GCC Author Interview: Jennifer Echols

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This week the Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit welcomes Jennifer Echols, author of Going Too Far (Simon & Schuster/MTV Books)


All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and  forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far… and almost doesn’t make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge—and over…


Taking readers on an unforgettable journey through the lingering effects of loss and the redemptive power of love, Going Too Far will appeal to fans of powerful and poignant teen novels by Deb Caletti and Sarah Dessen.

The interview:

Stacy: If you couldn't be a writer, what would your dream job be?

Jennifer: I also work as a copyeditor. I feel very lucky to have both my #1 and my #2 dream jobs.

Stacy: What's the most surprising thing to happen since publication of your book?

Jennifer: Mega bestselling author Linda Howard took me by the shoulders and told me I was cute.

Stacy: What are you working on now?

Jennifer: During National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org), I started a novel that’s a real departure for me. Mum’s the word on it for now, but I’m so excited about it!

Stacy: Did you have a favorite teacher who encouraged your writing/reading habit?

Jennifer: I had a lot of wonderful teachers, but in particular my ninth grade English teacher made us keep journals. I got in the habit then of writing every day, and I’ve never stopped..

Stacy: What's your favorite kind of chocolate?

Jennifer: It’s Cadbury Creme Egg season, you know. :)

Praise for Going Too Far:

“Naughty in all the best ways, Echols’s Going Too Far is the perfect blend of romance, wit, and rebelliousness.  I loved it!” - Niki Burnham, author of Royally Jacked and Sticky Fingers

 “Jennifer Echols has crafted a brave and powerful story, searingly romantic and daring, yet also full of hilarious moments. Meg’s voice will stay in your head long after the intense conclusion.” - R. A. Nelson, author of Teach Me and Breathe My Name

“Echols is a tremendously talented writer with a real gift for developing relationships between her characters.” - Romantic Times Magazine

“Jennifer Echols deals with the limits of life and shocking everyone in Going Too Far, a novel readers won’t want to put down.” - Teens Read Too

About Jennifer:

Jennifer Echols has written two romantic comedies entitled Major Crush and The Boys Next Door. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Visit her website and her blog, where she is jenniferechols  .



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