Book Briefs: Amy Brecount White

Book Briefs: an interview series where authors talk about...what else?  Books! Amy Brecount White's debut novel, Forget-Her-Nots, will be published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins on March 2.      

What book are you reading right now?  An ARC of Everlasting by Tenner Angie Frazier.  Yay, Angie!  

Your favorite children’s book:  Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.  It's a flower thing.

Your favorite non-fiction book:  Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z. Guyiberson.  My kids loved reading it when we used to visit Grandma in Arizona.

Your favorite classic (read: book they made you read in school) book: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.  It still makes me bawl.  Sydney Carton is the prototype of the lovable bad boy.

The last book that made you laugh: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  It made me cry, too.

The last book that made you cry:  See above.

The last book you recommended to a friend: Dirty Little Secrets by Tenner C.J. Omololu.  Gripping!

A novel you’ve re-read (and re-read): All of Jane Austen's.  My fave is Persuasion.

One sentence that gives the gist of your book best:

Fourteen-year-old Laurel discovers she is part of a secret society dedicated to the magical language of flowers, in this debut novel blooming with romance, mystery, and intrigue. 

Avoiding spoilers, a 1-2 sentence passage from your book that you really like:

Like a scarf unwrapping from her neck, the warmth, the peace slowly dissipated, leaving Laurel cold and exposed.  She shivered and stared at the closed book in her lap.

You can learn more about Amy and Forget-Her-Nots - which just got a lovely PW review - at her website www.amybrecountwhite.com.

Thanks, Amy!