Hello Readers! Welcome to our stop during the Gutter Girl by Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount blog tour, presented by Entangled Teen!
We have both Lynn and Kelly on the blog today for a quick Q&A!
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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
From Kelly Anne: Hi! Thank you so much for having us back on your blog! We are so excited to be here and to have the chance to talk to you about GUTTER GIRL and the TWIN RIVER HIGH Series!
From Lynn: Thank you so much for having us! We are so stoked to be celebrating the first release of the highly anticipated Twin River High series. We’re excited to share all these awesome characters with you guys!!
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Authors: A reclusive Goth Girl surprisingly jumps into the limelight to the aid of a popular jock with a secret & finds love in the most unexpected way.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
Authors: Lynn and I came up with a number of ideas for the Twin River High books. GUTTER GIRL was one of our favorite ideas because it involved a writer (we love writers, lol!) with a secret, a girl with a tumultuous homelife, and a love story that brings back all of the first love feels!
Tell us about the main character(s).
From Kelly Anne: McKenna Storm has been hands down one of my favorite characters to write! She’s hilarious and blunt, but the only person who knows that is her best friend Ernie. Readers quickly learn that McKenna has been through a lot of emotional turmoil in her life and due to that, she rarely lets anyone get to know the real McKenna Storm. She has dreams and plans for her future, but she can count the people who know about them on one finger. Lastly, and one of my most favorite aspects of McKenna is that she has a dry sense of humor. She is hilarious in a blunt and I-don’t-give-a-crap sorta way!
From Lynn: Jace is a burly football player with a secret. He’s been hiding it from everyone because of the guff he’d get if anyone found out he wrote kissing books (#IsThisAKissingBook). We see a bit of the guff he’d get when super heroine, McKenna Storm, comes in to help him out. Busting through the stereotypes is real, isn’t it?
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
From Kelly Anne: I have so many! But one of them is when McKenna and Jace are texting and he’s trying to bribe her into reading KOS. She’s getting frustrated with him and finally texts him and says, “You’re killing me, Swords.” Once you’re into the book and you get to know The Kingdom, this will all make sense! LOL!
From Lynn: I like this line in the story:
She arched an eyebrow and gave me a sarcastic grin. “If I say yes, are you going to pull out your sword?”
McKenna is so sarcastic and witty, I laughed out loud a ton with this story!
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
From Kelly Anne: There are a lot of intense emotional scenes between McKenna and her mom. These scenes also spill out into the halls of Twin River High. McKenna is an especially strong character, but everyone has their breaking point. I’m really proud of McKenna and how she handles these moments. She is an incredible girl!
From Lynn: Portraying the struggles McKenna’s mom was facing, which meant McKenna was also facing, were mentally tough. The struggle is real, and then you throw the elements of high school (bullying, stereotypes, etc)… Those parts were emotionally difficult to write.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
From Kelly: Yes! We have the first three Twin River High books coming out this month (May 2021) as well as CROSSING THE LINE, which is the spin-off sequel to IN THE PENALTY BOX! There are so many amazing characters and we can’t wait to share their stories with you!
From Lynn: Kelly and I are super stoked to have more books coming out together, both through Entangled Publishing and Crazy Maple Studio. Personally, I also have a solo project coming out with Crazy Maple Studio (KISS APP), called Limitless, which should be releasing this summer.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
From Kelly: Thank you again for having us and cheering us on as we continue our publishing journey! We appreciate you and can’t wait to talk to you again! 🙂
From Lynn: Thank you so much, Chapter by Chapter, for supporting us and our new releases. We’re thankful for you, and we’re having a blast on the virtual tour!
Star football player Jace Rovers has a secret. And not just any secret—a shocking secret… He writes romance. The kind with swords. And dresses. And kissing.
Nobody knows. Not the other kids at Twin River High. Not his overbearing parents. And certainly not the millions of fans who’ve read his book on the writing platform Scribbles. And that’s the way he plans to keep it.
Except suddenly one of the other football players grabs his notebook in jest and starts reading a kissing scene out loud…and Jace knows he’s busted.
But then McKenna Storm, resident goth girl who avoids the spotlight like a virus, snatches up the notebook and tells everyone she’s the author. And lucky for Jace, she later agrees to continue the ruse…for a price.
Heck, he’d give her anything not to reveal his secret. But when they start to fall for each other, he knows he’ll have to keep the biggest secret of all—his darkest character is based on her…
Gutter Girl by Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount
Publication Date: May 10, 2021
Publisher: Entangled Teen
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Lynn Rush, is a full-time writer, wife, and trail runner living in the Sonoran Desert, despite her fear of rattle snakes. Known as #TheRunningWriter, Lynn can’t resist posting epic sunrise pictures while running in the desert with her trail sisters, even if she has to occasionally hop a scorpion.
When she’s not running or writing, she’s watching movies that fuel her everlasting love of superheroes, vampires, and all things Supernatural. The books she reads usually carry the same theme, but this former college athlete loves reading sweet sports romances as well. She’s madly in love with her Ironman husband of 20+ years who is the inspiration for what true love is. You can find her on social media as @LynnRushWrites
KELLY ANNE BLOUNT is a USA Today bestselling author of young adult novels. When she’s not writing, she’s probably lost in a book, watching Twilight, snuggling her five furry rescues, or having an adventure with her handsome husband and their darling daughter. After living in a palace in Scotland, across from the Caribbean Sea, and in the snowy land of Wisconsin, Kelly and her family reside in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Kelly loves connecting with readers on social media! Stop by and say, “Hi!” or ask a question. You can find her everywhere @KellyAnneBlount.