Friday, April 24, 2009

Bloggers of the Week:
Kelly Parra & Tina Ferraro--YA Fresh

YA Fresh, co-hosted by authors Kelly Parra and Tina Ferraro, is booming right now, Tina says. "Kelly and I are blown away by all the hits we're getting, the new readers, and the interview and review requests. And we are very grateful for the nods we are getting from colleagues such as you (and Meg Cabot, to name two) who have directed readers our way."

It's with good reason that YA Fresh gets so much attention. Kelly and Tina's blog is not just about promoting their own books--they make work of regularly talking up books by other authors; they offer a terrific links lists; and their material is of interest to a range of YA fans, readers and writers alike.

Kelly Parra debuted into young adult fiction with her Latina novel Graffiti Girl, which garnered attention as a double nominee for the Romance Writers of America RITA award, a Latinidad YA top pick, as well as chosen for the California High School Reading Collection and National Book Foundation "BookUpNYC" program. Her latest novel Invisible Touch has hailed fresh praise from bestselling author Lauria Faria Stolarz, and given the Gold Award of Excellence from TeensReadToo. Click here to visit her website.

Tina Ferraro is the author of three YA novels, Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, How to Hook a Hottie (a finalist for the RWA RITA for Best YA Novel of 2008), and The ABC's of Kissing Boys. All three of her books have been optioned for film rights. Her fourth book, When Bad Flings Happen to Good Girls, releases summer of 2010. Click here to visit her website.

When did you start blogging on YA Fresh?

TINA: Kelly started YA Fresh on her own in 2006, when she was working on her first YA novel, Graffiti Girl. She asked me, her critique partner of three years, to join in January of the next year.

Why did you choose to do a partner blog rather than one on your own?

KELLY: I felt Tina could add something fresh and different to the blog, as far content and voice. Plus, we knew we worked really well together, and would have fun...

What do you hope to accomplish with YA Fresh?

We hope to bring entertaining reading content to Young Adult readers (of all ages), and to promote the YA genre in general.

What kind of posts will reader find on your blog?

We aim for fresh, fun and friendly. We do interview, reviews, giveaways, and blogs of pop culture teen interests.

Do you have regular features?

Yes, we have What's Fresh interviews, Caption It! contests, and have just started a random book giveaway to blog visitors.

What's your advice to other authors entering the blogosphere?

Our advice would be to keep it high concept and positive. To invite readers to participate in blog topics. And to keep up fresh content.


C.R. Evers said...

Great interview! I heart Tina and Kelly! :0)


yabooknerd said...

I love their blog, plus their both great writers! Keep up the good work ladies!

Janie Emaus said...

I am a regular reader of YA Fresh and am always pleased with the info I learn from these two very talented authors.

Weronika said...

Fabulous interview. :) Thanks for the links--I appreciate them already!

Auntie Flamingo said...

Hi Alice,

Wonderful interview.

On a separate note, Jane Friedman directed me to you. I had a question about children book trailers and she suggested I contact you through your blog because she thought you might be able to help.

Could you email me at or could you blog about some good example of children book trailers? I've looked through YouTube but only found one I thought was good.

Thanks for your time.
Auntie Flamingo

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Okay, I really liked Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress and have recommended it as a non-depressing YA book; now I want to check out Kelly's stuff. Thanks!

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