Wednesday, January 13, 2016

{Tour Stop} IDENTITY CRISIS by Melissa Schorr—Author Interview + Giveaway

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Identity Crisis
by Melissa Schorr

When curvaceous Annalise Bradley’s scandalous freshman year hookup sparks the anger of her female classmates, three of them decide to get her back by "catfishing" her, creating a fake online profile of the perfect boy to toy with her affections.

Against her better nature, introverted Noelle Spiers, goes along with her friends’ plan, hoping to distract Annalise from dreamy Cooper Franklin, her lifelong crush who has fallen for Annalise instead.

As Annalise discovers she is being played and seeks revenge, Noelle increasingly regrets her role in the cruel hoax and tries to salvage their relationship.

Told in alternative perspectives, IDENTITY CRISIS covers romance, betrayal, and timeless friendship in the age of modern technology.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
 Publication: January 18, 2016
 Publisher: Merit Press
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • KoboIndieBound

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with Melissa Schorr


LM: What was your inspiration for writing Identity Crisis?

Melissa: Honestly? Sheer terror. I have two young daughters barreling towards tweendom. And the pitfalls for girls in today’s social media landscape seem so treacherous! Much, much worse than my old memories of middle school trauma.

LM: Why did you choose "catfishing" as a theme for this book?

Melissa: I’d read all these news articles of people who had been catfished and the typical response was: ‘How they could they let themselves get duped?’ But I really, really wanted to know what goes into the mind of a catfisher, what motivates someone to do that. With my character Noelle, who reluctantly gets sucked into a catfishing scam, I tried to find a way that she could be sympathetic and not just pure evil.

LM: Was there anything particularly challenging about writing Identity Crisis?

Melissa: One tricky thing was trying to figure out what a girl (Noelle) trying to impersonate a boy (Declan) would sound like when she was chatting online. Sometimes I’d forgot he wasn’t a “real” character.

LM: If this book had a theme song, what would it be?

Melissa: Probably “Roar” by Katy Perry. Because ultimately, it’s about two girls standing up for themselves.

LM: Can you share with us one of your favorite quotes/scenes from Identity Crisis?

Melissa: The scene I love most is when the girls all end up at the Prudential Center, an urban mall in downtown Boston, for a concert ticket giveaway. Annalise is stood up by her online “boyfriend” and runs off a sobbing mess. She collides with my favorite character — Colin Dirge, the British band manager — splatters ice cream all over him, insults his latest single, and comes across as a psychotic fan. But she (spoiler alert) somehow walks away with two free tickets to the show.

LM: Tell us what you enjoy doing when you aren't writing!

Melissa: Trying to make a love match! In my day job, I get to be a professional “matchmaker” for “Dinner with Cupid,” the Boston Globe’s dating column. Each week I get to set up singles on a blind date and report how it went.So far, no wedding bells — but hope springs eternal. At least when I write fiction, I get to force my characters to fall in love.

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Melissa Schorr is the YA author of GOY CRAZY (Hyperion 2006) and IDENTITY CRISIS (forthcoming, Merit Press 2016), and a contributor to the YA anthology DEAR BULLY.

She is currently a contributing writer/editor to the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. Her freelance work has appeared in numerous publications, including GQ, People, Self, San Francisco magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

Melissa currently lives in Boston with her husband, her daughters, and her dog, Bailey.

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