22 Aug 2016

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Been Here All Along
Sandy Hall
Publication date: August 30th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.
Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…


Hi Sandy! What inspired you to write your latest book?
It was actually inspired by my editor Holly. We were discussing what my third book should be about and I asked her, honestly, what was on her manuscript wish list. She had the most fantastic answer.
She explained that there was this fan made video of “You Belong with Me” by Taylor Swift featuring two boys and that what she really wanted was a book inspired by it. We all scampered into an office to watch the video and I was SOLD. This was exactly the kind of story I wanted to tell. It strayed a lot from the song/video but it was a really great jumping off point.

Is it part of a series?


If your latest book was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
I imagine Gideon as a young Ben Savage, like Boy Meets World Ben Savage. And Ruby is America Ferrera from Real Women Have Curves. Kyle is tough. He sort of morphs between a young Chord Overstreet and this kid I went to high school with. I think the moral here is that I’m not familiar enough with today’s young Hollywood actors to cast this movie. We’d have to travel back in time.

What made you want to become an author?
I’ve always liked the ~idea~ of being an author but it always seemed liked something other people do. I remember reading books in high school and thinking “Man, this would be so much fun to write.” But then in college I actually failed writing freshmen year so I figured it was off the table for me. I got my MLIS and a children’s library and then a teen librarian. It became more and more apparent to me that I really wanted to try my hand at writing. I wrote a LOT of fanfiction, but eventually I came up with an idea for a YA novel.

Name one of your all-time favourite book covers?

I feel like this is something that changes a lot. But I’m most recently taken with the paperback cover of THE START OF YOU AND ME by Emery Lord. I just really love the pastels on there.

Name one book that made you think 'wow'? Why did it have such an effect on you?
Back when I was just getting used to the idea that I wanted to write a book, I read ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell. When I finished it, I put it down and thought “Wow, I want to write books that make people feel the way this one made me feel.” I just really loved the writing and the feel of the story.

Who, or what, inspires you?

Just about anything! I find inspiration in the weirdest places sometimes. I always tell people that my car is my muse though because it’s where I often have my true eureka moments.

Where is your favourite place to write?
Pretty much any and all libraries. I have an office at home but nine times out of ten, I want to go write in a library to avoid distractions.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
I am a HUGE fan of the Winona Ryder version of LITTLE WOMEN. I just love it. I could watch it over and over again. And I do.

Who is your favourite author (s) and why?
Rainbow Rowell hands down. I’ve loved every single one of her books and I’m always thirsty for more.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Let’s go with childhood favorites because they are really the authors that shaped as a reader, a writer, and a librarian. Cynthia Voigt, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Ellen Conford.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I am terrified of birds.

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.

I live in an area of New Jersey with lots of Revolutionary War connections and with the popularity of Hamilton and my own obsession with it, it’s like I’m seeing all of these monuments for the first time.

I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.


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