Monday, May 16, 2016

Blog Tour - Q&A: Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

Hi guys! Today I have a little fun Q&A with Stephanie Perkins, the editor or the upcoming anthology Summer Days and Summer Nights. I'm really excited to pick up a copy just in time for summer ;)

Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie PerkinsSummer Days and Summer Nights
edited by Stephanie Perkins
May 17, 2016
400 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

1. Why did you decide to bring these particular authors together for this anthology?
I reached out to authors who are writing stories that I love. All of them have strong voices and—whether or not they primarily write romance—a kind and romantic heart.

The crazy and fantastic thing is that there are literally dozens of other YA authors who also fit this description. There are so many talented, inspiring writers in this industry! I had to make some tough decisions, and a lot of it just came down to keeping a balance between the genres.
2. How does editing a short story collection compare to writing a full-length novel? Did your process as an author influence your process as an editor?
It’s easier. A lot easier. I only had to come up with original content for 1/12th of the 400 pages! My writing process is slow and generally agonizing, so . . . yeah. It’s just not even close.

But it’s a huge part of the reason why I love to edit. I’m a slow drafter, and I prefer the tinkering, shimmering stages of editing and revising. It’s where a good story becomes great. My nitpicky brain loves working on that level—finding a better word, a tighter theme, a more developed character, a more textured setting. And I absolutely love helping other authors to find their own deeper, truer stories.

I think most authors become a better editor as they become a better writer. I’m the opposite. I started off with stronger editorial skills, and, as they improve, they’re helping me to become a better writer.

But, being an author, I will say that when I’m wearing my editorial hat, I heap a LOT of praise onto the other authors. I leave tons of notes for them in the margins and mark every single passage or phrase that I love. Writing is difficult work, and I always appreciate it when my own editors take the time to mark their favorite bits. Praise also shows me how to revise my work! It teaches me which parts are the good parts! And that’s revising in a nutshell: adding more good parts, removing the bad parts.

3. What is your ideal summer day? Summer night?
My ideal summer day and night are the same—sitting inside my house with my husband and my cat. I love my house. If it were possible, I would never leave it.

Plus, mosquitos really like me. And I sunburn easily.
4. If readers could take away one thing from having read Summer Days And Summer Nights what would you hope it would be?
It always sounds corny, but . . . hope is the hope. No matter what’s going on in your life right now—and as teenagers, so much of your life is out of your own control—it will get better. You’ll get more control, you’ll get to make more choices. Make good choices. Learn from your mistakes. I promise—with every single fiber of my heart—that life gets better. There is always hope.
5. What can we expect to see from you next? Are there any plans of releasing a new full-length novel soon?
My next novel is a teen slasher, which hopefully (if I finish it on time!) will be published next year. I’m having such a blast writing in the horror genre. And it’s honestly not as big of a departure as it seems. There’s still an attractive boy, an intriguing setting, and quippy friends. It just also contains a lot of murder.
Wow am I dying (no pun intended XD) for Ms. Perkins's new book! In the meantime, make sure you pick up a copy of Summer Days and Summer Nights!
Stephanie PerkinsAbout the Editor
Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of the international bestsellers Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, as well as Isla and the Happily Ever After. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories is her first anthology. Stephanie and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina.


  1. I love this interview! That is AWESOME that you got to interview Stephanie Perkins. TOO COOL, Eileen! TOO COOL!

    1. Hahaha thanks Ellen! It's all thanks to the awesome team at Griffin Teen :)

  2. Great interview! I loved My True Love Gave to me and I can't wait for Summer Days & Summer Nights! I'm not the biggest horror fan, but I will definitely be picking up Stephanie's next book!

    1. ME TOO! I even have two copies of My True Love Gave to Me ;)

  3. Stephanie Perkins is the best ♥♥♥ Loved this Eileen! :D

  4. Ooooh Stephanie Perkins is writing a teen slasher?? Now that's intriguing!!

    Great interview Eileen!!

    1. Right?!? When I first read that I was like O.O but hurray because it's gonna be grrreat! <3


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