Let’s Chat with The Detour Author S.A. Bodeen!

Posted October 6, 2015 by Melissa in Author Interview | 4 Comments

I am so happy to welcome you all to the Blog Tour for S.A. Bodeen’s new book- The Detour!

Keep reading for more information about this new book out today and a fun chat with S.A. Bodeen!

And look out for my Review of The Detour coming later this week!

About The Detour

Let’s Chat with The Detour Author S.A. Bodeen!Title: The Detour
Author: S. A. Bodeen
Publisher: Macmillan, Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: October 6th 2015
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Adventure, Thriller
Length: 224 Pages
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository

On her way to a writer’s conference, a bestselling teenage author takes a detour that has been deliberately set up by her biggest fans—a mother and daughter who kidnap her.

Livvy Flynn is a big deal—she’s a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She’s rich, she’s famous, she’s gorgeous, and she’s full of herself.

When she’s invited to an A-list writer’s conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. She’s on a tight deadline for her next book, and she has no intention of socializing with the other industry people at the conference.

And then she hits the detour. Before she knows it, her brand new car is wrecked, she’s hurt, and she’s tied to a bed in a nondescript shack in the middle of nowhere. A woman and her apparently manic daughter have kidnapped her. And they have no intention of letting her go.


1. Can you tell us a little something interesting about yourself that isn’t in your bio?
My childhood was lived entirely on a farm in rural Wisconsin, near a town of less than one hundred people. There were 49 people in my high school graduating class, most of them people I’d known since kindergarten. My first time in an elevator was at the age of 13, and my first ride in an airplane happened when I was 16.

2. I find it interesting to know what environment authors find most productive… Do you use a pen and paper or laptop? Quiet room at home or bustling café? Basically, what gets your creative juices flowing?
I use a laptop 99% of the time. The 1% with pen and paper is when I just need a change or some extra focus on a certain scene that isn’t working. I do most of my writing at home, but will meet a friend at a coffee house and work there now and then.

3. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism came when my agent sent me a box with all my novel manuscripts in it. He told me they were not nearly good enough for him to sell. That was really hard to hear and it actually made me quit writing for a time. But I realized he was right, and when I started again, I was more determined to be better and write something he could sell, which turned out to be The Compound. The best compliment came from a teenage boy in an intercity school I visited in Florida. He told me he had never read a book before he read The Compound, and he liked it, and decided he was going to read another book. He then stood there while the librarian made him a library card so he could check out The Gardener. No higher compliment than when your book makes someone discover reading is wonderful.

4. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I love to read. And I head to the Y every day when I’m at home.

5. Do any animals share your life? Please tell us about them.
We have Ficus, a very annoying yet photogenic cat that shows up on my Instagram fairly often.

And now for a little bit of fun:) This or That?

Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Sweet or Salty? Sweet
Beach or Lake? Beach
Winter or Summer? Winter
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Zombies or Vampires? Zombies
Country or City? Country
Shower or Bath? Shower
Morning or Evening? Morning
M&Ms or Skittles? M&Ms
Trains or Planes? Plane
Comedy or Drama? Drama

About S. A. Bodeen

S.A. Bodeen

S.A. Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. She graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in Secondary Ed., then joined the Peace Corps with her husband and went to Tanzania, East Africa. Her first picture book, Elizabeti’s Doll (written as Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen) was published in 1998, followed by six other picture books.Her first YA novel written as S.A. Bodeen, the award-winning The Compound, came out from Feiwel and Friends in 2008. The novel count is up to five, with two more releasing in 2015. She has lived in eight states, two African countries, and an insular possession. Currently, she lives in the Midwest with her husband and two daughters.

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