Happy Friday! Welcome to the blog tour for Surviving Adam Meade, one of my favorite books of 2018. Today I'm interviewing the author, and I've got a giveaway for you at the bottom of the post!
Be sure to check out the full tour schedule, posted HERE!
Meet Shannon Klare!
Alyssa: Hi Shannon! Let me start by saying that I am huge fan of your book! I'm actually rereading it now. Tell me how this book's idea came to be!
Shannon: Yay!!! So glad you liked it. 😊 Surviving Adam Meade was inspired by my high school, family, and life experiences. Growing up, my dad worked a job where he was transferred quite a bit. When I was a teenager, he was transferred to a small town near Lubbock, TX. The town was exactly like Pader. Tiny. Everyone was born and raised there. Football was huge.
After making great friends, I grew to love the town and the people. So, when I started writing Surviving Adam Meade, I knew I wanted to incorporate those elements and I knew I wanted Claire to have the same experiences. The story developed from there, but I added events from my college years as well. It’s kind of a modge-podge of life experiences.
Alyssa: Were there specific reasons why you chose the character names that you did? Claire Collins, Adam Meade, etc.
Shannon: Claire’s name was actually the easiest name I’ve ever chose! Claire comes from my last name, Klare. Collins was just a random name I found online under common last names. When I was naming Adam, I knew I wanted his name to start with an A because my husband’s name starts with an A. I was also watching The Voice a lot at the time, so Adam’s name came about from Adam Lavigne.
Alyssa: What was something challenging about writing Surviving Adam Meade?
Shannon: Creating the characters and writing the actual story was pretty simple. The challenging part came in the editing process when I realized the characters I thought I knew were actually more complicated than I realized. Making sure I got their complexity across, in a way that did them justice, was challenging.
Alyssa: What’s your favorite line or scene from this book? With as little spoiler-y content as possible, of course!
Shannon: My favorite scene would either be the one in Tate’s barn or the paint race. I’m inclined to say the barn scene because we really did that in high school. I might have added and adjusted the events to accommodate the story, but the people who were there with me will recognize that scene.
Alyssa: I loooved the scene in Tate's barn. What are some other swoony YA contemporary romance novels that you would recommend to readers of Surviving Adam Meade?
Shannon: A Walk to Remember (even if you’ve seen the movie), To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Dumplin’, I Believe In A Thing Called Love.
Alyssa: Do you have plans for writing more books in this world? Direct sequel, or maybe a companion novel?
Shannon: Not currently, but I would love to one day write a story for Riley and Tate. I think their love story would be fun to tell!
Alyssa: I'd be down. Thank you so much for joining me, Shannon! Best of luck with future projects. =)
Shannon: Thank you!
About the Author:
Shannon Klare is a southern housewife, born and raised in Texas. When she isn’t writing or daydreaming new plots, Shannon is a reality TV fanatic and movie connoisseur. Surviving Adam Meade is her debut novel.
About the Book:
Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Summary (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire—Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.
Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants… until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist…
With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.