Jordanna Fraiberg

My favorite thing about being an author

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of guest blogging for Kristen at Young Adult Book Haven as part of the Our Song blog tour, and I wanted to share the post with you all here as well. If you haven’t yet checked out her blog for fabulous reviews, interviews and more, you’re missing out!

Blog Tour: Our Song By: Jordanna Fraiberg Guest Post and Giveaway!



Today I have an awesome guest post from Jordanna on her favorite thing about being an author, Thanks to Shane @Itching For Books for hosting Enjoy!
My favorite thing about being an author is getting to work at home with my dog within arms reach. His name is Rocky, he’s eleven, and he’s a ninety-seven pound yellow lab.

   
I’ve basically been wrapped around a dog since the age of two, when my parents adopted Becky, a black lab. She was my best friend. I whispered secrets into her ear. I spent hours snuggled in to her slick fur. She was actually the inspiration for Buck in OUR SONG, Olive’s black lab who died when she was nine, just like Becky did when I was nine.
After Becky, we had Callie, then Ben and Noah. They were all amazing, all there for me throughout high school and college vacations for endless hours of snuggling.
But Rocky is the first dog I can call my own. Our own. My husband and I rescued Rocky after he was abandoned by his owners at the age of five. Like me, my husband grew up with dogs. Big dogs. And when we moved in together, we knew that we were ready to become dog parents.
At the time, I was still working long hours away from home, as was my husband, so we decided on an older dog who was already house trained and didn’t need constant monitoring. The older dogs also don’t get adopted as easily, which was another big reason we wanted a non-pup.
After scouring the internet, I found Rocky. I fell in love with him instantly from the blog posts his foster mom wrote about him. And when he arrived at our front door, I knew he was ours.

Rocky’s first day as part of our family
Within a year and a half, I quit my job as a film executive and started working from home. The single greatest thing has been having Rocky there by my side.
And by my side he is. As I roam around the house, he follows, plunking himself down on the nearest plush surface, whether it’s a dog bed on the floor (we have several throughout the house) or on his favorite furniture (the couch in the living room).
  As I write this, he’s basking on his dog bed on the patio in the sun a few feet away, seemingly asleep but keenly aware of what I’m doing.
  And I know that even if I have to go to the bathroom, someone will notice my absence. Or follow me there.
  He’s there for me on the tough days. The days I seem to only procrastinate. The days I think I’ll never write again. And for the joys.
Ring bearer at our wedding

 Hard covers have arrived!
I used to marvel at how I could waste so many hours, days, entire vacations lounging around on the floor, under my mother’s piano, entangled with a dog.
But now I recognize the comfort, the strength and the peace I get from those snuggles. How they nourish me and give me pause enough to find my bearings, to let my subconscious do some of the heavy lifting for me.
I used to joke that if I could get a penny every time I kissed my dog I’d be a very rich woman. But I know that I already am just for having such a soulful companion by my side.

Our Song blog tour June 10-14!

I’m thrilled to be part of this amazing blog tour, hosted by Shane at Itching for Books. If you aren’t already a fan of her blog, head on over to check out the amazing features and tours she hosts.

This week she was kind of enough to host my blog tour. The schedule is posted below, or you can find it here

TOUR SCHEDULE


June 10th - Addicted 2 Novels *Interview
Chapter Break *Blurb  & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
Rachel Reads *Review & Playlist (blogger’s choice)
Deviantly Deviant *Review
Books à la Mode *Review & Interview
A Bookish Escape *Review

June 11th - Coffee, Books & Me *Guest Post
YA Bookmark *Review & Dream Cast (blogger’s choice)
Project Read and Review *Review
Beth’s Blog *Review
A Dream Within A Dream *Review & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
Imagine a World *Review

June 12th - Unraveling Words *Interview
Leisure Reads *Blurb & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
Book-Marks the Spot *Review
My Library in the Making *Review
Never Judge a Book by its Cover *Review & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
Confessions of a Vi3tbabe *Review

June 13th - The Book Addict’s Guide *Interview
Moosubi Reviews! *Review & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
Young Adult Book Haven *Guest Post
The Reader Lines *Review & Favorite Quotes
That Artsy Reader Girl *Review
Deal Sharing Aunt *Review

June 14th - Winter Haven Books *Interview
Reader Girls *Review & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
Rondo of a Possible World *Guest Post
Book Whirlwind *Review
The Bookish Confections *Review & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
Enticed by Books *Review

In which Jay Asher blogs about our upcoming B&N event at The Grove

The F.A.M. at The Grove

Sunday, May 19, I’ll be speaking in Los Angeles with two other YA authors: Jordanna Fraiberg and Lauren Miller. If you’re anywhere near Barnes & Noble in The Grove (I’m talking anywhere within a 120-mile radius), you should definitely consider being there at 2pm. That’s when The F.A.M. (Fraiberg-Asher-Miller) will give a little presentation, answer your questions, and then sign your books.


In preparation for the Q&A, we decided to ask a bunch of questions we’ve always wondered about each other. Some of the questions were book-related, but many were not. If you’ve got a book-related question for us, and especially if you’ve got a weird or silly question…

We’d love to see you in L.A.!

Q: When you were 16, what did you want to be when you grew up?
JORDANNA: A professional squash player. First, squash is an actual sport, and yes, there is a vibrant and active pro tour. I did realize my dream after I graduated college, but it lasted all of 6 months before I realized I needed to also exercise my brain. So I hung up my racket to work in journalism in NYC.
Q: How do you take your coffee?
JAY: At restaurants, I use one sugar packet and one of those thimble-looking creamers. It would probably taste better with more than one of each, but I figure the sugar and creamer people know the best way to mix a coffee. If it was supposed to have more of each, they would’ve made the packets bigger!

Q: What is your go-to karaoke song?
LAUREN:"Whatta Man" by Salt N Peppa. I should mention, however, that I should probably not be permitted to do karaoke in public. I seem not to have mastered the art of using a microphone. I end up sort of scream singing into it, making everyone in the audience grimace with pain.
Q: What non-YA book do you wish you’d written (for non-financial reasons)?
JORDANNA:The Hours by Michael Cunningham.


Q: What time of day do you like to write? Any rituals you care to share?
JAY: I do my best brainstorming during the day, often while doing other activities, but I prefer to do the writing at night. I wrote most of my first book at a coffee shop, but most of my second at a small table in my living room that looked outside. I don’t have any rituals that I must do, but sometimes I like to help set a certain tone or atmosphere for myself just before sitting down to write. Sometimes that includes music (the My So-Called Life soundtrack for Thirteen Reasons Why; mid-90s pop-punk for The Future of Us). For the book I’m currently working on, along with specific music, I also have some scented candles set a very particular atmosphere.

Q: If you could meet any non-YA author, living or dead, who would you choose?
LAUREN: Leo Tolstoy. Not only did he write one of my all time favorite books (Anna Karenina), he was also a philosopher and a deep thinker. History remembers him as sort of a nut, but I think there’s more to the story.
Q: High school boyfriend! did you have one? What was he like?
JORDANNA: Nope, I did not. While I had too many crushes to count, I was a bit of a late bloomer on the boyfriend front (which is probably why I’ve devoted my career to writing about it!).

Q: Did you have any nicknames in high school?
JAY: I wasn’t cool enough or dorky enough to have a legitimate nickname. But in one class, we created fictional families for ouselves as adults. I named one of my kids Gabriel because I’ve always liked that name. But when I shared my fictional family with the class, someone realized that Gabriel would be called Gabe by a lot of people, and Gabe just sounds so wrong when attached to my last name. For a long time (meaning: to this day), people who were in that class will say “Hey, Gabe” when they see me. (Gabriel was instantly eliminated as a potential name for my potential children. My non-fictional wife and I named our son Isaiah.)
Q: If you had to pick a cartoon character as your personal mascot, who would it be?
LAUREN:Oooh, this is a good one. I think I’d probably pick Rainbow Brite. She’s smiley and happy and she brings color to the world. Plus, she has a super awesome white horse with rainbow hair. Every girl needs one of those.

Q: If you had to spend a year living somewhere in the U.S. other than California, where would you live?
JORDANNA:I’d love to spend a year living in Maine. I’ve gone there practically every summer since I was a kid, and, as luck would have it, so has my husband (note: not how we met). I’d love to experience the other seasons there. There’s something incredibly romantic to me about being there on a crisp, snowy winter day.
Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
JAY: I tend to overthink things, so while this should be a fun “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” question, it also nearly makes my brain explode. Being invisible would have so many benefits, but I couldn’t just walk around carefree. I’d have to be careful people didn’t hear my footsteps or bump into me. If they knew there was an invisible person around, after the initial shock, they’d want to capture me. It would be hard to find me, of course, but they would. It’d be like a massive game of Marco Polo with everyone running around with extended arms, and they wouldn’t stop until they found me. And then the military would hear about my power and want to use me for their purposes. So I’d choose the ability to fly. That would be the most exciting, as well as the most relaxing, superpower. Or would it? I’d have to fly only at night to limit my chance of exposure. If I had to fly during the day, I’d have to either fly so high that people on the ground wouldn’t see me, or only in places where cows or coyotes would see. But what if I showed up on radar? Could I fly faster than a military jet? Anyway…whatever…I still choose flight!

Q: If your contract required your next book to be something other than YA, what age would you write for, and what genre?
LAUREN: I’d write a grown-up, old fashioned mystery, probably with an old lady detective heroine like Miss Marple. I am a mystery fiend. When I was a kid, I loved Sherlock Holmes (the Jeremy Brett version) and Murder She Wrote.
Q: Which is more fun for you, writing a first draft or revising a final draft (and why)?
JORDANNA: I used to prefer writing first drafts, and they’re still a really fun process of discovery, but I find I really get my groove going in revisions. The hope is that by the final draft, I can really deepen the characters and their relationships because by that point I know them so well.

Q: If you had a spirit animal, what would it be?
JAY: A beluga whale. But not just any beluga whale. It has to be a baby beluga.


Q: Are you a night person or a morning person?

LAUREN:Hands down, a morning person. I like to get up before 5 a.m. to write, and it’s my favorite time of day. I don’t even need an alarm. My eyes just sort of pop open at about 4:50. Which is great for my writing, but not so good for my social life. By about 9pm, I’m done for the day. My husband calls me Lame Lauren. I tell him to get his butt up at 5am to see how cool I am then!


Q: If you had to get a tattoo, where would you put it and what would it be? If you’re not sure of the design, what are some requirements it would have to meet?

JORDANNA: I would probably get it on the inside of my right wrist, so that I’d catch flashes of it as I write. To that point, I’d want it to be some kind of kundalini yogic symbol that reminded me to breathe, to take a moment. To be in the moment. Hey, maybe I’ll go get one!
Q: Are there any foods you crave while writing? Does it depend where you are in the process?
JAY: I forget to eat when I’m in the middle of writing. As long as there’s coffee, I’m good. But while editing The Future of Us, I pulled some all-nighters at a donut shop that was open the hours when I needed to write. That was probably the yummiest (and most fattening) writing experience I ever had. It was awesome!

Q: Name a food item you could never live without.
LAUREN: Is coffee a food item?  It’s the one thing I seriously can’t imagine ever giving up, even if someone told me it was killing me.  Okay, maybe if it was killing me.  But only in that one instance.  If I’m restricted to actual food items, then I guess I’d say avocados.  I hated them until I got pregnant with my daughter, and now I add them to every meal.  I’m also a big fan of toast, especially when it’s smeared with my latest obsession, sunflower seed butter.  It’s weird the first time you eat it, but after the second time, you’ll be hooked.  Man, I’m hungry right now.

Lauren Oliver: OUR SONG GIVEAWAY!

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Hey all! Today I am VERY HAPPY to host my lovely friend and fellow writer Jordanna Fraiberg on the blog to talk about her second novel, OUR SONG. Her first novel, IN YOUR ROOM, was one of my favorites from my days as a baby editor at Penguin/Razorbill, and I’m so happy that she is gracing…

Beyond excited to be interviewed on Lauren’s blog today!

Launch Party Pics!

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the launch of Our Song last week! 

A special shout out to Wallspace Art Gallery for providing the most amazing backdrop for this — or any — event, and to Chevalier’s Books for giving everyone a chance to buy their copy locally!

So, THIS is happening at my local B&N and I’m SO EXCITED I kind of can’t contain myself.

So, THIS is happening at my local B&N and I’m SO EXCITED I kind of can’t contain myself.

BOOK TO READ: Our Song

lauren-oliver:

Today, Our Song by my friend Jordanna Fraiberg comes out! It’s a beautiful story full of romance, mystery, and self discovery. I’ll be posting an interview with her soon, and giving away a copy of her book, but if you’re looking for a good romance I’d run out and get it right away! 

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so honored! I love Lauren Oliver!!

penguinteen:

It’s May, and you know what that means…the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight is officially in summer mode! Today we welcome Jordanna Fraiberg, author of the lovely romance Our Song, out today!! We love it, you’ll love it, we’ll all enjoy reading it while lying in the sun on the beach, we promise. Before you head off to your nearest bookstore to ensure that daydream comes true, though, stay here and hang with Jordanna!

Name: Jordanna Fraiberg

Novel: OUR SONG

Available: MAY 2, 2013

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? I have different favorites for different reasons: for craft, for pure escape, and so on. The authors that really inspire me are Lauren Oliver, Sara Zarr, and Sarah Dessen. They all write such compelling characters combined with such beautiful prose. Virgina Woolf also holds a special place in my heart, and was an inspiration for OUR SONG.

What’s your favorite thing about your book? The message of transformation, the idea that no matter how bad things get, how seemingly irrevocable, there’s always hope, even if you can’t see it right away. The mysterious song threaded throughout OUR SONG is a symbol of that hope: even if Olive can’t hear it, or isn’t ready to, it’s always there, waiting for her.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose?  Marley, the dog from MARLEY AND ME. I’ve been wrapped around a lab or a golden retriever since I was two years old, so life – especially a year on a deserted island – wouldn’t feel complete without a big dog within arm’s reach.

Where do you write? It depends where I am in the process. For first drafts, I like to write at home with my dog, Rocky, within arm’s reach (see above). My office leads out to a backyard with a gazebo, where Rocky and I sometimes wander when I’m stuck. When I’m brainstorming or revising, I like to coffee shop hop around my LA neighborhood.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? I’ve always been fascinated with Gandhi, and I had the privilege of interviewing people who knew and worked with him when I lived in India during my junior year abroad. My take away from that project was that Gandhi was a man whose message transcended politics and party lines, because it was a message about peace and freedom. And those are the kind of messages that endure, that lift people out of hardship, that give them hope.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I’ve only just recently joined the twitterverse, and it’s been the most welcomed addition to my life – I love the sense of creative community it can foster, not to mention being able to fangirl my favorite authors.

While not particularly comedic, this tweet just about sums it up:

“I think the best part about working from home is that everyday is Bring Your Dog to Work Day”

What is your favorite season? Spring, especially in LA, when the scent of night-blooming Jasmine fills the air.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? To my sister-in-law’s kitchen in Berlin, where we’d chat about life and story and motherhood, while the kids played in the backyard.  Or Hawaii. I could always imagine myself in Hawaii.

Do you have any writing rituals? I used to be a professional athlete and I treat my writing the same way I used to approach my training. I start off slow at the beginning, finding my way into an idea, and once I’ve landed on one, I try to reach a word count goal every day. Like exercise, consistency is key because then the story starts to take on a life of its own, working itself out in my subconscious even when I’m not putting words down on paper. That’s the goal, anyway!

What is your idea of earthly happiness? When everything feels in sync. Being home with my husband and daughter, snuggling with my dog, writing, doing yoga, and hanging with friends and family helps me achieve that.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? Death Cab for Cutie, with my husband at the Hollywood Bowl. The Transatlanticism fireworks finale accompanied by the LA Philharmonic under the stars was something truly magical to behold.

What are you currently working on? Another contemporary romance, which is evolving and changing before my very eyes as I write it, so that’s all I’ll say about it right now!

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Thanks, Jordanna! We can’t wait to (re)read Our Song this summer!

You can find Jordanna on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

Add Our Song to your “to-read” shelf on Goodreads!

Buy Our Song today from Penguin, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, your local, independent bookstore, Books a Million, Powell’s and Walmart!

Thrilled to be featured on Penguinteen spotlight in honor of Pub Day!

OUR SONG twitter contest and giveaway!

In anticipation of the release of OUR SONG on May 2nd, I’m holding a contest!!  What better way to celebrate than by giving away some swag? 

To enter:

Tweet your answer to the following question with the hashtag, #OurSong, and you’re automatically entered:

What song did you and your high school significant other consider “Our Song”? 

The Prizes:

One lucky winner will receive a beautiful heart pendant necklace (you’ll see how this plays a role in the book!) and a SIGNED hardcover copy of OUR SONG! 

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Three 2nd place winners will each get a signed ARC! 

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The Rules:

1.  Contest starts NOW and ends on Thursday, May 2nd at 11:59pmPST. 
2.  If you follow me on twitter and tweet your answer, it will count as two entries
3.  Winners will be picked by a randomizer and announced on Monday, May 6th!
4.  Anybody can enter, but the winner must reside in the US or Canada.
5.  Email me your info to claim your prize. 
6.  Earn additional entries by sharing this post and/or including it on your blog.  (tweet me a link to your blog post and I’ll RT!)

I’m so excited to share this book with all of you.  Good luck and happy tweeting!!

Please come out for a night of celebrating Teen Reading!

Please come out for a night of celebrating Teen Reading!