Title: The Obvious Game
Author: Rita Arens
Release date: February 7th 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
“Everyone trusted me back then. Good old, dependable Diana. Which is why most people didn’t notice at first.”
“Your shirt is yellow.”
“Your eyes are blue.”
“You have to stop running away from your problems.”
“You’re too skinny.”
Fifteen-year-old Diana Keller accidentally begins teaching The Obvious Game to new kid Jesse on his sixteenth birthday. As their relationship deepens, Diana avoids Jesse’s past with her own secrets — which she’ll protect at any cost.
Interview with the Author:
Hello, Rita! Welcome to my blog. To start, will you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m almost 39, I live in Kansas City and I was born in Iowa. I’ve been blogging at Surrender, Dorothy (www.surrenderdorothyblog.com) since 2004. My first book was a parenting anthology called SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK (Chicago Review Press, 2008), and I’m the senior editor for the media site BlogHer.com. I’m married and have an eight-year-old daughter.
Keeping busy, huh? Do you have any writing pet peeves or rituals?
I always write with headphones, even when I’m home alone.
What do you think makes a great story?
Its ability to permeate your consciousness so you’re thinking about it even when you’re not reading it.
Totally agree with you there! And how did you come up with the plot for The Obvious Game?
Scene by scene. I had a broad idea of the message I wanted the book to leave — then I had to figure out what had to happen to leave the reader with that message. It took many, many drafts.
I can imagine. So, what part (if any in particular) was hardest to write?
The beginning. You have to get that right or no agent or editor or reader will give you a chance to have a good ending.
I can vouch for that as a reader, so true! If the beginning is bad, then what can we expect from the rest, right? What is your favorite quote or scene from the book?
I like the scene right at the end of the second act. To give details would be pretty spoilerific.
You heard that, people? Gotta read it and find out which scene is that! Any warning you’d like to give your readers about it? Should we keep a box of kleenex around, for instance? I think I’m going to need it.
Kleenex would probably be good. I don’t say that arrogantly — it’s pretty tough material.
Lastly, do you have any new projects in mind that you’d like to share?
I’m currently working on another contemporary young adult stand-alone novel called THE BIRTHRIGHT OF PARKER CLEAVES.
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About the author:
Rita Arens is the author of The Obvious Game and the editor of the award-winning parenting anthology Sleep Is for the Weak. She writes the popular blog Surrender, Dorothy (www.surrenderdorothyblog.com) and lives in Kansas City with her husband and daughter. The Obvious Game is her first young adult novel. She is at work on a second.
Rita has been a featured speaker at BlogHer 2012, BEA Bloggers Conference 2012, BlogHer Writers 2011, BlogHer 2011, Blissdom 2011, Alt Summit 2010, BlogHer 2010, BlogHer 2008 and BlogHer 2009, the 2008 Kansas City Literary Festival and 2009 Chicks Who Click and appeared on the Walt Bodine Show in 2008.
She’s been quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek, The Associated Press, Forbes Woman, the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek and Businessweek Online and featured in Breathe magazine, Get Your Biz Savvy, The Kansas City Star (archived material available on request), Today Moms (Today Show blog) and Ink KC.
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