, 2012

Interview: Denise Jaden + GIVEAWAY

Hello lovely readers! Today we are happy to say that we have an interview with the amazing Denise Jaden! I recently read her book, Never Enough, and I devoured it immediately. You can check my review HERE. Never Enough is a realistic fiction, and it is Denise Jaden's second young adult novel.  Let's know a little bit about the author and her latest book before we get to the interview questions!

Denise Jaden's writing has appeared in Mississippi Crow Magazing (Spring, 2008), The Greensilk Journal (Fall 2007 - where her story, LOCKED AWAY, won an Editor's Choise Award), and The Tidepool Fiction Ezine. Her novels have received various awards through Romance Writers of America. Her first novel for teens, Losing Faith, was released from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster in 2010, and her next  one, Never Enough, was released in July, 2012. She lives outside Vancouver, Canada with her husband and her son. 
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Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special… even if that means betraying her sister.

But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship —and her sister—before it’s too late?
Describe Never Enough in three words.
Appetite For Beauty (This was actually the title for the book at one point.)

What made you write a story about anorexia/bulimia?
A good friend of mine was struggling with an eating disorder, and back when I wrote the first draft of Never Enough, it was so I could understand her better. Surprisingly, it also helped me understand myself better.

Did you ever imagine yourself to be a writer when you were young? if not, what did you think you'd be?
No, actually I hated reading and writing when I was younger. I thought I’d be a dancer or an actress, traveling the world. I’ve actually done a bit of all of that, but I love writing more than I have ever loved any of those other endeavors.

What are some of your personal favorite books?
I love THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green and ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins. Also, anything by Tara Kelly or CK Kelly Martin are always at the top of my list.

Where do you usually write or read? Provide pictures if possible
I have a small spare room in my house that doubles as my office. I have a few posters up in there, like my text messaging glossary, because I’m behind the times and barely know how to text. Sometimes I write in my office, but more often than not, I tend to migrate to my kitchen table with my laptop. I’ll attach a picture of both—hopefully it will show people that books really can be written anywhere!

 What food/drinks do you snack on during your writing process?
I try not to snack too much while writing, because when I get stuck on a sentence or word or scene, it would be very easy for me to eat an entire Costco-sized bag of chips while trying to figure it out. But I do like sipping at coffee or tea.
 What shows or movies have you recently watched?
My husband and I went to see the new Batman movie last week. I thought it was great. As the mother of an eight year old, I’m also up on all the latest cartoons. My son and I recently saw (and loved) the latest Ice Age movie.

 For your next book, any plans for a new genre? 
Not really a different genre, but my next book has a stronger romance and mystery than either of my first books. It’s called FOREIGN EXCHANGE, and it’s about a girl who sneaks away from her class trip in Europe to find her missing best friend.

You can enter to win a physical copy of Never Enough by Denise Jaden.
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  1. I love the premise of Never Enough! It's such a good thing that the seriousness of eating disorders is being brought to light.

    Kudos to Denise for her literary success, and thank you both for making this sweet giveaway possible <3

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  2. Thanks for the interview! I've seen the cover for Never Enough around a lot (in fact, I think I may still have a galley on my kindle!) and it sounds like an interesting read. I'll have to try to squeeze it in! :)

  3. Great interview. I have only read a few reviews for this, but it sounds great. Also love her text messaging glossary lol!! That is really funny.

  4. I haven't read the book, but can relate to sibling rivalry ad high school issues.


  5. Awesome interview! :) I also LOVED Anna and the French Kiss so I can totally agree with Denise! :) Also, I haven't read Never Enough but I keep hearing stellar things about it :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. No I have not read the book, but it sounds like sibling book to read that deals with discovering ones true identity.

  7. I really want to read this book:X

  8. This is on my TBR list and I hope to get to it sometime soon.

  9. I haven't, but it's on my TBR list so I can't wait to read it!

  10. I haven't read the book, but I can understand the insecurity of teenage years and the natural sibling rivalry that can occur. I would love to add this to my collection! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I've been seeing/eyeing this book @ Barnes and on Amazon. I like the concept/plot and can understand why the protagonist would feel and do what she's done.

  12. I haven't read this book, but am looking forward to it. I like that it gives an honest look into the ugly side of "perfection."

  13. I haven't read this book...YET. But it does sound interesting & it sounds like an edgy contemporary that I alwayas love reading. PLUS it deals with real issues & gives u a whole new understanding.

  14. I have not read this book but it sure does sound like a great read :)

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