Friday, December 14, 2012

SPOTLIGHTING: Shelley Coriell

An Author Spotlight
by Connie Flynn

Shelley Coriel

About Me

Welcome, readers! Coriell here. I write young adult books and bake desserts. My debut novel, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe, is available now from Amulet  Books/Abrams. CHLOE is the story of a big-hearted girl who is ostracized by her best friends and forced to join her high school’s struggling radio station where she starts her own radio call-in show. On and off the air Chloe learns lessons about love, listening, and loneliness. Here you’ll find info about Chloemoi, and contests. Hugs!

I write stories about teens on the edge of love, life-changing moments, and a little bit of crazy. My debut novel, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe, released May 2012 from Amulet Books/Abrams, and my next YA, Goodbye, Rebel Blue, will be published Fall 2013. A six-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, I live in Arizona with my family and the world’s neediest rescue Weimaraner. When I’m not writing, I bake high-calorie, high-fat desserts and listen to voices in my head.

And also take some time out to answer readers' questions. Here is a small sample:

Q. How do you pronounce your last name?
A. The “i” is silent. It’s Cor-el, like the dishware that doesn’t break.

Q. Don’t you also write romance?
A. I write dark, edgy suspense with a little kissy-kissy under a pen name. These romantic suspense stories will be published in Spring/Summer 2014 and feature an elite but maverick group of FBI agents I call The Apostles. Nope, ain’t nothing holy about them!

Q. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
A. Write. Edit. Repeat. I wrote more than a million words and eight complete manuscripts before I got a New York publishing contract.

Q. Do you have any more advice for aspiring authors?
A. Study the craft of writing. Study the business of publishing. Even after you’re published, study. You should always be learning and growing. If you’re not, you’re dying. Which sucks.

Contact Shelly:
For Speaking and Workshop Presentations: Shelley Coriell

Rights Information: Agent Jill Corcoran, The Herman Agency
ARCS/Publicity: Jason Wells, Amulet Books/Abrams

About Chloe Camden

Chloe Camden has a big heart and an even bigger collection of vintage shoes. Life is good…until her best friend turns the entire school against her and her counselor axes her junior independent study project. Forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass her Junior year, Chloe joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t always appreciate her unique style. 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 tackles love, loneliness, and painful life lessons as she gives her big heart to the radio station and the misfits who call it home.  

Praise for Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe
“Debut novelist Coriel shows sparkling wit and great skill in creating complex characters with memorable personalities.” – Publishers Weekly

This debut novel is more than it seems. Tough issues are addressed here, and the information is ladled out deftly.” – VOYA

“An upbeat romance…with a winning personality.” – Kirkus  

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe
Publisher: Amulet Books/Abrams
Age Group: 12 and Up
Pages: 299
Want To Order,  Click Here

And here's a holiday gift for Much Cheaper Than Therapy readers, a free copy of Eat, Read, Love: Romance and Recipes from the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood. This unique literary cookbook pairs recipes with excerpts from the romance novels that inspired them. From YA to suspense to historical to contemporary... Join the members of the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood for some "romancing the stove," and delight in romance and recipes from Shelley Coriell, Darynda Jones, Jeannie Lin, Hope Ramsay, Laurie Kellogg, Kim Law, Amanda Brice, Liz Talley, and more!

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