2016 Debut Authors Bash: Author Interview with Isabel Bandeira


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Hi, everyone! Welcome back!

Today, I am very excited to introduce you all to Isabel Bandeira, author of Bookishly Ever After. I have the privilege of interviewing Isabel for the DAB! Take a look below at the interview! As always, make sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below! 


Isabel Bandeira grew up surrounded by trees and lakes in Southern New Jersey, right on the edge of the Pine Barrens. Her summers were always spent in Portugal, where the cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs only fed her fairy tale obsession. Between all those influences and her serious glitter addiction, it wasn’t a surprise when she started writing stories of her own.

In her free time between writing and her day job as a Mechanical Engineer who designs and develops medical devices, she reads, dances, figure skates, and knits.

Isabel lives in New Jersey with her little black cat, too many books, and a closetful of vintage hats. She is represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio & Olson. BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER is her debut novel.


If you had to describe Bookishly Ever After in 10 words or less, which words would you choose?

Books make the best advice manuals…sometimes.

What was your favorite scene to write?

I had fun writing a lot of the scenes in Bookishly (hello hayride! And there is a specific kiss in the book that was lots of fun to write, too, and Phoebe’s moping music scene, and ALL of the book “excerpts”), but my favorite might have to be the rope bridge scene. This was the scene that sparked the story and was so much fun to revise because I just kept adding more and more mud with each revision.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”– Coco Chanel


The Ever After series is currently planned to be 3 books. Each of these will be a companion book following a different character, but characters from earlier/later books will show up in all the books.

Are you currently working on anything else?

I am! When I’m not working on the Ever After books, I’m currently in love with my “procrastination book,” which is another contemporary YA with fun, adorkable characters. I’d also love to find the time to revise a Middle Grade modern fairy tale and rewrite a YA paranormal I wrote a few years ago, because I love both of them and hope they someday find a home.

Theme song?

Bookishly definitely has 2, both by Marian Call, and both a lot of fun:

Dear Mister Darcy


I’ll Still Be a Geek After Nobody Thinks It’s Chic (The Nerd Anthem)

Most anticipated 2016 Debut?

This is VERY hard, because there are so many great debuts this year, and I’ve also been lucky enough to read a few ARCs and a lot of the already released books from the first half of 2016, so I’ll pick from the debuts coming out the second half of 2016. I’m definitely looking forward to INTO WHITE by Randi Pink. I love her concept so much and can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Also, I’ve read earlier versions of STARR FALL by Kim Briggs and can’t WAIT to see the final version when it comes out in November!

bookishly ever after

In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.

But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?


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