When Amanda spends a week with her aunt, Christie, she learns that her aunt is a spy. Christie admits that Amanda has security clearance and has already started her training. When her aunt asks her to investigate a teenage hacker, Amanda thinks that spending time with a nerd should be doable despite her social ineptitude. Unfortunately for Amanda, the hacker is a hottie.
Targeted Age Group:
11 and up
Book Price: 2.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Like my friend Amanda Brice, I write in a crossover range between middle grade and young adult. Hottie is part MG, Part YA, funny, mystery/romance. I guess it’s a little bit of everything, and it doesn’t fit any particular mold.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Never give up! Write as much as you can. Try different genres and styles. But definitely wait until you are tough enough to deal with rejection before you start submitting. Waiting a year or two can take most of the sting out of rejection. Rejection doesn’t mean you aren’t a great writer. It just means that the world may not be ready for you yet. And never give up!
Juli Alexander, a former Golden Heart finalist, writes fiction for teens and tweens. She released her first novel, Stirring Up Trouble, in January of 2012. Juli is firmly grounded in the young adult world by her teenage son and his friends.
Often scolded for sneaking books to the dinner table, Juli has a serious book addiction. She has finally established a rule that she cannot start any book after seven p.m. Otherwise, she would read through the night and never make it to her day job.
Juli released five books, a novella, and a short story in 2012. You can find out more at julialexanderauthor.com and find her on Twitter @juli_alexander.
She plans to release the sequel to Investigating the Hottie, Undercover with the Hottie, in June 2013 and the third book in the Stirring Up Trouble trilogy, tentatively titled, Skirting Trouble, in September of 2013.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Hottie was my first YA, and my first completed manuscript of any kind. I dreamed up the idea after seeing the Princess Diaries. I’m a huge Meg Cabot fan, and I started thinking what if the main character found out she was a spy, instead of a princess? What if her aunt were her family connection to the world of espionage?