Author Spotlight: Caleb Roehrig

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Unfortunately technical difficulties attacked Team Midsummer and we had to transcribe the interview with the fabulous and wonderful Caleb Roehrig.  We hope he forgives us, because we adore him!

We were lucky enough to connect with Roehrig when he was promoting his book at the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin, TX on October 1, 2016.

A Midsummer Night’s Read (MSNR): What inspired you to write this novel?

Caleb Roehrig (CR): Well, I love thrillers, especially anything with missing persons.  But also there was very few young adult books when I was growing up, and even less with LGBT protagonists. So I wanted to write a 25036310book that combined both of those elements and it ended up coming out as Last Seen Leaving.

MSNR: Well, you kind of answered this question already, but did you set out to write an LGBT novel?

CR: Yes, as I mentioned, there were very few novels that were written featuring LGBT characters and I really wanted to be able to show readers that there are characters and people like them in literature and in the world. 

MSNR: What is your writing process like? Do you outline, or do you just sit down and write?

CR: Well, I don’t know if you’ve heard but there are two types of writers, pantsers and plotters. I am definitely a plotter, otherwise I will go in too many directions. One time I wrote 160,000 words, but I kept writing myself into a corner, then took forever writing myself out of a corner, then wrote myself into ANOTHER corner.  I definitely have a start and an end, but sometimes I figure it out from there.

MSNR: What was your favorite part about writing this novel?

CR: I think it was being able to put red herrings in everywhere to deter readers from the actual answer. Although I did keep giving everyone an airtight alibi at first, so that made it difficult!

MSNR: What can we expect from you in the future?

CR: Well, I have two finished manuscripts, but my publisher is trying to decide which one will come out next!

MSNR: That’s awesome!

MSNR: What do you hope readers take away from this book?

CR: Well, I really want them to be in suspense and to be thrilled, but also for LGBT readers to see themselves in the main character, oh I think I just gave away a spoiler. SPOILER ALERT. Although the main goal is for all readers to identify with the journey that Flynn takes through the story. 

MSNR: So, your biography says you’ve lived in a lot of different places, where has been your favorite place to live?

CR: It is really hard to choose, because I’ve liked everywhere I’ve lived! I lived in Michigan, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Europe.  We did just move back to LA, and I guess that means I chose LA? I remember not liking it at first when I moved there, but once I found my tribe and my place in LA, I loved it. So, if you go to LA, you have to find your LA.

MSNR: Where would you like to live that you haven’t lived?

CR: Hmmm, well, I’ve always wanted to live in Sweden! 

MSNR: Because it’s neutral?

CR: That and it just seems like such a nice place to live!

MSNR: What do you want to say to young LGBT readers, maybe something that you didn’t hear? 

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Jess sucks and this photo is blurry, but he’s awesome.

CR: Okay, you might hear this a lot, it does get better. Everything feels heavy when you’re a teenager and that it might be the end of the world, but it really does get better. Please, never stop having adventures.  You’ll always have time for new ones.  I mean, I just started this whole new book adventure, and that could be you. 

Thank you so much to Caleb and Fierce Reads for being so enthusiastic about Team Midsummer. We are so honored to support this sweet and enigmatic debut author and his novel!

Be sure to keep an eye out for our review of Last Seen Leaving in our celebration of LGBT History Month.

Also, we not so low key are in love with Caleb, so you should be too.

You can follow Caleb on his social media outlets:

Twitter. Instagram. Website.

Order his book now!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is

Top Ten Things I’m Thankful For (bookish)

1. Netgalley
Thank you for always being a great place to easily request novels, and for being so easy for me to deal with! 

2. Publicists
Thank you all for being so friendly and helpful during our constant pursuit to bring reviews to potential readers and to connect authors to them as well. 

3. Readers
Thank YOU for being the heartbeat behind the world that is book blogging.  Without you wanting recommendations for good books and authors, we would be nothing! 

4. Authors
Thank you for providing us with books we love, dislike, throw across a room, and sleep with under our pillows. Every read is important regardless of review outcome.

5. Kindle
I just really love my kindle for making it easier and cheaper for me to buy certain books since my library has almost run out of space!

6. Twitter
Such a great way to connect with readers, authors, publishing houses, and publicists!

7. Fellow Bloggers
I met a lot of you at Book Expo America this past year, and am fortunate to be attending this year with some I met.  You make the business of blogging so much fun and informative.

8. Goodreads
I just really love going through your lists of upcoming releases so I can know which books I definitely want to track down, and which ones I can add to my evergrowing Waiting on Wednesday posts! 

9. Missy
My co-blogger, who has been a great help this past year since she started helping me.  She was responsible for keeping the blog up when I had elbow surgery and was unable to type for a few weeks. 

10. Publishing Houses
Thank you for giving us the gift of books constantly throughout each year.  I honestly don’t know what I would do without being able to pick up a novel and escape for a while. 


What bookish things are you thankful for this year? 

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is

Top Ten Things that make your life as a reviewer/blogger easier


1. Followers: Without you all, I wouldn’t have an audience to review for!  Plus, I love all of your comments and participation! 

2. Contributors: Missy, my partner in crime, is amazing and I couldn’t do this without all of her help! 

3. Publicists: You know who you are.  You do your best to make sure that reviewers have some of the best tools at their disposal and provide us with your help and support!

4. Blog Tours: Thank you to all tour organizers, especially GCR Book Tours and Book Nerd Tours for all that you do!

5. Authors: Thank you for inspiring me to become a book blogger. 

6. Netgalley: A great way to receive advanced reader copies and help authors promote their books! 

7. Edelweiss: Very similar to Netgalley, and is a great way to network with publishing houses. 

8. Twitter: An easy way to get the word out to followers and potential followers. I love you all. 

9. Fellow Bloggers: You all ROCK, and I love your blogs. 

10. Blogger: I can’t leave out my hosting site!  Blogger is helpful and has been extremely easy to use. 

What are some things that make YOUR blogging life easy (book blogger, fashion blogger, etc?) 

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