Friday, April 1, 2011

JERSEY TOMATOES ARE THE BEST Blog Tour & Fool for Books Blog Hop Giveaway





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Please Welcome Maria Padian, She is the Author of Jersey Tomatoes Are The Best.
She was kind enough to answer a few questions for Cleverly Inked.

Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best stars a tennis player and a ballet dancer.  Do you play tennis and dance, or did you have to do a lot of research in order to write this book?

I absolutely love tennis and have played since I was in third grade.  It’s funny, I’ve never thought of myself as a “jock,” but in my first two novels, as well as the one I’m writing now, the main characters are athletes.  It’s easy for me to engage imaginatively in a sports scene, especially if it’s a sport I’ve played, like tennis or soccer.

Now ballet … that’s another story!  I can barely touch my toes or move my feet to music, so … no.  I don’t dance.  I relied heavily on interviews, books, videos, web resources, you name it, to write the ballet sections of the book.  Luckily, I’m a big ballet fan, so it was a real labor of love.

What got you started writing YA?

It wasn’t intentional!  For me, stories begin with a character, and I just heard the voice of a 14-year old, telling me her story, in my first book, Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress.  I think it helped that my kids are teens right now, so that world is part of my everyday.

I also adore YA books.  If you asked me to list my favorite books of all time, I think most of my list would come from my teen-reading days.  Those books imprinted on me:  The Witch of Blackbird Pond;  Johnny Treman; Escape From Warsaw. 

Tell us about the book trailer for Jersey Tomatoes.  How was it produced and who are the actors?

I’m so proud of the trailer because it’s a real “young adult” production!  The filmmaker, Jasper Lowe, is a teen in my town who’s won all sorts of awards for his films, and even started his own production company. 

The girls are also friends from town, and they look exactly as I imagined the main characters from the book.  Lucy Morrell, the tennis player, is a strikingly beautiful extremely athletic girl, while Mackenzie Bowerman, the dancer, is fair and petite and gives a real sense of fragility.  I think they bring the main characters, Henry and Eva, to life in the trailer.

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Laura said...

Please enter me. I am a follower.
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Melissa said...

Please enter me.

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Bethie said...

Living in NJ I have to agree that we do have the best tomatoes!

I follow on GFC

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Jen said...

I would like to enter.

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Connie Black said...

Looks like a great read, thanks for the chance.
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melissasmeanderings said...

Please enetr me...I am a GFC follower

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Deborah A. said...

Great giveaway! Thank you. I am a follower.

Jen R said...

new follower

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Carina L. Tai said...

This book looks like a fun read :)
thanks so much!I'm a GFC follower: Carina L. Tai.

~The Book Pixie said...

I have really been wanting to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway. :D

I'm a GFC Follower.


Me My Shelf And I said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lisa said...

I love this hop and I follow under Lisa my usual email is lisapeters at yahoo dot com. Thanks

OUR CLAN said...

This is great, thanks for the chance to win a book, I love books!!

mfay2 said...

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Alyssa said...

Please enter me

redi2adopt said...

would love to win, im a us gfc follower :-) heinzmom at hotmail dot com

evrythngzen said...

Please enter me...I just found your blog. I love it!!!

Lexie@BookBug said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

Thank you! :)


Andrea I said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Bo0kJunki3 said...

I'm in. Bo0kJunki3

nicolesender said...

I'd love to win this book. Please enter me!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Sounds like fun!
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as always ♥ Carol said...

GFC follower =D
thanks for giveaway chance

as always ♥, Carol

Lyddz said...

Thank you for this giveaway!

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Michele L said...

Thanks for the chance to win

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Mona said...

I've been wanting to read this -- thanks for the chance.


Erin said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

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Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

Great interview! I just love the title, it's so catchy! And also, I love how the book is about sports, I love sports myself and i'm glad to see more books about it! (please don't enter me, I'm from canada xD)

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Ohh, great contest and interview! Please enter me, and thank you.

And I wanted to say I was actually a "Jersey girl" until I moved in third grade, haha. I guess that was too young to develop my "Jersey girl attitude," hm? ;)


Jennifer said...

Awesome giveaway. I've not heard of this book before. Shame on me right? It sounds like a really good read. Count me in.
Old follower
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Maria said...

Thanks for the giveaway! i am a GFC follower.

darkangel_1988 said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards

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mamabunny13 said...

Thanks for the giveaway
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ruthhill74 said...

gfc follower

Devony said...

GFC follower Devony

Ramblings of a Part time Druid said...

Would love a chance to win.
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AimeeKay said...

Thanks for the giveaway
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Sarah said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Librarianne said...

I'm following... whipanne whipanne at yahoo dot com THANKS!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

This looks adorable!! Thank you!!

i'm a follower :)

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kallosmango123 said...

I'm a follower.

Katie said...

thanks for the giveaway and great interview. I always enjoying learning something new about authors


i am a gfc follower (Katie)

Barrie said...

Great interview and I love the book trailer!

JHS. said...

GFC follower.


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Tore said...

Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

IandSsmom said...

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hedgerhousehold said...

Follow on GFC
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Cindy said...

Would love to win this book
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AEKZ2 said...

I'd love to win this!
GFC follower.

Chris said...

Fabulous giveaway, I am a follower in GFC

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Lisa - Bookworm Lisa said...

i'm a gfc follwer

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Janelle said...

Longtime GFC follower!
Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!
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xxsquigglesxx said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


tetewa said...

I'm a follower, count me in!

Linda Henderson said...

Thank you for the great giveaway.

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lulilut said...

I enjoyed the book trailer, it was interesting that it was producence by young adults for the YA reading communinity. Thanks for posting it and for the giveaway.
I am a follower.
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Annie McElfresh said...

New GFC follower

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Anita Yancey said...

I follow on GFC as Anita Yancey. Love to read the book. Please enter me. Thanks!


Belle Découverte said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I'm a GFC follower as Belle Découverte.



maryjaco1 said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
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Book Sp(l)ot said...

I've heard such great things about this book!

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Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! I already follow via GFC (Bornajhawk). That is so cool that the author had a "local teen" produce the book trailer!


Crystal ♥ said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Library Lady said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I'm a follower (Library Lady).
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Samantha Cheng said...

New follower!!! ^_^ Thanks for the giveaway :D


missrantsypants said...

I follow.

Mary said...

Following GFC. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Allie said...

I'm a GFC follower.


Blueicegal ♥ said...

Not an entry, just wanted to stop by and say hiii Liz! Since it has been like forever. Feels like that anyway. Hope all is going great :)