[BLINK SUMMER READING TOUR] Interview w/ author of Pretty in Punxsutawney, Laurie Boyle Crompton!

Laurie Boyle Crompton

1. Hello! Laurie, thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I’ll make it quick, so first and foremost, tell us a little bit about what Pretty in Punxsutawney is about?

Pretty in Punxsutawney is basically a Groundhog Day meets Pretty in Pink mashup starring Andie, the type of girl who always comes up with the perfect thing to say…after it’s too late to say it. Andie is addicted to romance movies—okay, all movies—but has yet to experience her first kiss. After a move to Punxsutawney, PA, for her senior year, she gets caught in an endless loop of her first day at her new school, reliving those 24 hours again and again. She’s convinced the curse will be broken when she meets her true love, so she embarks on a mission: infiltrating the various cliques to find the one boy who can break the spell. Along the way, she discovers that people who seem completely different can share the very same hopes, dreams, and hang-ups, and that even a day that has been lived over and over can be filled with surprises.

2. With summer being here, the probability of teen romance is high in the air, so to aid teens in the venture to love, and quench the rest of us single people from our lack of love life can you recommend to us some teen rom-com novels that people who enjoyed Pretty in Punxsutawney may also enjoy?

I LOVE teen rom-com novels and there are a few great ones that are in a similar movie-centric vein as Pretty in Punxsutawney. Two of my favorites are: Just Like the Moviesby Kelly Fiore Stultz, and Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori Mcarthy. Of course, for teen romance, I love anything by Sara Dessen, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins or Jenny Han! Such awesome YA authors whose books are sure to hit that summer read sweet spot!

3. In retrospect to the previous questions, can you tell us some of your personal favorite teen rom-com movies and/or tv shows?

Aside from the John Hughes obvious choices like Sixteen Candles, my core rom-com movies that I must watch at least once a year include: 500 Days of Summer13 Going on 30How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and of course 50 First Dates! As far as TV shows, my tastes run very much toward The OfficeParks and Rec, and Friends, which aren’t perhaps rom-coms so much as perfect shows to binge while hanging out in air-conditioning while recovering from too much sun exposure which is my default-summer-setting when I’m not outdoors getting too much sun.

4. Romance is all around us, in the air, in books, in music, and sometimes in our faces, so tell us from where did you draw the inspiration to write Pretty in Punxsutawney? You may choose to be specific or not or both.

I love writing about LOVE and I attribute part of that to the fact that I remain madly in love with my husband year after year. He is always so supportive of my writing and my first book BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) was dedicated to him with the quote: “To Brett, who told me once that love is a super-power. And who continues to prove this is true.” I went through my share of heartbreak when I was younger, but never gave up on believing in LOVE and am so glad I didn’t! After 26 years of marriage my biggest piece or relationship advice is to choose a life partner who you enjoy hanging out with! All these years later, my husband is still the person I most like to be with and my absolute favorite movie-watching buddy! I like to give the romances I write the same kind of ‘love is timeless’ feel. Of course, Pretty in Punxsutawney brings timelessness to new levels!

5. Last but certainly not least, the question that has been on my mind and I’m sure everyone else’s as well, why Punxsutawney?

I grew up in a small western Pennsylvania town called Butler, and when I was a teen I couldn’t wait to move to New York. I left Butler to live in New York at nineteen, but I can’t say I never looked back. I still live in NY but I love writing about rural Pennsylvania towns! Punxsutawney is a little over an hour away from Butler, so I chose the town as a nod to the movie Groundhog Day while still keeping in mind the area that will always be close to my heart. The novel actually takes place in a fictionalized version of Punxsutawney that is a mash-up of that real town and Butler, the town I grew up in!

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July 22

That Artsy Reader Girl – Summer Reading Tour Kick-Off

July 23

Pages & Pugs – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite Quotes
Mangeuse de Livres – Q&A with Annie Sullivan (French & English)
Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
Musings of a (Book) Girl – Christina June Guest Post
Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
A Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Book Review of Swing + Favorite Quotes
Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Kayla Reads and Reviews – Book Review of Swing + Creative Post
Savings In Seconds – Book Review of Meet the Sky

July 24

J.R.’s Book Reviews – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Book-Keeping – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Musings of a (Book) Girl – Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton
Lifestyle of Me – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Shelf-Rated – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite Quotes
Reading Authors Network – Book Review of Swing
Read At Night – Interview with Christina June
YA/NA Book Divas – Book Review of Swing
Cinnamon Summers – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
Inky Moments – Creative Post

July 25

Marshmallow Pudding – Christina June Guest Post
Never Too Many to Read – Creative Post for No Place Like Here
Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of Swing + Favorite Quotes
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite Quotes
FictitiousWonderland – Bookstagram Post for A Touch of Gold
Story-eyed Reviews – Interview with McCall Hoyle
Will Read Anything – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Kait Plus Books – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Bookstagram Post
 

July 26

Adventures Thru Wonderland – McCall Hoyle Guest Post
Here’s to Happy Endings – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
What She Will Read – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
Starlight Reads – Book Playlist for Swing
Story-eyed Reviews – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
Library of a Book Witch – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Will Read Anything – Book Review of Swing
Inky Moments – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes

July 29

Beauty In the Binding – Author Q&A with Annie Sullivan
Onemused – Book Review of Meet the Sky (Instagram Photo)
A Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Cinnamon Summers – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
A Dream Within a Dream – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
A Bookish Dream – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
Savings In Seconds – Book Review of Swing + Favorite Quotes
FictitiousWonderland – Book Review + Creative Post for Pretty In Punxsutawney (Instagram)

July 30

What She Will Read – Laurie Boyle Crompton Guest Post
Never Too Many to Read – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Starlight Reads – Book Review of Swing
YA/NA Book Divas – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
YA Media Consumer – Meet the Sky Book Spotlight
Some Books and Ramblings – Interview with McCall Hoyle
Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Favorite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Instagram Post

July 31

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – McCall Hoyle Guest Post
Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Book-Keeping – Book Review of Touch of Gold
Utopia State of Mind – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Musings of a (Book) Girl – Book Review of Swing
Kait Plus Books – Laurie Boyle Crompton Guest Post
Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Favorite Quotes
Lifestyle of Me – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney

August 1

Reading Authors Network – Creative Post for Swing
Story-eyed Reviews – Interview with Christina June
Two Points of Interest – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
The Secret Reader – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Creative Post
Belle’s Archive – Book Review of Swing
A Dream Within A Dream – Annie Sullivan Guest Post
Smada’s Book Smack – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
A Bookish Dream – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Adventures Thru Wonderland – Book Review of Meet the Sky

August 2

Here’s to Happy Endings – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Belle’s Archive – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
The Secret Reader – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton + Creative Post
Kait Plus Books – Annie Sullivan Guest Post
Smada’s Book Smack – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Faery Tales Are Real – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Read At Night – Book Review of Swing + Creative Post
Two Points of Interest – Book Review of Swing
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