Mundie Girl tours (formerly known as Mundie Moms blog tours) is hosting the Fault Line by Christa Desir blog tour. The tour will run from October 7th-18th.
So this is a picture of me being a teenager.
Which, yeah. Was a while ago. When my friend Carrie saw this picture, she said, “Laura Ingalls Wilder called and she’d like her frock back.” Ha. My favorite part of this picture is the socks and Birkenstocks. Because yes, even though it was the 90’s, I was a huge hippie. Apparently.
I did not have a cell phone or FB or Twitter or any of the things teens have now. I read poetry and drank coffee and talked about “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” This probably makes you wonder how I manage to pull off writing anything realistic about contemporary teenage life. My kids, after all, are all under the age of 11.
Which is why I’ve started collecting teenagers. I joke that I’m “collecting” them, but what I’m really doing is sort of building a small group of very different teenagers who will answer any questions that I have and read my books to flag anything that stands out as VERY OBVIOUSLY non-teenager-ish. Because I write my books for teens and it’s really important that I get stuff right. Not everyone does this, but for me, it’s an essential part of the process. It isn’t that I’m completely out of touch, it’s just that things change so quickly and I don’t want teens pulled out of a story because of some anachronism. And I write contemporary realistic YA so I can’t break rules by putting teens in spacesuits or whatever.
I love my teen betas because they will answer any question that I have at practically any time of the day. Seriously. I’m not sure when any of them sleep. And I’m very certain that any high school’s “no cell phone” policy is pretty much crap since school hours aren’t a deterrent to answering questions (guys or girls).
So I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite text questions I asked my teen betas recently:
Me: I call them Chucks. Are they Chuck Taylors or just gym shoes or what?
Teen Betas: Do you mean Converse? They’re Converse. And most people don’t wear them.
Me: Do you know what Grey Gardens is?
Teen Betas: No.
Me: Drew Barrymore was in that HBO movie about them. It’s these hoarding women who were related to Jackie Kennedy.
Teen Betas: No. Still no. And isn’t Jackie Kennedy dead? Use Hoarders.
Me: You know who Beevis and Butthead are, right?
Teen Betas: Kind of. But they’re sort of old.
Me: Ren and Stimpy?
Teen Betas: Try again.
Me: Lenny and Squiggy?
Teen Betas: Who? Are you for real?
Me: I don’t know. Who are two knuckleheads that every teen would know?
Teen Betas: Phineas and Ferb.
Me: Do you still call them Chinos?
Teen Betas: What are Chinos?
Me: Black pants. I guess that answers my question. What do you call them?
Teen Betas: Black pants.
So as you can see, my teen betas are invaluable to me on many fronts. And yes, I could probably look all these things up, but it’s just so much easier to text and get immediate responses from several people. Plus, I sort of think my teens like being my go-to people. And I know they love seeing their names in my acknowledgments. 🙂
About the Book
Title: Fault Line
Author: Christa Desir
Publish Date: October 15th 2013 by SimonPulse
Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.
But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.
Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?
Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves.
I’m a YA author who loves dark contemporary books. My debut novel FAULT LINE comes out from SimonPulse October 1, 2013. My second novel BLEED LIKE ME will be released from SimonPulse in Fall 2014.
I am also a feminist, rape victim activist, and romance novel editor. I live outside of Chicago with my awesome husband and our three small children.
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