February 17th, 2008

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Paula Chase!


Don't Get It Twisted

“So, wait…this writing thing actually doesn’t get easier?” author Paula Chase asks. “If I’d known that I would have taken up a much easier profession like shark wrestling.” And compared to living in the minds of a clique of six teenagers, shark wrestling really may be easier.

In, Don’t Get It Twisted, the sequel to her debut, So Not The Drama, Chase gives readers a peek into the Del Rio Bay clique’s foray into dating, while also dipping her toe into the issue of student athletics and cheating. Using humor and earnest insight, Chase continues the story of Mina Mooney and her mixed bag of friends.

Don’t Get It Twisted [Kensington Books/Dafina for Young Readers] finds Mina scheming to go on a date with her crush, Craig, to The Frenzy, a coveted party thrown by the school’s football team. As she draws her friends into the plans, a newcomer throws an unexpected monkey wrench into her blossoming relationship with Craig.

The same newcomer has JZ sweating his spot on the Varsity basketball team and soon, both Mina and JZ are on the ‘by any means necessary’ road to trouble.

Don’t Get It Twisted is about the consequences and repercussions of the choices we make when we set out to get the things we really want.

Jenn: Do you write full-time?

Paula: I do PR for a small city government's transportation department. I've got to use my PR skills to promote my book - so it comes in handy often.

Some days it's hard to switch, but not because I take my work home with me. Once I leave my FTJ, it's off my mind. It's hard to switch simply because I've already put in a long day and one part of my brain is saying - Hey it's time to download. While another is like - Ummm...not yet, we have some writing to do.

I'd love to be writing full-time within the next three years, I'm willing to push it to five.

I've been writing for five years now. So I'm getting antsy wanting it to happen NOW. But I realize it's a slow process (as is publishing) and that I've got to keep putting out the product and hope to keep some level of consistent income from books and writing.

Jenn: Where do you write?

Paula: Most times I write in my office. But sometimes, especially when I'm in the middle of a book under contract, I'll write in the kitchen amid my family. It's not the ideal writing situation, but I do it on days I simply don't feel like staying up late. It's my way of compromising.

Jenn: What makes you happiest about writing?

Paula: When the story flows like a bubbling brook! I love those times.

Jenn: Give us a run-down on all your books. How do you see this new book fitting into the work you’ve produced so far?

Paula: This is only my second and it's part of a series - so it definitely complements my first book. Right now, my series is taking readers through little vignettes of the clique's lives from freshman to senior year. Don't Get It Twisted is the second half of their freshman year. I actually just finished writing the fourth book in the series - and it's amazing to see how my characters have grown.

I'm the one facilitating that growth and it's still amazing!
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