Hellooo fellow book nerds! So today I’m doing something slightly different. This is my first EVER Guest Post here on the blog, and I’m really excited! I asked Britney Mulliner (The author of the Begin Again series) to tell us a little bit about herself, and her book. I as a Gabi still haven’t read it yet but it is on my July/August TBR, so you’ll probably see me do a review on it soon 🙂
Escaping her past, Aubrey Tate moves to Southern California for a fresh start with her older brother, Brandon. Starting over at a new school seems easy with her cousin, Mckayla, and her two best friends at her side, but handling the new guys is another matter. Aubrey ends up in the middle of three rivals that each wants her to themselves. Mike claims her first and declares himself her friend and protector. Luke is the school heartthrob that stops Aubrey in her tracks, speechless. Gage is the mysterious, dark outsider that Aubrey can be herself around. How will she navigate her new life while she’s still haunted by her past?
I chose to write Young adult books for a simple reason: I read what I write and write what I read. I fell in love with reading at a very young age. In elementary school we had color coded reading levels and I pushed to test through all of them so I could choose any book in the library to read. I hated the thought of missing out on a great story.
Getting lost in an adventure and living through characters from around the world is someone unique to books. I would always choose them over watching TV or a movie. You lose the connection to emotions and situations when you view them through a camera rather than through your own imagination.
Despite my age, Bachelor degree, full time job, and husband I still feel like a teenager. I find that I still relate to the struggles of being a teenager (I still find myself in awkward predicaments and curse hormones for destroying my complexion). I also think that it’s my duty as someone that made it out of the awkward/puberty/high school years alive and somewhat unscathed to spread my knowledge to those that are willing to accept it. I’m not very far removed from being a teen so I can relate better to those characters than trying to understand someone struggling through the career hierarchy or going through a divorce like in adult fiction books.
My first passion is still reading. I think it’s incredible important for writers to never stop reading. It also gives me an excuse for the ridiculous amount of time I spend reading…I’m doing research! I have one author that I follow and countdown to her new releases obsessively, C L Stone. She writes the Ghost Bird and Scarab Beetle Series which are both amazing, fantastic, and completely fangirl worthy. It’s to the point that even my husband knows when a new book is coming because I stare at my kindle and wait for the book to appear around 11pm the night before the official release day (Thank you EST!) and stay up the whole night reading it. Her fan base is huge and by far the most dedicated I’ve ever seen (short of Harry Potter). They’ve been super supportive of me and my books, so I’m really grateful to be one of her ‘Birds’.