I’m really happy to be a part of the American Honey blog tour today. It sounds like a really fun NA story, plus music plays a huge role in the book, so really, it’s a winner for me and I haven’t even read American Honey yet!
Nancy has kindly written a guest post for me to share with you all, so here are her fun facts about American Honey!
“In my new novel, American Honey, recent high school graduate Olivia “Ollie” McKenna leaves her small town roots in Summerville, Georgia, to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. With her best friend and older sister in tow, wholesome Ollie travels to the big city to compete in singing contest Atlanta Idol where she meets nineteen-year-old Jack Bradley, a fellow country singer who quickly becomes a close friend. The connection between them is magnetic and an opportunity to sing together could change their lives forever.
Here are some fun facts about the process of writing and publishing this book and about the book itself. Enjoy!
- I started working on this story after watching the season ten finale of reality singing competition show American Idol in May 2011.American Honey was published in January 2014.
- The book’s title comes from a song of the same name by Lady Antebellum, a hugely popular country music trio.
- The fictional Atlanta Idol competition is a local, non-televised version of American Idol. I’ve been a regular viewer of American Idolsince its first season.
- Last summer, I visited Atlanta and Nashville. I especially enjoyed seeing the Fox Theatre where the Atlanta Idol competition takes place in the book.
- I designed the cover myself, including the back cover for the paperback version. There were many, many different versions of the cover, but nothing was quite right until I found the blue jeans background. Then, I designed the hearts with the guitar, added the boots and microphone, and fell in love.
- In the first draft of the manuscript, Ollie’s name was Larraine, and her nickname was Raine. After reading the draft several times, I decided that the name didn’t really suit her. It was boring. I like Ollie because it reminds me of country music legend Dolly Parton’s name. Dolly often sang duets with Kenny Rogers. So, the name Ollie made much more sense to me. It all clicked.
- Originally, Ollie was seventeen years old. I changed her age to eighteen-going-on-nineteen for labeling purposes. I worried that at seventeen-going-on-eighteen, the line between young adult fiction and new adult fiction was too blurry. I wanted to be sure the book would be categorized as new adult fiction.
- American Honey was published by Bloomwood Books, which is my own publishing company. I named it after Becky Bloomwood, one of the most popular characters in the chick lit genre.”
“After graduating high school, Olivia “Ollie” McKenna leaves her small town roots in Summerville, Georgia, to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. With her best friend and older sister in tow, wholesome Ollie travels to the big city to compete in singing contest Atlanta Idol. There she meets nineteen-year-old Jack Bradley, a fellow country singer who quickly becomes a close friend. The connection between them is magnetic and an opportunity to sing together could change their lives forever. But what about Ollie’s mama’s fear of the music business? She’s been burned by the lures of the bright lights before and doesn’t want Ollie anywhere near that world. And Ollie’s growing feelings for Jack as more than just a pal could ruin everything. Despite her own doubts, Ollie is determined to win. Can she make her dream come true or will she return to her hometown empty-handed and brokenhearted?”
About the Author
Nancy Scrofano is the author of True Love Way and Cupid On Deck, as well as short stories in the Sunlounger and Merry & Bright anthologies. She lives in southern California where she is at work on her next novel. For more information about Nancy, please visit www.nancyscrofano.com.