Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.
THIS IS SHELLEY
THIS IS THE Q&A
SHELLEY: Summer of Fear by the legendary Lois Duncan. Gripping suspense, teenage jealousy, broken hearts, dark family secrets, and a summer setting where anything – including the horrific – is possible. (Um…can we stop the interview so I can go read?)
JILLIAN: Since the 2010 Golden Heart, what has been your most rewarding publishing moment?SHELLEY: Getting my first WELCOME, CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE fan letter from a young reader who later tracked me down at a book festival to get my autograph. She was so excited, her hands were shaking. Which made me so excited my hands started shaking.
SIMONE: What inspires you daily?SHELLEY: My three daughters. One of my long-term goals is to inspire my girls to follow and fight for their dreams.
CAT: What has surprised you the most about being published?SHELLEY: How much readers care about my characters. In CHLOE I introduced a huge cast of quirky high school misfits (think GLEE in a high school radio station), and I’ve received e-mails from readers wanting to know so much more about them.
DONNELL: Complete this sentence. When I want to relax, I. . .SHELLEY: Soak in my new outdoor hot tub with My Guy and a fruity merlot.
ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?SHELLEY: The Barrowers by Mary Norton. For weeks I drank from a thimble and pretended my bed was a matchbox. Yep, I totally lose myself in stories.
ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?SHELLEY: Sleeping Beauty, preferably with pointe shoes and pancake tutus.
ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?SHELLEY: Winnie-the-Pooh hands down. I adore his kind-hearted spirit, humility, and simplicity.
ANGI: What turns you off like nothing else?SHELLEY: Lack of confidence. There’s nothing sexier than a man confident in himself and his place in this world.
ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?SHELLEY: Everything’s Okay by Lenka, Bubbly by Colbie Caillat, Anchor by Mindy Gledhill, Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes, Fall for You by Secondhand Serenade, Heartbeat by Enrique Iglesias
ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?SHELLEY: The sound of my husband and children laughing. At times I swear their laughter stills my heart.
ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
SHELLEY: Adventurous Fairy Tale.
ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?SHELLEY: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Witty dialogue. Exquisite clothes. New York swank. Audrey Hepburn. Moon River. The Cat.
ANGI: What is your biggest vice?SHELLEY: Desserts. After every meal I crave a sweet treat. Sometimes it’s just a square of chocolate or a mint. Lately I’ve been treating myself to honeycrisp apple wedges and a decadent homemade caramel sauce with butter, heavy cream, and marshmallows. Heavenly.
ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: I LOVE deleted scenes and bloopers on DVDs. I haven’t personally had to cut any scenes from my books, but I have written extra scenes for promotion and to answer a couple of unfinished questions. I noticed that you have some “deleted” scenes on your website for WELCOME, CALLER. Can you share more about why they were left on the cutting room floor?SHELLEY’S GOTTA ANSWER: The minor characters were taking over. CHLOE is one of those books filled with quirky characters driven by strong passions and colorful pasts. There’s Chloe’s Convers-wearing grandma who has an obsession with Brad Pitt. Frack, the radio staffer who stutters except when he’s behind a microphone. Brie, the former best friend, whose perfect life is crumbling. And…um…more. After the first draft, I realized Chloe and her struggles and triumphs through this life-changing were getting overshadowed.
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Sweet Treats & Great Reads Ruby Slippered Sisterhood 2012 Apocalypsies
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Goodbye, Rebel Blue, Release date TBA
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THIS IS THE QUESTION FOR TODAYWhat was your favorite book from your teen age years and why?