Welcome to day #1 of the 2014 Debut Authors Bash! I must admit….I refused to let anyone else have Courtney….and a LOT of people signed up for her. But she is MINE lol. I had that set before I even open sign ups. I know, I know…I’m horrible. But you have no idea how much I adored Faking Normal. And Bodee….oh my goodness. BODEE. I could cry all over again just thinking about him.
Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torch bearer. Faking Normal is her first novel.
Can you tell us about Faking Normal in one sentence? When someone shares the hurt in her/his life with the right person, healing is possible.
What was your favorite scene to write in Faking Normal? There is a scene near the climax where Bodee and Alexi are in a tent together. I love it when she finally gets real after all that time of holding back the truth.
Oh, the feels in this book! Did you ever find it difficult to get through some of the more emotional scenes? I just recently answered a question about this and realized that ironically, the most emotional thing about writing Faking Normal for me was … the decision to write it to begin with. I didn’t want to. However, once I began, the only scene I had trouble with was when she writes her story down for the first time. That was emotional for me. I was so freaking proud of this girl.
Will Faking Normal have a sequel? I know I wouldn’t complain with some more Bodee in my life. No, I don’t think it will. I’d like to leave what happens to Bodee and Alexi in the future up to their readers.
Speaking of Bodee, he has his own little novella, The Blue-Haired Boy. Did you always intend for him to have a novella or did that sort of just happen? My editor asked me to write it. She thought readers would want to know more about Bodee, and asked me to explore something from before Faking Normal in his point of view. I was happy to try that and discovered another character in Gerry, who I absolutely adore.
Are you currently working on anything else? Always.
If you could cast any of the main characters (*cough* Bodee *cough*) who would you choose? It’s hard to cast characters for teenagers who are actually teenagers, but I’ll give you two who I think are Bodee. One, I think Perks of Being A Wallflower Logan Lerman could do a heck of a job. Since he is too old now, I think I would cast, Tye Sheridan, who was the lead in Mud. (I attached a picture.)
Where do you see Alexi and Bodee ten years from now? Are they together? Do they still even speak to each other? I won’t tell you where they are romantically, but I’ll tell you this, Bodee and Alexi will be true friends for the rest of their lives.
What is the best book that you’ve read recently? That is such a tough question. I’ve read so many great books recently. I even consider myself a reader first and writer second. As a reader and writer, I have really really enjoyed everything Leigh Bardugo has done. She spins a marvelous tale with beautiful words. Also, I recently listened to an audiobook of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and loved it.
What is currently in your TBR pile? Well, I’m reading and (re-reading) books for panel events. Currently in my pile are books by Ruta Sepetys, Emery Lord, Natalie Parker, Tessa Gratton and Julie Murphy. I also have an arc of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and I’m trying not to drool on it. I can’t wait to read 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith, because he’s a genius.
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An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.
Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.
When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.
A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.
Check out my 5 star review of Faking Normal HERE
Set before the events of Courtney C. Stevens’s debut novel, Faking Normal, this digital short story focuses on Bodee Lennox, otherwise known as the Kool-Aid Kid.
Bodee Lennox has secrets. About where he got the four-inch scar on his leg. About the bruises on his back. About what it’s really like to live in the Lennox household. These are things he doesn’t share with anyone . . . until he meets Gerry, a girl with bright-green hair and a smile the size of Alaska. When Gerry falls out of a bus in Rickman, Tennessee, and lands at Bodee’s feet, she gives Bodee two things he desperately needs: a friend and a chance to leave Rickman behind, even if it’s just for a few hours.
He joins Gerry on her epic bus trip for as far as his money will take him. And by the end of the day, more of Bodee has changed than just the color of his hair.
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