Chatting with Julie Prestsater
Today, I have the honor of hosting Julie Prestaser and her new YA book, SO I’M A DOUBLE THREAT.
Megan Miller, a freshman at Carver High and a Double Threat, the perfect combination of smart and popular.
She’s got the grades, she’s got the friends, and she’s got the connections. Freshman year should be a breeze, but it’s not. How can it be when you have boys, boys and boys on the brain.
And really only one in particular. Alex Aguilar…the boy of Meg’s dreams.
They met at a party and Meg’s whole world shifted. The spark was there, there was no denying it. But could that spark lead to more? Can a Senior and Freshman really make a go of it no matter what kind of connection they share? Or will outside circumstances ruin not only Meg’s Freshman year, but her chance at hooking the guy of her dreams.
Being a Double Threat is supposed to make you special, but is it worth it if you don’t get your crush?
Q: Welcome Julie. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about your book?
Julie: The Double Threat series is about the high school life of Megan Miller. She’s a smart girl who loves to dance and chill with her friends. She’s a little (okay, a lot) boy crazy. She’s surrounded by a cast of friends who are funny, sassy, and entertaining. The first book in the series, So I’m a Double Threat, tells the story of Meg’s freshmen year. It’s filled with high school parties, heartache, and backstabbing friends. And let’s not forget the cute boys.
Q: When did you first realized you wanted to be a writer?
Julie: When I got my master’s degree in reading. I became a reading specialist and discovered so many of my struggling readers were also reluctant to read because they weren’t exposed to any books beyond required readings. I became the “book pusher” and soon found out what types of books my students liked to read. I set out to write books my students were interested in: edgy, realistic teen fiction.
Q: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Julie: Oh, I’m definitely a pantser. Haha. I never know where Meggie and the crew are going to take me. Although with Double Time (Meg’s junior year), I did plot a little bit in the end.
Q: What are you working on now?
Julie: I’m finishing up revisions on Double Time, part three of the Double Threat series, I also have two adult novels in the works. One is actually about Meg’s teachers. ;-)
Q: Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
Julie: Write, write, write. And read, read, read. Get connected. Follow publishers, editors, authors in your genre on Twitter. You can get some great info from social media.
Q: What book or series can you read over and over again without getting bored?
Julie: Simone Elkeles’s Perfect Chemistry series. I loved them all, but I have a major book crush on Carlos. He was the perfect combo of hot, sweet, and smart ass.
Q: If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be?
Julie: I’m not sure it’s a job, but I’d like to do it. I’d love to teach a class where I could read aloud all day to high school students. Read alouds aren’t just for elementary kids.
Q: What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life?
Julie: Performed the dance from Michael Jackson’s Thriller in front of 3,500 teenagers, along with my teacher friends. It was fun, but bleeping scary too.
Q: Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life?
Julie: My dad.
Q: If you could take a trip to any foreign country RIGHT NOW, which one would you choose?
Julie: Italy. Bread, pasta, wine, and art. Can’t go wrong with that.
Q: What is one talent you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had?
Julie: Oh my gosh, I wish I could sing. I swear I was born to be a singer. Hip hop, pop, country. It doesn’t matter. I love to sing, but my daughters tell me I make their ears bleed. Haha. I know I’m horrible, but it doesn’t stop me.
Q: What TV show are you most addicted to?
Julie: TV show? As in singular. Just one. Ooo, that’s a tough one. Friday Night Lights. I know it’s over, but I’ll forever be addicted to it.
Q: If you were stuck on a desert island, name three objects and three people you would want with you.
Julie: Hair clip, chapstick, matches. My sister, my best friend, and Channing Tatum. Disclaimer: I would’ve totally said my husband and kids but I could only pick three, and there’s no way I could choose. ;-)
Q: What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself?
Julie: I’m never bored. I can have a good time with anyone, anywhere, anytime.
About the Author: Julie is a high school reading intervention teacher who prides herself on matching her students with great books to encourage them to become life-long readers. She enjoys writing stories that even the most reluctant of readers will not want to put down.
Julie is a mom, a wife, a teacher, a reader, and a writer. She also a lunatic when it comes to the NFL and playing Fantasy Football, especially if she doesn’t get my first pick quarterback: Tony Romo. When she’s not at home or work, you can probably catch her on the 15 freeway singing her heart out and dancing away in her car.