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Look Who’s Going to BEA: Stephanie Kuehnert

1. Can you introduce yourself to my readers?

I’m Stephanie Kuehnert, author of two YA novels from MTV Books, BALLADS OF SUBURBIA and I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE. Both are edgy, upper level YA that are musically driven. You can find out all about them at www.stephaniekuehnert.com.

2. Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?

I’m getting up super early (I bartend as my other job so I don’t usually get up before 11 am) and going to both the Children’s and the Adult author breakfasts. I’m most excited about the Children’s breakfast since that is more my genre, but Jon Stewart is master of ceremonies for the adult breakfast so I had to go! I’m also psyched about Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, and Holly Black’s signings. And honestly since I have been deep in my writing cave, I haven’t researched all the BEA events fully, so I’ve gotta get on that. I’m also just psyched to see the legendary exhibit hall!

3. Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?

First timer! So please, give me advice!


4. Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?

I’m not autographing at the expo, but I am on a panel with Melissa Marr, Michele Jaffe and Jennifer Donnelly. It’s the “YA Authors Crossing Over” Panel, Wednesday, May 26th at 11 am (Midtown Stage)  So come see us!

I’ll also be part of the Teen Author Carnival on Monday the 24th before BEA and a group signing at Books of Wonder on Weds the 26th.

5. What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?

Right now I am working on another YA and an adult book. The YA involves Greek Mythology and the Adult incorporates my bartending experience, but they are both in early stages and haven’t sold yet so I’m keeping them under wraps until I make more progress :)

Synopsis (Product Description):

Ballads are the kind of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. Not the cliched ones where a diva hits her highest note or a rock band tones it down a couple of notches for the ladies, but the true ballads: the punk rocker or the country crooner telling the story of their life in three minutes, the chorus reminding their listeners of the numerous ways to screw things up. In high school, Kara helped maintain the “Stories of Suburbia” notebook, which contained newspaper articles about bizarre and often tragic events from suburbs all over and personal vignettes that Kara dubbed “ballads” written by her friends in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. Those “ballads” were heartbreakingly honest tales of the moments when life changes and a kid is forced to grow up too soon. But Kara never wrote her own ballad. Before she could figure out what her song was about, she was leaving town after a series of disastrous events at the end of her junior year. Four years later, Kara returns to face the music, and tells the tale of her first three years of high school with her friends’ “ballads” interspersed throughout.

Synopsis (Product Description):

A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell.

The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones.

Punk rock is in Emily Black’s blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back.

Now Emily’s all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn’t it lead her right back to Emily?


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