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– THE AUTHOR –
About the Author
Interview with Author
Stay in Touch with the Author
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– THE BOOK –
AUTHOR: Sarah Henning
RELEASE DATE: January 7th 2020
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
GENRE (S): Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
SERIES: Stand – Alone
Friday Night Lights meets Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story.
When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she’ll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched… Every. Single. Day.
Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he’ll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland’s halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.
With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who’s got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.
Starts: January 7th 2020
Ends: January 21st 2020
– THE AUTHOR –
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. While in South Florida, Sarah lived and worked through five hurricanes, which gave her an extreme respect for the ocean. When not writing, she runs ultra marathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department.
Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas,which, despite being extremely far from the beach, happens to be pretty cool.
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR
1. What inspired you to write this novel?
I have a background as a sports journalist, which meant many nights covering football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf—you name it, I probably covered it as either a reporter or copy editor on the sports desk. I cut my teeth at papers in Northeastern Pennsylvania and South Florida, both places where high school and college football are king. For a good six or seven years of my life, fall Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, were made up of football of every stripe.
I was years removed from that life when the idea for Throw Like a Girl came to me, while I was on a run, exhausted from staying up late, watching the Kansas City Royals play post-season baseball with a newborn on my lap. I’m not sure if it was the lack of sleep or the endorphins from my run or maybe a combination of both, but I suddenly decided it would be super fun to drop an elite softball player into the world of high school football. Toss in some questionable choices, on-the-field romance, far too many donut references, and Throw Like a Girl was born.
2. In your story, Liv faces a hard time where it seems as though everything is falling apart. What sort of advice would you give to anyone experiencing challenges like Liv faced?
Just keep moving. Liv’s life does fall apart in this book and in many ways, she’s her own worst enemy and she spends much of the book trying to find footing when she’s the one who kicked her own feet out from under her. But she doesn’t sit around and wait for good things to happen—she takes the initiative to find her own path. Her parents might disagree with her decisions, but they can’t disagree with her attempt to move forward and pull herself back onto solid ground.
3. What is your favorite type of genre to write about, and why?
All of them! My first two published books are YA fantasy (Sea Witch and Sea Witch Rising) and my next book, out in July 2020, is also YA fantasy (The Princess Will Save You). However, I have plans to write more contemporaries in the vein of Throw Like a Girl, plus a YA historical western, and more fantasy. I really would rather not be put in a genre box—I realize that makes me harder to market (apologies to my publicists) but I just want to tell good stories, no matter what they are.
4. Are you in any way like your character Liv? In what ways are you alike or different?
I’m very much like Liv in that we’re both “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”-type people. I get up at 4:15 every weekday morning so that I can get in a seven-mile run and then write for 90 minutes before I have to get the kids off to school and get ready for my day job. Because of this schedule, I’m in bed by 9 o’clock and I don’t make tons of plans with friends when I’m in the middle of a draft or on deadline. If Liv were a writer, she’d be the same way. I mean, in the book, she convinces her mom into let her go for a run while she’s grounded because she doesn’t ever want to give a up a chance to train.
Ways we’re different—I definitely did not have Liv’s confidence in high school. She knows herself in a way I did not and wish I did!
5. Create a one sentence tagline that would draw readers into reading your novel.
Actually, Liv’s best friend Addie already has this covered! She truly has some of the best lines in the book. Thanks to her, I’ve got a serious one and a fun one. Ready?
Standing up for yourself doesn’t mean walking away.
Don’t leave the awesome at home.
STAY IN TOUCH WITH SARAH
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