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Today we have the beautiful author Jennifer E. Smith with us! You may know her for her novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, if you haven't checked out her books, you really should! You can check out her books on amazon here or goodreads here.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm the author of four young adult novels (and one middle grade!), and I'm also an editor. So I spend a whole lot of time either reading or writing, which is, in my opinion, one of the very best ways to spend a whole lot of time.

Where did your inspiration for your newest novel This is What Happy Looks Like come from?

It all starts when an email goes astray, connecting two teens from opposite ends of the country. Because my name is fairly common, this tends to happen to me a lot -- where someone misses a letter or mixes something up or knows two people with the same name and mistakenly sends something to the wrong addresses -- and so I started to think about what might happen if, rather than just deleting it, the other person actually wrote back, striking up a conversation. It seemed like an interesting place to start a love story...

How does the romance between Hadley and Oliver from the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, differ from the romance between Graham and Ellie from This is What Happy Looks Like?

Oliver and Hadley are two people who come into each other's lives at just the right moment, but with them, it's this short, concentrated period of time. For Ellie and Graham, there's more of a chance to get to know each other, though of course, there are all these secrets between them. I'd say that the biggest difference is that Ellie and Graham have a lot of external obstacles to deal with, whereas Hadley and Oliver's struggles are much more internal.

Do you have a favorite quote from This is What Happy Looks Like? If yes what is it?

I guess my favorite moment is probably when Graham finally makes it to Ellie's house after figuring out that she's the one he's been writing all this time, and the chapter ends with this line: “But from where he was standing, he could see her perfectly: the wavy red hair and the oversize T-shirt with a smiling lobster on the front, the way her legs were tucked up beneath her on the swing, and the freckles across her nose. He could see her, and it was just like he’d thought. It was just like being punched in the stomach.”
What can readers expect from your upcoming novel The Geography of Us?

It's another love story that deals with themes of fate and timing and chance, only this one begins during a major blackout in New York City, and then follows the two main characters around the world as they try to figure out their feelings about each other.



Thank you so much for being apart of the event Jennifer! Jennifer was kind enough to donate the prize package shown below for a giveaway for you guys! Check out below for info on the books and how to enter the giveaway!

 What's up for grabs?
  • Signed paperback of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • Signed paperback of The Comeback Season
  • 3 quote magnets
Giveaway Details
  • Giveaway is international
  • Giveaway will end August 31st
  • Must be an adult, or have parents permission to enter giveaway
  • Must fill out form to enter
 Want to know more about the books up for giveaway?
Click the covers to open a new window to their goodreads pages!


Fill out the form below to enter!




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29 comments:

Jessie Harrell said...

I LOVED This is What Happy Looks Like. Such a great, sweet summer read! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

Rosa de Medianoche said...

Hello!!
Thanks so much for the giveaway!! ^^
Kisses.

Luisa Freiheit said...

I didn't know she as also an editor, cool! The new book also sounds awesome :D
Luisa G. Oliveira

miki said...

i do want to read This is what happy looks like!
thank you for the giveaway

Tammy said...

I haven't read these books yet but I have heard so many good things about them. I have to make sure they are on my tbr pile.

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

The Shadow Realm said...

I love all this woman's books. And The Geography of You and Me sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

~ Yvonne

Book Crook Liza said...

I loved both The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight and This Is What Happy Looks Like! Jennifer E Smith is amazing! Great interview! :)

Liza @ Book Crook Liza

Alyssa said...

OMG! I love all Jennifer's books! Hope I'll win this giveaway.

Christina Fiorelli said...

Christina Kit. in the form

LOVE LOVE LOVE This Is What Happy Looks Like - and Jennifer E. Smith is right, even though they get to know each other over email, it's like they talk about all the important stuff, and they can really be themselves:)

Her storytelling has a lyrical, magical quality to it which you don't find often and is perfect for the characters and the romance:)

Thank you so very much:)

I tweeted too from @christinafiorio Here's the link: https://twitter.com/christinafiorio/status/368792007772102656

Darith L. said...

Thank you! I really want to read Statistical! It sounds really good, the fact that it's taken place at the airport. :D

Gisele said...

I'm sooooooooooooo excited for The Geography of Us!! I loveee her books! :D
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/Gisselle_Alv/status/368930261863383041

melannie (: said...

I love all her coordinated covers, and TGoYaM sounds completely awesome, lovely interview and thanks for the chance to win :)

Martina Koleva said...

I already have This is What Happy Looks Like but I haven't started reading it yet. I'm really excited about it though and very soon I'll start the book. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and for making it international!

karin said...

thanks for the lovely giveaway

Caroline Bbooklbook said...

I absolutely love that line in the book. Definitely a stomach full of butterflies, fist pump moment!
I adore Jennifer's books ( I even created this What Happy Looks Like inspired baking post-http://www.bigbooklittlebook.com/2013/07/novel-nibbles-what-happy-looks-like-pies/) and I can't wait for the next one. I'm going to stalk Goodreads now for more information.

Laura Camaleón said...

I need "This is what happy look like". I love this writer :D ¡Thanks for the giveaway!

Alexa Ale said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Francielle said...

I wanna win this one sooo much! *-*
Is an awesome giveaway, thanks for it! : )

Fran
http://www.theserialreader.com/

Loraine said...

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! This is awesome.

Mary Preston said...

I enjoyed the post thank you & so very generous.

Maryam said...

OMG I really want to win this!

caroline.taylor078 said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I love how all her covers are matching even though they are stand alones!

Caitlin McCully said...

Thanks For the giveaway. Jennifer's book look really interesting

Dinky said...

Amazing giveaway, thank you so much!! :)

Alice said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! :D

Say Yap said...

Great giveaway! Thank so much for the chance.Hope I win.♥

Cohlina said...

I'd like to win this! I love Jennifer E. Smith! :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway! ;D

Hellowoom said...

Awesome giveaway! thank you so much :)

Ashfa said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway!