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#BlinkBlog Author Spotlight: Laurie Boyle Crompton (Part I)

To celebrate the release of Freaky In Fresno, we have a special Q&A with Laurie Boyle Crompton! Stay tuned for Part II later this week…

Get your copy of Freaky In Fresno HERE.

Congratulations on the publication of your new book! What does it feel like to have Freaky in Fresno in the world?

Thank you! I’m so excited for readers to meet fun and feisty cousins, Ricki and Lana! The publishing process is a long road, and each step along that path can seem like an eternity. Just holding back on publicly sharing that amazing pink cover for a few months was agony for me, so to finally have this book on shelves and in reader’s hands is the best feeling!

How would you describe Freaky In Fresno to someone who is interested in reading it?

I think my awesome publisher, Blink, describes it best: Two estranged cousins—geeky horror movie fanatic Ricki and makeup guru Lana—accidentally switch bodies for a fateful summer day that is part Freaky Friday, part romcom, and all heart.

What was your inspiration for Freaky In Fresno?

My last book, Pretty in Punxsutawney followed seventeen-year-old Andie as she relived her first day at a new high school over and over, a’ la Groundhog Day. It was so much fun to write that I knew I wanted to work on another project incorporating an interesting, movie-themed magical element. I already had the main characters percolating in my mind; two cousins who couldn’t be more opposite. Lana is a popular beauty guru, and Ricki a total movie nerd who is obsessed with saving her local drive-in movie theater. Once I had the inspiration to do a body swap between the girls, a’ la Freaky Friday I knew it was the story I wanted to write!

What do you hope readers take away from this new release? 

Freaky in Fresno is all about the bonds we share with members of our family, and how messy that can get when we don’t communicate with one another…and sometimes when we communicate too well! It also touches on the pressure that comes with internet fame, and how keeping anxiety hidden from friends and family robs them of the opportunity to help. Recognizing how much we needthe support of loved ones can be a humbling but powerful revelation!

What makes this book special/unique, and why should readers be sure to place it on their TBR (To Be Read) list?

First of all, who can resist that gorgeous pink cover with the wild-eyed Chihuahua wearing a tiara? And what if I told you there are also three wolf dogs who live with Ricki and Lana’s aunt in her isolated yurt? Freaky in Fresnois a light, fun read that involves a cast of interesting characters who find themselves in a zany supernatural situation. Meanwhile the book also touches on deeper issues, such as anxiety and mental health in a digital age. It really is a humorous, crazy ride plus… dogs! What more could you want?

What kind of impact did writing Freaky In Fresno have on you personally?

The focus on family led to some great discussions with my parents, siblings and children about the ways we each relate to one another and ultimately the best ways we can support each other. Ushering cousins Ricki and Lana through their estrangement and gradual reconnecting, helped me value the strong family bonds I’m blessed with. Also, this book was written on a rather tight deadline and I discovered a few new coffee drinks that I might be obsessed with now. *cough*Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte*cough*

About Blink YA Books:

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