How adorable is the cover of Romeo & What's Her Name! Sooo cute. We invited Shani over to chat her cute little romance novel and what it's like to be a Swoon Reads alumni.
Describe your main characters in 5 words or less.
Loyal, quirky, friendly, love-struck, and impulsive.
Give us the 411 on your high school Shakespeare experience.
We read some Shakespeare in school, but I actually did more of it away from the classroom. I took part in my town’s Shakespeare in the Park a few years, and did some Shakespeare in acting workshops. Fortunately, I didn’t have my main character’s experience of messing up the performance—although that did happen to me with a French poetry recitation contest that I took part in (and that experience still makes me cringe—and laugh!).
How was the Swoon Reads process for you?
The whole Swoon Reads process was really amazing. I’m so glad that I decided to put my book on the website. The people—the staff, the authors, the community—have been so warm and encouraging. It’s a really special imprint. Although there were some edge-of-my-seat moments too—like waiting to find out if my book was selected and which cover would win.
What was your reaction to the cover choice? It's super cute!
I was really happy when this cover won! I think it really matches the tone of the book—and is a perfect fit. All throughout the voting, I was constantly hitting refresh on my website browser to see which cover was in the lead. When I got the official word that this cover won, I was very excited.
What's your favorite swoon-worthy scene in the book?
I am a huge romantic comedy fan. And while I know it’s all about the journey, as a true rom-com lover, I can’t help but be partial to the very end where (in keeping with the genre), the main character hopefully gets her happily ever after.
by Shani Petroff
Published: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Understudies never get to perform
. . . which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly "Evening with Shakespeare" is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:
a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda, aka the "real" Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there's no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.
Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She's the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of Ash. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of ROMEO & WHAT’S HER NAME, US Only.
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