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All her life, Katie has been chosen last for everything: the last picked on the playground, the last picked by her absent father, and definitely the last picked by boys—even her secret crush, Alex, friend-zoned her. This senior year, Katie is determined to come first.
But then Alex asks her to help him find a date?!
Alex has been living life in the fast lane, but he’s ready to slow down—with a girlfriend. The last person on earth he’d consider? The girl his brother developed serious feelings for before he died: Katie. The only way Alex is going to get over Katie is by falling for someone new. And who better to help him find his new crush than the girl he can’t stop thinking about?
What can possibly go wrong?
Author Guest Post – Interview
1. What is your writing process? Do you aim for a word count daily or maybe just a scene?
My writing process is sporadic and totally nonsensical. I have a weird day job schedule of ten days off and ten days at work (13-hour shifts), so I write whenever I can. That might mean writing on a plane, on a bus, in a lunch shack, or in the middle of the night when my family is sleeping. Sometimes I’ll write thousands of words in one sitting. Then I’ll get distracted by something else—maybe by another book I’m writing or a book launch. I’m generally getting pulled in a million different directions with both my writing and my life, so I have to be flexible and write wherever I can whenever I can.
2. What sort of research did you do for this book?
I’ve played more console video games than online ones, so I wanted to make sure I got those scenes right. I was always double checking things with the help of Google and gaming forums. I also watched a documentary on pro gamers and the e-sports industry. And finally, I had the help of my subject matter expert—my oldest nephew who is well versed in MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games)
3. What are you working on now? Any chance of a sequel?
I have a couple of projects on the go right now. I’m currently working on an adult romance and another YA, but nothing is set in stone, yet. As for a sequel to Secret Crush, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a book that follows another character in the story: Barista Ben.
4. How did you come up for the idea of your book?
The story was definitely inspired by my time spent playing video games and knowing people who play a lot of online games. I wanted to tell a story about geeks like me. I also wanted a way to tell a contemporary story that can take place in both reality and a fantasy world.
5. Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?
I was really behind in Game of Thrones, so I’ve been catching up on that, lately. I’m so obsessed! Next on the list to catch up on: Outlander, Shannara Chronicles, and Into the Badlands. And I’ve recently watched two movies that I thought were pretty cute: Set It Up and The Kissing Booth.
About the Author
Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion, and she is currently busy writing every moment she can.
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