Debut - The Catastrophic History of You and Me
JESS ROTHENBERG grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, graduated from Vassar College, and spent most of her twenties editing books for teens and middle grade readers. She lives in Brooklyn where she writes full-time, dances interpretively, and dreams of one day owning a sheepdog named Leo. The Catastrophic History of You and Me is her first novel. Visit www.jessrothenberg.com to find out more!
Notes from a YA Debutante
Interesting facts about me: Well for one thing, I’m really good at ping-pong. (Like, really good.) I’m also the queen of bad puns, I love to belt out Disney/Broadway show tunes when nobody’s home, and have been weirdly obsessed with Shark Week on the Discovery Channel since I was a little kid. Yup, I’m kind of a dork. But a loveable dork, I like to think.
Another interesting fact: I was born a minute before midnight and still have a sneaking suspicion the hospital clock was off and my actual birthday is 10/11, not 10/10. So I like to celebrate both just to make sure.
What I do when I’m not writing: Oh, things like visiting family and friends, brunching it up in Brooklyn, last minute trips to exciting places… the usual stuff!
My inspirations: Movies I’ve seen, books I’ve read, dreams I’ve had—even the way the light hits the pavement on a lazy afternoon can spark an idea worth exploring. Inspiration is all around us all the time; you just have to be paying attention!
My journey to publication: I was a YA editor for a number of years before jumping ship to write full-time. (Some of the books I edited include Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, Kathy Reich’s Virals, Josh Lieb’s I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil & I Want to be Your Class President, to name a few.) Then I started a wonderful MFA program geared toward writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where I began working on Catastrophic History. The book sold to Dial not too long after, and the rights have sold in something like 14 countries. I couldn’t be happier! In fact, when finished copies arrived a few weeks ago, I literally had no choice but to dance. Just see for yourself! http://bit.ly/yYc4bT
Bookie's Note: Meet Jess - the new girl on the block! Okay, I'm like obsessed with New Girl right now and when Jess comes along with her name - I had to make a reference. *imaginary cap locks* I can't believe you edited Vampire Academy! The series is one of my favourite all time! And Jess, I'm a Disney enthusiast as well! Just ask my classmates - I sing everything from Little Mermaid to Lion King - ALL DAY LONG! Come back tomorrow for the second half of Jess's feature + EPIC giveaway!
Badass Bookie xx