Hi! Today we’re celebrating Robin Constantine’s debut, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING, which was released December 31!
Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…
They say: For fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Maureen Johnson comes a sexy, poignant, funny, and authentic debut novel by Robin Constantine about the journeys of two New Jersey teens as they discover who they really are–and find their way to each other.
Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet good girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to–only now, in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change but doesn’t know how.
Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s: star of the lacrosse team, at the top of his class, and on the fast track to a brilliant future–until he was expelled for being a “term-paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change but doesn’t know how.
One fateful night, their paths cross at Wren’s family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are–and falling in love.
I say: This sounds super-cute! And I love the cover – the way he’s bending down toward her and the elbow-patches on his jacket and the light.
Now for our interview with Robin:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Wren is a kind, true, fierce friend.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
THE PROMISE OF AMAZING is a hot, unexpected, humorous contemporary. (JS: ooh, I love this!)
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a quirky, quiet, quixotic romantic. (JS: And I adore the alliteration!)
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Egypt, Greece, Italy
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Filmmaking, snowboarding, French cooking
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Actress, editor, vineyard owner (JS: I would like to come to your vineyard, please!)
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Roses, peonies, orchids
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Bananas, pizza, dark chocolate
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak, ELSEWHERE by Gabrielle Zevin, SUMMER SISTERS by Judy Blume
Thanks for stopping by, Robin!