Welcome, booknerds, to the Ginger Mom’s stop on the Seize Today blog tour! And, because my eyes were bigger than my calendar (leaving me no extra time to review the book of the hour), we are excited instead to have the lovely Pintip Dunn on the blog today for an interview! Those are always fun 🙂 But if you’re really in the mood for a review, hop on over to Dystopian Citzn for theirs today! Otherwise, let’s give Pintip a warm Ginger Mom welcome!
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Pintip’s debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, won the RWA RITA for Best First Book. In addition, it is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, and the MASL Truman Award. The Darkest Lie was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include Remember Yesterday, the novella Before Tomorrow, and Girl on the Verge. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com
Pintip, thanks so much for doing this interview 🙂 We are thrilled to have you with us today! So, let’s dive right in!
Q1 – Have you always wanted to be an author? If not, when did you know this was what you wanted to do?
I’ve wanted to be an author ever since I was six years old. I clearly remember my first-grade teacher asking us to list three things we wanted to be when we grew up. My first answer was “author.” My third response was “artist.” And the second item is lost to the ravages of time!
However, I did not write my first word of fiction until after college. I played around with writing throughout law school and my early years as an attorney, but I began to pursue this career seriously in 2010.
Q2 – This one is my favorite question and I haven’t gotten to ask it in so long! So, I’m going to 🙂 If you were stranded on a deserted island, which THREE books would you want with you?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The first time I read this book, I didn’t like it. The second time I read it, I thought it was enjoyable. By the third time I read this story, it had become my favorite book. I’ve reread this book at least a dozen times, and it gets better upon each read!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This book literally changed my life. Before reading it, I was hopping from genre to genre in my writing, trying to find the right fit for my voice. The moment I started reading THG, however, I knew I had found my home in the young adult genre. What’s more, I consider THG to be the perfect book in terms of structure and craft.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Is that cheating? I do own this book! (If I had to pick one play, however, I would choose A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, as it is my favorite). I fell in love with Shakespeare in college, and I’ve always believed that if I were deserted on an island, and I could have only one book, it would be this one. The writing is so complex and nuanced, I believe I would get something different and new with each re-reading.
Q3 – Is there one character in Seize Today that you enjoyed more than the others? (I know – it’s like picking a favorite child).
Oh no! This question! It’s exactly like picking a favorite child. And as I always tell my kids, they’re all my favorite!
But . . . if I have to be completely honest, I would say that Olivia is my favorite character. She carries the burden of everyone’s futures, and she still manages to emerge from her circumstances strong and courageous. Plus, she’s so lonely, so isolated, so uncertain if she is worthy of love. I really enjoyed giving her that family and sense of belonging she wanted more than anything.
Q4 – Do you have a favorite go-to author you enjoy reading?
Oh wow, this is an interesting question, simply because there are a ton of authors I admire in the YA genre (Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer, Laini Taylor, and Maggie Stiefvater, to name a few), but none where I’ve read all their books.
I do have favorite romance authors like this, however. Nora Roberts was one of the very first romance authors I ever read, and I completely devoured her books when I was in my twenties. All in all, I’ve read over a hundred of her novels, and that’s not something I can say about any other author! In fact, there were so many of her books lying around the house that my little sister (who is twelve years younger than me) also became a fan at a very early young age. Eight years old, to be precise. (I tried to stop her! Honest!)
My very favorite romance author of all time is Kristan Higgins. I recommend her books to everyone I know, and I think she is an absolute genius. Her books are auto-buys for me.
Q5 – Last but not least, do you have a song that fits this book? Or an album that inspired you? (Something you hear and think – hey, that’s this book!)
Funny you should ask. “Crystal Ball” by Kimberly Brown (lyrics by Kimberly Brown and David Elliot Johnson) was actually written for Forget Tomorrow. This song is absolutely beautiful, and the lyrics fit exactly how I believe Callie would feel at the beginning of Book 1. I cried the first time I heard it because it captured the emotion I was trying to convey so perfectly.
Check out a teaser trailer of this song on YouTube.
One last thank you to Pintip Dunn for being here today and Chapter by Chapter Tours for the opportunity to be a part of this tour 🙂 And don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY before you go, for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Happy Friday!