#CelebratingDebutantes2013: Shandy Lawson (Interview + Giveaway)

Friday, November 8, 2013

I've already featured the author for today last April for the 2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge. YES! He wrote a time travel novel for his debut! Let's give it up for SHANDY LAWSON, author of THE LOOP!

About Shandy Lawson

I've written books since I was four. Granted, these weren't books you can buy on Amazon, they were sheets of copy paper folded and stapled, then filled in with my stories in black crayon. Some were illustrated, even.

Instead, I get up at seven every morning, take the train to the library and work there until noon (if I try to write at home I just end up distracting myself with the TV or cooking something I'm not even hungry for), then after lunch I go home and deal with the other part of writing: administrative tasks. It is, after all, a business.

I write the kind of books I wished I'd had around when I was younger. I always wanted something a little scarier, a little smarter, a story that challenged the rigidity of the universe and its rules– a story where the laws of physics don't apply to everyone exactly the same way, or where time can twist up like a ribbon. So that's what I write now.

I live in New York City, which I think is the most inspirational place a person can be. I love it here– partly for the creative inspiration and partly because no city takes food as seriously as NYC does. You should come visit if you've never been here. I can recommend restaurants.

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Interview with Shandy Lawson

What do you feel about the number '13'?

I've never been very superstitious, so the number itself doesn't really have too much significance for me. But I will say, since my first novel was published in '13, I've begun to like the number quite a bit. 

What's the best thing that happened after your book was published?

Reader reactions, definitely. Receiving an email or reading a blog post online about how much someone enjoyed reading THE LOOP is the best part of the publication process, by far. I pay pretty close attention to the readers who weren't blown away, too, and I want to win them over with the next book. 

How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?

I walked to every bookstore within five miles of my apartment (in Manhattan, that's a lot), and I met the people working there and signed the books of mine they had in stock. It was pretty cool, seeing my novel on store shelves for the first time. Almost a year later, it's still cool.

Do you read reviews of your book?

I do. It feels good to read reviews from readers who loved it, and I usually take away some useful criticism from readers who didn't love it so much. If the criticisms are generally consistent, then I know I have something to work on for next time. 

What is your best or most unforgettable moment with a fan?

I haven't really had too much interaction with readers in person, as I've only done a few signings so far. But I remember my first fan mail, an email from a reader named Maggie (a main character in THE LOOP is also named Maggie) that was very sweet, and in it she thanked me for writing a book that she enjoyed very much. I thanked her for the email by drawing a picture of a cat playing tennis and mailing it to her. I don't always show my appreciation in conventional ways, I guess.

Was there any book/s from other debut authors of 2013 that you loved?

To be honest, I haven't read any yet. I've read a lot of books this year, but I don't think I've read any debuts. 

Are you interested in writing in a different genre or for a different audience?

Not really. Once in a while I play with the idea of writing adult horror, but I always end up coming back to teen fiction. I think I might be shifting slightly towards teen horror though. I've been writing some creepy stuff lately. 

Share us one embarrassing moment you've had.

Once I was at a Barnes & Noble here in the city, and I saw a girl who appeared to be looking for something new on the YA shelves. She'd pick a book up, look it over, put it back and then pick up something else. So I pointed to THE LOOP and said, "This one's pretty good." I thought if she bought it, it'd be funny later when she figured out who I was. Instead, she just looked creeped out and backed away, and I realized I probably came off like a pervy forty year-old, stalking young girls in the YA section.

Favorite color? Corduroy. 

Favorite movie? That's a hard one. "High Noon" ranks pretty high up there though.
Favorite ice cream flavor? Three-way tie: Mint Chocolate Chip, Coffee, and FEAR.
Favorite song? At the moment, it's "The House That Heaven Built," by Japandroids.
Ultimate celebrity crush (dead or alive)? Between you and me, I kind of like Alison Sweeney. She hosts Biggest Loser and is on one of the daytime soaps, I forget which one. 

What's next for you?

More books! Many of them. I have more ideas than I have time to write them unfortunately, but you'll see plenty more teen fiction from me soon enough.


Shandy! I cringed at your embarrassing moment! That is embarrassing. Now, let's get to know Shandy's debut novel, THE LOOP! 


The Loop
Title: The Loop
Author: Shandy Lawson
Publisher: Hyperion
Date of Publication: April 30, 2013

Ben and Maggie have met, fallen in love, and died together countless times. Over the course of two pivotal days—both the best and worst of their lives—they struggle again and again to resist the pull of fate and the force of time itself. With each failure, they return to the beginning of their end, a wild road trip that brings them to the scene of their own murders and into the hands of the man destined to kill them.

As time circles back on itself, events become more deeply ingrained, more inescapable for the two kids trapped inside the loop. The closer they come to breaking out, the tighter fate’s clutches seem to grip them. They devise a desperate plan to break free and survive the days ahead, but what if Ben and Maggie’s only shot at not dying is surviving apart?

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Shandy is giving away a SIGNED copy of THE LOOP! Open internationally! OH YEAH!

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Thank you so much for celebrating your debut year with us, Shandy! Now, go on to Michelle's blog and check out her interview with Jennifer Walkup, author of SECOND VERSE!

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  1. i love the blurb...already put on my TBR list..
    thx :)

    1. It's good! And yey! Thanks for putting it on your TBR list!

  2. I love the premise! Romance and the whole time loop thing, you've got me hooked! Definitely need this book! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

    1. Good luck then! It's really engaging as evidenced by my review. Hee.


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