July 1, 2013

Blog Tour: Jump When Ready by David Pandolfe – Guest Post and Giveaway

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Jump When Ready by David Pandolfe

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Since he drowned, Henry has remained with the same group of teenagers and he keeps wondering why. After all, what could he possibly have in common with a Mohawk-sporting punker from the 80s, a roller skater from the 70s with a thing for kimonos, and an English “rocker” from the 60s? Add to that, Henry can hear the other groups but he never sees them. Soon, Henry learns that his new friends all possess unique skills for making themselves noticed by the living. Is Henry’s group kept isolated because of their abilities? If so, are they considered gifted or seen only as a potential bad influence?

Before Henry can reach any conclusions, he witnesses his sister being kidnapped. He knows who did it, where she’s being held and what will happen if the kidnappers don’t get what they want. As the police chase false leads, Henry comes to realize that he’s his sister’s only hope. But for Henry to even have a chance, he has to convince a group of teenagers that dead doesn’t mean helpless.

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Probably the greatest thing I learned at school is that you should write simply because you love writing. Not because you want to get published. Not for validation or to be a famous author. Again, simply because you love to write. This was a lesson learned when I went back to school for an MFA degree in creative writing. A bit of background: I applied to MFA programs quite a while after getting my undergraduate degree. I loved to write fiction, did so every night and hoped (like all writers) to get a publishing deal. The fact was, I didn’t know much about MFA programs but the more I read about writing and other writers, the more I kept seeing that degree being mentioned. My reaction was, “Wow, these people get to study nothing but creative writing for a few years? Seriously? Count me in!” So, I applied but, to be honest, didn’t think I’d get in. Then, to my surprise, I got accepted, which was a very cool day in my life.

Flash forward to one of my very first workshops and I’ll never forget the teacher telling us that most of the people in the room would likely never publish anything, never mind get a substantial publishing deal. At the time, I thought what a buzzkill. Man, way to kick things off! But looking back, I get it. What he meant was, make sure you’re here for the right reason: Because you love to write. During all the hypercritical workshops to follow in the years ahead and the ensuing struggle to become a better (possibly even good) writer, I often had to remind myself why I started writing to begin with: Because I love writing.

So, yeah, I would definitely repeat every minute of being in that writers program. I loved those years, they were beyond cool. But if anyone out there reading this is thinking of pursuing that sort of  degree, make sure you’re doing it because you love to write.



David Pandolfe has been a bartender in Seattle, the front man for an alternative rock band in Los Angeles and a college writing teacher in Richmond (among other things).

One day, it occurred to him that sometimes these experiences felt like completely different lives altogether. Which got him to writing Jump When Ready, a novel about of bunch of teenagers trying to get over their past lives while getting ready to jump into their next.

While he’s still writing about himself in third person, David Pandolfe should probably mention that at one point he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has had short stories published in Millennium and the Georgetown Review. Jump When Ready is his first YA novel but he’s currently working on another, to be released in the fall of 2013.


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  2. Veronica De Luna

    Sounds like a very interesting book. Looking forward to reading it.

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