Author Interview wih Selene Castrovilla + Giveaway


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eBook Publication Date: May 24, 2013, ASD Publishing
Two teens are forced to make some very grown-up decisions when one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer, twisting them into an unpredictable nightmare. Best friends since toddlerhood, Samantha and Jesse grapple with the realization that they are actually in love. What now? Beautifully written while handling a very heavy topic, Castrovilla addresses the universal question: In a world where the worst can strike at any time, how can we ever feel safe?
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Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April. She is also a contributing author to  UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website for book excerpts and more information!
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Selene is pleased to team with the Anthony V. Mannino Foundation helping young adults in their fight against cancer. She will donate $1 for each book ordered during THE GIRL NEXT DOOR’s Blog Tour!
Selene will send a free autographed copy of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR to anyone who donates $25 or more to the foundation (click here to donate!). For your purchase to count and/or to show proof of donation, just send a screenshot or receipt of your order or donation, along with your shipping address if necessary, through “Drop me a line” in the “Latest News” section of her website,
The AVM Foundation Mission:
The Mission of The Anthony V. Mannino Foundation is to financially assist young adults in the age group of 18-28 while they are undergoing their cancer treatment.  We also want to help development support programs to aid this unique age group, with their special needs, as they battle cancer. 
We found that Anthony’s age group of 18 plus, doesn’t have the emotional or financial support that other age groups do. We are also aware of the unique situations that this age group faces and want to help those adolescents and their families. 
Grand prize is a  Kindle Fire + THE GIRL NEXT DOOR ebook (US only), and 10 second prize winners will receive an ebook copy of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR (International). 

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Read below for an interview with Selene Castrovillas:


Chocolate or Vanilla?

I love chocolate bars, and vanilla pudding and ice cream. Overall I’d have to pick vanilla.

Contemporary or Paranormal?

Contemporary – I love reading and writing about the real world!

Favorite TV show?

All time: In Plain Sight. Current: Burn Notice. Once that ends, Elementary.

Best Movie you’ve seen recently?

Blue Jasmine.

Favorite superhero?


Cats or dogs?

Cats – I have six milling about. (Outdoors, mostly.)

Chinese or Thai?


Once Upon a Time or Revenge?

I’ve never seen either, but Revenge sounds more intriguing.

TMI movie or Catching Fire movie?

Gosh, neither of these is my thing – but I hate the brutality in The Hunger Games (can’t watch)¸ so I’ll go with TMI (and I met the TMI book editor – who is lovely!)

Can you tell us about your book, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, in 10 words or less?

Unexpectedly facing mortality, teen best friends realize they’re in love.

What was your inspiration behind this book?

I was re-reading THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, and realized that Holden is grieving for his dead brother, Allie. Then I saw a scene on a reality show where a girl was holding a boy’s hand while he was receiving treatment for AIDS. I thought, “Wow, it must be awful to not know if your boyfriend is going to live or die.” I went to bed and woke up with the book in my head – complete.

I have to admit…it looks like readers are going to bawl in this book. Did you shed a tear or two?

I cried practically every moment that I typed. I wrote Jesse’s love poems to Sam while sitting in a slow session at a writer’s conference, and I cried then as well. The people around me must’ve thought I was nuts, shedding tears during this most dry presentation.

Why cancer? What made you want to dive into that topic?

It chose me. It was all there, when I woke up. I didn’t want to write about such a sad topic, but what could I do? These characters were inside me, and it was my duty to tell their story. And I think the story reads like a dream.

Of course I didn’t know anything about cancer, so I did a lot of research on the type of cancer Jesse has – and the details. Unfortunately, my best friend was close with someone young who was stricken suddenly with cancer. I interviewed her and used her friend’s cancer as the model for Jesse’s. For example, that’s how I knew Jesse wouldn’t waste away physically. The thing about cancer is that it often manifests itself differently – so I didn’t have to worry about getting it right for ALL people. I just had to get it right for ONE person. I also read booklets such as “Coping with Cancer.” I was at the dentist’s office reading that one. Everyone looked at me uncomfortably.

Can readers expect a sequel or is this a standalone?

I originally wrote something in the plot that would’ve allowed a sequel. And in fact, I wrote a decent amount of that sequel. But my editor asked me to take that thing out, and that was the end of TOUCH.

Are you working on anything else?

Oh, so much! I have two more finished YA novels, and I’m working on another. Plus I write picture books about American history.

What was your favorite scene to write?

When Samantha creates a private prom for Jesse in Central Park. It’s so romantic, and simultaneously so sad. There’s one line that gets to me every time I read it.

If you could choose anyone to play the roles of Samantha and Jesse, who would you choose?

Abigail Breslin & Jake T. Austin

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

LAST NIGHT I SANG TO THE MONSTER by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.      . Extraordinary.

What is currently on your TBR pile?


SEE YOU AT HARRY’s by Jo Knowles


45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS) by Kelly Barson


+++much more…if I had the time!!!

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