Today we are SO delighted to be hosting a special Valentine’s Day blog tour stop for Jennifer E. Smith’s upcoming new YA novel, This is What Happy Looks Like — on sale April 2nd, but you can pre-order it now. You may also know Jennifer already from her first book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight — now in paperback.
Today, Jennifer stops by for a special guest blog — and then we have a really fun contest for you! Details below Jennifer’s guest blog.
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This Is What Happy Looks Like takes place in a fictional town in Maine, where a film production arrives for part of the summer – bringing with it Graham Larkin, the star. So when I first started writing it, in addition to worrying about the usual aspects of a setting – creating a town that hopefully comes to life and feels realistic – I needed to learn a bit more about what a movie set would entail.
I’m lucky enough to live in New York City, where film productions are pretty much everywhere. It sounds crazy, but I think it’s rare to go a week without seeing one – the trailers lined up on the street, the huge lights, the police barriers, the Craft service tables. Whether it’s for a commercial or a television show or a movie, they seem to pop up all over the city. But after a couple of months of lurking whenever I happened to stumble across one, I finally found someone – a friend of a friend – who could give me a proper introduction to the whole thing.
I spent a day on location in Brooklyn, where they were filming a scene for a TV show, and tried my best to take everything in. There was a lot to learn – the names of the various cameras and lights, the many parts of a call sheet, the roles of different crew members – and it was a lot of fun to watch the countless takes as they shot the scene. The books I write don’t tend to require a lot of research, so I really enjoyed learning something new, and it turned out to be enormously helpful when I sat down to write those scenes in the novel that centered around the filming. I still had to do quite a bit of research online and talk to several authorities on the subject, but capturing the feel of being on location was important, and hopefully it comes through in the book.
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Now we’re giving five lucky winners the chance to win a really amazing prize pack, courtesy of Little Brown. The prize includes the paperback of Statistical Probability of Love at First Site, an advanced copy of This is What Happy Looks Like, and some surprises!
To enter, just comment below and tell us what makes YOU happy, then fill out the contest form here.
- You MUST comment below AND fill out an entry form. You have to do both!
- U.S. only
- One entry per person
- Entries are due by midnight (PT) next Thursday, February 21st.
Questions? Leave ’em below & we’ll reply!