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Courtney Summers

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Courtney Summers is the author of young adult novels including Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, and Cracked Up to Be. She lives and writes in Canada, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she’s not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.

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  • Cracked Up to Be, The Book Trailer

    The book trailer for Courtney Summers's edgy YA novel, Cracked Up to Be, coming January 2009 St. Martin's Press.

  • Some Girls Are, The Book Trailer

    The book trailer for author of CRACKED UP TO BE Courtney Summers' edgy, sophomore YA novel, SOME GIRLS ARE.

  • This is Not A Test - Courtney Summers

    Watch this video book trailer for This Is Not a Test, the new novel by Courtney Summers

  • What Goes Around by Courtney Summers (Book Trailer)

    Watch this video trailer for What Goes Around, the new collection by Courtney Summers.

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What was your favorite book as a young adult?
One book really stands out:  Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.  I was crazy about it when I was a young adult.  I suspect this is because I loved dinosaurs and you can NEVER go wrong with dinosaurs.

Who are some of your influences outside of writing, in movies, art, or music?
In movies:  anything directed by George A. Romero (except I don't think I'm influenced by his work so much as weirdly inspired by it).  Art:  Yousuf Karsh.  His portraits are incredibly direct and have such depth about them, which are the same things I strive for in writing.  Music is a total influence--I love songs without pretense, songs that aren't afraid to say it (whatever 'it' happens to be--I'm a big fan of being direct!).  Artists like Tegan & Sara, The Tragically Hip, Britney Spears, Ani Difranco, Duffy, Elliott Smith, Matthew Good, Lily Allen, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Roy Orbison...

What elements of your own high school experience went into the portrayal of St. Peter's in CRACKED UP TO BE?
There are certain dynamics that go on in separate schools that are absolutely fascinating.  Like Parker, I also went to Catholic school--both elementary and high school--for the traditional portion of my education, and I found the politics, personalities and social hierarchies there influenced in subtle, overt and unexpected ways by the religion surrounding them.  It was important to me to try to thread that element of my own experiences into CRACKED UP TO BE.

CRACKED UP TO BE is your first published novel.  What have you learned in the process of getting published?
That everyone wants the same thing--for the novel to be the best it can be.  That, as the writer, you're trusted with that responsibility, and as the writer you have to trust others with that responsibility (from all stages of editing, to the cover design and so on).  I think I've learned to listen and ask questions in ways I hadn't previously, which--I like to think!--has made me grow as a writer.

You're a pretty active blogger--why do you blog versus, say, write in a journal?
I'd hesitate to say I keep a blog at the expense of having a journal, as the two serve such different purposes in my mind--but basically, I blog because I love it.  I love writing blog entries, reading blogs, giving comments and receiving them, the sense of community.  Blogging rocks!  I have a lot of fun with it.

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

All the Rage

Courtney Summers

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the...

Available 04/14/2015Pre-Order

What Goes Around

Courtney Summers

Two girls. Two secrets. Two gritty, critically acclaimed novels in one. For Parker, perfection is all that matters. No one will know how wrong she is inside if everything she does ends up...

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This Is Not a Test

Courtney Summers

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One...

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Fall for Anything

Courtney Summers

From the author of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are comes a gripping story about one girl’s search for clues into the mysterious death of her father. When...

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