Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Trish Doller


Today I am so excited to host Trish Doller, author of Where the Stars Still Shine. Take a look below to find out ten things you didn’t know about Trish Doller before, and make sure to check her out on her website.


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thTen Things You Didn’t Know About Trish Doller (that would be me!)

My last name rhymes with roller. Some of you know that, but many people––most people––don’t. I answer to anything and I never get upset when it’s pronounced like dollar.

I was born in Berlin, Germany somewhere between the time the wall was built (1961) and the wall was torn down (1989). Hint: Much closer to when it was built.

I am painfully left-handed. I have a hard time doing anything with my right hand, including holding a fork.

I’ve been to 34 of the 50 states and 11 countries (my mom was a teacher, so every summer we would travel, either road trips around the U.S. by car or to visit family in Germany).

My favorite food is sushi and if I order a chef’s special or other type with a variety of fish, I’ll eat them in order of preference. I usually finish with salmon.

I do the same thing with M&M and color preference: blue, brown, red, yellow, orange, green. 15826648(Neither of these things is a compulsion, by the way. It’s just part of the fun.)

Some people don’t know that my debut novel, Something Like Normal, was actually the second book my agent sold. The first was a rom-com YA called My Way or the Highway that was cancelled by the publisher and, thankfully, will never see the light of day.

When I was little I wanted to be an artist. At the time I meant drawing or painting, but I’m glad I didn’t specify because I feel like I accomplished that goal.

I can’t do a cartwheel, raise one eyebrow, or stand on my head, but I can whistle through my fingers and roll my tongue.

My favorite YA book is Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar. My favorite non-YA is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.


15826648Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true

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