Friday, February 6, 2009

Interview With YA Author, Wendy Toliver

Today's author interview is with Wendy Toliver, the author of (very) soon to be released YA romantic comedy, Miss Match. She has also written The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren which, like Miss Match, is part of the Simon Pulse romantic comedy range.

Can you tell us about your new novel, Miss Match?

Before she turns 16, Sasha Finnegan is moving her dad's SUV down the driveway so she can shoot some hoops. She accidentally runs into a neighbor's car. There's not even a scratch on her dad's truck, but the neighbor's car will need repairs. She works out an agreement with the neighbor to keep the incident under wraps (fearing that if she admitted getting into a wreck, her parents wouldn't let her get her license) and promises to pay for the repairs. But what kind of job can a 15 year-old get to make that kind of money? She decides to start a business using her God-given talent and favorite hobby, matchmaking, to fix high schoolers up with their crushes. However, when an adorable new guy hires Sasha to get him a date with her older, beautiful, popular sister, everything isn't so black-and-white.

What inspired you to write this book?

I've always enjoyed fixing people up, from friends to family members to people I barely met. So I figured other people might enjoy reading a book about a teenager who decides to start a matchmaking business.

What do you hope readers will gain from reading Miss Match?

I hope they laugh, empathize with the characters, and sigh during the romantic parts. I truly believe there's something for everyone in this story, as it deals with topics so many of us are going through. Divorced parents; parents who date; feeling left out; sister relationships; getting one's license; body image issues; trying to balance school, social lives, and part-time work, etc.

Wendy with Miss Match

Who is your favourite character from any of your books?

Good question. It's so hard to choose favorites because they all grown on me. I think my current favorite might be Maddie Finnegan, Sasha's older sister. If you read MISS MATCH, you'll see why I love her so much when you read the homecoming scene.

What do you love most about being an author?

I love that I can do what I love (write) while being a stay-at-home mom for my three little boys.

What book are you currently reading?

I'm currently on a deadline for my third Simon Pulse novel, so to be honest, I'm not reading any other book right now. I do have RAVEN by Allison Van Diepen ready to crack open when I get a chance.

Any parting words of wisdom?

Don't just live a little, live a lot.

A huge thankyou for Wendy for agreeing to do an interview, make sure you check out, Miss Match by Wendy Toliver it's out on February 10!!

Check back tomorrow for my review :)


  1. The formatting on this got so messed up and I have no idea how to fix it! :(

  2. The book looks so cute! Great interview, LisaMay! (:
    Happy Friday!
    <3 Bookworm

  3. Miss Match sounds really good. Yea, I can relate to a number of those topics.

  4. It is really good! I just posted my review :)

  5. Hi Lisa May, Thanks so much for the interview and the review of MISS MATCH. You do such a great job!

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