Hello my friends! I have been waiting for this day for such a long time and not just because I have an interview the amazing author of Lucky Girl for my stop on tour with TBRandBeyond Tours, it’s also my birthday! I’d like to thank you all for staying with me and supporting e through these short eight months I’ve been blogging. I know it hasn’t been long but every encouraging word, like and RT has meant the world to me and I hope you guys continue to support my work in the years to come because I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon! Below you will find a bit more about the book we’re talking about today, my interview with the author and a bit more info about her! Hope you enjoy!
Title: Lucky Girl
Author: Jamie Pacton
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Buy Link: amazon
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Page Street Kids
A hilarious and poignant reflection on what money can and cannot fix
58,642,129. That’s how many dollars seventeen-year-old Fortuna Jane Belleweather just won in the lotto jackpot. It’s also about how many reasons she has for not coming forward to claim her prize.
Problem #1: Jane is still a minor, and if anyone discovers she bought the ticket underage, she’ll either have to forfeit the ticket, or worse . . .
Problem #2: Let her hoarder mother cash it. The last thing Jane’s mom needs is millions of dollars to buy more junk. Then . . .
Problem #3: Jane’s best friend, aspiring journalist Brandon Kim, declares on the news that he’s going to find the lucky winner. It’s one thing to keep her secret from the town — it’s another thing entirely to lie to her best friend. Especially when . . .
Problem #4: Jane’s ex-boyfriend, Holden, is suddenly back in her life, and he has big ideas about what he’d do with the prize money. As suspicion and jealousy turn neighbor against neighbor, and no good options for cashing the ticket come forward, Jane begins to wonder: Could this much money actually be a bad thing.
About the Author
Jamie Pacton is a Young Adult and Middle Grade author who grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of East Tennessee. She has a BA and MA in English Literature, and currently teaches English at the college level. While pursuing her dream of being an author, she worked as a waitress, pen salesperson, lab assistant, art museum guard, bookseller, pool attendant, nanny, and lots of other weird jobs in between. Her writing has appeared in national and local magazines, and she spent many years blogging for Parents.com. Currently, Jamie lives in Wisconsin with her family and a dog named Lego. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is her YA debut novel and her sophomore novel, Lucky Girl, is forthcoming in Spring 2021. She has also published a MG novel, Farfetched, under the pen name Finn Colazo.
1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I’ve always loved writing and telling stories, but I wanted to be a marine biologist or a brain surgeon when I was a kid. I went to college thousands of miles from the ocean, however, and my dismal progress in college chemistry coupled with the amount of glassware I broke in my bio lab work study job made me realize I’d probably be better suited to a career in the arts and literature. Which is how I ended up an English teacher and author today.
2. What do you think makes a good story?
So many things! But, I think above all else we have to care about the characters. I will read books in any genre as long as I’m invested in the characters and their choices. Of course, I also love a cracking fast plot and a richly built world, but for me story always begins and ends with the characters.
3. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do and it’s delightful! My DMs are open on Twitter and Instagram, and I also get lots of emails from readers. Occasionally, I even get letters from a child who’s read Farfetched, my Middle Grade debut. Readers say all sorts of things—some people want to talk about how much they love my books; others want to know about movies for my books (no news on that yet, but soon I hope); and, some people have questions about what inspired the books or a certain character. I love hearing from people and I’ve made some very lovely friendships through readers reaching out.
4. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read a lot and write a lot, but also know that writing is a craft. It’s something—like building furniture— that you can practice and get better with over time. Write stories that bring you joy or that make your heart sing, rather than chasing trends. Be kind to yourself—it’s okay to not write every day; it’s okay to have a book that you walk away from; and, it’s okay if you write a book that doesn’t sell. Keep going. Also, find people who can help you build a community. These will be the friends who cheer you on and help you through the ups and downs of writing. And, lastly, know that publishing is business that moves very slowly and is full of rejections. Be sure to cultivate other hobbies and interests outside of writing (which will likely make you a better writer and more interesting human as well).
5. How many books do you think you’ve read? Which is your favorite?
Oh gosh, in my lifetime? This number would be in the tens of thousands for sure. I was a voracious reader as a child, and that habit followed me into my teen and adult years. These days, my life is much busier with parenting, teaching, and writing, but I try to read between 250-300 books a year. I’m not sure I could pick a favorite unilaterally, But, a few ones I love include: The Night Circus; The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue; The Ones We’re Meant to Find; The Witch’s Heart; Six of Crows; Salt to the Sea; and, The Nightingale.
Check out the other wonderful posts on this tour via this link. I hope you all enjoyed this post and learned a little something from my questions to Jamie. Remember to check out our stops on Instagram as well and follow along with the tour using the hashtag #TBRandBeyondTours!