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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Guest Post: Shelia M Goss

Today I have a special guest post from Shelia M Goss, author of The Lip Gloss Chronicles! The second book in the series, Splitsville, is in stores now.

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5 Questions with YA Author Shelia M Goss


Shelia Goss gained success writing women’s fiction but decided to take a plunge into the young adult market earlier this year with the popular Urban series - The Lip Gloss Chronicles.


The Lip Gloss Chronicles explores the life of three Sassy, Urban, and Hip high school friends: Britney, Jasmine, and Sierra, who are high on fashion and a magnet for drama. The Ultimate Test was released in June but today she's talking about her newly released YA novel Splitsville – The Lip Gloss Chronicles Vol. 2


Why did you decide to write young adult fiction?


I've actually wanted to write books in the genre since being a teenager and reading Nancy Drew. What prompted me to finally take that plunge was hearing my friends complain about their teens reading adult books.


Why did you choose the subject of divorce for the second book in your Lip Gloss Chronicles series?


I like to write about topics that affect today's teens. I wanted to show the impact divorce has on kids and different ways teens handle divorce. In Splitsville, Jasmine believes she's the reason why her parents are having so many problems. Is Jasmine the reason why they are divorcing? No, of course not, but in her mind, it is. Divorce is scary for kids of all ages.


What other topics are discussed in Splitsville?


Teenagers spend a lot of time on the internet. I decided to show the dangers of improper internet usage by allowing one of the characters to communicate with a stranger they met online. Internet safety is important and bringing awareness to this issue will hopefully make teens and their parents think twice about time spent online and on social networks.


The third book in the series - Paper Thin is scheduled to be out in January 2010. Can you give us an overview of the book?


Paper Thin - The Lip Gloss Chronicles Vol. 3 tackles an important issue of teens and their weight. Sierra is the lead character in this book. I decided to tackle this issue because many teenage girls are struggling trying to look like unrealistic images they see in various forms of the media.


What do you want readers to get from your books?

Although my books are entertaining, I want readers to be conscious about the decisions they make in their lives. I also want readers to know they do not have to bow down to peer pressure. It is okay to be an individual and it’s okay not to be part of a clique.


Splitsville: The Lip Gloss Chronicles Vol. 2 is available in stores or from online outlets such as Amazon.com, BN, etc. To learn more about The Lip Gloss Chronicles series, be sure to visit the site for teens www.thelipglosschronicles.com or the author’s main site: www.sheliagoss.com.


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Thanks Shelia!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for being a part of the Lip Gloss Chronicles tour. Shelia

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