April 30, 2015
We are so thrilled to have Jennifer Salvato Doktorski on the blog tour sharing some of her Top Favs!
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The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski!
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Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it’s not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.
Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?
Top Favs with Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why
Pretzels dipped in cream cheese. Try it, you won’t have to ask “why?”! Sour Patch Kids. These small bursts of energy capture the writing process perfectly—sometimes sweet, sometimes sour. Coffee. Is that considered a snack? At any rate, to quote the Dunkin’ Donuts commercial, it’s what I run on.
Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume writes real stories about real people with real problems. Growing up, I read every one of her books and remembering thinking that if I were ever lucky enough to become an author, I’d want to write books like hers.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I read this first the first time after I graduated from college. As an English major/history minor—I called this “Prelaw” because it sounded more employable—I read all the time. But at some point during my four-year stint at a university, I forgot to read for pleasure. This book reminded me of how much I loved reading (it literally is magical) and made me think, “Hey, maybe I could write a book someday.”
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I read this book, and the rest of the series, right around the time that I was getting serious about writing young adult fiction. It may very well be the reason all my books are set in the summer!
Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why
Running, cleaning, and listening to live music. My best ideas come to me when I’m doing something other than writing. All three of these activities give me time and space away from my computer screen and allow my relaxed brain to wander, which never fails to spark new ideas or help me work out something that I’ve already written.
Top 3 favorite animated movies and why
Beauty and the Beast. Belle is one of my all-time favorite animated characters. She’s smart, compassionate, unselfish, and loves to read. She’s wise and sees beyond surface appearances. She doesn’t fall for the shallow, pretty-faced Gaston but a guy who gives her a library. A library!
Finding Nemo. I love Dory!! How funny is it when she speaks whale? She has some of the best lines in this film, one of which has become my mantra during this whole journey to become a publish author. “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.” Great advice.
How to Train Your Dragon. Hiccup, the young, awkward Viking, and Toothless the dragon are such endearing characters. I love movies about underdogs and this one is voiced by some of my favorite actors—America Ferrara, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, and Craig Ferguson.
Top 3 favorite movie moments and why
Without a doubt, the end of Sixteen Candles when high-school heartthrob Jake Ryan finally catches up with Samantha at her sister’s wedding is one of my favorite movie moments ever! Here’s what happens. Sam goes back into the church to retrieve the veil that her sister, the bride, tossed aside in an over-medicated haze. By the time Sam comes back outside onto the church steps, the wedding procession is leaving without her. But as the final car pulls away from the curb it’s the big reveal! Jake Ryan… leaning against his red Porsche… waiting for her. Sigh. I never get tired of watching it.
In the movie Shakespeare in Love, there’s a scene where the young Will Shakespeare, suffering from writer’s block, is sitting at the bar beside playwright Christopher Marlowe. Will’s telling him about a new play he’s working on, Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter, and confesses to Marlowe that he is stuck and hasn’t written a word. Marlowe helps him over the hurdle and gives him a few ideas, like “Romeo is Italian…always in and out of love” and “His best friend is killed by in a duel by Ethel’s brother…his name is Mercutio.” I love how this scene, and how the movie on the whole, demonstrates the writing process and the way bits and pieces of Shakespeare’s world get woven together to become Romeo and Juliet.
The oft-imitated scene in Say Anything where Lloyd Dobbler stands under Diane Court’s window with a boom box above his head blasting In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel. Heartbroken by their breakup, Dobbler is trying to win her back with a move that manages to be utterly romantic and not the least bit stalker-ish. What teen girl wouldn’t want this to happen to her?
Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why
Santorini, Greece. My husband and I took a Mediterranean cruise on our honeymoon and spent one day on this unique, magical, island. With its whitewashed houses and ocean blue doors, it felt like a little slice of heaven on earth. Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to go back and spend at least a week exploring this fascinating place that is perched atop a giant volcanic caldera.
Hawaii. Speaking of volcanic islands… this was my second choice for a honeymoon. I picked Europe because of the shorter flight, but as someone who loves to vacation beside the ocean, I’d really like to see these islands someday.
Italy. One day in Venice was not enough! I’d love to tour the entire country and take in all the sites I’ve heard and read so much about—Rome, Vatican City, the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Sicily. And as a third-generation Italian-American, I’d like to visit the villages in southern Italy where my great-grandparents were born.
Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is the author of two YA novels and is a freelance nonfiction writer. Her first paid writing gig was at The North Jersey Herald & News, where she wrote obituaries and began her lifelong love of news and coffee. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
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